Models, models, models! In my years as a Fashion Photographer and Creative Director I’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, picking up a few tips along the way. This week the girls had a rude awakening, having to deal with the realities of the industry in their first go-sees. It certainly helps to be pretty, but being a pro takes a little extra.
I may not be a celestial being, but here are my Top 10 Commandments of Modelling:
- Thou shalt stand tall and walk proud
For a model, posture is everything. There’s a lot of talk about high fashion vs. beauty pageant, but one thing is for sure: If you’re a budding model, dance classes could transform you into a more statuesque model, teaching you the right kind of body awareness.
- Though shalt model from head to toe
We judges always have the same problem season after season. When you strike a pose, every part of your body must be engaged. The more perfect shots you have, the more photos your client has to choose from, and the happier everyone will be.
- Thou shalt be Versatile
It’s all about fulfilling the brief and adapting to client’s needs. Sometimes you’ve just got to FAKE IT TO MAKE IT. It’s not being two-faced, it’s being professional.
- Thou shalt be respectful
This particularly applies to those on the other side of the camera. The production team, hair and make-up… they’re all there for the same reason you are. They do the same hours (or even longer!) and they are there to get the job done. Be classy and listen – a little grace goes a long way in my books.
- Though shalt SCREAM
Always turn up on set ready to slay. Looking fierce doesn’t come from staring blankly in to the distance. You have to want it! I find a good SCREAM always helps get you in the right mindset.
- Though shalt eat well
Your body is a temple and you are what you eat. Contrary to ridiculous rumours, skipping meals is never the answer to becoming the next Victoria’s Secret Angel. A balanced diet, keeping hydrated and plenty of exercise gives the best results. Trust me. Look at me.
- Though shalt live well
Your lifestyle affects the way you look and the way you behave. By all means, let your hair down every now and then, but be sure to make time to get your beauty sleep. Stress and fatigue manifest themselves in many different ways… limp hair, sallow skin and wrinkles… every models’ ultimate nightmare.
- Thou shalt educate yourself
A good model is a smart model. Do your research and know your industry. With social media these days, models are constantly in the spotlight and self-styling. Our challenges have helped prepare the models for this part of the job, but it’s an ongoing process. Read up on the latest news on designers, photographers, campaigns and magazines. Find your niche and dominate it.
- Though shalt be prepared
Yes, yes, yes, the motto of the competition is Expect The Unexpected. Which is exactly why you MUST be prepared. Industry standard is to make sure you have the right underwear, footwear and please, for goodness sakes turn up on set with clean hair!
- Thou shalt practice, practice, practice
Pulling faces and striking a pose in front of a mirror might make you feel a bit silly, but it really is all about perfecting your angles. Have fun with a friend taking photos of each other and eventually you will learn to find your light!