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Cutting Through The Hype - How to Become a Fashion Model

Jan 31, 2008
A fashion models job has the first appearances of being a glamorous one. Once you attain the position of a fashion model you go through a life of beauty, receive tons of money for just looking great, and numerous people idolize you for both your looks and your talent.

Numerous younger girls and boys alike, dream of someday living the life of a successful fashion model. Nevertheless, the job itself is more challenging then they realize. There are many requirements to be a fashion model. In addition to the mandatory requirement of exceptional physical beauty, you also need superior mental traits to help you to both survive and excel in the fashion and beauty industry as well as with your competitors.

The Talent

A certain amount of talent is a necessary trait to have when being a fashion model. Beauty only takes you so far in modeling. Simply looking into a camera is only one aspect of modeling as there is so much more to it than that. In a sense it is kind of like acting. You must become the character or the object that you are modeling. You have to have the ability and talent to portray emotion from the facial expressions you show to your body language.

A fashion models primary job is to make any type of item look good and hence more appealing to the market they are catering to. This also goes beyond just clothing. They are suppose to make look appealing anything from a dust-repelling sofa spray or million dollar shoes.

Lets face it, if these models do not look good or with their charisma do not sell the product, then there is no point to them. Some fashion models also walk the catwalks and runways. To do this in a proper manner, the right posture as well as walking must be learned.

The Look

Sadly, personality and inner beauty do not cut it when it comes to the world of fashion. A certain look must accompany a fashion model. Fundamental guidelines state that to be able to walk down the runway, a female fashion model must be at least 34-24-34.

That is to say that their bust and hips should be 34 inches and their waist should be 24 inches. Additionally, they should be at a minimum 5 feet 8 inches tall. Because measures such as these are very extreme, they have promoted dramatic eating disorders. There are some modeling agencies that will not accept models who have been proven to be underweight on a clinical level.

Naturally, not all women modeling fall under this thin category. There is an additional option of plus size modeling. Plus size modeling stands for bigger sizes. An average woman would most probably not conform into either of these categories.

In addition to being the right weight and height, a fashion model must have beautiful hair, skin, and face. Make up and airbrushing can make anyone thinner and flawless, only it makes the job easier if they can take a fresh, young face and work from there.
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Listen to Corbin Newlyn as he shares his insights as an expert author and an avid writer in the field of fashion. If you would like to learn more go to Womens Fashion advice and at Fashion Magazine tips.
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