How To Become A Fashion Model

Ever wanted to become a fashion model? It may not be as hard as you think. Here are some things to check out.

Most young girls dream of becoming the next beautiful face on all the popular magazine covers. Names like Naomi Campbell and Twiggy awaken images of brightly-lit runways that hold a parade of models wearing the latest fashions.

But if you think that all models must weight 100 pounds and stand five feet eight inches, think again. As in other occupations, models come in many shapes, colors, and sizes and perform a variety of modeling jobs for magazines, newspapers, radio, and television.

If you want to know more about how to pursue this fascinating career, here are a few tips that can help:

1. Read a few books. Starting in high school or even before, visit the library to borrow books or videos about the art of modeling. Resources may address related topics, such as grooming, fashion, and etiquette and not just modeling alone. Learn how to walk, talk, and smile gracefully, among other things, so you will be ready when a modeling opportunity comes along, since prettiness sometimes isn't enough.

2. Take a modeling class. Many community colleges or civic groups offer non-credit classes for personal enrichment. Enroll for the next modeling class, which sometimes may include modeling techniques under other titles, such as "Deportment" or "Fashion Design." Learn all you can about classy hairstyles and the latest cosmetics to prepare for your "call" to the fashion world.

3. Cultivate personal beauty. Find the best hairstyle for your features. Experiment with makeup for a look that enhances rather than hides your natural beauty. Exercise and eat healthy for a figure that moves gracefully and confidently. Try on various styles of clothing to identify the styles that flatter your appearance. Practice smiling in the mirror, and determine which is your "best" side. (Most models prefer to be photographed from either the left or right side predominantly.) Learn which colors and lengths look best on you.

4. Enroll for a professional modeling course. The goal for these classes is not necessarily to get students a modeling job, but to teach them how to accent their best features to achieve feminine confidence and a self-assured demeanor. You will look, feel, and move more comfortably after taking a course of this type. You also can make professional contacts who may steer you to an agency for an audition if you appear to be what they are looking for.

5. Respond to an audition call. Modeling agencies frequently advertise on the radio and in newspapers when they are sponsoring a search for new talent. They may appoint a certain day when applicants are invited to visit the agency for a tryout and possible interview. Call ahead to find out what type of model they are looking for and whether you need to make special preparations, such as bringing props for a photo shoot.

6. Models are hired for any number of assignments. They dress in Halloween costumes to promote a new store opening at the mall. They deliver singing telegrams. Models can be photographed in fashions for "women's size" clothing or for senior citizen apparel lines. Contact your favorite department store to find out how to apply as a model for their catalog.

Becoming a model can be fun, challenging, and rewarding. But you may need to do a little investigating work first before you can be considered a bona fide applicant.

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