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Trudi: Hi. My name’s Trudi Tapscot.
Britt: I’m Britt Bergmeister.
Trudi: Models have a lot of pressure of them for to be in great shape, to be able to fit clothes. It becomes very specific, your arm muscles, the muscle of your thigh muscle. Everything becomes very focused. What happens in doing that, in order to do your job, you become sometimes very over-focused on your physical self. That is your tool. That is your machine that you’re selling, so you have to be serious about it. You have to be focused.
But you also have to be balanced. You have to nutritionally be balanced. You have to be healthy. I think that our industry has taken a lot of initiative to try and help models not overreact. The power of what a client says to a new model is incredibly powerful. It just takes one person to say one thing about a pant not fitting right or a skirt not fitting right, and it becomes internalized in a way that can be very harmful to them.
They’re taking in a lot of information. They’re taking in a lot of opinions. They get picked apart all day long. Then they can’t help but picking themselves apart. It becomes a little bit dangerous. They do have to stay in shape. They do have to eat well. They have to have the right measurements. If someone says, “You need to lose a little bit of weight,” how do you do that and be healthy?
I think that fashion shows started having more food backstage. I think that there’s health initiatives. I don’t think anyone’s encouraging anyone to lose too much weight or the big, bad word of eating disorders. No one forces that upon you. The internalizing of information, of image, of what people say to you is the first beginning of the problem.
You have to be able to interpret that information in a good way for yourself and your agent. People will tell you, people are constantly giving you information about how you look, how you dress, how your hair is, what you did wrong, what you did right, what the client said. It’s always about feedback. You can imagine if you go on eight appointments in a day, you’re walking in, you’re seeing people, you don’t know what they think, so you want feedback. Sometimes you don’t want the feedback, because it’s not helpful.
I think that nutrition is important. I think that staying in great shape is important. I think it’s about balance. I don’t think it’s about going on crash diets and starving yourself. I think that if you’re consistent and you’re disciplined and you’re balanced that you naturally get into a rhythm that serves you properly for the business and you stay in great shape.
Britt: With me, coming to New York, I was told that I had to lose a little bit of weight. I thought, “Oh no. I’m going to have to starve myself, not be able to eat.” I was really nervous because I like food. I signed up with a trainer. The first thing she said was,”Okay, you’re not going to starve yourself because that doesn’t last realistically. Sure you may get skinnier, but in a year you’ll be done.” We worked on my diet. It wasn’t a diet, it was more of we changed my diet and my lifestyle of eating.
I was eating way more than I used to, it was just a lot healthier, a lot of salads, vegetables, protein, chicken, fish. We cheat sometimes. I have cake every once in awhile. It’s about, as Trudi said, balance and working out and being healthy, feeding your body what it needs.
I have kind of an athletic body, but I know I try and make that work for me. My legs will be a bit more muscular than some girls. It’s important not to compare yourself. You’re in an industry where you’re with the top skinny girls in the industry. Just be yourself. You’re a model for a reason. It’s important to be true to yourself. If a client doesn’t like that, one client, don’t get down. There’s hundreds of other clients that will book you for who you are.
Definitely don’t think you have to starve yourself because it doesn’t last. The best models in the world Linda Evangelista, Cocoa Rosha, all the supers, they are awesome models because they’re healthy.
Please be aware that this is NOT a video about dieting or fad diets – it’s about healthy eating and healthy attitudes towards food.
This video is pretty much common sense and scientific fact. There’s nothing controversial about it whatsoever, so please look elsewhere if you want to engage in debate about weight, size, models etc etc. I have been a fashion model for nearly twelve years and have always been a healthy size. I don’t follow any weird or wonderful diets, I just try to eat well and sensibly.
This is NOT the video for you if you’re looking for crazy diets or tips on how to be unhealthily skinny – that’s not what I’m about. If, however, you just want to eat more healthily and get in shape then perhaps this might be of some use. I hope so! Thanks for taking this information on board
– I feel I have a responsibility to make these things clear in this time of sensationalist media that takes everything out of context and makes it into an issue!
Modeling is not without a social conscience. There are people in the industry who are very concerned about the eating disordered, drug and alcohol abusing, party-on image models seem to cultivate. However in the end modeling is a money-making venture and whether or not a girl will be able to sell herself, the clothes she wears and the products she endorses are what is most important to industry leaders.
Models have a mold and unless we are talking about specialty modeling to succeed in the industry you must fit the mold. Beauty aside, because as already noted not all models would be called pretty in real life, models must be able to project a desirable image. They must seem ideal so that the average woman will want to spend the money to be like them, wear what they wear, and use the cosmetics that they use.
If you have what it takes to sell yourself and you fit the mold you just may make it as a model.
The Model Mold
To recap, here’s the basic blueprint for your average model. If you fit this description the next step is looking for an agency that will sign you.
- A slim build
- A height somewhere between 5’8″ and 5’11” (there are exceptions)
- Good bone structure with a symmetrical and angular face
- Being naturally photogenic and/or a good knowledge of ones angles
- Good posture and a strong runway walk (learned or natural)
Do you fit the model mold? Modeling is not without a social conscience. There are people in the industry who are very concerned about the eating disordered, drug and alcohol abusing, party-on image models seem to cultivate. However in the end modeling is a money-making venture and whether or not a girl will be able to sell herself, the clothes she wears and the products she endorses are what is most important to industry leaders. Models have a mold and unless we are talking about specialty modeling to succeed in the industry you must fit the mold.
So you want to be a model? Do you have what it takes? Many pretty-in-person girls make terrible models and sometimes the plain Janes just take your breath away on film. It takes much more than just a pretty face and a slim figure to make it as a mainstream model. You need to have the total package, a mix of genetics and personality, in order to thrive in the modeling industry. So what traits does a successful model need to have?
Some of the qualities of a mainstream model are obvious but the others may surprise you.
What is a mainstream model?
When we talk about making it as a mainstream model we are talking about the models you see in magazines and advertisements. There are specialty models, models with a specific look or talent, but that is not the type of model we are talking about here.
Plus sized models, niche models, body part models and models with unique skills are some examples of specialty models but we want to tell you what agents look for in the average model. The base line parameters are very small, models need to have a specific body type, be within a certain height range and have good bone structure. Have these core ingredients and you have a good shot at making it as a model. Have the right skills and personality and you just may be the next supermodel.
What do modeling agents look for when signing a new model?
When agents look for new models to sign they look for a very specific set of physical criteria. How you look is definitely the first thing agents see. First and foremost models need to be tall and slim; for the most part they need to be slimmer than the average girl.
This is the reason that the modeling industry gets such a bad rap, because the call for slim models could be seen as promoting an unrealistic body image. While this is a valid criticism there are some equally valid reasons that models need to be slender. Clothes hang better on a smaller body and the fashion industry is essentially about selling clothes and other trappings of style like cosmetics, skin care, accessories, and perfumes.
MORE SECRET TIPS!!!…HTMI for those that want to work in the MODELLING INDUSTRY from top male model David Gandy. He’s famous for many campaigns notably Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue with photographer Mario Testino. (Yes the ad with the white swimming trunks!)
David talks about how he started in the industry and secret tips on getting signed by the right agency and reveals his health and beauty regime. So if you want to work with someone like David Gandy, now’s the time to start taking notes.
A MUST SEE for those that want to work in the music industry and want to get ahead. He’s really got some wise words for those that want to make it.
If you’re a teenager and have always wanted to become a model, here are some tips on How to become a model – all about modeling – tips, info and advice!!! Leave any modeling questions or comments below 😉
If we could all have perfect skin like a supermodel, the world just might be a better place. Have you considered that? We have. And though that might be a stretch, there’s no doubt that we spend a lot of time and energy on our quest to get glowing skin. Not to mention, our regular dates with the dermatologist. Oh, and the money spent on endless amounts of serums and creams. Fortunately, we got a chance to speak with Victoria’s Secret Model Miranda Kerr (who happens to also be Orlando Bloom’s gal) and found out how she keeps her skin runway-worthy. Watch the video and share your skin tips with us too!
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This is another video I did with America’s Next Top Model Cycle 4’s winner Naima Mora the SUPERMODEL! 🙂
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Trudi: Hi, I’m Trudi Tapscott.
Britt: And I’m Britt Bergmeister.
Trudi: And the most important things about becoming a model are don’t assume you are one before you’ve gotten to be one. That’s the first thing, I think.
Do research. Find out what it takes to be a model. If you want to be a model, you need to meet the right people. You need to meet the right person. It might only be one person who actually expresses, tells you that you have potential.
You need someone to take your potential and kind of turn you into a model. It’s kind of like taking a diamond in the rough and polishing it until it’s a gem. Because most people, when you scout them and you find them the very first time, they don’t look like a model. They are a teenage girl who has the potential to be a model.
So that means that you need to listen, learn, and I would say be aware of who you are. I think that when you’re first starting out in modeling, it feels like you have no power, but really the power is within you.
I couldn’t really narrow it down into a short form of what the tips are. I think that being physically ready, having the height, being in great shape, being confident, and meeting the right people.
Listen to yourself. If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably too good to be true. Don’t let anybody exploit your dreams. Make sure that you’re dealing with people who are actually legit, who are not going to try and sell you something that you don’t need.
Trudi: That is where sort of the confusion comes in, because you do need to walk, but you need to learn to walk from somebody who actually knows how to walk, not somebody who’s making money teaching you how to walk and that’s the only thing they’re ever doing is making money teaching you how to walk.
Trudi: So it has to be someone who actually . . . and this is where scouts, mother agents – in our business we call somebody the mother agent – that’s usually the scout or the very first person you come in contact with in this business, that would be someone like me, someone like your mother agent, Elmer Olsen in Toronto, those are the people in smaller areas of the United States who look for talent, groom talent, and basically guide you through, what we call, the development phase, which is the beginning of getting in shape, learning how to wear your hair, learning what to do, learning how to pose or not pose, learning how to walk; all those things.
That’s what we do to get you ready to introduce you to an agent in a market like New York or Milan or Paris.
Most important, it’s a business. There is something to learn. It’s not just about how you look. You can be the prettiest girl in your high school, when you walk in to a casting in New York City, you’re one of many pretty girls.
So it’s competitive. It’s tough. You have to find the confidence within yourself to stand out without having too much of an attitude of thinking that you deserve to stand out. I think that that’s where the hard work comes in.
So the tips are: listen to the right people, research, find out research. Because we have the Internet, we have tons of information. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s valid. Just because it’s on the Internet, doesn’t make it true.
But you can find out the right information if you go a little bit further and really dig in and read things, read the right websites and pay attention.
I don’t know, really, what your tips would be. I mean, from 13 to now, like what you would say. I mean, patience, obviously.
Britt: Patience was key. When I was 13, I wanted to be a model. I wanted to start right away, and my mother agent, Elmer Olsen said, “Let’s wait until you’re mature, you’re out of high school.”
He didn’t want to start me right away, and it would be okay. He wanted to go when I was perfectly developed and at my most ready.
So it’s all about being patient, trusting your elders and people who can help you and will help mold you into what they believe is the perfect opportunity to showcase you to the world. So just trust the right people.
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There are many myths about the modeling profession that can create confusion for new models which may actually stop them from pursuing their lifelong dream of becoming a professional model.
Here are 5 of the top myths about becoming a professional model along with real information to help you succeed in your modeling career.
Myth #1 – You Have To Be Tall To Be a Model
While there are certain height requirements for runway models and high-fashion (editorial) models there is a tremendous amount of work available for models who are under 5′ 9″. Even the big agencies in New York, Paris and Milan are willing to make exceptions for a model who is a “complete package”.
Supermodel Kate Moss was one of the first to break the height barrier at 5′ 6″ (some agencies list Kate at between 5′ 7″ – 5′ 8″, but most people think that is generous). There are even male models like Aaron Frew who, at just 5′ 7″, is represented by top fashion agency d’Management in Milan, Italy. I have also personally signed models who were 5′ 3″ and 5′ 4″ to top agencies Elite Model Management and Ford Models.
But, don’t worry if you can’t get signed to a top fashion agency due to a height issue because there is a huge commercial market that is always open to models of all heights.
Myth #2 – You Have To Be Skinny To Be a Model
With more women demanding to see models who better represent what “real” women look like, the fashion industry has responded. Over the past 10 years the plus size modeling market has become one of the fastest growing and most important sectors of the fashion industry.
Not only are modeling agencieswelcoming models who are curvier and more voluptuous than the usual super thin fashion model, but they are turning these girls into superstars! Many of the top modeling agencies in New York, L.A. and even Paris and Milan now have divisions devoted solely to their plus models.
So, if you are curvy or big, bold and beautiful, and know how to work it, then many of the top agencies will definitely want to see you!
Myth #3 – You Have To Be Young To Be a Model
Just as consumers demanded to see models who better represent the various size categories of real women (see Myth #2), the demand for models who represent a variety of age categories has also become an important part of the modeling industry.
The baby boomers are aging and there is a real demand for models who can represent products that are important to this age demographic. There is a wide range of products for which mature models are needed such as the travel industry, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and even high fashion.
So, if you have always dreamed of becoming a model and you’re over 25 don’t let age hold you back. Agencies are always looking for mature models of all ages!
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Myth #4 – You Need Professional Photos
Professional photographs are never required when you are first starting out. All you need are some simple snapshots in order for the agents to determine your potential as either afashion model or commercial model.
Once an agency has determined that it would like to represent you then you can discuss with the agents what type of photos you’ll need in order for them to promote you to their clients. Depending on the type of agency and the market you are in, the agency may be willing to advance the cost of your first photo shoot, otherwise this will be an investment you will have to make.
Myth #5 – If An Agency Likes Me It Will Pay For Everything
One of the areas that can create the most confusion for new models is the area of fees,expenses and start-up costs. There is a lot of hype and misinformation, particularly online and in modeling forums, surrounding modeling expenses and what a model should and shouldn’t pay for, which can bewilder a new model to the point of giving up and never pursuing their dream.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “If an agency likes me it will pay for everything”; when in actuality this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Visit my article onModeling Expenses, Fees and Start-up Costs for a complete explanation of this topic.
A Place For Everyone In Modeling
When you first think of models you’ll likely think of the supermodels Gisele Bundchen, Coco Rocha, Naomi Campbell, Candice Swanepoel, or Miranda Kerr; but there are thousands of other models whose names you wouldn’t know who are making a substantial income in the industry. I often compare it to being on a basketball or hockey team. You will always know the names of the superstars like Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretsky or Magic Johnson, but there are lots of other team members whose names you don’t know but who are earning a fantastic living and who are very important to the team. It’s very similar in the modeling industry. You will always have the superstars, but the other team members, or models in the agency, have a very important part to play as well.