A Model's Guide
So... Do You Want To Become A Model ???...
1.What to eat !!!
Do models watch their weight? Yes, some do. Others do not.
All I can speak about is my experience and the Diet Plans of various top models.
An efficient Diet Plan, consists of whole foods, plain and simple! The order of importance: protein, fat, and then carbs.
Your body needs a healthy dose of each every day (yes, even fat) to keep you feeling satisfied.
Here are some favourite healthy foods, to help keep your diet balanced.
•PROTEIN: deli meat, chicken breast, fish, nuts, and protein shakes.
•CARBS: whole wheat noodles, whole wheat bread, whole grain rice
•FIBER: fruits, vegetables, fiber-one cereal
•FAT: (consumed in moderation) nuts, olive oil, and avocados
When watching your weight, there is one key trick:
ALWAYS have free foods. After reducing your daily calorie intake, your body will obviously feel hungry more often.
If you continue your diet, your body will feel hungry even after being full (crazy, I know).
This is what leads to those dieting splurges where you suddenly consume a massive amount of calories in one sitting.
Yes, I'm also guilty as charged...
The body is a powerful thing, and it's hard to resist that third helping sometimes. Don't forget, eating healthy needs to be paired with exercising for best results!
Free foods are unlimited 'safety net' foods for those can't-get-full feelings. If your diet is strict, then your safety foods might be things like broccoli, salad, grapes, or celery. For me, my safety foods are substantial enough to be filling, but not too high in calories, like:
•A bowl of fiber-one cereal with skim milk (100 calories total)
•Avocados(more calories due to fat but very filling)
As you can see, we’ve used some of the favourite foods and turned them into free foods.
Make your low calorie food list and eat them guilt-free, because sometimes your body will want to pig out. It's necessary to occasionally indulge. Once a week or once every few days, have your favourite dessert or cookie.
Just don't do it every day. . . Stay focused, eat whole foods, and exercise.
DON'T FORGET: Drink plenty of water! ! !
You will see results, I promise!
Before you start changing your diet, make sure you meet the physical requirements for modelling...
2.How Do Models Exercise?
After learning about what models eat, you might be wondering how models get their exercise.
You might have heard of the 7 hour Victoria Secret model workouts where they box and jump rope.
Some models run a few miles a day, some do nothing but walk, etc...
It simply depends on what works for you and what your body needs to be fit.
If you're looking to lose weight in general, we would suggest:
For those of you, needing to tone your body:
•Light weight reps
A great way to get rid of body fat overall is with cardio workouts.
We would like to mention that swimming is by far one of the BEST ways to exercise.
You can burn around 500 calories an hour swimming, but the best part is that it isn't as painful or as difficult as running.
How does a Top Model exercise? The perfect way is a combination of cardio and toning.
•Take at least a 1 mile brisk walk every day, and a week or two before a shoot I walk 4-5 miles a day.
•Do 20 minute pilates workouts and then usually some hot spot drills, especially the ones that target the butt and hips.
All combined, your average workout is no more than one hour (except on those 5 mile walk sessions).
Another thing to keep in mind when exercising is that when you eat more, you need to workout longer.
Keep track of your calorie intake with iPhone apps to make sure that you are exercising enough.
Do you have what it takes to be a model? For fashion, the requirements are strict, although there are exceptions, as the trend is changing.
HEIGHT: At least 1.75m and no taller than 1,83m
MEASUREMENTS: around 32/26/28 (Bust/Waist/Hips)
AGE: Younger than 24
If you meet these requirements, Congratulations! Your odds of getting signed have just increased-fold.
If you didn't, there's hope yet. You can still do commercial modelling or plus sized modelling.
Please note that these two industries are competitive, but if you have what it takes, you could still earn some big bucks.
First, figure out what type of modelling you want to do. Commercial, fashion, editorial, runway, or glamour.
Photo-shoots for commercial clothing. You don't have to be as tall to be a commercial model.
Think magazines. Fashion models are taller, 5'10 = 1,78m or above and have a more 'exotic' look.
Walking the runway is the modelling dream. Runway models are usually at or above 5'10/5'11=1,78/1,80m.
Glamour modelling is more 'sexy' and 'alluring'. It‘s better if you live in a big city, although that isn't required.
There are plenty of models who travel several hours to attend a shoot !!!
Commercial modelling requires the widest variety of models since different models are needed to sell different products.
For the most part, commercial models do not need to be as tall as runway models, and they do not need to look as edgy as fashion models. Commercial models are the men and women in clothing catalogues and makeup ads.
They sell everyday products, which makes this a huge profitable industry for the part time model.
Commercial models don't have to be as tall as runway models. Standard commercial jobs will not pay as much as fashion jobs, but they are more reliable. Commercial models don't need the 'edgy' look.
Models will be in internet catalogues, clothing fashion books, and store ads.
When looking at the photos of models in magazines and catalogues, it's hard to believe that anyone truly looks that flawless.
It makes you wonder whether or not the models truly look like that in real life. Don't fret!
Many of the photos have been photo-shopped, and there are ways of finding out what models really look like.
As far as photo-shopping goes, there is indeed a lot of photo-shopped images in magazines and catalogues.
Not only that, but make-up makes a HUGE difference.
(It usually takes over an hour for make-up and an hour to do hair before a shoot).
Depending on the magazine, most if not all of the photos have some sort of filter or retouching.
The images still look like the models, but no one is truly flawless.
Top models without some sort of photo-shop can be seen on runways or interviews, and agencies have untouched polaroids of their models on their websites.
Clicking on a model's portfolio, there is usually a "View Polaroid" link near the measurements.
The polaroid will allow you to compare the model's portfolio images to her natural look.
4.Where to begin your modelling career?
5.Odds of Being a Model
Let's examine some cut and dry percentages.
Somehow, you're one of the lucky few who meet all of the requirements for the standard fashion model.
That means that you are woman who is above 1,78m.
The average female is 1.65cm.So let's check out the statistics!
•Percentage of 20 year old women 1.75m or taller: 5.0%
•Percentage of 20 year old women 1.80m or taller: 2.4%
•Percentage of 20 year old women 1.55m or taller: 1.1%
•Percentage of 20 year old women 1.57m or taller: 0.6%
•Percentage of 20 year old women 1.83m or taller: 0.3%
That being said, you're now head and shoulders above the rest of the population! (um, pun not intended!)
Becoming a model and being signed isn't the hard part...
The hard part is being lucky enough to have been born with the correct physical requirements.
Let's view your competition.
Say that your competition in the modelling world was e.g. every United States citizen 18-24 over 1.73m.
That's about 30,412,035 model hopefuls. Which means about 15,200,000 females.
Assuming the 18 year old girls have reached their full height, that leaves us with:
•Your competition at 1.73m: 760,000
•Your competition at 1.75m: 364,800
•Your competition at 1.78m: 167,200
•Your competition at 1.80m: 91,200
•Your competition at 1.83m: 45,600
Odds are getting a bit better, right? Let's narrow that a bit more.
31.2% of people are normal or underweight.
So, if we assume that your modelling competition is normal or below weight, you're left with:
So, let's say that you are an 18 year old girl who is 1.80m, normal weight, and lives in a big province.
Divide your national competition by the number of provinces, and that means there are 569 girls for e.g. Illinois modelling agencies to sign.
That's not very many, all things considered.
if you are hesitant about sending in that submission,
just remember that you are only one of a few hundred, and lots of other girls will not strive to become models.
6.Modelling or Education?
Many potential models eventually wonder if they should give up their education to pursue a full time modelling career.
There are pros and cons to each side, so here we go! Why models would drop out of school:
More time for castings.
More time for photo-shoots.
More time for go-sees.
There are pros and cons to each side, so here we go!
Why models would stay in college:
•To receive a good job after they are too old to model.
•To broaden their knowledge base
Why models would drop out of school:
•More time for castings.
•More time for shoots.
•More time for go-sees.
So basically, what you are looking at is a question of time.
The only reason a model would drop out of school is because she doesn't have enough time for both modelling and classes.
Many times shoots can be scheduled on weekends or lectures can be occasionally skipped for castings,
so my recommendation would be to stay in school !!!!!!!!!!!!!.
If you are worrying about this choice because time management is currently a problem, consider yourself one of the lucky few who have made it in the tough world of modelling.
Please do not bank on the fact that one day you will have enough modelling jobs to make a living.
It is true:
Many models make salaries larger than the average Joe.
The problem with this is that your salary only lasts as long as you can model (8 years tops), and after it is over you are in danger of being left high and dry.
By getting a college education while modelling,
you can earn extra money that is higher than minimum wage,
while ensuring a solid financial future for yourself !!!
7.Behind the Scenes
Being behind the scenes during a Photo Shoot or a Runway Show can be extremely chaotic!
There is usually a time limit during a show, so the hair and makeup artists will be in your face constantly trying to make sure the "look" is right.
There are also stylists who constantly pin and pull at your clothing to make sure it's in the right spot, so as a model you have to be patient and not let all of that bother you !!!
During a Photo Shoot it's more laid-back.
If it's a Test Shoot (where the model isn't getting paid and he or she trades his or her time in return for images) there is a photographer and a make-up artist, and sometimes a stylist and an assistant.
If you are doing a Magazine or a Commercial Shoot (where the model gets paid to do photos for a catalogue or advertisement) there is usually a group of 10 or 15 on set, but that really depends on the company or magazine for which you're working.
8.Frequently Asked Questions - Q&A's
I'm 13, weigh 50.5kg and I'm 1.60m.
Do u think I'm overweight? I'm obsessed with losing weight but it's very tough for me to become 45.5kg.
Hi! It's very important to not stress too much about losing weight. Your goal should be living a healthy lifestyle of good eating habits and proper exercise. You can calculate your body mass index and it will give a general indication of your weight category, but since you are 13 it is important to receive all of your daily nutritional needs in order to continue growing.
Don't stress about losing weight at your age, just try to get enough sleep, eat healthy, and exercise!
I have wanted to get into modelling for a long time! The only problem is that the agency close by charges a lot for classes!
I have tried everything to find open calls, etc, but I find nothing! What should I do?
I would suggest not paying any money to a modelling agency. Any training or test shoots they provide should be taken out of future checks if they sign you. That being said, you might have to drive an hour or two in order to find a good agency that will sign you for free. I'd submit photos to the top 5 agencies closest to you and then ask them during any interviews if there are any costs. Good luck!
I want to be a model but is it too late to start at 19?
Hi there! 19 is definitely not too old to start modelling! I know successful models who started modelling after age 21.
That being said, it's much easier to get into the industry when you are a teenager since modelling generally only lasts for a few years. Good luck.
I have seen other comments like this but I have a few questions because I want to become a model.
Is being 1.68m my weight is 62 and being 14 is too big? Honest answer please I live in a big city and most are really skinny. How are most models? I'm told I'm supposed to be 1.82m tall.
Hi! At 14 you still have some room to grow taller, so no worries there! Also, I wouldn't worry as much about weight, especially at your age. Agencies mostly look at bust, waist, and hip measurements. There are many different types of modelling other than runway or fashion, like commercial modelling. Commercial models do not have as strict of height and size requirements since their job is to sell goods to various consumers instead of specifically selling clothing. That would definitely be something to consider as you get older! (And many times it leads to acting in commercials!)
I'm 1.71m and weigh 90kg can I be a model? it's my dream please respond.
Hi there! High fashion or runway models need to be around 1.80m at the least, but there are other types of models that do not have to be so tall. I mentioned commercial modelling in the previous answer, so that would definitely be something to consider. Also, keep in mind that even a person who would be considered the 'perfect' runway or fashion model might not make it far since the modelling industry changes constantly!
I live in a small town so how do i just send my pic?
Try to find the closest large city with a reputable agency and send it to them! I lived in a small town as well (the closest city was over several hours away) and my agency was completely understanding about the travelling distance.
I am 15 and i want to be a model so bad i want to walk in catwalks and pose in vogue but i think am fat my weight is 64kg but am pretty tall my dad is tall do you think i have what it takes.... and if so please tell me what i have to do to get to my dream?
Hey there! Just make sure you stay fit to be in the best shape possible! Every person is different, so don't let the scale sway you. I would begin by searching for modelling agencies in your area and seeing what their submission requirements are.
Good luck to you!