10 tips on how to become a Professional Fashion Model

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Being a professional fashion model comes with extreme fun and is a world of excitement especially when there is much passion for it – you don’t strive to like it especially when you are on your way to being a professional.

Here are the top 10 ways on how to become the professional fashion model like you’d love to be.

First of all, you have to start somewhere

Frankly, no modeling agency would like to hire you if you don’t have a modeling portfolio. When you are starting out, you may have to do a lot of photoshoots for free so as to add them to your modeling portfolio and it will pay you down the road. For that, you need professional photos that can sell you to a modeling agency. If your friends and families are pleased with the photos, they are likely to get it on their social media pages for some exposure. Also, don’t shun up unpaid roles, instead you may use them as a way to build your modeling portfolio. These photo shoots have to be snapped by professional photographers using professional cameras no just by anybody with a smartphone. The shoots can be in or outside the studio.

1. Own your style

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As an aspiring or professional fashion model, owning your style is paramount to being a self-made model. You can sell yourself through owning your style. This easy when you set up a blog starting with your name. Your blog/portfolio should contain your personal style and should define your personality and who you are. Your personal style could be eclectic, modern, classic, or bohemian. Be the trendsetter. With your blog, you can achieve this.

You may as well attain different unique styles of posing and be confident with yourself and your style. When you are confident and have self-trust, there’s nothing you cannot do. Also, you may want to read up “Top 10 qualities of a model“.

2. Team up with budding models and photographers

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To be professional, you don’t have to work on your own. You have to work with professional models to keep yourself up and help each other grow. Working with photographers also means that you’re building up some posing skills because they are able to teach you the “art of posing” through their experience in photography.

3. Hone Your Skills

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Honing your skills is a vital aspect of modeling. This would help you become a professional fashion model.

The first area to hone your skills in modeling is in your “art of communication.” As a model, you will be in front of cameras almost constantly. You should be comfortable with yourself and interacting with photographers. By building your communication skills, you may as well develop your listening skills. Communication and listening skills are important for modeling. Communication skills are vital so you can respond to requests from clients and photographers about poses, style and more.

There are other skills like networking and organization of which you may have to build too. To do this, you might want to consider taking a poll, meet with friends to consider how they do theirs.

4. Stick to a Niche

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There are different types of modeling such as fashion, glamour, commercial, fitness, promotional, etc. finding the one that suits you professionally is key. Regardless, one of the things you can do is to talk to an agent or an experienced model to discover what type of category would best suit your personality professionally. You may likewise choose for yourself; you know your strengths and passion, however, professional guidance is still important.

5. Develop your gait

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Developing your personality has to do with building your gaits too. The definition of a gait is the way that human walks or runs. By building your gaits coincidentally means telling people how confident you are in walking. Having a steady gait is key, as well, having an unsteady gait is like having a bad body posture. Unless you are walking on an uneven surface, your walking pattern should feel steady and even. However, your working pattern is no longer smooth if you keep an unsteady gait.

An “unsteady gait” has many possible causes that vary from temporary to long term. An unsteady gait may lengthen your risk for falls and injury. On becoming a professional model, you may want to prevent this especially when you are a cat walking on the runway. You may seek medical aid for more serious causes of an unsteady gait. That said, developing your gait is one prerequisite to being a professional fashion model especially if you feature on the runway.

6. Stay healthy and positive

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“Take care of your being and always believe you can be successful in anything you truly want,” says Alessandra Ambrosio, a Brazilian model. Even in the process of starting a professional modeling career, you should try as much as possible to live and lead a healthy and active lifestyle. The industry can be daunting and draining. Those long hours will tire you out, so make sure you are giving your body enough and moderate rest, taking the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs by following a well-balanced diet. Consider hobbies that keep you active such as walking or yoga. Staying healthy and positive is good for your everyday life.

7. Find your potential

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Everybody has the ability to determine and realize their potential. By finding your potential as a professional fashion model, you are trying to determine your core values. You must know and live according to your core values, as these things define how you view yourself, others and life in general.

8. Be influential

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“I’m proud and humbled to read that I inspire people because I have a scar and I work in the fashion industry. I want to help, and let people know that beauty can be many things and there is beauty in imperfection.” Says Tobias Sorenson, a Danish model. By being influential, you should know how to help and be of assistance to other people even in a modeling agency or where you are hired to model. Your personality also defines how influential you can be. Hence, you should be able to inspire people with what you do and with the best you have.

9. Find Inspirations

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Thanks to the digital age, you can find a lot of inspirations online. You can spend your leisure time researching YouTube on modeling to keep yourself up with the latest modeling trends. Also, inspirations are everywhere even with nature! Inspirations can come with everyday life, travel, books, movies, and trendy concepts. Utilize these inspirations for a professional fashion modeling career and you are good to go.

10. Educate yourself about the industry

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Some modeling agencies provide training sessions on modeling. You can educate yourself in this way. These modeling agencies teach on building your personality, how to model etc. You may also enroll in modeling courses online. Sites like udemy.com provide paid courses that you can enroll for and learn things like:

  • How to apply to any agent in the world
  • You have to also check how much you can earn as model
  • How to stand out to an agent so they will reply and respond to your application
  • Detailed information on how to take professional photographs.
  • How to select the right agent for you. Etc.

Taking modeling courses will help you in becoming a professional fashion model. There are so many video tutorials online as well, you can educate yourself about the industry by watching these online videos on modeling.

Final thoughts

To sum up, fashion modeling is one career that will be evergreen, you don’t have to race with anyone to get to your destination. Persevere and be consistent, practice and network with others put enough belief in yourself, in the long run, it will definitely payoff alas.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to read this inspiring post “10 ways to become a popular celebrity” I hope these tips will help you on your journey as you pursue your fashion modeling dream.

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