So you have decided that you want to be a model. Great Idea! Just be prepared for the hard work to come.
In the past month, I have been organizing my first fashion event and runway show, and being on the CASTING end of the modeling world has really changed my perspective on things. I have recently met some great ladies who want to model but don’t know where to start, which inspired me to write this article, How to be a Model 101.
Rule #1: KNOW YOUR MEASUREMENTS
Everybody knows their dress size, but this means nothing unless you know your measurements. Go to the craft store and pick up a measuring tape – you will be using it A LOT.
This video is a great guide on how to get your basic measurements:
In addition to your Bust-Waist-Hips, there are other measurements you will need to know, and numbers you should be familiar with. Here are my tricks of the trade:
- Thigh circumference (widest part)
- Bicep circumference (widest part)
- Across back of shoulders
- Neck circumference
- Apex (from nipple, around neck, to other nipple – helps determine neckline sizes)
- High Hip (4″ below your waist)
- Low Hip (8″ and 10″ below waist)
Tips and Tricks:
- Industry standards state that anything size 8 + up is PLUS SIZE. Market yourself as such!
- The standard minimum height for models is 5’8″. Do whatever you can to get there if you’re close.
- If you’re shorter that 5’8″ and have the right look, your height won’t necessarily hold you back, but good luck if you’re under 5’6″
- In FIT modeling, the height for petites is 5’5″-5’6″ and for women’s regular 5’8″ and up.
- Male models should be at least 5’10”
- measure yourself before any go-see. They will likely measure you there, or ask you your measurements when you walk in the door.
- Keep your resume up-to-date – I update my measurements at least once a month
Rule #2: Model Mayhem is your Friend
I always thought ModelMayhem.com was a site for creepers and wanna-be’s, but most of the photographers I ave worked with were professional, open minded, and happy to shoot “TF” (meaning “trade for” pictures in exchange for credit). Still beware of creeps! get phone numbers, references, and make sure their portfolio matches your style of photography you’re seeking.
Rule #3: Comp Cards / Business Cards
Comp Cards (model version of a headshot) are probably the most important thing in your model bag. A comp card should have a headshot on the front, and various photos on the back, along with your measurements and contact information. I use Spotlight Printing for mine – they have the best prices and customer service. Here is an example of the most recent proof they sent me:
Business Cards are also very important. I give out business cards at every audition, photo shoot, go-see, or just networking. I have made many connections through business cards alone. You may not think you’re not ready for cards since you’re just starting out, but they will be what gets you the connections!
Rule #4: Building your Portfolio
After about three-four months of modeling, I starting printing out pictures from my shoots for my portfolio book. I chose 3-5 or my best shots from every photo shoot, and had them printed by Adorama Pix. Great quality prints at some of the best prices on the market. When I put my photos in my book for the first time, I really felt like a model!
Rule #5: Work for Free
Getting your face and name out there take a lot of time, hard work, and dedication. Fan sites for BBWs on Facebook will not make you a professional models. Do a lot of runway work if you can. They are a great chance to meet people and network, plus are a lot of fun! Eventually with enough experience under your belt, you will become in demand and payable.
Remember, this is no easy process, and event the most beautiful models take time to get known (ahem…. even Michelle Hilton, Annoula Dritsas, and Ayana Smith are all STILL working their asses off and they were born to be models!)
Work hard, play hard, and keep your mind straight. Most important;y, be REAL!
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- Model vs. Model: Types of Modeling in the Entertainment world (entertainersunite.wordpress.com)
- Model mayhem – unreliability. (ninjadawsie.wordpress.com)
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I have come to learn that one of the most important, yet most DIFFICULT part of being plus size is having to deal with making the fat look like curves. If not done properly, this could go horribly wrong. The trick? SHAPEWEAR!
No matter how big or small you are, beauty is pain at times. Currently I am wearing a pair off spanxs so tight I can hardly breathe! But after you get used to wearing Shapewear and making it part of your daily routine, you’ll learn some tricks to make it a lot easier.
- Shapewar Tank tops & Camisoles are a lot easier (and sexier) to wear than high waist briefs, and they still cover your ass when you bend over. A must-have alternative to Spanx if you plan on hooking up tonight!
- Spanx have a built in hole in the crotch so you don’t have to take them off to tinkle!
- Bras can double as Shapewear as well – side and back smoothing, bridal corsets, and minimizer bras are made to shape you better.
- Waist cinchers (like Squeem) not only give you an hourglass figure, but improve posture too.
When I was in high school I was too scared to wear shapewear, thinking… “How can I go to school looking sloppy fat one day and sexy curvy the next without making it obvious that there’s Shapewear under here?” There is no easy way. You can either start off a little at a time, or go balls to the wall and just do it! I started off slow, and now am a Shapewear junkie.
Here are MY spandex staples:
Best Brands & Where to buy:
- Spanx -When it comes to undergarments, Spanx is the leader of the pack. Affordable, durable, and practical.
- Squeem – Gives you unbelievable curves! no, really – unbelievable – as in, too good to be true and its pretty obvious when you wear one. But damn sexy anyways. Better for big booty girls, rather than us muffin top chicks.
- Lipo In A Box sold by QVC and on Amazon.com – The quality is by far, the best – this coming from someone who has tried them all. Though pricey, totally worth the money. Goes up to size 2X (they stretch!)
- Camisole: Lipo in a Box Long Tank (original fabric) – I have to admit, I wear this garment almost every day. When I first took it out of the package it was so tiny, but you step into it like a swimsuit and BOOM! Takes off 20 lbs. Its durable fabric has held up for probably a year now, and every time I wash and dry it, it shrinks back to its baby shirt size. It doesn’t ride up, so no adjusting all day. Flattering neckline fits under most shirts without noticing.
- Bottoms: Spanx Higher Power Brief – Again, you get what you pay for – High Quality. Great to wear under a dress , too tight jeans, anything! I avoid the thigh slimming version because it seems to cut me off mid thigh and create some unlovely lumps.
Hope this helps you ladies find the best shape for your body!
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- Look Slim and Sexy with Shapewear Camisole (listfree.org)
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Some girls won’t leave the house without makeup. I can’t leave the house without a bra. As a busty buxom beauty at a 40DDD, my boobs are hard to handle, but I always make sure that my girls have all the support they need.
When I had my first go-see as a fit model, my agent said my bust was about 2″ too big for what the designer needed for their line. She said, “go to Macy’s and get a minimizer bra.” I ventured into Macy’s Herald Square in NYC, up six escalators, until I finally found the lingerie section. When I stepped off the escalator, I nearly had an anxiety attack seeing how much there was to choose from. Being from Jersey, I’m used to the limited selection at Caciquè in the mall. For the first time in my lifetime of being a self-proclaimed “bra expert,” I had to ask the saleswoman for help! Once I found some hideous looking soft cup minimizer bras, I high-tailed it to Vicki’s office to get re-measured. As ugly as the bra looked, I’d never felt so supported, and my boobs had never looked so good.
Lesson learned: always have the right bra for the right occasion. Depending on what you’re wearing over your intimates, the style may change. Here are my staples, straight from my closet (click the pics to shop):
- Everyday / Casual: Minimizer / Full Coverage / Side Smoothing
- Date Night / Gettin’ Some 😉 I love the look and feel of a Balconette, and they come in so many cute patterns and styles.
- Strapless (and Bridal) This category took me years to figure out. Regular strapless bras just wouldn’t give me the lift I needed, so I took a tip from Lifetime’s super-awesome show Double Divas and bought a full on corset bridal bra (It did the trick) This works great for strapless and halter tops:
- Lazy Day / Sleep Bra I don’t usually wear a bra to bed, but when I do I go with something simple with no underwire:
**AVOID THE PLUNGE if you have big boobs, or if you have any extra or loose skin on your breasts** I can’t wear them because it turns out something like this:
I am still searching for a solution to wearing a backless dress. Embarrassingly enough, I even tried using duct tape as pasties! (Didn’t work, BTW). Recently, I bought the most ahhhhmazing dress, perfect fit, perfect length, edgy green with black lace overlay, and (uh oh) a cutout back. My back is the favorite part of my body, and I would love to spread my wings and fly! I want to show these babies off:
Us plus size girls are so often held back from wearing what we love because of our “tig ol’ bitties,” but let that be no longer! I hope this helped you figure out the right bra for you too. Stay tuned to Curvy and Curious for how to find the perfect fit.
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I’ve always been a magazine lover. Seventeen was a staple in my life, and now it’s moved on to Cosmopolitan for the past few years. I love reading the articles (especially even in Maxim) but I always seem to flip right through the fashion sections without looking twice. As I wrote about yesterday in ‘#REALTALK – We All Secretly Want To Be A Model,’ even most plus size models don’t fit most real plus size girls image. In modeling, if you’re size 6/8 or under you’re called “straight size,” and anything over that is “Plus Size.”
Most editorial-geared plus size magazines, such as say, EVOLVE, UK’s #1 plus fashion online, tend to use smaller plus models, like the gorgeous size 14 up-and-comer and reader of Curvy And Curious, Annoula Dritsas who is currently competing in the top 5 contestants to be on the cover. Like her picture on EVOLVE’s Facebook page to vote for her!
More and more plus magazines are popping up, especially online. Plus Model Magazine is probably the most popular right now, especially since the stunningly gorgeous and star of NUVO TV’s hit show ‘Curvy Girls,’ Rosie Mercado hit the cover as a size 22, making plus model history. I was blessed enough to meet Rosie at Catherine Schuller’s Runway Bridal Brunch in June, and I gotta say…. it was like the world moved in slow motion when she walked in the room. She is even more beautiful in person! [ #GirlCrush ] We all love Rosie, but I can’t rock this dress like you! Us fat chicks just can’t win when it comes to magazines… The pieces in plus magazines are much too mature or risque for younger girls to relate to.
See my green eyes of jealousy???? hehe
Lets GET REAL magazines! I want to see something I can wear, like every day. Not super skinny bright colored jeans, not maxi dresses or mini dresses, not evening gowns. REAL clothes for REAL girls!
Full Blossom Magazine seems to be on the right track…. Keep it up!
Anyone think after Vogue Magazine banned anorexic-looking and underage girls we may see some plus models in the big [drum roll please]…… SEPTEMBER ISSUE! I’d love to see that.
Let this site be our new resource for real clothes for real girls!
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Big or little, we all have a figure. Ok, so I agree that being referred to as a “pear” or “apple” may not sound too flattering, but If its any consolation, that “skinny bitch” at school or work is called a banana… hehe. We may all feel like apples or oranges at times, but our measurements speak differently. There are five main body shapes in the fashion industry – here are some examples (with a few great up-and-coming plus models to boot!):
Keep reading to learn how to dress better for your shape!