How to be a model

Gemma Ward
Jessica Stam
Karlie Kloss

Many of us had dreamed of becoming a fashion model, posing for major fashion photo shoots or walking down the runway in the most amazing and high fashion clothing. However, most of the time we don't have an adult figure, or someone who knows it all to tell us if we have a shot, and sometimes leading us to embarrassment in the modeling agency. I have found an amazing source which tells us exactly what agencies are looking for in a potential model.

Be Realistic
Very few people can be models. Like many other professions, modeling has stringent criteria and exceptions are rarely made. The most important factor is height; The industry standard is five feet nine inches to five feet eleven inches.

See if you have what it takes
Contact an agency and send snapshots of yourself. Include your stats-height, age, hair and eye color, and bust, hip, and waist measurements-and your phone number. Pictures should be taken with natural hair and no makeup and against a white wall.

If you live near a major city, contact individual agencies to see if they have open calls
This is time set aside for consultations with aspiring models. Go to open calls armed with your snapshots. If you don't live close to a modeling hub, call an agency in a large city like New York, Los Angeles, or Miami and ask if they work with agencies in your area.

Be wary of scams
An agency that believes in you will often advance you money while working to build your portfolio. Once you begin working, you pay the agency back for its expenditures. If you're asked to pay an agency money up front for the promise of finding you work, keep searching.

Modeling is not the right path for everyone
There are many other career choices in the modeling industry. Agents, casting directors, and model scouts are all necessary and valuable contributors to the business of modeling.

source:teen vogue handbook

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