modeling information & advice


Welcome to our modeling information and advice pages, your sure to find all the information you need to start and pursue a career in modeling


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01.    So you want to be a model?

02.    Learn about the industry

03.    What it takes to be a fashion model

04.    How to be a model

05.    What is a model portfolio and do I really need one?

06.    Are nude shots essential?

07.    How many photos are in a portfolio and what kind?

08.    Where and how do I get a portfolio

09.    The facts about being a model

10.    How to be a plus size model

11.    How to compete in modeling competitions

12.    How to walk like a model

13.    20 Top tips

14.    Classes

15.    Warnings

16.    Posture

17.    How to look gorgeous without looking artificial

18.    Taking photographs -part one

19.    Taking photographs- part two

20.    How to become a model

21.    Measurements

22.    Tips on how to present yourself in the modeling world

23.    Making a great first impression

24.    Dealing with difficulties



1.   So you want to be a model?


Maybe you've dreamed of gliding down the catwalk in Milan, flashbulbs popping all around, hundreds of people focusing their attention on your grace and beauty...


...the closets of your Paris apartment are stuffed full of expensive designer clothing, and tomorrow you fly back to New York just in time to catch a party attended by your good friends, Kate Moss, Keanu Reeves, and Ben Affleck. Nice dream. Now wake up.


First things first:

You've taken the trouble to do a little research, that's good. Regardless of prevailing stereotypes, you need smart to break into modeling. Those same smarts will also help you realize that your chances of becoming the sort of supermodel who lands multimillion-dollar endorsements are only a little better than your chances of being killed by a charging rhinoceros - even if you're beautiful.

The success stories are few; even models represented by the best agencies in the world often take other work to supplement their income.


Now, if you're still reading, congratulations!

You aren't easily discouraged, and you're gonna need that kind of pluck to endure the rejection which is part of every model's stock and trade. There are several different types and levels of modeling, and if your expectations are realistic, you needn't feel discouraged.


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2.  Learn about the Industry


There are many different kinds of models, including child models, plus-size models, and parts models (whose hands you see in all those diamond ring ads). Fashion models must usually conform to rather rigid physical criteria, but there are others models called "real-life models," who are often also actors.

They are just what the name suggests: ordinary looking people used in catalogues and commercials to represent someone the average consumer can identify with. The white-haired guy with the potbelly on the Golf Resorts billboard is a real-life model.

If it turns out that you aren't quite what they're looking for in a fashion model, consider this sort of work (or consider becoming a character actor). There are other paths to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Here though were focusing on the model that gets all the attention: the cat-walking high-fashion model…


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3.   What it takes to be a fashion model


If you're female . . .


You should be somewhere between 15 and 22 years old, though probably closer to fifteen. Models don't have careers that last as long as say, doctors, so agencies tend to want to invest their time in someone young. You should be tall, long-legged, and lean.

The minimum height is usually about 5'8", and average weight for a model is 108-125 lbs. These characteristics are partly aesthetic and partly practical: this type of frame looks good on the runway and in front of the camera (which, they say, adds 15 pounds); and a somewhat scrawny build drapes clothing nicely and ensures a good fit in the standard wardrobe. There are always exceptions to the rule, of course - Kate Moss is 5'7" and Gabrielle Reece is a giant 6'3" - but, in general, the closer you are to the industry norm, the better your chances.


If you're male . . .


You can start out a little later, roughly between the ages of 18 and 25. They won't want you to look too childish. The good news is that a man's modeling career usually lasts longer than a woman's, and since ten-year-old boys more often dream of blowing things up rather than strutting the Hugo Boss runway, this side of the biz tends to be less competitive as well. Average dimensions for a male model are a height of 5'11"- 6'2" and a weight of 140-165 lbs. You should also be fit (not bulging with muscles, but definitely healthy).

All right, so let's assume you've got all of these qualifications. You are, for example, a willowy 16-year-old girl who's on the basketball team, could squeeze her body through a set of prison bars, and causes old men who shouldn't be ogling you to stumble over their walkers. That's great. On top of that you have clear skin, perfect teeth, and your own brand of je ne sais quoi. Fantastic! It's time for the next step.


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4.    How to be a Model


Areas of Modeling

There are several areas modeling to get involved in. We explain here how to be a model. Some people may be suited better in some areas than others (based on their qualities and weaknesses). The best person to judge where a future model may be best suited is a modeling agency. Modeling agencies know what the fashion industry is looking for in models and seek accordingly. Below are some of the areas that you might be able to become involved in followed by a brief listing of advertising mediums, so you know how to be a model.


Fashion models advertise clothing (dresses, pants, skirts, shirts, coats, etc...) and accessories to help retailers sell their products. Fashion models work for local retailers and national chains.

Hand / Foot:

Hand and foot modeling is needed by retailers that sell shoes, socks, jewelry, gloves.

Eye wear:

Eye wear models display the latest Eye wear fashions. They are employed by retailers that sell sunglasses and prescription Eye wear.


Salons and hair care manufacturers employ models to help sell services and hair care products.


Dentists, orthodontists, and tooth paste manufactures hire models to help sell their services and products.


Advertising Mediums



One medium of advertising that is overabundant is print. Print advertising includes newspapers, magazines, catalogues, and company adverts.

Fashion Shows:

Often, models are employed by retailers to participate in fashion shows. This allows consumers to see how clothing hangs on a live person in motion. Fashion shows are used by local retailers and by clothing manufacturers.


Models may be employed by businesses to help sell their services and/or products with television advertisements.

Test Model:

Test models are employed by clothing manufactures to "test" new clothing lines and styles.


Radio advertising is not in the fashion industry, but if you have a distinctive, clear voice, this may be something that you may want to look into. It requires a mastery of the English language and good ability to act.


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5.  What is a model portfolio and do I need one?


*  A model's portfolio - or book - is a collection of the model's best, professionally produced photographs. Family and holiday snaps don't count.

Depending on where you are in your career, your model portfolio would contain photographs produced specifically for your portfolio, tear sheets (published photographs from past assignments, torn out of magazines) or a mixture of both.Before you spend money on a portfolio, find out whether you need one at all.

If you have decided that you do need a portfolio, remember that your model portfolio is your calling card, your showcase and your single-most important investment in your career. Do the work: Research your options thoroughly and choose wisely.

* Be prepared to spend some money. The cheapest photographer you can find may well not be your best option. Success is the result of solid investment and hard work, not just luck. It is unrealistic to assume that you can have success and money from investing nothing at all.

A portfolio can consist of prints, it can come on a CD or be online. These options, and how to get a portfolio, are discussed in the other essays in this section, which you can access from the links on the left.

Comp Cards (or Zed Cards), if well designed, are an impressive and relatively low-cost marketing tool that you can use as a door opener and a reminder of who you are.

Whether prints, CD, online or Comp Cards - you want your portfolio to stand out. Avoid giving the impression that you tried to assemble your portfolio on the cheap or that you could not be bothered to make an effort.


Whether you need a portfolio to get started in modeling depends on your aims...

If you are planning to head for a career with one of the top agencies, you do not need a portfolio.

*  For instance, Elite Model Management, probably the most famous agency, allow you to submit photos through their website. Their scouts will look at them for a few seconds.

They make it clear that you do not have to spend a lot of money on photographs - if they take you on, their own photographers will shoot you and it won't cost you a penny.

*  Elite - I am using Elite purely as an example of agencies in their league - require four photographs: one headshot (a close-up of your face) with a smile, one without a smile. One full-length body shot and a half-length body shot.

You should not wear makeup and your hair should be natural and away from your face. You should be before a plain, light-coloured wall, you should not pose and you should wear a two-piece swimsuit for the full-length body shot.

Of course, only very few are lucky enough to be taken on by an agency of this calibre.

If you are planning to sign up with one of the not-so-top agencies, you will need to find out about their policy regarding portfolios. Before you do, read this page about agencies.

*  If you want to become a freelance model, offering your services on the Internet perhaps through your own site or one of the reputable modeling sites, such as OMP or Musecube, a portfolio is essential to get you started.


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6.  Are nude shots essential in a model's portfolio?


Not unless this is the style of modeling you want to do.

*  Many aspiring models who do not yet have any photographs to show, will put entirely unsuitable material on Internet modeling sites. A casual portrait snapshot, taken by a friend, is okay. A casual nude photograph is also okay (though not essential for an aspiring model without any experience). If you do not have any good nude snapshots, don't use them - you'll only look cheap. Wait until you have got something worth showing.

When you first get into modeling and perhaps post some images on an Internet modeling site, you are often asked what types of modeling you want to do. Remember that glamour is rarely glamorous and sometimes simply used as a term for top shelf magazine style.

Still, you should not be too prude as a model. Some of the most famous names have modeled see-through, topless or nude in magazines and on the catwalk. You may on occasion be expected to show some (or a lot of) flesh. As long as it is for a reason and in the right context, be prepared to do it.

If you submit photos to one of the top agencies, do not include any nude shots.


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7.  How many photos in a portfolio and what kind?


*  If you are one of the lucky few to be taken on by a major agency, you do not need to worry about this question. Your agency will produce your first promotional shots for you (which should not cost you anything). After that, your portfolio will consist mainly of tear sheets.

For the purpose of this page we are talking about a model at the beginning of her career, either with a smaller, local model agency or working freelance.

*  Cheap and instant digital creation of images has made it possible to supply hundreds of photos relatively easily.

Receiving a very large number of images may make you feel important and it may impress your mates - and that's just about it. No photographer or agency wants to look at more than a handful of photographs. They do not have the time. Besides, once you have seen five headshots of a model, you have seen them all. After that, it is all repetition.

*  As your career progresses, you will have a larger selection of unique photographs to choose from and you may want to compile a showcase, which serves an entirely different purpose.

For a portfolio, think quality not quantity. Ten or twenty strong, unique photographs will serve you much better than fifty or 100 mediocre ones.

Photographers aim to give a minimum of "only" twelve images. That way, they can ensure that the model receives only the best photographs from a shoot which are all good enough to be used in a portfolio.

*  For a beginner's portfolio, aim to have between 12 and 24 images in your portfolio.

*  Ask the photographer to put together a small selection of the best photographs from a shoot. You do not have the experience or the expertise to make that choice from a large selection.

*  Consider the potential shots for your portfolio side-by-side. Every photograph should be different, unique and memorable. Avoid repetitive poses, facial expressions and set-ups.

When building your first portfolio, do not use photographs from only one shoot. Aim to work with different photographers. The different styles will demonstrate your versatility as a model.

You want a combination of headshots and half, three quarter and full length shots.


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8.  Where and how do I get my model portfolio?


You can commission a photographer or aim for a prints for time shoot.

*  Commissioning a photographer is to pay him (or her) to create photographs for your portfolio.

A portfolio is a creative collaboration between a photographer and a model. To get the most out of prints for time shoot, it helps if you are somewhat talented. Attitude is important, too.

Both options have their specific advantages and disadvantages.

Whether commissioned or prints for time, don't just go to any photographer. Spend some time researching your options to ensure that you select the right photographer.

Quality is more important in your portfolio than quantity. Do not assume that you can get all your shots effortlessly, for free and in a day.


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9.   The facts about being a model


Here are some cold, hard truths about becoming a model, as well as some realistic advice to make it happen.



*  Realize that there are qualities a model needs to have, for example clear skin, a well-proportioned face, full lips, big (or at least striking) eyes, high cheekbones, tidy nails and a nose that is not too large, as well as height appropriate for the kind of modeling job desired.

*  Decide what kind of model you'd like to be. A model can have many different figures - because there are many different types of models:

You can be quite thin and toned yet still quite curvy to be an average model, or big and curvy to be a plus size model.

*  If you're tall (at the very least 5ft8) and very skinny but with a small breast size, you can be a catwalk model.

If you have large breasts but not very wide hips, you can be an underwear model.

*  If you have large breasts and bottom with slightly wide hips, you can be a booty girl.

*  If you don't fit any of the face or body descriptions, perhaps you can be a foot, hair or hand model.

* If you don't fit any of hair or hand or foot you can be a toe model.

If you dont fit for any toes or fingers , you can be a fingertip model

*  Hair models often have to have good faces too.

*  Technically, anybody can be a model. However, do remember that if you don't meet certain requirements, the work available to you will be incredibly limited.

Look up modeling on the internet to find more information. A great site is Life of a Model which is a candid insight into modeling - written by models.

*  Get some photos done. These don't have to be professional but they should be created for the purpose of showing your ability as a model. Although agencies say they are happy with snapshots, that doesn't mean they want to see an out of focus shot of you out partying with your friends with a little note attached saying that you're the one on the right! As a bare minimum, you will need one headshot and one body shot.

Look up the number of a reputable modeling agency. You can find these in your area phone book or by running a search on the Internet.

When you attend your appointment, they might ask you to pull certain faces like laughing, happy, sad, or seductive. Practice in front of a mirror beforehand. It may help to look at pictures of models in magazines to get an idea.

*  They will ask you to walk and take your measurements, so be prepared for all of that.

If going to an interview with an agency isn't something you want to do right now or just doesn't seem right for you, you can consider entering modeling contests. However, make sure you check that these are being run by a reputable agency.

If, for whatever reason, you've decided signing with an agency isn't right for you, you could consider going freelance. But be warned- the pay is usually considerably less and there are much fewer safety precautions.



Confirm whether or not there will be a make-up artist on site for any work you are doing. 99 times out of 100 there will be but there may be the odd occasion where you are required to do your own make-up. If there is a make-up artist, then arrive fresh faced.

Be aware of the fact that if you become one of the top models like Kate Moss, the people you work for might ask you to take drastic measures to stay a top model. For example, they might ask you to get nose jobs, liposuction, or have breast implants. And lose more weight...

*  Other models can be mean, but you're still going to have to smile and hug them for the photos.

*  Always be polite and turn up on time to a shoot. If you're late or rude, word soon gets around and then nobody will want to work with you.

Get your parents' permission if you're less than 21.

*  Make sure you drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. It'll help you to look your best. It is recommended that one does get some sort of training. Like doctors, lawyers, or any major profession a degree and certain amount of training to acquire proper skills is highly necessary.

Modeling schools, such as John Robert Powers, or Barbizon, are perfectly legal. They are, in fact, licensed by the Board of Education. However, whether or not they will teach you have to become a model is questionable and some agencies even say that attending a modeling school can teach you bad habits that are hard to unlearn! They are also expensive.

Be organized! Models often get called off places at last minute and have very busy days. You need to be on top of things if you want to succeed. Buying a day-to-day planner can really help.


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10.  How to be a plus size model


Plus size models are usually between size 12 - 28 and their height is usually 5'7- 5'11. This article provides tips on becoming a plus size model. Steps Decide if the modeling industry is right for you. Take a look through magazines and catalogs and get a feel for how the models look, including the way they pose, their body type etc.


Take a few test shots with some friends or family.

If you like being in front of the camera and believe you are photogenic, then practice moving in clothing and finding your right look, a hairstyle that fits your face (choose one that is easy to maintain and one that is easy to style for different looks in modeling). If there is anything that you need take care of, for example, split ends, clearing up your skin, exercise to tone areas, then take action and do so.


Make sure you meet the height and size requirements.

*  Seek out local modeling agencies in your area and find out what their exact requirements are for submitting your photographs or for open calls. Open calls are when the agencies set time aside to see new models.

Once you find the agencies you want, schedule a test shoot - it can be with a friend or family member or you can have professional photos taken. It is not necessary that they be professional.

The photos should be clear and not blurry. There should be no-one else photographed in the pictures with you. At least one photo should be a headshot, one a good smile shot, one full length, and one a body shot in shorts and tank (whatever you are comfortable wearing) or a swimsuit.

*  Submit your photos to the agencies you have chosen. There are three ways to submit your photos: email to the relevant "plus size division"; or send a letter of introduction with your photos attached via ordinary mail; or go to an open call at the agency and meet with them in person, as this way they can not only see you but will also get to see your personality. Make sure you know your stats (height, dress sizes, age, hair color, eye color, shoe size). If you don't know your measurements, have someone take them for you. Write them down and carry them with you or include them in your e-mail or letter.


Hot Tip:

On open calls dress casual but neat, nothing too trendy or tight Your skin should be clear and blemish-free Don't wear heavy makeup Keep nails neat and manicured Smile and have fun !



*  Modeling is a very competitive business, do not feel bad if not accepted by the agency . Many famous models are not signed with an agent on their first open call - keep working on yourself and go a second time and more if needs be . If the agency is still not right for you, try another agency.

Many agencies are looking for different looks at all times. The advertising industry is more interested nowadays in a wider representation of people in their ads.

*  Sometimes modeling may not be for you - if you're still interested in working in the fashion industry, there are many opportunities such as stylists, make up artists, photographer . Find what your talents are and do what you like best!


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11.    How to compete in a modeling competitions


If you have never modeled or just need tips, you might need help with posture, technique, music choice and more. Also learn some popular routines to practice.



*  Put on some high heel shoes. Judges always count off if you dont have appropriate shoes.

*  If you have one yet put on your formal dress. This needs to be like a prom dress. Now get in a place with plenty of room on each side of you and in front.

*  Stand at "Pretty Feet". Turn your left foot all the way side ways and put your right foot right in the middle of your left foot.

*  Begin by slowly walking forward 1 foot in front of the other 8 steps. Stop at pretty feet. Now for the turns, step forward a small step with your front foot and step forward with your other foot and turn it to where the tip of your other foot is touching the middle of the left foot

Repeat to the back…

Step off to the right and walk 4 steps. End at pretty feet.

Now, step backwards with the front foot and turn while on toes.

*  Walk in a half circle for 8 steps and end at pretty feet. Turn to front. Repeat to back. Walk to right four steps Do 1 turn Walk to the back 8 steps Turn all the way to the front and nod to the judge because you're done!


Hot Tips

*  Make sure you have really good posture and if you dont naturally have good posture Force it!

Make sure to swing your hands naturally! Not to noticable though.

Walk slowly.

When the judge is giving awards make sure to smile the whole time and dont rub it in to anyone else that you won.

Its okay to cry of joy!

You wont always win so dont be disappointed if you dont win on your first time, I did but it was because my opponents had fake smiles and one of them wore slippers instead of heels! Big mistake!


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12.    How to walk like a model


Many women want to look, dress and be like a model. But to do that, you should first start walking like a model. While the women on the runway might make it look easy, strutting your stuff in 4-inch heels isn't. Here's how to make an impression on the catwalk.



Choose the right shoes.

If you're not used to walking in heels, start with a thin two-inch heel, preferably one that you have already worn in. (Later, you can work your way up to walking in higher, less comfortable heels.) If the shoes are new, scratch the soles with scissors so that they will not slip when they touch the floor. Alternatively, you can cover the sole of the shoe with masking tape, if you don't want to scratch your shoes.

Shoulders back

Learn to stand like a supermodel. Practice your posture, throw your shoulders back, and push your pelvis slightly forward. It might create the illusion that you're leaning back a little, rather than hunching forward.

Train yourself to place the ball of the foot down first, and keep all of your weight balanced there rather than on the heel. It may feel strange, but placing the ball of the foot down first gives you more of an elegant stride than a clunky heel-first walk would. It's almost like walking on your tippy-toes, the way ballerinas do.

*  Put one foot in front of the other (literally). Toes should face forward. Your footprints should form a single line, as if you are walking on a rope or a beam. When done quickly, this gives the body that characteristic swing.

Make your stride look long and commanding by lifting your legs almost in the same fashion a horse would. For each stride, you want to lift your foot a good distance off the ground (with a bend in the knee) and then place it down a good distance in front of the supporting leg. Don't make your strides too large as this will make you look awkward and ungraceful, but make sure you take large enough steps, rather than just baby steps.

A sultry stare - Look straight forward, capturing the essence of the clothes you're wearing with the expression on your face. Focus on an object straight ahead of you (but don't stare...that is creepy). Keep your chin up and your head still as your body moves down the runway. When you make your turn at the end, let your head be the last part of your body to move. Develop your own signature walk.

There's no simple formula for walking the runway, and what will ultimately make you stand out is not only how well you can move your body but also how much of your own personality you can inject into your performance to make it memorable. The best way to create your own unique style is to experiment, practice, and get feedback (even if it means taking some constructive criticism).



Watch supermodels walk the walk. Visit fashion shows and watch them on TV. Who were the models that stood out the most? What made them unique? How was her walk different from the others'? Learn from the best so that you don't have to reinvent the wheel.

Videotape yourself walking, so you can understand what other people are seeing. Also, by keeping a visual record of your walk, you'll be able to trace your progress as you learn how to strut your stuff like a real supermodel would.

*  If you should trip, fall, or have any other unfortunate circumstance, recover gracefully. Smile, laugh, and keep going as if it never happened. Nothing will demonstrate your confidence like your performance under strenuous circumstances.

*  Warnings Think about why you want to walk and look like a model before you do it. Having the clear goal of looking great and being happy because of it will add to your self esteem. Which in turn will increase your attractiveness through radiating self assurance. If you just go through the motions, it will show. Walking in high heels can have serious short-term and long-term negative effects on your body. Whether it's a sprained ankle from a broken heel or bad knees from years of catwalking, be sure to take these risks into consideration when you decide to use high heels on a regular basis.

Limit your runway walk to the runway, or at least a smooth surface. Make sure there are no obstacles, bumps, or cracks in your way. Using high heels on an uneven or unpredictable surface could result in you injuring yourself, and no one looks modelesque with crutches.

Looking like a model involves more than just pouting and strutting your stuff. Models have a confident mystique about them. Even the most unconventionally beautiful models carry themselves with an aura that exudes style, grace, and health. Here's how to get in touch with your own inner model and who knows, maybe even get "discovered!"


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13.   20 Top Tips


Get fit. Being healthy is a million times more important than being thin. Check with your doctor for your proper weight range and work to get and stay within it. Exercise, eat properly, and drink plenty of water to achieve that weight and be as healthy as you can be. As long as you're in your healthy range, you'll look fabulous. And even if you're already happy with your body, it still might be good to tone it up--turn that flat stomach into a six pack!


Mind your style, from top to bottom. There are two things that can make or break your look: your hair and your shoes.


Look through hair magazines and talk with your hairstylist about what would look good with your face structure. Always keep your hair clean and styled, and make sure you go back to the salon every 2-3 months as your hair grows. Make sure the shade of your hair is vibrant; there's nothing worse than dull hair.


Wear clean, feminine shoes. That doesn't mean you always have to wear high heels (although that does help to send your model look up a notch). Models wear sneakers, too, and they wear them with style. Just make sure your shoes aren't worn out, and that you can walk comfortably in them (a grimace accompanied by a limp from the pain of wearing a torturous pair of shoes is unbecoming). See the Tips section for more advice about shoes.


Be fashionable. This one is a given, but a lot of people don't realize how wrong they are in the clothes they wear. Learn about your body type, height, skin tone and preferences. Discover yourself, and fashion will come to you. Rid yourself of any insecurities, because you can look bad in a Gucci & Manolo shoes if your shoulders are slouching and you have a scared look on your face. You don't have to wear designer clothes, especially if you can't afford them. Just look through fashion magazines, pick your favourites and then find look-a-likes. Remember: Clothes don't make you, they complement you.


Smile, and do it like you mean it. Models are happy girls, even though they might look bored or fierce on the runway. They make tons of cash, have lots of beautiful friends, attend the hottest parties, and let's not forget that their job is to walk around in really expensive clothes. So, generally, they're happy with their lives and you should be, too. Who cares that you're broke, know no celebrities, and your job involves flipping burgers? Just make sure you're the prettiest burger flipper in your joint! Smile, be merry and people will notice that. It will help you meet people and be talked about. But to smile genuinely, you have to be genuinely happy with yourself.


Be your own makeup artist. Makeup is amazing, and any fashionista knows that. You can transform into so many different looks if you have the necessary tools and skills. Look through fashion magazines and practice the looks you see on yourself and your friends. Then invent your own looks and perfect them. Being able to apply makeup like a pro is a must for looking like a model. It requires practice, practice, and then some more practice.


Make sure every part of your body is as flawless as you can make it. We all have this idea that models are perfect human beings with perfect super powers, but they're just girls like you and me. Of course, they have been refined, polished, re-invented, and perfected. You can be all of these as well, with proper maintenance! Hygiene is extremely important.


Don't bite your nails and always keep them polished.


Keep your feet in impeccable conditions at all times (you never know when you will have to take your shoes off and dance on the tables!).


Soft elbows and knees are just as important as matching shoes and belt.


To get softer skin, try to exfoliate your skin at least once a month.


Keep those pearly whites pearly white! Use whitening strips if you need to, and stay far away from cigarettes and coffee, which will turn them yellow. Be seen. What does it matter to look gorgeous if the only one that sees it is your family, and your teddy bears. Go out dancing with your friends, or dining, or whatever it is you like to do. Have fun and live it out. Models are also known for being party girls and amazing party hosts!


Educate yourself in culture. Stay on top of the arts, film, music, fashion, news and all things hip. Learn key phrases in various languages from countries with an active fashion scene. Travel the world, or watch the Travel Channel. Professional models learn to feel at home in any part of the world, and so must you--or at least you can pretend!


Watch your posture. How you carry yourself affects how people perceive you more than you think! Perk up that chin, throw those shoulders back, and glide through the air as if you just signed a ten million dollar contract. At home, practice carrying books on your head. Move like a dancer. Remember that every moment is a potential pose!


Skip the foundation, unless you're doing a photoshoot or runway show. Instead, focus on having healthy, clear, gorgeous skin and you won't need it! If you have to wear it, wear the light kinds and make sure it matches your skin tone. Go to a makeup shop and let a make up lady behind a counter help you find your shade. She knows more than you do.


Mascara and lip gloss should be part of your first aid kit. Mascara will open up your eyes and make them shine, and lip gloss will make your lips look juicy and inviting.


Magazines like Vogue (or Teen Vogue), Allure, Elle, etc. are very helpful in finding hairstyles, make up and clothes. If you're going for that runway look though, you might want to switch or combine with high fashion magazines such as Flaunt, Zink, MUSE, W, etc. These are magazines basically made for models, so you'll get the insider tips. These high fashion magazines also have lots of information about latest books, music, film, arts and all those things you want to know about.


This is an old trick: Find a model you like and follow her throughout the years. You'll learn tons of fashion from them.


Have a pair of shoes for every style you wear. Make sure you have different shoes for every season, especially if the weather changes dramatically in your area. There's nothing more hideous than Ugg boots in July, unless you live below the Equator. Make sure that you have ballet flats and fierce pumps for the Spring; Indian sandals and espadrilles for the Summer; mary janes and cowgirl boots for Autumn; and Uggs and all kinds of cute fuzzies for the Winter. Avoid flip-flops, please.


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14.    Classes


If you're serious about becoming a model, then you might want to invest in a modeling class session. You will learn a lot from these, and you will network with the professional models that teach the classes, and the amateur models just like you.


These classes usually start at about £900 and go up just to any amount. Just make sure the organization is licensed so that you don't waste your money. If you don't have the money, there's a lot of books, shows, and mentors out there that will help you. When you go to auditions, be extremely careful. Don't go to auditions posted in the "Jobs" section of the news paper.


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15.    Warnings


Modeling is a tough business. Try not to be discouraged by rejections. Even top models still get rejected for about 70% of everything they are put forward for!

Girls can easily become obsessed with losing weight, resulting in eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia among others. Keep in mind that being healthy is more important than being thin. What does it matter if you're wearing the hottest trends if you're inside a casket due to an eating disorder. Sounds rough? It's the truth.

If you're actually doing some modeling, be careful of "agents," "photographers," "model scouts," whatever. Make sure you bring your mom or your friend with you, preferably a tall, strong male friend. Watch out for the sickos out there.

Watch out for the trend of plastic surgery. Just don't do it.

Don't get too stressed over your looks. Remember that love for yourself is more important than anything else, because it's what moves you to achieve things. It's all about having a good time. Being fashionable today is a lot like playing dress up when you were a little girl. It's all about experimenting and playing. Skip the plastic surgery, please!

*  Don't be a jerk! You need to have your own attitude, but looking pretty doesn't give you the right to look down on others and treat them badly. You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar. A model's clients are always impressed with a sweet disposition.

*  Are you worried about looking like the hunchback of Notre Dame? Here's a painfree and effective method for safely assuming a 'correct' posture and improving muscle tone.

Learn to accept rejection politely. Thank the people for their time. Be truthful about your measurements. Don't say you're skinnier than you are just to get a shoot. Once there, the stylist will have problems and you will get found out. Word will get around and you could find yourself without a career!

Be wary of any agency that asks for money up front. The majority of agencies get their money through commission- meaning they take a certain percentage of your pay for every job that you do. If you don't work, then they don't get paid. If you've already paid up, there's no incentive for them to find you work.

However, don't dismiss everybody who asks you for up-front fees as a scam. First of all, double check that they are an agency. Portfolio hosting sites and modeling communities, such as One Model Place, net-model and MuseCube, ask for a fee in return for hosting your portfolio. They do not actively search for work for you nor do they pretend to do so. If you are sure that they are an agency, listen carefully to what they are asking for the fees for. If the fees are to cover comp cards or portfolios, they might just be for real. Bigger agencies in bigger markets will often pay for these for you or at least loan you the money but smaller agencies or agencies in smaller markets often can't afford to do this. If the fees are to cover actual representation, this probably isn't a good deal. Although there are some good agencies out there who work on this basis, the majority are nothing more than con artists. Find models they represent, get in touch with them and ask them what they think of the representation they are getting.

Know your limits on style and nudity. If you don't want to do glamour work or are uncomfortable doing full nudity, speak up and don't let people push you past those limits. Also, consider where you want your career to go in the future. Sure, you may be comfortable doing glamour now, but what if you decide you want to do fashion or catalouge work in the future? You might be discriminated against if they know you have done this line of work.

Try not to mention your modeling career too much to your friends; girls can get catty about modeling.

Be wary of sleazes. there are lots of them...

Be aware that the pressure of modeling can cause a lot of long term mental health problems, including eating disorders. Don't be afraid to speak to somebody if you think it is getting all too much. If you just can't handle the pressure, it may be time to start thinking of a new profession. A job isn't worth your health!

*  If you are invited to a foreign country (i.e. Hong Kong, Macau etc.) for an audition or job, have enough funds to purchase a return ticket yourself. While legitimate jobs exist, there are many scams that provide one way tickets then trap young girls into prostitution rings when they cannot afford to go back home.

*  Things You'll Need: At least one good head shot and one full body shot to send into agencies. Confidence and a nice smile.


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16.    Posture


* Know what good posture is believed to be. Most people think that to "stand up straight" means tensing your back to heave your chest 'in and up', and pulling your head back in to your chest. Not so. The spine has two natural curves that you need to maintain called the 'double C' or 'S' curves, these are the curves found from the base of your head to your shoulders and the curve from the upper back to the base of the spine.

Proper alignment places your ears loosely above your shoulders, above your hips. Again, these points make a straight line, but the spine itself curves in a slight 'S'.

Using a mirror, align your ears, shoulder, and hips. You'll find that this doesn't hurt at all. If you do experience pain, look at your sideview in a mirror to see if you're forcing your back into an unnatural position. If so, stop it!

*  Do exercises that strengthen the muscles across your upper back and shoulders. These do not have to be strenuous! Try the following, with or without handweights:

*  Alignyour ears over your shoulders. Raise both arms straight up, along side your ears. Remember to keep your ears aligned! Bend forearms toward shoulders to touch your shoulder blades. Do 10 repetitions with both arms, then alternate 10 reps for each arm singularly.

Align ears with shoulders. Raise both arms out to sides at shoulder length. Hold for a slow count of ten. Slowly lower arms to sides, counting ten as you lower. Slowly raise arms back to shoulder height, counting to ten as you raise arms. Do ten reps, constantly checking your alignment! If ten reps are too many to start, do as many as you can. You should at least feel a slight fatigue in the shoulder muscles.

*  Be a penguin. While you wait for a webpage to load, toast to pop, or the microwave to beep, place elbows at your side, and touch your shoulders with your hands. Keeping your hands on your shoulders, and your ears aligned, raise both elbows (count one, two) and lower back to your waist (count one, two). Do as many reps as your wait allows. You'll be surprised how much exercise fits into 30 seconds.

Do stretches. This can greatly help if you find that you have a sore back or neck after a while.

Tilt (stretch) your head in all four directions over your shoulders (forward, back, left, right), and gently massage your neck. Avoid rolling in a circle, as it may cause further strain.

On your hands and knees, curl your back upwards, like a cat, and then the opposite. Think about being able to place a bowl in the hollow of your back.


Repeat the exercises a few times each day. Doing them in the morning helps your body stretch out the muscle lethargy of sleep, and periodically throughout the day helps raise your energy level without a heavy workout.



You can have someone tape a giant X on your back from one shoulder to the oposite hip. Then put a straight line of tape across your shoulders closing the top of the X. Wear this during the day, to help retrain your back. This works really well if you hold shoulders back before taping, use wide non stretch tape and ideally change tape each day

Don't tighten up your muscles when you are assuming a straight posture. It will only stress the joints and muscles themselves and this affects the skeleton, therefore your posture and even the way you move and breathe. Try to eventually relax into it but if you experience back pains, stop it! You are probably causing unnecessary muscle tension. If your head is hanging, you can't be properly aligned. Keep your head at the level that allows you to look directly ahead without having to turn your eyes up. If you cannot do this without feeling tension in your neck, this means you are causing unnecessary muscle tension.

A great side benefit of keeping your head straight, and your ears/shoulders/hips aligned is an improvement in your self-esteem and attitude. If you walk with your head up, you appear more confident, and feel more confident, which improves your attitude and mood, making it easier to walk with your head up.

Try these steps to get in alignment: push your shoulders forward, then bring them straight up, then bring them straight back, then bring them staight down. Feel good? If your shoulders feel slightly stiff or tense you may have unnecessary muscle tension.

If you feel pain, especially back pain when trying to attain 'correct' posture you could consider learning the Alexander Technique with a qualified teacher , this is a proven learning technique which helps drop unneccessary muscle tension, regain natural posture and also adds a quality of ease to the way you move and work.



*  Do not keep doing exercises until you feel pain or more than a slight fatigue! This will not get you there faster. Instead it will frustrate you and make you less likely to continue the exercises. If you can only do 3 reps, do 3 reps when you get up, and 3 after breakfast, and three just before you leave the house. Tomorrow or the next day, you'll be able to do 4. Then 7, then 10.

*  Anyone with back, neck, or pelvic injuries should not attempt to correct their posture themselves. This could further damage the body. Contact your Doctor or call an Alexander Technique Teacher before trying to tamper with your alignment.


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17.    How to look gorgeous without looking artificial...



*  Stay true to your hair. Your natural hair is beautiful, but if you have frizz, dull colored hair, or dry or oily hair it's not too gorgeous. Follow the steps to treat the hair problems.

For frizz, use John Freida Frizz-Ease nourishing shampoo.

For dull colored hair, use Pantene Pro-V color expressions (choose your hair color).

For dry hair, use Neutrogena Triple moisture shampoo.

For oily hair, use Neutrogena Maximum Strength.

Take care of your face. No amount of make-up can duplicate the natural beauty of clear skin. Wash your face twice a day and use a scrub once a day unless your dermatologist says otherwise. Use a daily sunscreen and hydrate your body with water often.

*  Improve your health. The bottom line: comfort in your own skin is of primary importance to looking and feeling beautiful. To improve the shape of your body, you must improve your lifestyle. Once you have personal understanding, cooperation, and education, you can adapt your lifestyle. Give and take with your options, remaining realistic towards your goals. Find healthy substitutions that help. Hate the gym? Take a dance class, go

Swimming, play with your kids, join a sports league, or take up golf. You'll be surprised how much the little things add up.

Pamper yourself. Get a pedicure and manicure. Get a massage. Get your brows plucked. Never wax them, it will hurt the skin and it could tear the skin badly or hurt your eyes.



*  The real trick is appreciating your best features and playing them up. Attraction is triggered by distinct features catching an individual's eye. So you might as well work what you've got.

*  People who are comfortable with themselves are more attractive than people who aren't.



Avoid overdoing the fake tan. You don't want to look orange!


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18.    Taking photographs of yourself - Tips part 1


Do you dislike having your picture taken because you always seem to come out looking hideous? Have you ever been on a date with someone whose online photo knocked you out but whose appearance in real life turned out to be a bit uninspiring? What’s the deal with pictures?

While being photogenic just comes naturally to some people, there are a few things that anyone can do to look better in photos. Try out the tricks in this article and stop running for cover whenever the camera comes out.



Wear clothes with colors that suit you. Certain colors complement certain skin tones, while others tend to bring out the worst. Also take into consideration your hair color. You may have a feel for which colors you look best in, but if not do some research (check out the external links below) and some trial-and-error.

* Hide your blemishes. The bad thing about photographs is that because they are simply frozen images of one angle in an instant in time, they can’t show all your good attributes. The good thing about them is that you can easily hide certain features you don’t like. If you’ve got a unsightly look on one side of your face, for example, don’t show the camera that side.

Determine your best angle. Beyond the obvious hiding of blemishes, finding the right angle for your face can be a bit more difficult. The best thing you can do is experiment using a digital camera so that you can immediately see the results of each pose. It will very quickly become obvious which angles are most flattering for you, and you can then use that angle as much as possible in the future. The classic model’s pose is to arrange your body 3/4 toward the camera with one foot in front of the other and one shoulder closer to the camera than the other. This isn’t the best pose for everybody, however, and it can look a little ridiculous when used in a family photo right next to Uncle Bob. Get rid of a double chin. Tilt your head down slightly and try to position yourself so that the camera is a little above your eye level. This will hide a double chin fairly effectively. You can also put one hand under your chin as though you’re resting your head on your hand (keep the thumb side of your hand out of the camera’s view, if possible). Don’t actually rest any weight on the hand, however, or you will push the skin into an unflattering position. Also try resting your tongue against the roof of your mouth.

*  Stick your neck out. One trick models often use is to present a 3/4 pose to the camera (turn your head so that 3/4 of it is exposed to the camera, as opposed to a full frontal shot) and then lift your neck and slightly tilt your head down, as though you are a turkey sticking its head out (without actually thrusting your chin out). This improves facial definition and helps ameliorate wrinkles and flabby skin.

Relax. Many people end up looking odd in photos because they freeze into odd facial expressions with a “say cheese" type of smile on their face. If you’re used to having bad pictures taken of yourself, you probably get nervous in front of the camera, and this can make things even worse. If you know a picture is about to be taken, take a deep breath and exhale naturally, relaxing your arms and shoulders. As you exhale, smile or strike whatever pose is appropriate. Don’t hold your breath, either in or out, otherwise you’ll appear as though you’re tense or suffocating. If you see the photo coming too late, don’t panic and try to strike a pose. Keep doing what you’re doing and try to ignore the camera. It may not turn out perfectly, but you’ve got a better chance than if the camera catches you quickly trying to change your facial expression. The more comfortable and relaxed you appear, the better the photo will turn out.

*  Think happy thoughts. An unnatural, forced smile can make you look stiff and, frankly, weird. When people are smiling and waiting for a photo to be snapped, their facial muscles can get caught in all sorts of strange positions. To remedy this, try to time your smile so that you don’t have to hold it for too long. Also, imagine something really funny (don’t be afraid to laugh a bit, even) or think of someone—your spouse or child, for example—who makes you happy. By doing so, you’ll get a genuine smile. If you don’t like your smile or your teeth, try a more subdued, closed- or partially-closed-mouth smile. Regardless of how you choose to smile, the happier and more relaxed you are, the better.

Smile with your eyes. Nothing projects happiness and beauty like smiling eyes: a happy, somewhat mischievous expression of the eyes. To achieve this effect, imagine that the camera is a person you have a crush on walking into the room. This will create wider open eyes and a relaxed smile. Chances are you unconsciously do this all the time; the trick is to be able to bring it out on demand, so practice the smiling eyes in front of a mirror.

Listen to your mother. Remember how mum always told you not to slouch? Good posture can dramatically improve your appearance in pictures. Sitting or standing up straight will make you look healthier and more alert and, if in a group setting, more attractive than your slouching companions. Just remember to breathe normally and relax your shoulders. Especially if you usually have bad posture, it may be difficult to stand up straight and not look stiff, so practice this in the mirror.

Get a better photographer. Professional photographers generally know how to bring out the beauty in people. You can’t always choose your photographer, but sometimes you can. If you’re going to put up a shot for an online dating service, consider enlisting a professional. If you need headshots for modeling, get the best professional you can find. Edit or enhance photos. If you’ve tried everything, but you still can’t seem to get a good picture of yourself, try slightly altering your digital photos. Changing the lighting effects or filter effects, for example, can dramatically improve the appearance of your complexion.

*  Fake it till you make it. People are often photogenic because they like having their picture taken. They are therefore relaxed and happy when the camera appears. If you cannot muster up genuine love of the camera, pretend you like the camera- imagine the camera is someone you love, a long lost friend, a old flame, your child at age three, whatever you need to look at the camera lovingly. Try it, it really does work.

Study pictures of models and other photogenic people. When comfortable for your personality, experiment with mimicking their postures, but remember most model photos are not what family members or friends are looking for in a picture. Stand at a slight angle to the camera.

When in a seated group shot, be sure the chairs are placed as close together as possible. Instead of leaning in, sit up straight and relax.

*  Have your close friends look at the pictures you've taken to help you ascertain when you look your best. Sometimes, a critical second set of eyes is a great help.

*  Consider that people with highly animated faces stand a better chance of getting captured during a transient grotesque expression. Frame-by-frame video is a great way to see significant differences between the photogenic and the not-so-photogenic.

Practice smiling in front of the mirror. In no time you'll know which smile looks fake and which is the most flattering. Learning how your face moves will help when someone grabs for the camera.

*  Keep your tongue behind your teeth.

Use makeup. Those runway models and movie stars don’t necessarily all have perfect complexions, but they do all wear makeup so that they look unblemished. Especially if you have oily skin, a spotty complexion or a lot of wrinkles, experiment with different cosmetics to hide the “bad" and accentuate the “good".

Always look slightly above the camera when the picture is taken. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis always used this technique for photographs and portraits. Additionally, it helps reduce the "red eye" effect.

If it is a full-length shot, position your body 45 degrees from the camera, then turn your head towards the lens. Stand with one foot crossed in front of the other and put all your weight on your back leg. This pose is very slimming and universally flattering.

Make sure your photos look like you. These steps can help you better capture your natural beauty in pictures, but if you end up doctoring your photos too much you’re liable to look like someone you’re not. While you want to put your best face forward for online dating sites or acting headshots, you also want to make sure you accurately represent yourself. If you don’t, dates and potential employers may be disappointed.

Sucking in your stomach will make you appear unattractive because your ribs will poke through the shirt. Worse, it will make you look slightly uncomfortable, which is never appealing.


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19.    Taking pictures of yourself - Tips part 2



Relax. Taking pictures of yourself is far less stressful than modeling for someone else. If you take 100 bad photos, you can just delete them off your digital camera before anyone can see.

*  Start off by taking the photos on a day when you feel comfortable about how you look. It helps if you have some confidence, and it shows. Put on some makeup if you like, do your hair a bit, anything that will make you feel better about yourself. If you take a bunch of photos on a low self-esteem day, no matter how they look you'll find fault in them!

Experiment with settings. A flash can really wash you out, which can be a blessing if you have lots of blemishes, but just know that people aren't stupid and if you've made the picture so bright that your nose is gone kids on Myspace will know something’s up. Also, you can set the camera to have different tints depending on the light. There is one setting, which is usually indicated by a little light bulb, and this generally makes everything tinted blue if you don’t use the flash. Just play around with all the different options on your camera and see which one makes you look the best.

Take as many pictures as you can. You’ll have a lot to pick from when you’re done and the more options the better.

*  If you have even a slight double chin never take the photo from underneath your face. A seemingly universally flattering angle is slightly above and having your face turned at an angle.

Emphasize the parts you like about yourself. If you have nice lips, a good way to show them off is to tip your head upward so the camera is underneath your lips, which makes them look even fuller. If you don’t have full lips, a way to make them appear fuller is lots of lip-gloss with a little dab of shimmering white in the center of your mouth. Hide your stomach. If you are nervous about your stomach being pouchy, then lie on your bed and reach the camera up with one arm in front of your face and lay on your side. It creates the effect of a really lean body behind your face. Use Photoshop to hide flaws. Open Photoshop > open the IMAGE option > OPEN ADJUSTMENTS > click AUTO LEVELS. See, doesn’t that look better already? Also in that same menu is the overused brightness/contrast option. Use it, of course, but just remember less is more.

*  Use black and white for a change. This can be very flattering in that it hides unbalanced skin tones and all that other business we can't conceal with makeup alone.

*  Stay away from the filters; if you don’t know how to use them properly, they always end up looking lame and very AOL web page from 1997.

*  Experiment with Photoshop. Use the burn tool [a little hand], the saturation tool [a sponge], and the dodge tool [sort of looks like a black lollipop], which are all in the menu bar.

*  If you want your picture to stand out at all, don’t show pictures of you with your arms around your friends at a party, those photos are boring and all alike.

Web cam pictures are always pretty grainy looking and you can’t really change the angle, so unless you can avoid it, use an actual camera.

Nothing is more cliché than seeing your arm extending out to take the photo. Consider using a timer and setting up the camera. You can also try experimenting with different angles to avoid the cheesy look of an arm extending out.

*  A good way to take a self-photo is by using a mirror. If you want only a face shot, stand close to the mirror; you can use a full-length mirror for body shots. Make sure the camera's not blocking your face, unless you want it to.

Please keep in mind these are all just tips that may or may not work. Nothing takes the place of actually feeling good about the way you look.


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20.    How to become a model


This page has tips on how to start modeling, how to make the right choices and what to expect from the industry. Despite the glamour and hype you have seen about the modelling profession, it's hard work. It's boring (sometimes). It's tedious. It's filled with rejection, ups and downs; It's a lifestyle, not an 8-5 job.

Not all jobs pay well. Unless you are seriously committed about modelling, willing to work at it on your own time, live a healthy life style, etc., you will not succeed as a model. You have to understand that there are many people who want to be models. They are doing everything they can to be successful. Are you willing to put the time and energy into competing with these people, 24 hrs a day? .


Do you have inner stamina to be a model?

Are you tall and slender and unusually attractive enough that you are as good or better looking than most other models? You also need to have the tenancy, patience, aptitude, interpersonal skills, communication skills, stamina, confidence, business skills, etc.? If you think you do, then you can try to be a model. Modelling can be fun, exciting, and adventurous. Be sure to maintain realistic expectations however, the chances of becoming a successful or famous model are fairly small.


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21.    Measurements


The best measurements for modelling are...

5'9" , 34b bust, 24" waist, 34" hips. If you are within one inch of these measurements you are fit to model almost anything. High Fashion models are typically 5'7" to 6' tall and an extremely thin size 7 with 32-35" bust, 22-25" waist and 33-36" hips. They are not necessarily classically beautiful.

PETITE measurements would be 5'5" to 5'8" tall and a size 5 to 7. The model MUST have a well proportioned body.

PLUS SIZE models are 5'7" to 5'11" tall and wear a size 12 to 14, have a well toned and proportioned body with a thin face, good skin and beautiful hair.

Always provide very accurate measurements to the agency and to customers. (Helps to save embarrassment if you get hired for a job and the clothes don't fit because you were not honest). For a man, heights should be 5'11" to 6'2" and you must fit in a 40-42" jacket.


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22.    Tips on how to present yourself in the modeling world


Try to create a good first impression by using the a outfif, shoes and even background for emphasizing legs, length. Using a shoe with a good heel helps to reinforce the effect (softens the leg muscle features)

*  Another way to make an impact is an effective and moody facial expression. With the right mood creation, mouth and eyes could really be used to your advantage, work on your expressions in front of the mirror and remember how it feels.

This way it is easier for you to picture your face in certain environment. Bust shape plays a crucial role. You must select the right clothing to enhance the positive effect that bust line may have.

Last, but not least, the eyes. Most of the communication with the camera has to get you deeply involved. You have to FEEL something special when you are communicating with the camera. Remember, the camera is your audience.



You need to create a special mood with each shot in your portfolio. If each shot doesn't SAY something about you, then you are wasting your time. Eliminate all shots which are a duplication. Practice at home toward developing expressions and body positions which reinforce a certain mood before you go on a shoot. Never be satisfied - until you can show the picture to 10 people and at least 7 of them will identify the mood you were trying to create.



The expression, or lack of it, will make or break a shot. If you are not feeling what you want to's not going to work. The camera has an ability to tell an audience when a model is sincere. So, if you can't FEEL it, don't bother. You will have to practice more on mood and expression than any other aspect of the modeling profession



Clothes can make a portfolio stand out. Every shot should entail a different wardrobe (not just adding or changing accessories). As you change your wardrobe or costuming for each shot, your surroundings should also change. Your backdrop should reinforce whatever the choices of costume.

Watch out for bad (for you) clothing choices and the repetition which can result in monotonous, boring pictures and makes the viewer want to quit looking. After all, if the next shot is the same as the last....why look more? Try to use your wardrobe selection to your advantage emphasize your strong features and attributes.

Even with good dress, posing can be completely unimaginative, try to work on how posing can be used even more effectively to show off your best. Be very careful when you use accessories to make sure the accessory drapes well and adds to the strength of the shot. If your body proportions seem to work quite well together, make sure your costume selection does everything to emphasize that you are pretty well together.

You need to put  a lot of thought into each and every piece you are going to use for a particular shot. Ask yourself : " How will this article affect the mood, expression, idea and concept of the shot?" If you don't get a positive answer, go on to another selection.


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23.    Making a Great First Impression


It takes just a quick glance, maybe three seconds, for someone to evaluate you when you meet for the first time. In this short time, the other person forms an opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, your demeanor, your mannerisms, and how you are dressed.

*  With every new encounter, you are evaluated and yet another person’s impression of you is formed. These first impression can be nearly impossible to reverse or undo, making those first encounters extremely important, for they set the tone for the all the relationships that follows.

*  So, whether they are in your career or social life, it’s important to know how to create a good first impression. This article provides some useful tips to help you do this. Be on Time The person you are meeting for the first time is not interested in your “good excuse” for running late. Plan to arrive a few minutes early. And allow flexibility for possible delays in traffic or taking a wrong turn. Arriving early is much better that arriving late, hands down, and is the first step to create a great first impression.


Be Yourself, Be at Ease

If you are feeling uncomfortable and on edge, this can make the other person ill at ease and that’s a sure way to create the wrong impression. If you are calm and confident, so the other person will feel more at ease, and so have a solid foundation for making that first impression a good one. See our section on relaxation techniques to find out how to calm that adrenaline!


Present Yourself appropriately

Of course physical appearance matters. The person you are meeting for the first time does not know you and your appearance is usually the first clue he or she has to go on.

*  But it certainly does not mean you need to look like a model to create a strong and positive first impression. (Unless you are interviewing with your local model agency, of course!) They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so the “picture” you first present says much about you to the person you are meeting.

Start with the way you dress. What is the appropriate dress for the meeting or occasion? In a business setting, what is the appropriate business attire? Suit, blazer, casual? And ask yourself what the person you'll be meeting is likely to wear - if your contact is in advertising or the music industry, a pinstripe business suit may not strike the right note! For business and social meetings, appropriate dress also varies between countries and cultures, so it’s something that you should pay particular attention to when in an unfamiliar setting or country .Make sure you know the traditions and norms.

*  And what about your grooming? Clean and tidy appearance is appropriate for most business and social occasions. A good haircut or shave. Clean and tidy clothes. Neat and tidy make up. Make sure your grooming is appropriate and helps make you feel “the part”.

Appropriate dressing and grooming help make a good first impression and also help you feel “the part”, and so feel more calm and confident. Add this up and you’ll create a great first imoression.


A Word about Individuality

The good news is you can usually create a good impression without total conformity or losing your individuality. Yes, to make a good first impression you do need to “fit in” to some degree. But it all goes back to being appropriate for the situation. If in a business setting, wear appropriate business attire. If at a formal evening social event, wear appropriate evening attire. And express you individuality appropriately within a context.


A Winning Smile!

“Smile and the world smiles too.”* So there’s nothing like a smile to create a good first impression. A warm and confident smile will put both you and the other person at ease. So smiling is a winner when it comes to great first impressions. But don't go overboard with this

*  And what about your grooming? Clean and tidy appearance is appropriate for most business and social occasions. A good haircut or shave. Clean and tidy clothes. Neat and tidy make up. Make sure your grooming is appropriate and helps make you feel “the part”.


Be Open and Confident

When it comes to making the first impression, body language as well as appearances speaks much louder than words.

Use your body language to project appropriate confidence and self-assurance. Stand tall, smile (of course), make eye contact, greet with a firm handshake. All of this will help you project confidence and helps both you and the other person will feel better at ease.

Almost everyone gets a little nervous when meeting someone for the first time. Which can lead to nervous habits or sweaty palms. By being aware of your nervous habit, you can try to keep them in check. And controlling a nervous jitter or a nervous laugh will give you confidence and help the other person feel at ease. Again, see our section on relaxation techniques for help with this. Small Talk Goes A Long Way…

*  Conversations are based on verbal give and take. It may help you to prepare questions you have for the person you are meeting for the first time beforehand. Or, take a few minutes to learn something about the person you meet for the first time before you get together. For instance, does he play golf? Does she work with a local charitable foundation?

Is there anything that you know of that you have in common with the person you are meeting? If so, this can be a great way to open the conversation and to keep it flowing. Be Positive

Your attitude shows through in everything you do. Project a positive attitude, even in the face of criticism or in the case of nervousness. Strive to learn from your meeting and to contribute appropriately, maintaining an upbeat manner and a smile. Be Courteous And Attentive

*  It goes without saying that good manners and polite, attentive and courteous behavior help make a good first impression. In fact, anything less can ruin the one chance you have at making that first impression. So be on your best behavior!

One modern manner worth mentioning is “turn off your mobile phone”. What first impression will you create if you are already speaking to someone other than the person you are meeting for the first time? Your new acquaintance deserves 100% of your attention. Anything less and you’ll create a less than good first impression.


Final bit of advice

You have just a few seconds to make a good first impression and it’s almost impossible ever to change it. So it’s worth giving each new encounter your best shot. Much of what you need to do to make a good impression is common sense. But with a little extra thought and preparation, you can hone your intuitive style and make every first impression not just good but great.


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24.    Dealing with difficulties


Here are some invaluable tips for handling challenging situations gleaned from models, which will help no matter what career or interest you are pursuing.


Rude behavior.

*  Professional behavior and a good attitude are essential to success. Be reliable, punctual, adaptable, considerate, pleasant, and loyal. A bad attitude will end a career before it starts. If you have had a fight with your boyfriend, a disagreement with your parents, or you just don’t feel like giving 100 percent, you must lose the pout and lack of energy that goes with it before you go on an interview, try out for cheerleading, or take any step in your career.

*  If a girl walked into the room and didn’t smile, greet them, and show enthusiasm, a client they may not be interested no matter how beautiful she might be.

*  Top international model, Shailah Edmonds, : “I once got a job because I sat up straight in the waiting room with a smile on my face. There were a lot of girls there for the same job, but I got it because the clients liked that first impression. You just never know who is watching you, or when.”


Weight problems.

All teenagers must know how to handle excessive weight fluctuations. Anorexia and bulimia plague the modeling profession, and the industry is blamed unfairly for the rise in these deadly psychiatric problems. In many cases, young people have the problem before they become models.

*  Jules Graff co-owner of Isis Model Management in London, England, says: “Bulimia and anorexia are not symptoms of modeling if a girl has it when she starts. A girl is not going to become anorexic just because she is a model. Models are naturally tall and thin. That is what is required for the job. That is why they are an easy target.” These eating disorders can often be overcome with good psychiatric care. How you look and feel depends greatly on a healthy lifestyle. Your face will show the first signs of fatigue, which can often be interpreted as a lack of interest or boredom. To constantly fight a weight battle is hopeless and dangerous.

*  Talk to a nutritionist and learn what is right for you. There are 3,500 calories in a pound of body weight. To control weight you must understand the intake and output of these calories. Intake is the easy part! Output means exercise. Balance is everything. Time and effort spent on learning good nutrition is a good investment. Exercise in moderation, follow a healthy and balanced diet, and get adequate sleep. We all need discipline and boundaries in our lives. Learn good habits while you are young and you will have less stress to deal with as you pursue your dreams.



Drugs are readily available, not only to young models but also to all teenagers, and their use is all-too-prevalent. To be caught with drugs overseas can mean being sent to prison and deportation. Drug use almost always leads to the user’s ongoing downward spiral, resulting in unprofessional behavior, unacceptable appearance, unreliability, ill health, and even death. Don’t become a statistic. Don’t ruin your life. Say “NO” to drugs!


Industry scams.

*  There are rogues and self-styled experts in every business, and con artists can be so convincing. Models are easy targets, and the Internet multiplies the risks. Never before in civilization has good and evil traveled so quickly. The web can be extremely dangerous for eager young people who think that, by using the Internet, they can gain immediate success. Perhaps a few can, but more often scams are involved, because if something sounds too good to be true, it generally is. The solution? Don’t answer advertisements without first consulting with your parents, who should check out all the details.



*  Everyone is insecure in some measure. It is a scourge even in the rarified world of the super model. One beautiful top model told me: “We are always looking over our shoulders to see who the next new face will be.” A little insecurity is good for us, for it keeps us humble and makes us nicer people. In order to keep a lack of self-confidence to a minimum, though, it helps to educate yourself in every aspect of your prospective career or interest. Also, having your wardrobe in good shape; keeping your hair, nails and teeth looking their best; and acquiring some general knowledge of current events will help to boost your confidence during interviews or auditions.

The decision-makers want young ladies who can take care of themselves, hold a conversation, and answer questions or express opinions on current topics. All of the young models I spoke to offer the same piece of advice: “Believe in yourself and be yourself.” A façade becomes transparent quickly. If you are prepared, look and feel great and are honest in your approach, you will feel confident.


Although you may not choose to pursue a modeling career, you can learn a great deal from the young model who deftly handles these challenging situations. Here’s one final piece of advice that virtually everyone in the modeling industry would endorse: “Don’t give up your dream!”


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