As Tabs likes to say, “In modeling, one day you’re in; the next, you’re out.” (Heidi Klum borrowed the phrase from him.) I’m not sure if you knew this about cats, but they have their own labor union, and it’s unique among labor unions because it actually precludes any kind of work. Yep, Tabs had to get a waiver from his union boss to start modeling professionally. Let me tell you, it was a BIG to do.
This week, in Part 1 of a rare exclusive interview, Tabs opened up to me about his plans for the future and how they relate to kitty modeling and his work on Makeup and Beauty Blog.
You see, Tabs may be “just a cat,” but he’s also keenly aware of how competitive the whole kitty modeling niche has become. There are literally hundreds of other four-legged models/blog mascots nipping at his heels.
KAREN: So tell me, Tabs, do you worry about your place among the top kitty models of all time? In other words, do you think about your legacy?
TABS: Of course I do. I would be lying if I said I didn’t. I want to leave behind a body of work that up-and-coming kitty models can look to for inspiration.
KAREN: Does that mean you think about retirement?
TABS: Don’t be ridiculous. Next question.
KAREN: Okay, um, what’s been your favorite campaign of all time?
TABS: Ooh, that’s a tough one… I don’t know, I’ve done hundreds so it changes all the time, but maybe MAC Pret-a-Papier. I had a blast on that job. Or NARS Angelika. We did a lot of wirework for that one. Oh, and of course, Avatar and Smashbox Masquerade.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for Part 2 of this exclusive interview with Tabs. In the meantime, here’s a look at his portfolio of recent jobs…
Who is Tabs the Cat? About three years ago I befriended a stray, flea-bitten tabby cat with a bad case of worms. I could see he’d fallen on hard times, but his profound knowledge of high fashion and department store cosmetics led me to believe that he was more than meets the eye. We became fast friends, and now he’s actually my boss (and a successful kitty model).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addicts,
Karen and Tabs
P.S. Wow! Can you believe we’re into the triple digits for Sundays with Tabs? Dayum, that cat keeps busy.