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Becoming a Model

Admit it - you played dress up with your mom or dad's clothes when you were a little kid. But if you still love dressing up and even practice posing in front of the mirror, then maybe you should be doing it professionally!

Models - Model Behavior

Do you love wearing designer clothes? Do you love striking cool poses? Do you love to hear flashbulbs popping all around you? If you answered yes, then you've already got the makings of a model. Models' careers don't last very long, so you need to start out when you're young. Girls should be between 15-22 years old, but guys can start out a little later, around 18-25 years old. Modeling is a tough industry because it requires specific physical characteristics. You should be tall, with the minimum height for girls being 5'8" and guys being 5'11". Even if you don't tower over your classmates though, it doesn't mean you're not cut out to be a model. Just look at Devon Aoki - standing at only 5'6", she's known as the world's shortest supermodel!

Models - Make Your Mark

There's more than one way to break into the modeling industry, so take your pick.
  • Do nothing, as in walk around the mall, go to a concert, or hang out at the beach in hopes that a modeling scout will discover you. Many lucky bums have started their careers this way, but it's pretty rare.
  • Attend a modeling agency's open casting call, where you'll be among hundreds of other model hopefuls.
  • Make an appoinment with an agency. If they like you, they'll sign you right away.
  • Try out for one of those modeling reality shows like America's Next Top Model. Maybe Tyra and her panel of judges will see that you're an undiscovered supermodel in the making!
  • Models - Strike a Pose!

    If an agency likes you, they'll put together your portfolio (a book of your photos), a composite card (a single sheet of photos with your information so that a prospective employer can remember you), and a resume. Whenever you go to a go-see (modeling job interview), you'll have to take all of these along with you.

    Models - Did U Know?

  • There are two types of fashion models - high fashion and commercial. High fashion modeling is an art form of fashion. They model haute couture (extravagant, hand-made garments), walk the runway and appear in mags like Vogue and Elle. Commercial modeling includes catalogue, print, calendars, billboards and newspaper ads.
  • The '80s and early '90s was known as the "era of the supermodels." The five great supermodels during this time were Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford.
  • Super skinny Kate Moss sparked the new style of supermodels called the "waif" look.
  • The highest paid model in 2005 was Gisele Bundchen, who earned $15.2 million.
  • For more info, check out some top modeling agencies like Ford Models and Elite Model Management.
  • Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with Laura Boulay, an industry safety expert and author of the book, The Model's Workbook: A Hollywood Agent's Twenty Step Guide to Launching Your Modeling Career!
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    Autonomy
    Autonomy posted in Family Issues:
    "StarrChild" wrote: Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting Oh dear, that sounds like a dreadful situation. I've lived through similar difficulties in my own life, and my heart goes out to you, truly. May I offer you some advice? I don't have the cure to your problems or a magic wand that can make them disappear, but I do believe that some good can come out of your living situation. The first thing I'd like to make note of, is that everyone makes mistakes. As human beings, we have to make mistakes. There's no way around it; it's how we learn and grow. And as we get older, we don't stop making mistakes. Your parents are no exception. Although we look to our parents for guidance, and direction, and support, we have to understand that they aren't perfect people, and they make mistakes. They may not always lead us in the right direction. They may not always set a good example. They may not always be there for us, to encourage us and support us when we need them most. And that's okay. Everyone makes mistakes, and we have to accept that. But we can't let allow other people's mistakes to hurt us, my dear. And I know it hurts. Your mum might not understand how her actions make you feel. You said you haven't been the same since your parents divorced, and I know how challenging that can be to go through. But you know, some of the brightest, wisest, and happiest people I've met, are people who have dealt with difficult problems in their lives, and used them to grow as people. You can let your parents' mistakes get to you, and make you upset and depressed; or, you can accept that they aren't perfect people, accept that they make mistakes, and accept that their mistakes don't have anything to do with you. So here's what you do, friend: you can't stop your mum from going clubbing, and that's okay. Don't try to. Don't fight with her about it. You can let her know how it makes you feel, but don't get into an argument. Accept the situation for what it is. Your mother is her own person, and she is accountable for what she does; you aren't. Next time you start to get in a fight or an argument with her, just step back, and withdraw yourself. Try it, see what happens. Once you decide not to let other peoples' failings affect you--and you do have the power to do this--then you'll find a sense of peace you probably haven't felt before. And you'll learn from your mistakes, and the mistakes of your parents, and everyone around you, and you'll be a better person. Press on.
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    Dounuts
    Dounuts posted in Family Issues:
    Go to your neighbor's house and ask him/her to call to police.Everything will be just fine.
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    RavenClawRaina
    my ex is going through the same thing. Call the police now. Things will get out of hand. My brothers friend has been living with us for about 2 weeks becuz his dad punched him in the face. Call 911 now. They will help you. Just say you have been abused by your family member and they will take it from there. If you want, add me and we can talk
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    XxRuby_PhoenixxX
    If you are getting abused to the point where you bleed, call the police immediately. This isn't acceptable behavior.
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    MRAP
    MRAP posted in Family Issues:
    Hey, Just wanted some advice to help me on what to do on this. Ever since I was 3 I've been both Verbally, Mentally, And Physically abused. To me, this is normal since it's been happening for so long. But I just can't take this thing anymore. When I get home I always get yelled at for no reason. I have been on Anti-Depressants for the past 1-2 years. Been going to counseling for 6-7 years for family. Nothing has changed yet. I just need help on how to handle this. Thanks.
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