Women Unedited: Diana

Last spring I had the honor of having an article published in Darling Magazine called The Models and the Madness. As part of my process, I interviewed a couple of model friends who could shed a light on the difficulties of tackling self esteem, body issues, and self love when your job is to be a mannequin. One of those friends whose experiences are featured in my friend Diana. Here is her interview raw and unedited.
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Walk It Out (Video)

Every model has her own walk. When she’s strutting down the runway, she owns it. With every sway of her body, she commands the center of attention. Ok, maybe on a good day. We’ve all seen those models who look a hot mess once they hit the catwalk. They’re trying too hard trying to work it like Naomi Campbell or they look lost like a kid who can’t find her mom in a department store. You know exactly what I’m talking about. When all eyes are on you, the chances you’ll crash and burn are pretty high. And let’s be real… the way you walk normally is not the way you strut on the runway. You’ve got to not only do the clothes justice but give a good show. The last thing you want is for uppity fashionistas to be underwhelmed after they see so-and-so’s latest collection at New York Fashion Week. The clothes were hideous and the models were soooo boring. Remember, people want to be entertained!

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Real Model 101: Simple Manicure

Hi darlings! It may be the summer but that doesn’t mean you get to slack off on your studies. Now is the best time to catch up on all your previous lessons of RealModel 101 including this one, What To Do At A Casting. In the video you may have noticed that during the casting process models were asked to show their hands. If you’re thinking that’s weird or “I’m not trying to be a hand model” listen up. Clients want to see what you’re working with. In fact, sometimes you’ll even see in the casting or audition notice models must have nice, clean hands. They need to know if you have you have photogenic features, if you have any scars, and that totally includes your hands. Think about it… for product shots, tech jobs, and of course beauty, hands play a big role. You don’t have to run to the nail salon every time you have a casting or a job, but you need to make sure your hands look presentable.

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Real Model 101: What to Do at a Casting (Video)

Hi class. We’re back at it with the next lesson in the series. If you need a refresher, you can get it here. Hopefully you’ve done that homework assignment and now you have a few snap shots you can send to agencies or possible clients. Now let’s move on to the next step. You’ve finally got noticed and now you’re going on your first casting. Wait, what’s a casting again? That’s when a company or agency is looking for a specific model or models to represent their brand based on certain characteristics. If you fit the type, you are called in a a casting office for further review. Occasionally the actual client will be present and may want to see your portfolio, but this isn’t always the case. With castings these days, you’re are normally in and out in a mater of minutes. Seems easy, right. But what do you need to do to make sure you nail it?

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Real Model 101: Let’s Get It Started!

Welcome back class. In our last lesson we discussed the reasons people decide to become models. Hopefully you completed your homework assignment and you now know the reasons YOU want to be a model. You’re doing it for you, right? Great. Let’s move on to the next topic: what you need to get your career started. Aspiring models are always asking me what they need to get an agency or work. Well, the obvious thing is a set of photos. How are clients supposed to know how you look or how you photograph if you don’t send them pictures? But you can’t just give someone a few crappy Polaroids and expect a miracle. There’s a method to the madness and it definitely helps you get your foot in the door. Ready? Here’s what you need to do to get this adventure started…

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Real Model 101: Making the Choice

Welcome to lesson number one in this series. We’ve already discussed what a model is and is not in the intro. You can get a quick refresher here. Let’s move on to how you decide that you’re going to be a model. What are the reasons you want to do this and how do you make it happen? Many people have asked me how I got started in this industry and what are the proper steps one should take to beginning his or her career. There’s not an exact science to getting your foot in the door in modeling. Although I was discovered in a coffee shop, some models went to open calls and others have been scouted in malls. If you believe that there’s some simple mathematical equation for success in modeling then you’re wrong. What works for one doesn’t always work for all, yet we can learn from each other’s experiences.

I asked a few of my model friends about how they made the choice to be a model. Were they scouted? Did friends or family encourage them to do it? The responses I received are incredibly diverse and eye opening. Some of them became models because of a gut feeling while others had the choice made for them as kids. Here are their stories:

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