The Art of Nude Modeling

To be or not to be… nude.  THAT is the resounding question.  There may come a point in your modeling career, likely very early on, when you are asked to pose nude.  You will likely be told it will be good for your momentum, that you will get more jobs, that you will get paid more etc.  This all may very well be true.  But the only thing that matters is, are you ok with doing this type of work?  Now, when I say this “type” of work, I don’t mean to stigmatize it.  The human body is a beautiful thing.  Whether you agree, there are clear distinctions between smut and art.  But, again, none of that matters if you simply aren’t willing to bare all.

Some might be wondering what types of nude modeling would even be considered art.  At least in America, there is a sort of schizophrenic relationship we have with nudity; it is shunned while, at the same time, rewarded.  It can be very confusing for someone who is trying to make it in the modeling industry.  Perhaps you are comfortable with your body but are afraid of the potential repercussions of showing everyone everything.  Or maybe you strongly feel you don’t want to do it but are being pressured.  If you are part of the former group, these are the types of jobs that may be presented to you, for you to consider.  If you are from the latter group, I have a message for you at the end of this article.

Art Modeling

If you’ve taken a drawing class in college, you may have actually seen this type of model up-close.  The art model is a person who sits or stand, in the buff, while art students draw him or her.  Some teachers require full nudity while others may give the option of being partially clothed (e.g. underwear).

You will be expected to sit still for as long as 30 minutes or more, depending on the class.  If you’ve ever done mannequin modeling, this should be very familiar.  This can be a steady side-job potentially making up to $20/hr (depending on the job, of course).  You may be able to find nude modeling jobs on Craigslist (always be extra careful when going to jobs you’ve booked off of Craigslist!) or by reaching out to colleges, continuing education schools, art schools near you.

Always get all the details before going in for the job (this applies with every modeling job, ever) such as pay rate, how long you will be working, if you will get a break etc.  And, of course, only apply if you feel you have the confidence to do this job.  It would be quite an inconvenience if a teacher had to cancel a class because a model got cold feet at the last minute.

Perhaps the best part about this job is you don’t have to have a “model look” to be considered.  The purpose of this job is to give art students a real human body to use as a model for their drawings.  And real humans come in all shapes and sizes!


As a working fashion model, there may be times you are asked to take this or that off or to put on something sheer.  This may be part of the aesthetic the photographer, brand, or artistic directer is trying to achieve.  These photos can end up on the covers of magazines, on websites, on social media etc.  Sometimes it really is the vision, other times it can very well be someone trying to take advantage of a model.

If posing naked to any capacity is not something that was agreed upon ahead of time and you don’t feel comfortable doing it, simply decline.  No matter what anyone says, you do not, I repeat, you do NOT have to go along with something you don’t want to do.  Never let anyone pressure you into going topless or showing much more skin than you are comfortable with showing.  This happens a lot in the industry (hence the #metoo movement), especially to teenagers and young women and men.  No matter how bad you want it, never go faster than you feel you’re ready to go.

If you are signed with an agency, make sure you set clear boundaries regarding what you’re willing to do.  Even agencies are known to pressure models.  If you feel you are signed with such an agency, it may be time to consider jumping ship and going somewhere else.  Your agency should always have your well-being in mind and if they don’t, they aren’t good for you.


Implied nude modeling is probably the safest “nude” modeling there is, because you’re not actually required to be naked.  As with the models in the photos on this blog post, clothes are worn and cut out of frame to imply that the model is nude.  This type of photo can be taken for various reasons.  For beauty modeling in which models typically show off their faces for skincare products or make up, or are showcasing jewelry, the clothes are cut out of frame to bring the focus onto what is being advertised.  A model can be fully clothed, but appear to be the opposite by wearing a tube top and having the photographer take a close-up photo, for example.


With the rise of the Victoria’s Secret models, lingerie modeling has become more and more sought after.  You would, of course, be taking photos in undergarments and some may cover the parts that wouldn’t be allowed on Instagram, while others may be completely sheer.  Obviously, you must be extremely confident in your skin and, depending on the brand, may need to have a certain look they prefer to showcase in their catalogs and on their website.

When looking for these type of jobs, you may also see the word “Boudoir”.  Depending on the brand, photos may be taken in a studio in front of a blank wall or may be taken in a more realistic setting like near or on a bed or chaise.


Especially if you are a freelance model booking your own gigs, you will likely come across this term quite a bit.  This is more a style of photography used to showcase a model in more of a fantasy role (and I don’t mean fantasy as in dungeons and dragons).  Unless you are comfortable with being photographed in what might be considered “compromising positions,” I’d recommend skipping this type of photo shoot.

Wrapping it Up

Ultimately, no matter how serious you are about your modeling career, you should NEVER put yourself in a compromising situation or willingly go along with something that you know isn’t right.  Don’t worry about the brand, worry about yourself.  You may be told you won’t get hired again if you don’t do it but always remember, you have to live with the decisions you make.  Your mental and emotional health largely affect your quality of life.  No amount of money or promised fame are worth ruining that.  And no matter what anyone tells you, choosing not to pose nude won’t get you blacklisted from every facet of the modeling industry.  If you are talented and have a good look, there will always be people willing to at least consider hiring you.

Even I have experienced being asked to pose nude.  I said no and left it at that.  My no was met with excuses as to why it would be better for me.  But keep in mind, the person who is photographing you doesn’t have to worry about how you will feel at the end of the shoot.  And just to be clear, no matter the circumstance, if anyone EVER takes advantage of you, you did not deserve it.  You are not a bad person and you have every right to speak up.  Don’t EVER feel like you are to blame if you end up in a situation that isn’t ideal and someone decides to use their power against you.

Modeling is a job but it can also be very fun.  Just make sure to always be responsible about your decisions and be very mindful of the people you trust and with whom you surround yourself.  And, hey, if you decide to bare it all, more power to you!


Photo Credit: Lola O Photography

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31 Models to Follow

Social media is great for keeping up with people you admire.  It’s even better for getting inspired.  Here is a list of 31 female models to follow, on social media, who won’t disappoint.


Name: Lais Ribeiro
Pronunciation: (Lie-ees  Eee-bih-roo)
Origin: Brazil
Agency: Women Management NY, Supreme Management Paris, Elite Milan, Select Model Management London, Traffic Models Barcelona, Mega Model Agency Hamburg, Munich Models, Elite Stockholm
IG: @laisribeiro
Followers: 960K
Snapchat: laisribeiro
she’s a Victoria’s Secret angel
Fun Fact: she has a son she adores and showcases in her feed
Superpowers: flawless beauty, multilingual
Latest: Victoria’s Secret 2016 Fashion Show (November 2016)



Name: Soo Joo Park
Origin: South Korea
Agency: ESteem Models Seoul (Mother), IMG NY, IMG Paris, IMG Austrailia, Monster Management Milan, Jill Models Management Antwerp, View ManagementBarcelona, Nomad Management Miami Beach
IG: @soojmooj
Followers: 469K
Snapchat: soojoomoojoo
Noteworthy: DKNY, Jean Paul Gaultier
Fun Fact: she went to Berkeley
Superpowers: bone structure, unique style
Redken Official Global Ambassador, Chanel Pre-Fall 2017 Show Paris (December 2016)



Name: Jourdan Dunn
Origin: United Kingdom
Agency: Storm Management London (Mother), Women Management NY, Women Management Paris, Women Milan, Traffic Models Barcelona, Elite Copenhagen, Modelwerk Hamburg
IG: @officialjdunn
Followers: 1.9M
Snapchat: missjourdandunn
Noteworthynamed British Fashion Council’s “Model of the Year” in 2008
Fun Fact: She has her own Youtube cooking show
Superpowers: perfect skin, looks great with short hair
Latest: Manifesto Magazine Cover and Editorial (November 2016)



Name: Aubree Rivera
Agency: Ford NY, Ford Miami
IG: @laurenjdg
Followers: 921
Noteworthy: Proenza Schouler S/S 2016
Superpowers: those eyebrows, bone structure
Latest: Jute Magazine Editorial (September 2016)



Name: Yasmin Wijnaldum
Origin: Netherlands
Agency: Elite Amsterdam (Mother), The Society Management NY, Elite Paris, Elite Milan, Elite London, Elite Barcelona, Seeds Management GmbH Berlin, Elite Copenhagen, Munich Models
IG: @yasminwijnaldum
Followers: 20K
 she has done major campaigns for brands like Tom Ford and Prada
Fun Fact: she competed in the Elite Modellook competition
Superpowers: those eyes, perfect skin
Latest: Chanel Pre-Fall 2017 Show Paris (December 2016)



Name: Xiao Wen Ju
Origin:  China
Agency: IMG New York, IMG Paris, IMG Australia, Bravo Models Tokyo
IG: @jujujuxiaowen
Followers: 283K
Victoria’s Secret, W Magazine, L’Oreal
Superpowers: bubbly personality, perfectly symmetrical face
Latest: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016



Name: Sofia Tesmenitskaya
Agency: Wilhelmina NY, Oui Management Paris, Monster Management Milan, Wilhelmina London, Uno Models Barcelona, Modelwerk Hamburg, Style International Management Hong Kong
IG: @sofiatesmenitskaya
Followers: 11.6K
Noteworthy: Burberry
Superpowers: her eyes (they’re grey!), she can balance well in heels
Latest: L’Officiel Singapore Editorial (December 2016)



Name: Aqua Parios
Origin: United States (African American/Japanese)
Agency: The Agency Arizona (Mother), Heroes Model Management NY, Special Management Milan, The Squad London
IG: @aquaparios
Followers: 19.1K
Snapchat: aquaparios
Noteworthy: Issey Miyake
Fun Fact: was discovered while shopping after cheerleading practice, she wanted to be a singer and actress
Superpowers: perfectly symmetrical features, outter-worldly unique face
Latest: Antonio Marras S/S 17 Show (September 2016)



Name: Ophelie Guillermand
Origin: France
Agency: Women Management NY, Elite Paris, Women Milan, Storm Management, Uno Models Barcelona, Scoop Models Copenhagen, Munich Models, Elite Toronto
IG: @ophelieguillermand
Followers: 102K
Noteworthy: Balmain, Caroline Herrera, Vogue Italia, H&M
Fun Fact: she’s a Pisces
Superpowers: bone structure, eyebrows
Latest: Philipp Plein S/S 17 Show (September 2016)



Name: Imaan Hammam
Origin: Netherlands (Morrocan/Egyptian)
Agency: CODE Management Amsterdam (Mother), DNA Models NY, Viva Model Management Paris, Why Not Model Management Milan, Viva Model Management London, Viva Model Management Barcelona
IG: @imaanhammam
Followers: 314K
Noteworthy: opened the Givenchy show in 2013 as an exclusive, Couturesque Magazine’s
Model of the Year 2016
Fun Fact: discovered in Amsterdam’s Central Station
Superpowers: that hair, perfect jawline
Latest: Not Your Mother’s Dior American Vogue Editorial (December 2016)



Name: Maartje Verhoef
Origin: Netherlands
Agency: Women Management NY, Women Management Paris, Women Milan, Select Model Management London, Traffic Models Barcelona, Seeds Management GmbH Berlin, IMM Bruelles Brussels, Scoop Models Copenhagen
IG: @maartjeverhoef
Followers: 110K
Snapchat: maartjeverhoef
Noteworthy: Prada, Dolce & Gabbana
Fun Fact: ran the most catwalks in 2014, totaling to 66, during international fashion weeks
Superpowers: eyebrows, eyes
Latest: Bottega Veneta Cruise 2017 Ad Campaign (November 2016)



Name: Barbara Palvin
Origin: Hungary
Agency: IMG NY, IMG Paris, IMG London, Uno Models Barcelona, IMG Austrailia, Bon Image Corp. Tokyo
IG: @realbarbarapalvin
Followers: 4.6M
Noteworthy: Vogue, Marie Claire, Glamour, Allure, H&M, Victoria’s Secret
Fun Fact: discovered at age 13 in Budapest while working at a stop sign blowing
Superpowers: natural beauty (her selfies look even better than her print work)
Latest: Maxim Cover (December 2016) 



Name: Daiane Sod

Pronunciation: Dee-ann-ee  Soh-dray
Origin: Brazil
Agency: One Management NY, Brave Model Management Milan, Storm Management London, Uno Models Barcelona, Modelwerk Hamburg, Ford Models Brasil
IG: @daianesodre
Followers: 50.3K
Snapchat: daianesodre
Noteworthy: Victoria’s Secret, J. Crew, Nasty Gal
Fun Fact: she’s 5’11”
Superpowers: flawless beauty, she takes great Snapchat selfies
Latest: Christian Siriano F/W 16 Show (February 2016)



Name: Liu Wen
Origin: China
Agency: The Society Management NY, Elite Paris, Elite Milan, Storm Management London, Elite Barcelona
IG: @liuwenlw
Followers: 2.3M
Noteworthy: she was the first Chinese model to walk in the Victoria Secret fashion show, walked in 49 shows for the Autumn/Winter 2010 fashion week season
Fun Fact: she was on the show We Got Married with South Korean singer Choi Siwon in 2015
Superpowers: dominating the modeling industry
Latest: Vogue China Magazine Cover (December 2016)



Name: Nina Agdal
Origin: Demmark
Agency: Elite Copenhagen (Mother), Elite NY, Elite Paris, Elite Milan, Elite London, Elite Amsterdam, Elite Barcelona, Iconic Management Hamburg, Elite Stockholm, Vivien’s Model Management Sydney, Elite Toronto
IG: @ninaagdal
Followers: 1.4M
Noteworthy: she was Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Swimsuit Rookie of the Year, Victoria’s Secret, BeBe, Vogue
Fun Fact: she was in the movie Entourage
Superpowers: bone structure, eyebrows
Latest: Self Magazine Editorial (December 2016)



Name: Kelly Gale
Origin: Swedish and Australian citizen (Indian/Australian)
Agency: Modellink Stockholm (Mother), The Society Management NY, Elite Paris, Why Not Model Management Milan, Elite London, Elite Barcelona, Unique Denmark, Model Management Hamburg, Elite Stockholm
IG: @kellybellyboom
Followers: 519K
Snapchat: kellybellyboom1
Noteworthy:  Vogue India, Victoria’s Secret, Elle
Fun Fact: she played soccer and tennis since she was a child
Superpowers: eyebrows, bone structure
Latest: Victoria’s Secret 2016 Fashion Show (November 2016)



Name: Emily Ratajkowski
Origin: United Kingdom
Agency: DNA Models NY, Viva Model Management Paris, Viva Model Management London, Viva Model Management Barcelona
IG: @emrata
Followers: 9.6M
Best Known For: she was a featured model in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines music video
Fun Fact: acted in the show iCarly and, also, in major films
Superpowers: that face
Latest: Glamour Magazine U.S. Editorial (October 2016)



Name: Fei Fei Sun (Sun Feifei)
Origin: China
Agency: Women Management NY (Mother), Elite Paris, Women Milan, Select Model Management London, Model Management Hamburg, Numich Models, Elite Stockholm, Donna Models Tokyo, Elite Toronto
IG: @feifeisun
Followers: 357K
Noteworthy: she has done major campaigns for brands such as DKNY
Fun Fact: majoring in fashion design at Suzhou University in China
Superpowers: bone structure, eyebrows
Chanel Pre-Fall 2017 Show Paris (December 2016)



Name: Olivia Mink
Origin: Hungary
Agency: The Diary Management Hungary, Elite Worldwide, The Society Management NY
IG: @oliviamnk
Followers: 5829
Noteworthy: she has modeled for brands such as Fendi, Miu Miu, Dior and Chanel
Superpowers: perfectly symmetrical features
Latest: Miu Miu Automne 2016 Lookbook/Catalog (July 2016)



Name: Jeneil Williams
Origin: Jamaica
Agency: IMG NY, d’management group Milan, Jill Model Management Antwerp, Model Management Hamburg, Elite Stockholm
IG: @jeneilwilliams
Followers: 35.8K
Snapchat: jeneilwilliams
Noteworthy: H&M, Louis Vuitton, Pulse Hall of Fame
Fun Fact: she was a track and field athlete in high school
Superpowers: perfect skin, the camera loves her face
Latest: Yeezy S/S 17 Show



Name: Cintia Dicker
Origin: Brazil
Agency: The Soceity NY, Elite Paris, Why Not Model Management Milan, Storm Management London, Munich Models, Satoru Japan Inc. Tokyo
IG: @cintiadicker
Follwers: 109K
Snapchat: cinitiadicker
Noteworthy: Victoria’s Secret campaigns and Sports Illustrated
Fun Fact: she has her own swimwear company called Dicerks Swimwear
Superpowers: bilingual, those eyes
Latest: Glamour Italia June 2016 Cover



Name: Jasmine Tookes
Origin: United States
Agency: IMG NY, IMG Paris, IMG Milano, IMG London, IMG Australia
IG: @jastookes
Followers: 1.5M
Snapchat: jastookes
Noteworthy: Victoria’s Secret campaigns and fashion shows
Fun Fact: She wore the million dollar fantasy bra during the 2016 VS Fashion Show
Superpowers: perfect smile
Latest: Victoria’s Secret 2016 Fashion Show



Name: Lily Aldridge
Origin: United States
Agency: IMG NY, IMG Paris, IMG Milano, IMG London, Iconic Management, Stocholmsgruppen, IMG Australia
IG: @lilyaldridge
Followers: 4.6 M
Noteworthy: she’s a Victoria’s Secret angel, Sports Illustrated
Fun Fact: 
her half-sister Saffron has been the face of Ralph Lauren and her sister Ruby was the face of Marc by Marc Jacobs
Superpowers: eyebrows, she has 15 years of modeling experience
Latest: Tatler U.K. Editorial (for January 2017)



Name: Nadia Araujo
Origin: from Portugal/raised in London
Agency: Marilyn Agency NY, Premium Models Paris, Select Model Management London
IG: @nadia.araujo
Followers: 15K
Noteworthy: modeled for H&M, Victoria’s Secret, and Kenzo Paris
Fun Fact: was a gymnast for 8 years
Superpowers: eyebrows, those eyes
 L’Agent by Agent Provocateur Christmas 2016 Lookbook/Catalog



Name: Taylor Hill
Origin: United States
Agency:  White Cross Management LA (Mother), IMG NY, IMG Paris, IMG Milan, IMG London, Modelwerk Hamburg, IMG Australia, Visage Management Zurich
IG: @taylor_hill
Followers: 5.9M
Noteworthy: became a Victoria’s Secret angel at age 19, in 2015
Fun Fact: she was discovered in a barn
Superpowers: that face, she’s a former gymnast
Latest: Not Your Mother’s Dior American Vogue Editorial (December 2016), Victoria’s Secret 2016 Fashion Show (November 2016)



Name: Sara Sampaio
Origin: Portugal
Agency: The Lions NY, Oui Management Paris, Models 1 London, Central Models Lisboa
IG: @sarasampaio
Followers: 4.4M
Noteworthy: Victoria’s Secret Angel, Sports Illustrated Rookie of the Year, GQ, Glamour
Fun Fact: worked part-time as an editor
Superpowers: flawless skin, those eyes
 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016 (November 2016)



Name: Ming Xi (Xi Mengyao)
Origin: China
Agency: The Society Management NY, Elite Paris, Elite Milan, Storm Management London, Elite Barcelona, Elite Copenhagen, Model Management Hamburg, Munich Models, Elite Stockholm, Elite Toronto
IG: @mingxi11
Followers: 536K
walked exclusively for Givenchy Huute Couture in 2010
Fun Fact: Elite Modellook 2009 finalist
Superpowers: dimples, bone structure
Latest: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016 (November 2016)



Name: Rocky Barnes (Rachel Barnes Horowitz)
Origin: United States (Mexican/Filipino)
Agency: One Management NY, No Ties Management San Diego (Mother)
IG: @rocky_barnes
Followers: 866K
 Elle, Treats Magazine, Sam Edelman
Fun Fact: she began modeling at age 24
Superpowers: those eyes, freckles
Latest: Glowing Skin Elle Mexico Editorial (July 2016)



Name: Zuri Tibby
Origin: United States
Agency: IMG NY, IMG Paris, Why Not Model Management Milan, Iconic Management Berlin
IG: @angelzuri
Followers: 39.3K
Snapchat: angelzuri
 Victoria’s Secret, Tom Sachs, Benetton
Superpowers: that face, perfectly symmetrical features
Latest: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016



Name: Gizele Oliveira
Origin: Brazil
Agency: IMG NY, Why Not Model Management Milan, Storm Management London, Line Up Model Management Barcelona, Modellink Gothenburg, LA Models, Munich Models, Way Model Management Sao Paulo
IG: @giizeleoliveira
Followers: 339K
Snapchat: gizeleoliveira
Elle Brasil, M.A.C
Superpowers: bone structure, unique features
Latest: Cia Maritima Summer 2017 Ad Campaign



Name: Daniela Braga
Origin: Brazil
Agency: Next Models Worldwide, Jill Models Management Antwerp, Traffic Models Barcelona, Modelwerk Hamburg, We Are Models Lisboa, Way Model Management Sao Paulo
IG: @bragadany
Followers: 228K
Snapchat: braga.dany
Noteworthynamed British Fashion Council’s “Model of the Year” in 2008, Harper’s Bazaar Brazil, Balmain, Givenchy, Marie Claire, Vogue
Fun Fact:  she’s an Aquarius
Superpowers: those eyes, bubbly personality
Latest: Victoria’s Secret 2016 Fashion Show (November 2016)

Who are some models YOU follow?


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Be A Model Parent

Think Like A Model - Model Parent

Having been raised by a protective family, I can say two things; 1) it was annoying, 2) it kept me safe.  I am happy to say that I survived my childhood unscathed and have turned into a well-adjusted adult (at least I’d like to think so).  Because of this, I am able to navigate through this tough industry without putting myself into situations that could put me at risk for being exploited, abducted, or physically and emotionally harmed.

But what if you are an adult who wants to get your daughter/son into this industry and have no experience of your own?  Below is a list of things you should know and do to make sure your child has a healthy and happy career in modeling.

Do Your Research!
Don’t let your or your child’s excitement cloud your judgement.  If your child is presented with an opportunity, find out every bit of information you can about the company or individual.  Ask for contact information and website links.  Use this information to do your own *Google search.

*Type the name of the person or company with the word, “scam” after it in Google search.  If scams are associated, you will see them in the search results.  Red flag!

Don’t ever, I mean EVER, go forward with a job that makes you feel uneasy.

Always Be There
Even if your child is a teenager who has been trained in staying safe, you should never, I mean NEVER, let him or her go to a casting or booking alone.  Yes, this means that if you are both serious about a career in modeling, it will also become a full-time deal for you, too.  There are so many young teens who get thrown into the industry and sent to travel abroad all by themselves.  Unless you trust their manager/agent/guide with your life, I don’t recommend you just letting them take your child anywhere.  There is just so much that goes on when kids are left with strangers.  I shutter at the thought.  Just don’t do it.  If that means your child has to wait to begin a modeling career when s/he turns 18, so be it.  You might have to deal with resentment for awhile but that’s much better than the precious fruits of your loins being put in a bad situation.

Think Like A Model - Model ParentThis is one of our models with her Mom’s hand in the shot as she tickled her to get her to smile.  So cute!

Set Boundaries
The “taste makers,” aka agents & designers of the fashion world, will sometimes put your child in whatever clothes and settings you let them (although those with good consciences will be looking out for your child’s best interest and refrain from putting your kid in a questionable situations).  This means your pure teenage daughter might end up strutting the runway in any sheer top, with nothing underneath (it’s happened), unless you put your foot down and let them know that is not ok with you.  If it is ok with you, however, I’m not judging.  Different families and cultures have different comfort levels with these types of things.  Personally, however, I don’t think it is wise to have your child grow up faster than needed.  Again, not judging at all but, rather, coming from a perspective of someone who has had a glimpse into the dark side of what goes on in the industry.  Once your children have been exposed, there is no undoing the damage.  In today’s world, once a photo or video is created it exists forever.  You have to decide what you are comfortable with but, more importantly, what is best for your child’s emotional development and then let agencies, photographers, designers etc. know what you are and are not willing to have your child be a part of or wear.  Be a defensive parent.  Be professional and kind but don’t let anyone coerce you into having your child do something that might be beyond his or her emotional maturity.

Maintain Privacy
As exciting as this time might be for your family, make sure that your child has some level or privacy outside of his/her job.  I often see instagram accounts featuring young models run by their parents and can tell the difference between a responsible momager and an over-eager parent who wants as much exposure for her child as possible.  Understand that when you put your child’s life out there for the world to see, ANYONE can access this information.

It goes without saying that you should be extremely cautious when posting photos.  Make sure geo-tagging is off so people cannot find your location.  This is a setting that is automatically turned on on certain social media apps like Instagram so please make sure to check all settings before using any app.  In addition to this, be mindful of the types of photos you are posting.  Remember that your kids often have little to no say over what you are doing and you don’t want them to grow up wishing the whole world didn’t know everything about their lives.  I say the whole world because I’m putting out into the universe the success I want your child to have *wink*.

For teenagers, remember when you were their age and understand that they might want to post things that are inappropriate or not in their best interest.  When it comes to personal photos, it might be best to leave those off of social media,entirely, and only post professional pictures and videos.  If it is a fan base you are trying to cultivate, they don’t need to know all the inner-workings of your seven-year old’s life.

Keep A Routine
We all know how important it is for children to get their rest, proper nutrition, love, and guidance.  Even if your family has decided that your kid or teenager can handle an unconventional childhood by entering the modeling world, these things are still very important.  Especially in an industry in which looks are key and schedules are hectic, it is imperative that your child gets ample rest and eats the healthiest of foods.  Make sure bedtimes are adhered to as much as possible, fruits and veggies are eaten in abundance, and there is time left in your schedules for learning as well as fun.  This modeling world can be frenzied so it is important that you remain the rock that your children expect you to be and to help make the experience positive yet structured.

Think Like A Model - Model Parent

Check In
Keep a constant dialogue with your child.  If at any time your child’s interest in modeling starts to wane, find out if this is really something that should continue being pursued.  Ultimately, your child’s happiness is of the utmost importance.  Children will often stick with things because it is the desire of their parents and they want to be “good”.  Make sure you know the difference between your child’s wants and needs and your own.  Pay close attention and make sure that your kid isn’t just doing this because she realizes it was your dream growing up and she doesn’t want to disappoint you.

As a young child I took ballet and went to class every weekend (that I recall) for a few years.  One particular morning I remember telling my mom I didn’t want to go because I wanted to watch cartoons.  I didn’t go to ballet again until I was an adult.  The moral of the story, here, is that my Mom knew when not to push and you should, too.  Let your kids find their own way and if it ends up being modeling then be their to support as best you can.  If it ends up being something else then get ready to learn everything about that world and have fun with it.

Now go forth and be the best model parent ever!

Photo Credit: Lola O Photography

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Featured Model | Elena

One of my absolute favorite models I’ve worked with on this blog is Elena.  Her professionalism and positivity, along with her flawless beauty, make her such a gem.  Check out what she had to say, in the video below, and find more of her sprinkled throughout this blog!

Height : 5’9″     Waist : 26      Hips: 36      Inseam : 32

Hair : Brown     Eyes : Brown     Shoe : 8.5

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Check out Elena’s awesome photography, promo modeling, and dancing photos!
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Photo Credit: Lola O Photography


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Modeling Accessories


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Have you ever seen a model holding or wearing something in a magazine, billboard, or commercial and thought, “I have to have that!” but couldn’t figure out why? It’s likely because the model was a great sales person and as a great model, you’ll need to be one, too!

Stay Focused
When modeling for an accessories company, make the accessory the main focus. Make sure the handbag, watch, necklace etc. is clearly visible and in the forefront. New models often make the mistake of being so concerned with their poses that they forget about what is most important. Always make sure that you are holding the item in a way that makes sense, unless otherwise directed. If there is a logo on the item, make sure it isn’t being covered by your clothing, hair, or hands. If you’re modeling both clothing and accessories at the same time, make sure that everything is being showcased with equal importance. If you’re wearing a jacket over a shirt and both are being photographed, make sure to keep an eye on the jacket to make sure it isn’t covering too much of the garment, for example. Don’t make the photographer do extra work by having to remind you throughout the shoot.

Be the Brand
You’ll want to keep in mind the brand you are representing and get a solid idea of the type of crowd to which it caters. If a luxury handbag company books you for a print ad, you’re going to want to give off an aire of sophistication because that is what their audience will expect. If you’re an athletic model who gets to ride skateboards for the day’s shoot, a more laid back demeanor will be more appropriate. Your personal style doesn’t matter, here. Whatever the culture of the brand that is hiring you is the culture you must embody. Brands will often hire models who more obviously fit the culture they represent but for busy working models, a versatile range is important. Unless you are happy with just working within one genre of modeling (beauty, for example), make a habit of studying different lifestyles so that you can draw from experience when on set with a product you wouldn’t normally use yourself.

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Get Excited
Along with embodying the culture of the brand, you’ll also want to either actually gain a level of excitement for the product or at least be able to fake it really well. It is easy to tell when someone is not truly interested in something. A great model will make it look like that product is something she or he uses every single day. Even if you’ve never used that type of product before, your job is to make it seem like it’s the most important item anyone could ever own.

Look At the Big Picture
Don’t forget that even though you are there to model an accessory, you are still expected to make the entire picture look great. Unless the photographer tells you s/he is only going to be shooting from the collar bone up, model with your entire body. In fact, even if only a specific section of your body is being photographed, it helps to model from h to t (head to toe) anyway in order make your posing look natural and authentic. If you’re holding a purse, for instance, don’t think that means your feet can be in any old position. One of the most frustrating things for a photographer is to try and choose the best photos, after a shoot, only to realize that the model was doing something weird with her fill-in-the-blank body part the whole time.

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Be Honest
Don’t ever model for a company you don’t respect. If you’re asked to go to a casting for a Abercrombie and Fitch to model their latest jackets but you don’t agree with them not carrying plus sizes because they only want “cool kids” wearing their clothes, tell your agency thanks but no thanks. If you’re a freelance model booking your own jobs and in need of money, see a casting for a company that makes watches out of leather but you’re a proud vegetarian, don’t apply. If you’re a social media model getting offers from various accessory companies but only a few resonate with you, only accept those few. Modeling is a job and like any job, you should never feel the need to compromise your morals to make a buck or for the sake of ending up on a billboard.

You might not consider yourself a salesperson but if you’re a good model, you are one by default. Whether you are modeling hats, jackets, watches, or, well, anything else, your job is to convey to the consumer that they need what you are wearing. Hopefully the tips above will help you do this at your next booking!

Photo Credit: Lola O Photography

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The Cons of Modeling

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Not to be a downer but modeling isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, IRL.  Ok so yes, it can be fun and exciting and rewarding…  But let’s be honest, there are also many unpleasant truths to the business.  If you are thinking of getting your modeling career started because it looks glamorous, consider these realities, first.

Long Hours
Sometimes a modeling job can be quick and painless.  Other times?  Well, pick a number of hours in the day and there have been plenty of models who have had to endure staying fresh faced for that exact amount of time or longer.  A client will often have a set budget and book a model for a specific amount of time.  It is also very common, however, for models to find themselves looking at the clock thinking, weren’t we suppose to wrap, already?

As with any artist, photographers, designers, and make up artists all have visions and sometimes they underestimate the amount of time needed to execute their masterpieces.  And then there are times when things get in the way such as weather, technical difficulties, accidents, you name it!  Depending on the agreement you made upon receiving your booking confirmation, you might be expected to stay longer than the previously established end time.  If that isn’t the case you should be free to mention you were given a specific end time and have to leave, if that is the case (or contact your manager or booking agent to handle that for you).  This can feel awkward if everyone else is willing to stay but you feel you need to put your foot down.  On the other hand, you might want to stick it out and make some extra money, if that is a possibility.  But if you decide to put in extra work don’t expect for people to necessarily treat you with any more respect than before simply because they are grateful for your time and effort.  You will still be expected to do a stellar job, even though you might be tired, hungry, and exhausted.

You will meet other models who are catty.  You may run across make up artists and hair stylists who have horrible social skills and make you feel uncomfortable.  You might end up working for a client who is just the worst person you ever met in your life.  Granted, you never have to put up with being mistreated but short of that you could end up working for people who won’t want to waste time being polite, like Kelly Cutrone.  Although hopefully if you get to work for her you will realize how lucky you are – she kind of knows what she’s doing.

If you are a sensitive person, you’re going to have to get over that quickly.  It isn’t about you, it’s about the clothes, the photos, the shows, the events…  Your job is to be professional and work it.  People aren’t going to hold your hand and constantly tell you you look amazing.  Sometimes you will be told things you don’t want to hear and sometimes those things won’t be constructive at all.  Sometimes people will be just plain mean.  Sometimes you will be treated like an inatimate object or a work horse.  And you might even be told you are fat and need to lose weight.  Don’t expect for things to be sugar-coated.  There are plenty of divas in the industry and if you are going to make this your profession get ready to meet a lot of them.

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As a woman you will likely be expected to stay thin, exude sexiness, and always be happy and upbeat (as is life, though.  Am I right, ladies?!  Can I get a witness?!).  As a man you will typically be presented with the burden of having to maintain a masculine and muscular yet lean physique.  Oh yeah, that’s if the booking managers are even looking for men for their show, shoot, or event.  Yes, it’s a female dominated industry and that doesn’t seem to be changing too drastically.

Depending on the type of modeling you are interested in doing, be prepared to have to deal with expectations of what people think you should be, based on your gender and look.  If you are female you might very well be asked (or urged) to pose nude.  Sex sells, they’ll say.  Photographers may try and convince you that you won’t have a successful career if you don’t bare it all.  Whether or not you subscribe to that notion is completely up to you and there are plenty of models who make it without completely exposing themselves.  But don’t think you aren’t going to have to deal with the pressure one way or the other because you will if you plan on making this your career.

One of my recent posts, Being A Model of Color, greatly touches on this awful side of the industry and it is very real.  If you re not Caucasian and plan to model in the United States, Europe, or in the high fashion world in general be ready to get turned away simply because of your skin tone.  Prepare yourself for wondering why you end up often being the only, or one of the few, dark-skinned people at a casting (depending on where you live).  Also be aware that you might come across companies mentioning they only need a certain number of fill-in-your-race-here models.  It is, sadly, the way of the industry.  If you decide to become a professional model, don’t become jaded by this just try your best to be your best and give them a reason to forget about their ridiculous prejudices.

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The modeling industry is a business and people will do crazy things for money.  These things include putting other people in harms way to make a dollar.  The type of situations models are often placed in, especially young models, can be very detrimental to their emotional and physical well-being.  If you are the type of person who doesn’t like to make a fuss and goes along with whatever you’re told, this is not a good industry for you.  If you don’t know who you are and are easily persuaded, my advice would be to wait a few years until you’ve had some life experience before you delve into the modeling world.  If you think that a photographer who says, “You’ll have to pose nude but we’ll cover up your parts in Photoshop and won’t post any photos of you naked,” is telling you the truth, please do yourself a favor and go into another profession, for now, or finish school.  People will treat you however you let them.  If something sounds fishy or too good to be true, run!

There is a horrible side of the modeling industry that people don’t like to talk about but is something that happens every day all over the world (even in America!); human trafficking.  Women get lured into sketchy situations with the promise of payment for modeling, for example, and then get abducted and sold off as sex slaves.  Trust your instincts.  If you run across a “modeling job” that requires you to ride in a car with people you don’t know be wary.  Don’t go into hotel rooms by yourself with a photographer.  Don’t go to casting calls that are being held at someone’s house.  Don’t assume that because there is a woman on the other end of the phone call that a modeling gig is legitimate.  There are plenty of bad people, both male and female, who won’t even bat an eyelash while setting you up to be harmed.

I once drove to a “casting” for a photographer who was looking for models and upon arriving I realized it was in a residential neighborhood. While parked outside of the complex I immediately called and said I did not know the casting was at a house, that I did not feel comfortable with that, and that I would not be going inside. During my drive home I received a voicemail from the lady with whom I spoke insisting that everything was fine and I should come inside anyway… That was after she called me a couple of times and I didn’t answer.

Did any of you get goosebumps reading that? I know I was certainly creeped out, to say the least.

You might wonder why I still do it if there are so many negatives.  Every job on earth has negatives.  It’s just a matter of figuring out how to navigate your way through it and finding out what works for you.  Hopefully the tips in this post will better prepare you for moving forward, should you choose to accept this mission.  On the other hand, if you aren’t so sure about it after all, no problem!  There are so many different and awesome things to do in this world, just take your pick!

 Photo Credit: Lola O Photography

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Nail Your Shoot

Think Like A Model - ChelleGetting booked for a shoot is only half the victory.  Once you show up you are still expected to deliver quality work.  A good model doesn’t just rely on genetics to get a good photo.  All of the top models in the world have at least one thing in common; they work hard.  Here are some things to remember that will help you be at the top of your game and nail your next photoshoot!

Eat Up
It is important to always put your health first.  Eating a proper diet consisting of an abundance of fruits and vegetables is a key factor in looking and feeling great.  And in doing this all the time, there will be no need for any crash diets days before your scheduled booking.  Maintaining a low fat, low sodium, high fiber, high carb diet is a great way to keep yourself fit and full of energy (don’t forget to exercise a few days a week).  I would advise against trying any new foods the night before a shoot as you don’t want any surprise allergy attacks or an upset stomach ruining your day.

Drink and Be Merry
Well, drink water, that is.  Water is necessary for our bodies to function properly and will flush out toxins.  Toxins are responsible for a plethora of side effects including allergies that can make you look puffy by causing internal inflamation, poor digestion, headaches and more (all things that could get in the way of producing a great picture).  Also, while I recommend eating healthy food in abundance, sometimes we think we are hungry when we are actually thirsty.  But contrary to popular belief, not everyone needs 8 glasses of water a day and some people need more.  It really depends on how much water you’re getting in your food (i.e. if you eat a lot of water-rich foods) as well as your body mass.  A grown adult needs more water than a small child, for example.

How do you know how much water you should be drinking?  Your body will tell you when it needs water by making you thirsty.  So don’t ignore the urge to grab your water bottle! Think Like A Model - Elena

Keep it Cardio
While consistently exercising is great for staying in shape and overall health, you don’t want to do anything brand new or strenuous the day before a shoot.  Showing up to a shoot too sore to move will hurt your performance and anything that affects your ability to be fierce could also potentially hinder your confidence.   You’re going to want to be able to move about freely and that will be hard to do if your muscles are in an extreme state of repair from tears because you decided to hulk out at the gym.  If you don’t want to break routine and skip a day of working out, try some cardio.  Unless your are a fitness model, in which case lifting could help accentuate your muscles, sticking to low intensity exercises the day before a photoshoot is a good way to go.

Be a Sleeping Beauty
This is probably a no-brainer but you should get plenty of rest the night before a shoot.  Bloodshot puffy eyes and dark undereye circles don’t look good on anyone.  What’s more, you’re going to need to keep up your energy to not only get through your shoot but to be able to give good face and hold various poses.  You know your body best but a minimum of 10 hours of sleep works for me.  Don’t let yawning get in the way of the perfect shot!

Keep In Touch
If you are running late for whatever reason always keep in communication with your booking manager so that everyone is on the same page.  Sometimes things happen; we get lost, there is an accident on the freeway… but not calling could make the client worried or just plain irritated.

Get An Early Start
Showing up late to a shoot could get you fired and even leave you with a bad reputation.  Clients are paying photographers, make up artists, hair stylists, and crew members to be present and do their jobs on set.  If everyone is waiting on you to show all the client will hear is her money being flushed down the toilet and the clock ticking away.  This can bring the shoot to a rocky start by putting everyone in a bad mood.  In fact, you may even be replaced before getting to the shoot location.

There are other great reasons to show up early to a shoot.  Giving yourself plenty of time to get to your destination gives you an opportunity to do last minute touch ups on your make up and hair, if you are asked to provide that yourself.  It also gives you a chance to collect yourself.  There is already a lot of pressure on you, as the model, to give the client exactly what he is looking for as the face of his brand.  Why add more stress to your life by showing up late and making yourself frazzled because you are in a rush to get in front of the camera?

Keep Your Complaints to Yourself
While we models sometimes get put in clothing, hair, and makeup that we absolutely would never wear and may not even like, it isn’t usually about us.  If you are booked by a client and aren’t just shooting for your own portfolio, you are expected to be a silent cheerleader.  In other words, even if you abhor your hairstyle, smile and be humble about it anyway.  Pretend that you love whatever makeup was just put on your face.  Get in whatever mindset you need to that will help you continue on with the shoot and still exude positive energy.  Not every look is going to be flattering on you but you are getting paid to do a job so do it!

Of course, you should never go forward with doing something that goes against your morals.  I, for example, would never allow a stylist to put me in animal flesh because I am a vegan, nor would I ever pose with a cigarette.  Make your limits known ahead of time by telling your agency what you are and are not willing to do and by finding out what it is you’ll be promoting in the photos. Think Like A Model - Chentaya

You’ve Got to Move
Unless otherwise instructed, you should always give the photographer a lot of different poses and looks to work with during your shoot.  Don’t be afraid to move within your frame, making full use of every part of your body (or as Tyra would say, model from H to T – head to toe).  The face has 33 muscles alone.  Use yours to give various expressions to convey whatever message the photographer and/or client wants.  A good trick is to strike a pose, wait for the click of the camera, and then make a small adjustment to what you are doing.  Some of the most magical pictures are captured while the model is moving.  Focusing too hard on one look could leave the photographer with only a few pictures to choose from, in the end.  One of the best problems for a photographer is ending up with so many great photos that it’s hard to decide which one is the absolute best.  Make yourself known for causing good problems.

Find Your Light
Always be aware of where the light is be it from a flash, the sun, or a sun reflector.  Turning away from the light, unless directed to do so to create a certain mood, is an amateur move.  A few ways to deal with blinding and hot light are to give your eyes a rest by closing them until you and the photographer are ready, to look around the light and not directly into it, to look down with just your eyes occasionally (but with intention so that those shots can still be considered), and to look up with just your eyes (and not your whole head) to the right or the left.  That last tip is a great way to make your eyes look wide open without killing them with bright sun rays or bulb flashes.

Be Yourself
Let your personality show not only on set but before, in between, and after your shoot.  It isn’t uncommon for a client to book one model over the next because he has an awesome personality.  Yes, the photos are very important and you must be able to do your job well.  But if it comes down to you an another model who has your same level of expertise, the person who is known to have the better attitude will likely have a better chance of being booked.

Photographers, designers, booking managers… they are all people.  If you are easy to work with you will make their job… well… easier.  And if they like you as a person and know they can count on your positive energy to fill the room, they know they will have fun doing their job when working with you.  Always be professional, respectful, and polite, of course, but never worry about being too positive or smiling too much when talking to people on set.

Check out Daniela Braga in this Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show casting call.  How contagious is her energy?!

You should use your discretion, however, and don’t overdo it with the personality.  After all, this isn’t Broadway, honey *wink*.

Photo Credit: Lola O Photography


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