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Why High School Graduates Make Better Fashion Models

Teenage would-be models in Switzerland often end up in an apprenticeship instead of finishing high school. But experts in the field say the versatility that comes from a standard education is a better bet for achieving supermodel stardom. Yes: brains matt

Swiss model Julia Saner is a recent high school graduate
Swiss model Julia Saner is a recent high school graduate
Linus Schöpfer

ZURICH - Swiss modeling agency chief Ursula Knecht, who has groomed some of the world's top runway models, says good looks alone are never enough to make it big in the business. Indeed, a proper high school education helps.

At the end of middle school, students in Switzerland are separated into several sections, according to their capacities and career intentions. Talented students who aspire to an academic career enter high schools called "gymnasium" to prepare for further study and complete their matura, the equivalent of a high school diploma. Students intending to pursue a trade or vocation complete only three additional years before they enter vocational schools, which offer apprenticeships combined with schooling.

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