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I'm an ex-model, mostly hired by private hobby photographers but also did shoots for a major hair industry competition, independent clothing brands, and a music video. Ex-SG also.
1. Always put your absolute best into your image. This means looking after yourself, practising your poses, and being able to do your hair/makeup/styling to a high standard. EVERY SINGLE PHOTO that your photographer takes could potentially be around forever - don't give them the chance to publish a godawful photo of you that haunts you after 5 years in the biz.
2. Along those lines, BE STRICT ON YOUR LEVELS. If you really aren't sure about having lingerie photos of you out there, DO NOT DO THEM. It is far harder to live with regret when it comes in the form of nudes you never wanted to shoot being plastered all over the internet. Any photographer who doesn't respect your boundaries is an asshole; don't work with them again and feel free to tell other models about your experience.
3. Be aware of ownership. If a photographer/brand pays you, they own the images and you have little/no rights to them. If you pay them, you own the images, but the photographer still has some rights too. If you collaborate, you both have free-use rights to the images, so it's best to get it in writing if you want to control usage.
4. Have fun! If modelling starts to make you insecure and unhappy, just stop. It's an extremely hard business to succeed in and will take lots of work. It's easy to get disheartened and start telling yourself you'd do better if you were thinner/prettier/etc.
I stopped modelling because I got sick of swimming against the tide. It's so over-saturated now, and so many do it for free/cheap… unless you're already supermodel-tier be prepared to be constantly approached for nude/softcore. Less girls are willing to do that so that's where the money is. Even then, more and more girls are doing it (just like porn) and that money is fast disappearing.
Feel free to ask questions!
If you’re not interested in my experience, then don’t heed it. They didn’t specify what type of modelling, and I still worked with photographers, got published and paid for it. (In addition, I did get asked to sign with Diesel, but I had already gotten tattoos so it didn’t work out. C’est la vie!)>>76991
There are a high percentage of weirdos in modelling purely because it’s a competitive and creative industry. All I will say is that a good agency will never ask you to pay for photos/opportunities, and if they ask you to sign anything read it very carefully. Well done though, and good luck anon!
Thought this might be interesting to some of you:
This small youtube channel is run by a photographer who interviews unknown (mostly Russian) models working in Asia.
She asks them about things like how they got into modeling, tips, crazy stories (mainly about how awful China is, e.g. weird and long shoots, muas using dirty makeup, shitty apartments, having to go to clubs to earn extra money or that the European models don't get along with the Brazilian ones), their daily meal plans and also about eating disorders. Most seem to be very honest about everything.
It's really interesting getting an insight in how the industry really is and also inspirational in terms of losing weight. Also, many of them are still very young, but some also only started out when they were already in their 20s, after Uni.
That's bullshit, there are just as many brunettes as well. Being Russian also isn't a "requirement", if you look at Paris FW there are many Russians, but also girls from other (typically tall) European countries like France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, … As long as you're minimum 5'10/178cm, BMI 16 and white skin, it doesn't really matter. I'd rather say that there are no longer as many Brazilians (but maybe it's different in America).
About the age thing, for example Agyness Deyn lied and said she's younger than she actually is, so if you keep your age a secret, as long as you look 20… I assume you don't plan on this being your main career anyways.
>Odd look (15-23 ish) think Allison Harvard
That's completely unrealistic, most "muses" are stereotypically beautiful girls. You only get a pass for being slightly shorter or having a weird face if your daddy is rich (and btw nobody has even heard of Allison outside of the US…)