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What Makes A Model

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My mom always used to say I was a born model. When I was six years old I used to give mini fashion shows to my family and by the time I was ten there were more photos of me than any of my brothers and sisters- but did that make me a model? If you ask my mom, she’d say yes, but I know better now.

Even my friends seem to think modelling is a privilege saved only for those with the perfect skin, height and bone structure. While there are some prerequisites, having the right genetics doesn’t automatically get you a career in modelling. That’s like saying a high SAT score guarantees a high-paying career. It helps, but there are some broke geniuses out there.

Everyone who models will tell you: modeling is a business. There’s a reason we have the term WORK! It’s not about walking around looking cute, or taking some pictures when you feel like it.

I wish it were.

I mean, if someone had told me how painful and difficult modelling was I might have reconsidered. I love what I do, but sometimes I crawl into my bed after a shoot, exhausted, wondering what gave me the insane idea to do this as a career.

That’s why I keep lots of my photos around to remind myself of why I do it. Seeing the fruit of your labor is a great motivator.

See, there is a learning curve to becoming a model, just like there is to starting any other career, and some girls learn quicker than others. Perhaps they’ve watched models on television, or studied their poses in magazines and chose it as a career. Some girls even get actual training – taking years of modeling classes, learning poise through pageants, or growing up in the industry as child actors and models.

They put the time in – years before most people even think about going to college.

By the time they are 16, most professional models have had some sort of modeling education, either self-taught or through a class of some sort. They have been exposed to the industry, and they have the genetic prerequisites. Even the girls that are scouted out of nowhere, have, most of the time, seen a model before.

The point is, many of us wanted to be models because we were exposed. I never met any architects or accountants growing up, and it never crossed my mind to become one. However, the minute I saw a professional model I knew it was the career for me, and I worked my ass off to get here.

Fashionable Flats

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By Lauren Tricker
ModelsOnTrend

I do not understand how some people can be a ‘bag person’. For me, I’m an ‘everything’ person. I love shoes, bags, sunglasses- you name it. As the summer months are now upon us, I am going to be talking about flats- the most comfortable type of footwear there is. In the past, heeled shoes have been my daily go-to, providing me with heightened confidence with each wear. But, after finding different styles of flats that do more than make up for -what I perceived to be- their downfall, I thought I would share these with you today.

Espadrilles:


 


Espadrilles are an all-time favourite of mine. They’re one of those accessories ­that can pull together any outfit, whether it be a simple top and shorts combination, or a delicate summer dress! They provide a little bit of extra height due to the thicker sole, but their level of comfort throws any pair of wedges out of the water. Furthermore, Espadrilles are suited for any summer outing, cushioning your feet on a stroll to the beach or a trek round a shopping district. Their major selling point, however, is you needn’t break the bank when purchasing a pair! The high street are on the same wavelength as the global fashion houses when it comes to variety, therefore enabling you to buy the perfect pair for you.

Ballet flats:


One of the most timeless assets to your wardrobe are a pair of ballet flats. A bold statement, I know, but nonetheless true. If you’re one of those people who prefer to avoid the one-off trends, or even if you just want to have an eternal gem in your wardrobe, then a pair of ballet flats are a must-have. They are one of those accessories that develop in character with age, variating your outfits which each wear! Due to them being an everlasting staple, you can choose from a scope of designs that were and are continued to be noted by style icons ranging from Audrey Hepburn to Miranda Kerr.

Gladiators:

 

 


 

 

I could talk to you all day about gladiators. No, seriously, you wouldn’t want to dare me. Gladiators can replenish any outfit with edgy or intricate connotations- enabling you to decide which look you want to go for on a day-to-day basis. They seamlessly compliment garments ranging from a pair of distressed denim shorts to a floral playsuit, their vocal caged or lace-up designs demanding attention as the world becomes your runway.

Lace-up sandals:


 


Last but definitely not least: lace-up sandals. If I am allowed to have a favourite, these are mine. A daintier version of gladiators, lace-up sandals lack in the extravagant detail reaching to your knee but instead conclude below your ankle, therefore announcing a muted statement for a casual Californian vibe. Different metal hardware for the eyelets or aglets ensures that all other accessories are accommodated for, and therefore transforms you into a sleek, sophisticated young woman ready to take on the day.

5 Things The Media Distorts Aout Working In Fashion

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By Calynn M. Lawrence
@fairytalefacesbycalynn

Many young people look to the media and the movies for their perception on real life matters. Sometimes these may be valid sources, however there are always some myths that need to be busted when it comes to these things! Because television and the cinema’s main purpose is to entertain and not to inform, sometimes actual facts can get lost or distorted in the mix of a great plot line. Therefore, this article is going to give you 5 fibs that the media portrays about a working in fashion!

1. You Can Simply Walk In And Become A Big Shot

Void. This has been seen in many outlets such as the hit 2006 chick flick,The Devil Wears Prada, and the Nickelodeon teen comedy True Jackson VP. Although this idea seems to be very appealing it is in fact the farthest thing from the truth. Many times in fashion, you ned to grind your way to the career you want. Very seldom do people actually wake up a success story. That is why there are so many internships available because it is vital that you earn your keep. Look at the biographies of some of the huge fashion business people and none of them will say it happened in a day.

2. There Are No Real Careers In Fashion

Sadly, this has to be one of the most widely believed myths about the fashion industry there is. Many people buy into the whole “starving artist” theory that any job in the creative industry has to be bound to fail. Thus, people push their children into more “secure” fields such as medicine. However, studies show that with so many careers in fashion from retail to runway, business t Barbie doll that they have a job market comparable to that of seemingly more secure avenues.

3. All Models Are Anorexic

This is sadly something that is made out to be a joke many of times when it comes to fashion models. The media makes them out to be comedicly thin and mocks the real world issue of eating disorders. All models are not dying of an eating disorder, although many are suffering from them and it should not be a point of humor to poke fun at those who are.

4. It’s All About Who You Know

Networking is indeed one of the most important things that one can do in terms of self promotion when looking for employment. However, it is commonly misunderstood that what you know and what you have done means nothing as long as you have connections. Yes, there is a large number of talented individuals and thus everyone can not be on top. But, many of times, as before mentioned those individuals climbed their way to success as opposed to looking for a hand out from an associate.

5. Fashion Is Only Meant For Women

Granted, the fashion industry is heavily dominated by women. Yet, that does not mean that men are prohibited from working in it! Some may view that because it is such a popular field amongst women that men who do work there are overly feminine. However, that should not be a matter of concern to you. Male or female, if fashion is your passion then you ought pursue it!

There you have it! These are your top 5 media myths about working in the fashion industry! Do not feed into the hype because it could mean your potential career.

How To Make Healthy Living More Affordable

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By Jessica Sepel
@jshealth

Living a healthy life doesn’t have to be expensive! In fact, with a few clever tricks and a little bit of forward planning, you can make healthy living affordable for the whole family. Here are my go-to tips:

Prep A Meal Plan
I create a little meal plan for my week and so I know 80% of what I will be making for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. This way, I only buy what I need. Creating a meal schedule really helps you stick to this because you know what you’ll want to have on hand and nothing will go to waste.

Shop With A list
In the same sense, having a plan of attack before you go to the store will help keep you on track. It saves you so much money; we waste a lot on processed foods that are marketed well. It’s easy to fall victim to clever marketing when we stray from the items that we actually need.

Shop With A Purpose
When you have the intention of buying unhealthy food in the grocery store, well, you create your own reality! It rules out so many healthy options you would usually put into your trolley just because that’s how our psyche works. Before you even walk in the door, make the decision that you will not buy processed foods; that only fresh foods will be going home with you.

Shop Around
As Michel Pollen says – shop AROUND the supermarket. It’s honestly not necessary to walk into the supermarket aisles; this is usually where the processed and packaged foods are. Try and shop on the outskirts of your supermarket – the fresh food aisles – as this is where you’ll find fruit, vegetables, good quality dairy and meat.

Visit Farmers Markets
One of my favourite places to shop! You’ll find the freshest produce for much cheaper – and you’ll know exactly where it’s coming from. Organic food that has had to travel thousands of miles may not only be more expensive, but it’s not as fresh. Bonus points if you get to know your local farmers – you may learn about bulk discounts and share programs that could be beneficial if your family goes through a lot of fresh produce, eggs or meat.

Love Left-overs
I always make extra dinner to eat for lunch the next day. Not only does it save me a lot of time, it saves money too! Food is much more likely to get eaten, there is less waste, and it’s a winner all around.

Model Diaries #2: I’m Confused

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“There are times in your life when you have to vent, to let it all out.

I would like to share some moments with you. These are precious and private, but I am revealing them in order for other young women to know that it’s O.K. It’s O.K not to know everything, to not have it all figured out, to be unsure and scared.

Traveling the world at a young age shaped me dramatically. I had a lot of time to think and to feel- and I now would like to share my journey with you. These are letters from my past, in the hope that they will help people in the future.”

By an anonymous model