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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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    EndlessDream
    EndlessDream posted in Style:
    You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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    Nekogirl101
    Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
    For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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    rainbowpoptart
    Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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    liddielover
    i hate my little sister because i get introuble for her and lose my friends to her.is that wrong?
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    skylar245
    skylar245 posted in Friends:
    "rainbowpoptart" wrote: "skylar245" wrote: Teacher said to wait for the Bus Driver and the counselor, she just talks to me and doesn't tell The Princible Then maybe try telling the principal yourself, and you should also report that the driver, teacher, and counselor haven't done anything to help you. If that fails, tell another trusted adult, like your mother. I'm sure someone you're close to would do their best to get justice. This is a major problem and it's a shame no one's done anything to help. ​No one listens to me anyway but my friends
    reply 3 days