Modeling? What usually comes to mind when the word “modeling” is said? Many would say ‘Fashion,’ ‘Runways,’ ‘Tall’ and ‘Attractive.’ But that’s only half. The model market is huge, so not just high fashion. It includes feature articles, commercials, TV commercials (TVC), and even body parts. The modeling world is more than just being tall and beautiful. It is extremely tough and competitive; many don’t realize how much effort goes into photoshoots and fashion shows because it looks so effortless on our screens. And more so, the amount of exercises models do to achieve their high fashion model dreams, such as Karlie Kloss,

Fashion and modeling have revolutionized over the years and are still revolutionary. It used to be a MUST for a tall, slim, and handsome model. In the 21st century, we can see models ranging from all lengths, sizes, colors, features, and nationalities. Unique features that were not well accepted then, such as thick eyebrows, rare skin pigmentation, and albinism, are now taking the world by storm. Cara Delving is known for her unique eyebrows, and Winnie Harlow, who was teased in her youth for looking like a zebra, now puts on shows and shoots worldwide with top designers. Last but not least, Shaun Ross, who has albinism, has modeled for many top designers such as Alexander McQueen. Food for thought for those who feel ‘Oh, I’m not good enough to be a model.’

Every model has its story, from how they were discovered or the countless emails it sent to modeling agencies hoping to be invited to castings and the many times it didn’t book shows until they got to where they are today – a successful one. Fashion model. No model started their journey easy, although it seems like they never knew what it feels like to ‘start hard.’

So here are seven effective tips to become a model.

  1. Do your research!

It is extremely important to know thoroughly about modeling. Google articles, watch YouTube videos. Therefore, you can prepare for what to expect in the industry and know what type of modeling you would like to venture into. However, look for potential agencies you might want to work with and make sure they are legit and not on the run for your money.

  1. Ready for the final decision

Once you’ve found a few agencies you’d like to work with, start contacting them by any means necessary. Be it via email, calling her, or even going to the agency to meet them in person. That’s the ideal way to get a much clearer and more accurate picture of the agency you’ll be working with. This is a necessary step as, at this point, you need to know how to choose a preferred agency that best suits the type of modeling job you want to venture into. Once you have been contacted, the agency should guide you on how to start your portfolio as it is a very important tool for your potential clients to know what you look like. A strategically planned and taken portfolio is crucial as it will help you find jobs.

  1. Know what you’re signing up for!

As soon as you are offered a contract or something else that needs your valuable signature. Read the terms and conditions carefully because you don’t want to sign up for something you don’t feel comfortable with! Many models overlook this important step because they are overwhelmed with excitement after being offered a contract.

  1. Stay yourself!

After signing a contract, you would probably spend a lot of time thinking about how to impress your prospective clients. Don’t waste your time on that, because the only way to impress your customers is to be yourself! Looks are one thing, but customers want to pick a beauty with a great personality. Here’s another tip. When you attend castings, clients chat with you to dig up some basic information about you so they can get to know you more than just a model. If you’re shy, don’t stand in front of your customers! They want someone confident to represent their brand. Here’s another tip for a model, always keep it simple when you go to castings! Wear something that fits well so customers can estimate your size and wear minimal makeup! No falsies and thick eyeliner for you, ladies!

  1. ‘Niceness’ goes a long way.

Always be nice to everyone you meet on your trip! There will be models who are mean and snobbish. So you have to stand out by being the opposite! Treat everyone with respect. Treat people as you would like to be treated yourself. The world is round, so whatever you do will eventually come back to you. So be nice and smile!

  1. ‘Be like water.’

Okay, not literally like water. But adapt easily! You’ll meet all kinds of people, shoot in environments you never thought possible, and sometimes even push your body to get that perfect shot that could be worth millions. You can’t stop halfway because that could affect your future as a model, and you may not be able to rebook shows or shoots. Every client, projection, and performance is different. Think of everything you do as a learning experience. Plus, it also gives you more exposure. This way, you will be even better prepared over time. Any model would tell you that.

  1. Live a healthy lifestyle.

Many models ignore that. As you know, many models starve themselves and suffer from eating disorders to be skinny enough to fit into more clothes or even impress designers. Don’t be one of those models! Instead of starving yourself, eat healthily, hit the gym, or sweat out on the track! It’s better to be slim and maybe a little muscular than unhealthily thin. If you haven’t heard, many countries have banned the recruitment of ultra-thin models. According to Reuters, the French legislator on Friday voted in favour of a bill stating: “The activity of the model is prohibited for any person whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is below the levels proposed by health authorities and proclaimed by the health and labor ministers. ”  So if you still want to get jobs and to impress customers,  quickly go to the gym and work for the Victoria Secret model body! Hire a personal trainer if needed! And last but not least: get enough sleep and avoid cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol.

Know that being a successful model doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of precious time, dedication, and hard work. You will face all kinds of criticism during your modeling journey, so don’t worry too much about it and let it affect your emotions because it can be seen in the final product. Stay positive and see everything as a learning experience! Please don’t say it so easily. Think about the dreams, goals you have set for yourself. Note that there will never be ‘the best model.’ As trends are always changing and fashion is constantly revolutionizing, make sure you keep yourself at your best game and that you are ready to start the journey to modeling.

In short, keep striving for the best and never give up. Work on your flaws and always improve yourself from project to project. Did you know you might be on the front pages of Vogue or international catwalks for top designers?