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The Making of a Model

by Sophia DeVito

Yosmi Trinidad for The BOLDNetwork

Thinking of joining one of the most sought-after industries? Well, we have got you covered! If those glossy pictures in magazines make your heart burst, the model industry might be the thing for you. Get your cat-walk ready and let’s get down to business.

Modeling is a full-time gig. Don’t be fooled by movies that once the photos start, it’s VIP at bars or jet-setting to Paris. Please don’t misunderstand me, those things can all be perks. However, being a model is a grind and something that truly needs to be your passion before getting in front of a camera — it’s not for everyone.

How to make it as a model with a small agency:

You should always do your research when it comes to agents and scouts. Looking into potential agencies and making sure they are legitimate is key. With any industry, you’re going to need someone in your corner who is there to help provide you with the best of the best. With social media taking over *most* of the world, agencies have encouraged people who want to get into modeling to use hashtags on their photos for more exposure. Instagram can be a great source for the industry.

For more information on small agencies, consider applying to The BOLDNetwork.

How to brand yourself in the modeling industry:

“Your Instagram page is your portfolio. The first thing you want is to develop a content strategy so your pictures reflect who you are,” says model Allison Brown, or known as on Instagram.

Years ago, there was a huge appeal to paper-thin models who were young and borderline underdeveloped. That isn’t the case anymore. Look at models like Ashley Graham, Cara Delevingne, or Winnie Harlow – none of these girls conform to that stereotype. They are all unique in their beautiful ways. There’s more opportunity for everyone now.

How to play up key features in the modeling industry:

Most scouts are never looking for someone with the “perfect look,” mainly because it doesn’t exist. It’s important to emphasize your key features. If you have full lips, make the scouts see them. If there is a gap in your teeth, show it off! Take advantage of the little things that make you beautiful. If you’re struggling to find what that key feature is, try making funny faces in the mirror, be silly, practice over-the-top expressions, and become more comfortable in your skin.

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Remember, your body is your job so make sure you treat it nice. Dutch fashion model Romee Strijd posts about her modeling career and life on YouTube. She documents the nutrient-dense foods she eats and what she avoids for photoshoots. Models have to work out regularly to stay in shape and that’s just the way it is. Working with a personal trainer can help you in the long run. If watching what you eat and regularly working out, then maybe consider a different profession.

Becoming a model isn’t for everyone. You need to be prepared for a crazy work schedule, red-eye flights, and living in hotels. But if you love what you do, it won’t technically feel like work. If you are new to the industry, take every opportunity that presents itself. Modeling is a hustle and if you aren’t willing to put in the work, someone else will. “A million girls would kill for this job.” — The Devil Wears Prada


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