- How do you become a model?
Plus Size: You must be a natural size 12, 14, or 16. The women who work full time are these sizes, no questions about it. There are magazines and designer runway shows that embrace larger women as models however, those that take on modeling as their full time job are the size I noted. A good model is fit, healthy and happy. (read: doesn’t live, breathe and die for modeling). She has a life outside of her work which she leaves at the door. However when the camera shoots her, she is warm, inviting and INTERESTING to look at because of the life she leads. I’ve been told, it’s all in the eyes, as they’re the windows to the soul.
“Straight size”: size 0-4, same advice as above and below, regardless of size.
YOU DO NOT NEED need a professional/expensive portfolio to show the top agencies in your area.
Agency: Go the the closest major market 10-15 miles from your home if you are not living in a major (NY, LA, Miami, Chicago or Dallas) market already. If you drive any further than 15 miles, you will be driven crazy by the commute for last minute “go-sees” where clients check you out for an upcoming shoot or runway show. You do a lot of these to get one job…so be sure you understand this starting off.
In that major market, ONLY choose the top agency and it’s closest competitor. Unless you live in NY, LA, Miami, Chicago or Dallas, choose the top three and leave it at that. All the work in these markets worth your time and effort will flow from the top to the two below them. The bottom feeders (as I call them) will try to get your money anyway they can and run!
Go-See’s: Once you’ve picked the top agencies in your area, check out their website for “open Go-See” Days. There will be a specific day and time when new girls will be seen each week. Make sure you get your nails done, have a clean and figure flattering simple outfit on, proper bra that supports you well, hair brushed and swept off your face, minimal if no makeup, show up on time (with someone you trust), sign in, smile, manners manners manners, have 3 sets of your digital shots printed to 8×10 dimension (you may meet three people who will want a copy of what you have), have them neatly in a manila folder, and have your contact information stapled on the back (typed).
Go-See to do list:
- 1. 1 or 2 simple digital head shots. Shot in natural light. (no heavy make up! Use make up to enhance what you already have…beautiful, clean and fresh skin).
- 2. 1 or 2 full body shots in a bathing suit
- 3. 1 or 2 shots in a business look and
- 4. 1 or 2 shots in a casual setting (doing what you love!) should do the trick!
your name your age (real) hair color bust measurement waist measurement hip measurement dress size jean size shoes size cell number email address mailing address
Manners always help:
Write a thank you note to everyone you meet, follow up and follow up again until you hear of their decision.
if you don’t get picked by the top or top three agencies, know you tried and regroup. It could be a matter of timing. If so inclined, take what you learned through the process and visit back in 6 months with the suggested changes (not including changing yourself drastically or spending a lot of money).
If you are ever asked to spend a lot of money, report them to the Better Business Bureau in your area and see if they have a history of this type of practice, then turn them in! I cant stand these schools that get innocent girls to spend thousands of dollars on a hope and a dream.
Thousands and thousands of beautiful girls walk through top agencies each week, only 1 or 2 are ever picked. Good luck!
Over 20 years!
The following was written by Audrey Hepburn who, in my opinion, nails it.
- 1. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
- 2. For lovely eyes, seek good in people.
- 3. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
- 4. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
- 5. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
- 6. People, even more than things, have to be restored, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
- 7. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others.
- 8. The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
- 9. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is a caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.
- 10. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
Getting Started: foundation/lingerie/under it all: every gal needs a seamless flesh colored bra, basic black, and one wild color or animal print bra that will give you a hop in your step! If 80% of American women wearing an ill fitted bra, it might be time to get fitted correctly and let your “sisters” rest easy in the right home, if you get what I mean. We are all for comfort here! Major department stores offer this service; all you need to do is call to find out when the next fitting session would be.
Layering Pieces: We all need to give ourselves a nice vertical line when we dress and finding a variety of cami’s, laying pieces or basic tee’s can do just that. I always say, “You can never have enough layering pieces to choose from.” They are vital to giving you depth and interest in what you wear. Long gone are the days when we walk out the door looking boxy, frumpy and unappealing. By introducing a layered look, you open yourself up to endless possibilities of what look you want on any day. Open big shirts/tunics coupled with cami’s and lingerie tanks can achieve this for you.
Get real with your body: All bodies are not created equal. Give yourself a good look in the mirror and figure out if you have: narrow/wide shoulders, thick/slim waist, ample/slight bust, wide/narrow hips, strong, shapely/thick/thin legs. Once you figure out where your assets lie, build upon them. The last thing you want to do try and hide body parts that you don’t want seen…just don’t call attention to them with loud colors, pleated materials or loud prints. Where as if you have a body part that is your best feature, by all means do not cover it up. Open it up; find great necklines, great skirt lengths and contoured waists, and figure enhancing dresses. Once you have a connection to your assets and how your body looks, you will be able to shop and know what styles will look good or not, no matter what is in fashion or not. Personally, when wide leg pants with flat waistbands are in, I buy. The slim thin pant trend, I run. Don’t let fashion run your wardrobe. Just keep in the loop so when a trend does float in that complements your body type, jump on and have fun.
Use your voice: If you cant find what you need, write a letter to the department store, Internet store, specialty store and have your like-minded friends sign it. Give them suggestions on clothing lines that you would like to have, fit, style and availability issues, fitting rooms that accommodate large frames, water fountains and restrooms in easy to get to locations. Got the idea? If you don’t use your voice, you won’t get what you want.