Behind every successful shoot is a hardworking stylist. When we think about the job of a stylist, the first thing that comes to our minds is ‘selecting clothes’. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg and even picking out clothes isn’t as easy as it may sound. The stylist is supposed to work on a collaboration with the photographer
and bring out the perfect mood for the shoot.
There are a variety of types of projects that a stylist works on; editorial shoots, commercial/ad campaigns, fashion shows, events, personal styling to name a few. They all have their own specific requirements and the stylists make sure these are fulfilled to bring out the essential story in the shoot.
Bringing out the perfect story from the photo shoot requires a variety of tasks that the stylist takes care of.
In this article, we will see some of the various tasks and duties of a stylist and how they operate.
The stylist gets a bird’s eye view of all the factors that matter for a photoshoot. These include the locations, the lights, the props, the makeup and of course, the attire. The art director prepares the setting for a shoot. However, if there’s something missing, it’s the responsibility of the stylist to make sure the setting gets up to the mark.
Bringing out the right pictures also depends largely on how the model is posing. Getting out the right pictures from the model is also a task that the stylist would have to look after. Whichever team needs to make changes is asked to by the stylist.
The clothes are going to be the essential aspect of the shoot. The stylist will visit different brands of designer houses and source the appropriate pieces of clothing that will go with the theme of the shoot. But that’s not it. There’s a set of other jobs too that are included here. You may have to negotiate with the brands, stick with the budgets and manage to make the most of what you have.
No matter what is the deal, having the perfect set of clothing is of utmost importance. Making the choice can be tricky. Every shoot will demand a fresh new style. Keeping up with that demand can be a challenge. The stylist may also go shopping with the clients and work in collaboration to create the perfect feel.
Selecting and finalizing a brand is just the first step. What comes next is the actual task of ‘picking out the clothes’. Every shoot has a different mood, a fresh setting, and a new concept.The stylist’s creativity and imagination along with her experience come into picture here.
What is the kind of clothes that you imagine? Is it going be something floral for a warm spring theme of something grey and black for the winter? The stylist gets to make this call.Sounds fun right? But it’s also a challenge because everything needs to come together here. Your setting needs to go with the theme, the lights need to go with the setting, the props need to go well with the theme and the clothes? They need to go well with everything.You miss something out and the shoot wouldn’t turn out how you expected it to be. But you manage to bring everything together and it will be a beautiful creation that will go up in magazines, newspapers and the social media.
Everyone is looking at the shoot through their own keyhole and brainstorming for ideas. However, the stylist must connect with all these people and make sure the feasible ideas come to life. Before the photographer takes the perfect shot, the stylist will have collaborated with all teams and made sure their ideas are portrayed in the final setting.For example, after the clothes are selected, the stylist might want to make little alterations in the design. She will have to collaborate with the designer and get that done. Same would be the case with managing the light, props and other arrangements.Talking and networking with all the concerned people is an important job that the stylist needs to ace to get the photoshoot going.
Staying up to date is the most crucial task for a stylist. An outdated sense of fashion will not help to create the kind of a photo shoot that is expected. Especially if the reach for the shoot is going to wide. You will have to work with the trending styles in fashion.
You can keep updating you sense by reading creative blogs and exploring the latest collections.
When we hear about modelling, the picture that flashes in front of us is a big ramp where several beautiful models are walking wearing designer clothes like gowns, sarees, dresses, etc. Well, the modelling world has evolved far more from that. The modelling agencies now also look for fitness models across the town. Yes, you read it right!
As a child have you ever dreamt of becoming a model and ended up becoming a fitness freak? Good news for you guys! You can be a fitness freak and turn your childhood dream into reality. But, it is not as easy as it seems. There are several different things that you need to keep in mind before taking up fitness modelling as your career. Do not panic as we are here to help you with what things you should keep in mind before hitting the runway as a fitness model.
Let us have a look
1. Maintain a well-shaped body
One of the most important factors that a model should focus on is to maintain a well-shaped body. When a model claims himself/herself as a fitness model, there is a common constraint that keeps popping out of our mind that they should have an amazing body. There are certain elements that need to be considered before becoming a fitness model and having a great body is a compulsory ingredient. As you are representing fitness, you should look fit and for that maintaining your physique is very crucial.
2. Eat healthy
The myth about fitness models is that people think that if you need to become a fitness model, then you must have some sort of eating rules. Some people even think that you should quit eating to be a fitness model. There are n number of things that people have crafted in their mind that are so not true. In the field of modelling, you just need to eat healthy to stay fit and attractive but when it comes to representing as a fitness model you need to eat good nutritious food which contains healthy fat.
3. Keep yourself focused
Being a human, it is quite obvious that you might someday wish to cheat and hog on something fried or sugary, regardless of your profession. But, in the case of fitness modelling you need to keep yourself organized so that you do not get distracted by any outer element which can make you lose your focus. Therefore, it is essential to keep yourself disciplined and focused to achieve an ultimate goal of being a fitness model.
4. Learn to be comfortable in front of the camera
Maintaining a great body is not enough for being a fitness model, you also need to learn how to the face the camera confidently. Initially, at first, you might have issues while facing the camera as a fitness model. But, with time, you can learn. Once you learned the art of facing the camera, you get a step closer to being a fitness model. For the people who are natural and comfortable with their bodies, this task is off your list.
5. Create a portfolio
A good modelling portfolio is combination of a good photographer and a great model. So, in order to make a portfolio of your own, you need to find a great photographer who can kick-start your career. In the field of modelling, especially for the freshers in this industry, a portfolio is a necessary element. The high end designers reach to the models through their portfolio; they contact the modelling agencies that has your portfolio to reach out to you. It does the same work as the resume or application do in the commercial field.
6. Track out an agency
A modelling agency is a place which will offer you modelling jobs at the media or fashion industry. An modelling agency works as a consultancy where all the models are provided of their related work. If you want to start your career in full fledge you need find a well known agency. Choosing a right agency can be your breakthrough as a fitness model.
7. Understand one’s job market
When we have that excitement and madness within us to achieve something, we often fail to understand the actual work behind the particular job market. In the same way, before starting a career as a fitness model you need to learn about their job market first. Understanding the job market will make it easier for you to build confidence in yourself with the work you are going to get as a fitness model. And understanding the job market beforehand would not create any sort of confusion in the future.
8. Be polite and patient
Most of the time it happens that people forget to remain patient and polite with their career because of the great body and attractive looks. Being a newbie in the field of fitness modelling, one needs to learn how to be polite and patient first. If you are choosy and arrogant at the start of your career, then there is no way to succeed as a fitness model. Not only in the field of modelling, without being humble and calm, no one can succeed in any field of life.
9. Keep in touch with the editors
You might have seen fitness models who appear on television or any other media platforms explaining all the details about fitness and training stuff. Also, you might have noticed fitness models on magazines. If you belong to the second category, then you need to keep in touch with the reputed editors who shoot such sessions with fitness models. Being in touch isn’t enough, also try to be in their good books for future references.
10. Avoid being a stripper
Some fitness models try to be a stripper more than a fitness model. Therefore, you need to keep in mind as a fitness model that your fit body is a part of advertising your ability to keep your body in shape and not advertise them to the audience for the sake of some cheap stunts. A fitness model is someone who advertises his/her skills to eat healthy and be in a great shape. He/she is also an inspiration for the people to hit the gym more than staying at home and eating junk food.
If you think you can do all of these, then nobody can stop from becoming a successful fitness model. Go ahead and achieve your childhood dream.
Whenever it comes to modelling, the only picture that clicks in our mind is a runway where several beautiful models are walking. Many people think that the beauty of modelling lies in the most beautiful face, body, and fashion. But, that is not the truth, the real beauty of modelling lies in confidence that the models carry when they walk the runway or shoot.
The modelling agencies have transformed a lot over the years. Now, everyone can fulfill their dreams of becoming a model. But, you should possess the two important factors, i.e., self confidence and style. The other factors like age, size, beauty, etc is not an issue anymore. If you have, self confidence and style nobody can stop you from being the supermodel. If you do not believe this, have a look at this list of unusual models. These models have already achieved what you are dreaming of, with their special features. Also, had taken the fashion industry by storm.
Winnie Harlow, a Canadian model who was bullied in her school days over her ‘Vitiligo’ (disease or condition which causes patches of skin to lose pigmentation). A miracle took place after she dropped out of her school. She was noticed by the American television personality and Former American model, ‘Tyra Banks’ on Instagram. Later, she took part in ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and became a Desigual brand representative. Winnie has also has featured on many magazine covers, starred in many music videos and scored a Diesel Campaign.
Melanie Gaydos has a rare genetic condition that makes her bones, teeth, pores, and nails grow abnormally. Along with this Ectodermal Dysplasia, she is partially blind and has alopecia. But, this did not stop her from achieving her dreams. She was an art graduate student and started her modelling career when she replied to Craigslist Ad searching for ‘unique people’ for fashion photographers. Melanie once said that “the whole modelling process has made her more confident, stronger and happier.”
Madeline Stuart, an Australian Teenager hit the headlines when she walked at the New York Fashion Week in 2015. Later, she returned to the runway the following February which made her the first model with Down’s Syndrome to walk the runway twice at New York Fashion Week. Stuart’s mother revealed that she is a professional model now. Also, Madeline mentioned on her website about her amazing wish. The wish was to change society’s view of people with disabilities creating, “awareness, acceptance and inclusion” through modelling.
Shaun Ross created history when he became the first African American Albino model to do a big show. The big show was “New York Fashion Show” in 2008 for Tim Hamilton, Shawn was still a teenager. Ross was discovered on YouTube by a photographer when he saw a video of a 16-year-old dancing. After that, he has featured in several editorials and also has walked many fashion shows.
When you see the above picture, you might wonder there is nothing unusual about the male model Casey Legler. That is only until you discover that she is actually a woman. Miss Legler made history as the first woman Ford model signed to their men’s board. She has also written about the responsibility she feels for the kids who are different. How her job is done if the images of her make it easier for the kids and the people around them to focus on figuring out who they are.
The female model Andreja Pejic was born Andrej and a man. As a child, she moved from her homeland Bosnia to Australia as a political refugee. At the age of 17, she was scouted as a male model and moved to London. Later, in 2011, she went to model Jean Paul Gaultier’s female and male collection. By the year 2014, she completed her gender reassignment. Andreja is making history by being the first transgender model to front a cosmetics campaign and to be profiled by American Vogue.
Tess Holliday has won many fans for her messages towards being positive about the body. With that, Miss Holiday also has a list of haters who criticize her size 22 figure. In the year 2013, this American Model started an #effyourbeautystandards movement on Instagram. Later, in 2015, Tess Holliday became the largest plus-size model to sign to a mainstream modelling agency when Milk Model Management snapped her up.
In 2011, Erika Ervin entered into the Guinness Book of World Record for being the tallest (6.8 ft.) professional model in the world. But, the model revealed that she used to be a man in the year 2014. She explained that although she made the transition in the year 2004, she was able to keep it as a secret as she did not feel people accepted it. This transgender model is also an actress and even played as Amazon Eve on ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’.
When you look at Rick Genest’s picture above, it is pretty clear why he is known as ‘Zombie Boy’. This Canadian Model boy got media attention for his living skeleton tattoos. Later, his modelling career started when Lady Gaga’s fashion director found him via Facebook Fan page. In 2011, he walked in Thierry Mugler show and gained popularity when was starred in Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ video. After that, he became the L’oreal’s first ever male spokesperson.
Molly Bair’s slender figure sparked heated debates about the reemergence of ‘Anorexia Chic’. This 6.1 ft. American model revealed that, while growing up she was teased for looking like an ‘Alien’ and ‘Praying Mantis’. But, being at a flea market in New York changed her world. She was signed to Elite London and started walking for everyone. The amazing thing about her career was that she did all this before even turning 18 years old.
By knowing about all these models mentioned above, the only conclusion is that “Nobody can stop you if you are strong and confident”.
Modelling is all about confidence and grace, not everyone can do modelling. It requires both mental and physical strength. Many of the girls want to become a model just because they have been hearing since their childhood that they are capable of becoming a model. Well, that is not the only thing that you need to become a super model. There are many other aspects that the modelling agencies consider before they hire you.
Today, thousands of girls and boys across the world want to walk the ramp just like their role models. Let us tell you that walking a runway is not as easy it seems on screen. You need to walk the runway in such a way that you own the runway. There are many things that you need to consider before hitting the runway.
Does anyone of you seriously want to become a famous runway model? Do you want to know what it takes to become a runway model? How your models walk the runway? Little secret moves of your role models? If the answer to all the question above is yes, keep reading as in this article we will reveal the tips on how to walk a runway like a supermodel.
Let us head towards our walking lessons
1. Observe Your Role Model
Before you start practicing the runway walk, it is very much essential that you observe the professional and successful models. You can watch and observe them in person at a fashion week or you can take help from the YouTube videos. Just observe how they walk, what do they do with their face when they walk, how they place their feet when they walk, how they pose, etc. Just observe every possible detail and when you think you have enough knowledge with you, start practicing.
2. Eyes Straight Ahead
After watching your favourite model walking the runway, start practicing your walk with your eyes straight ahead. You have to keep your eyes straight ahead so that you do not get distracted by anyone in the audience. You might have noticed that doing so makes the model look classy. If you are not sure of your walk, just a quick down glance at your runway is enough to see if there any obstacles on your way.
3. Head Up
With your eyes straight ahead, it is also necessary that you keep your head and chin pointed straight forward. The models on the runway move their head only when they have to pose or turn backwards. Walking with your head pointed straight forwards defines you as a strong person and that with head downwards will portray you as a weak and depressed person. This makes your personality stand out, whatever happens hold your head up high.
4. Lose the Mouth Tension
When you keep your eyes, chin, and head straight forward, there occurs a tension on your mouth. To loosen this tension, all you need to do is part your lips or you can keep your lips closed but your jaw relaxed with your teeth not touching your mouth. Losing the mouth tension will loosen your whole body tension and will depict you as a relaxed person. The smiling of a model depends on the instructions given by the fashion designer for whom the models are walking the runway. As you are practicing it for yourself, you decide if you want to smile or not.
5. Straight Posture
When you are walking the runway as a model, your posture plays a very important role. Why only the models, everyone in the world should have a better and straight posture. If you do not have a straight posture, start working on it. Try sitting and standing in a straight posture. You can also work on your posture by sitting on a yoga ball for 15 minutes a day or walking with a book placed on top of your head.
6. Arms Swing Naturally
When you are walking, let your arms swing naturally along your side. Never walk the ramp like a robot, loosen your arms and keep your palms relaxed and natural. Also, do not sway your arms like a windmill, just let them sway in a natural manner. Depending what you are wearing, you can place the palms inside one or both the pockets.
As you may have noticed the professional models on the ramp, their toes always point straight ahead. In the same manner, you should also point your toes straight ahead and not point your toes inwards or outwards. If you have toes pointed inwards or outwards, you need to practice and work hard to make them point straight. You can easily do this if you want to achieve your dream to become a model.
8. Hip Sway
As you are practicing the walk, also keep a check on your hip sway. Your hip sway should be normal and not forceful or over exaggerating. A slight sway is feminine and graceful. For the male models, they do not need any hip sway. For them the normal straight posture walk is enough.
9. Walk the Tightrope
Walking the tightrope simply means bringing your legs together while walking. While practicing just pretend that you are walking on a tightrope placing one foot in front of the other. If you are facing issue with this, you can draw a straight line using a colored tape and practice on it.
10. Strike A Pose with Confidence
When the supper models walk the runway, they strike a pose when they come in front of the runway stage. You also try to practice the walk and end it with a pose by leaning on one hip. Your pose should be classy, confident and should be defining your personality.
These are few tips from us but, at the end what matters is your confidence, style and dedication to become a successful and famous runway model. If you want to know more about the topic, do visit this blog by thetalko. Also, if you have any such amazing runway tips do share with us in the comment section below.
Many of us secretly envy about the glamorous world of modelling; few of us even love and want to live the life of a professional model. But, all that glitters is not gold in the modelling industry. Just like the other professions, modelling also requires hard work, dedication and a great amount of strength (mentally as well as physically). Being a professional model is not an easy task, there are many advantages and disadvantages.
A lot of people say a lot of things said about the modelling industry. In this article, we will see about all the myths about being a professional model, whether they are actually true or not. Just like the two sides of the coin, being a professional model also has myths and truths.
Let us have a look at the list of myths of being a model
You have to be tall to be a professional model
Everybody might have heard this while growing up. If you are a tall individual, people would appreciate and say that ‘you would look great as a model’. But, if you are a shorter individual and wish to perceive modelling as a career then, people would ask you to back out because of your height. Well, it is true that to become a model your height should be 5’8 and above but the one with lesser height can also hit the ramp.
One of the biggest examples would be ‘Dia Mirza’, who is only 5’5 and was crowned as ‘Miss Asia Pacific’ in 2000. A runway model has to fit certain specific requirements but modelling is a huge industry. There are other types of modelling where height is not considered such a big factor.
You have to be Skinny
Whenever we think of “Professional models”, the first thing that hits our head is a tall and skinny woman dressed glamorously, walking the ramp. While there are few of us who usually believe that you need to be a bag of bones in order to become a model. This is the myth that should be busted as soon as possible.
If you look back into time, you will notice that none of them actually fit into the ‘requirements’ of being a professional model. Nowadays, the world is speaking of seeing the “real woman” as models. And for a matter of change, they are getting what they want. There are many curvy women who are not size zero and are gaining a lot of popularity and fame.
You have to be young to be a model
At the age of 21, you might have heard that you are now useless for the modelling industry. The fashion industry is always looking for models between the age of 16-20 and once you are 21 it is time for the new models to take your place. These are all false things that people make on their own.
As now, the modelling industry is welcoming women of all sizes, it is also looking for women who will appeal to all demographics. There is enough demand for older models in the fashion industries like such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and even high fashion. So, if you are 25 years old and dreaming to become a model, you can give it a shot.
You have to be prepared with a professional portfolio
If you are someone who wants to become a model, the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of registering to a modelling agency is that you would need a professional portfolio of yourself. This is so not true, all you need to have is a portfolio of clear pictures of yourself. The pictures that will help the modelling agencies to determine your features and ratio to find out if you would make a good model or not.
You do not need to worry about spending a lot of money on a portfolio rather you can ask a friend of yours who owns a DSLR camera to click clear and beautiful pictures of yours. The requirement of the pictures varies from agency to agency.
You can barely eat proper food
One of the dark and negative sides of being a professional model is that you do not get to eat things you love. You have to follow strict diets, say no to carbs, bread, potatoes, and soft drinks. And you have to eat time-to-time to maintain that hourglass figure that everyone craves for.
False! False! False! Surprised? Well, yes that is not true. Being a professional model requires long hours of standing, sitting, posing in tiring positions, working under bright spotlights, and staying in the same pose for hours on end. There are no specific working hours and the schedule can turn even the strongest person feel weak and tired.
Professional models have a normal body like us human beings and tend to feel tired, hungry or even passing out at photo shoots sometimes if they don’t maintain a proper nutrition. So, let us inform you that the professional models also eat just like us but they just maintain a more healthy diet due to the requirements of their work.
You must have a “Perfect” face
When few of us see a model on the big screen, we always notice their perfect eyebrows, high cheekbones, full eyes and lips, a perfect nose, etc. Then you turn to look at yourself in the mirror and magnify all your flaws. Almost, everyone is under the impression that you have to be perfect to enter the modelling industry.
In reality, if you see there are many models with flaws who are hitting the top position with their flaws. The fashion industry is famous for its ability to make anything look glamorous and attractive. There exists no such thing as a perfect face in the field of professional modelling. You just need to confidently showcase your natural features and just make things work.
These are few myths of being a professional model which should be debunked as soon as possible. Modelling is not for everyone, but you can definitely make it work for yourself if you can just be yourself. We you wish to know about more such myths, do visit this blog. Also, do let us know your views about this blog in the comment section below.