10 wardrobe classics every model should have- in black

Simplicity is key. When it comes to casting calls, casting directors want to see how you really look like without all the accessories and fancy outfits- this way, they can truly evaluate your potential and see if you’re a good fit. Here is a list of wardrobe classics every model must own!

1) Black T-Shirt/Tank Top

Not only are they an everyday must, and works with pretty much everything, but a form fitting t-shirt or tank top are also probably also the best kind of tops to wear to a casting call!

2) Black Skinny Jeans

Black skinny jeans, paired with the black t-shirt/tank top as mentioned above, are always a safe outfit to wear. These jeans this will allow the client to have a better look at what your body shape is like.

2) Black Heels

An absolute must for models, and the bigger, the better. You want your body to look long and lean but make sure you practice walking in them!

3) Black Flats

Flats are not only chic, but also very comfortable! When you’ll be asked to walk for the client in heels, you’ll be glad you walked in flats on your way to the casting call.

5) Black two piece swimsuit

Sometimes, you’ll be asked to change into a swimsuit if a client is interested in you so that they can take your measurements and make sure there aren’t any scars or tattoos that might show. It’s always a good idea to bring it along with you, just in case!

Advice for the Serious Model

Modelling is a selective industry. It’s best for serious, and ambitious people who can follow certain time-tested rules. You need to be dedicated and willing to work hard. To help you succeed Trudi Tapscott has some basic tips for models to follow.

The very first tip she has is your mind set. Some people believe that they’ll become a top model over night, and this is something that will never happen. Modelling is a job, a career, and a business. When you’re modelling you’re selling something. You’re using your body to sell something to someone else.

Being a model means that you have to be good in front of the camera, and you have to be good with people. You have to be fearless when you’re taking pictures, and be willing to do anything. If a photographer asks you to jump off of a rock into the sand, you have to do it and make it look good.

Your job as a model is to create a great picture. Sometimes models forget that they’re part of a team, not the team. It’s a really hard job, depending upon who the client is, what you’re shooting, and who the photographer is. There’s a lot of personalities on a set. When you walk in, you’re working with different people almost everyday, and until you have established yourself, they’re all going to be strangers.

“I want to be a model. I want to work for Vogue Magazine. I want to work for Harper’s Bazaar. I want to walk for Dior in Paris. I want to do the whole thing.” If you want to do all of those things, then you have to be competitive. You need to work at it, and be dedicated to the industry to be successful. You need experience, and know how to model for different photographers. Through practice and hard work you could someday become a  demanded model.

How to Become a Model

So, you’ve decided you want to become a model? You’ve come to the right place. Follow these steps, and maybe one day you can walk the catwalk.

Step One
Be healthy inside and out

Before applying to an agency you want to make sure you look good and are well-groomed. Take care of your skin and hair, because in this industry appearances mean everything. On top of making sure you look good you also want to feel good. Try keeping your body healthy by eating properly. Drink lots of water (rather then soda) and try to exercise daily.

Step Two
Set Real Expectations

Not everyone can become the next Tyra Banks, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a shot. Rejection happens to everyone, and the best thing to do is to not take it personally. Think about the type of model you want to be, and if you fit the requirements for it. Some of the most common kind of models are:

  • Plus-Sized Models: If your body is full and curvaceous, you may be able to be a plus size model.
  • Runway Models: Most women on the catwalk are at least 5’8 and commonly small-breasted. Men are mostly between 5’11 and 6’2.
  • Print Models: Most editorial female models are at least 5’7, but a beautiful face with great personality are the most important features for print models.
  • Underwear Models: For women, this requires large breasts but small hips. For men, this requires broad shoulders but slim waists.
  • Alternative Models: Alternative models are people who do not conform to the industry “standards” of beauty, height, and weight. Additionally, having a specific passion or cause that you’re working towards can help open doors that may be closed due based on a body feature that does not “fit industry standards”.
  • Foot Models: Foot models are exactly what they sound like. This is a job for someone with well maintained feet, and toe nails. To be a foot model you don’t require any specific body type.
  • Hair Models: Hair models can be any size. They require well maintained hair, and a beautiful face.
  • Hand Models: Just like a foot model, a hand model is exactly what it sounds like. This is a job for someone with well maintained hands, and fingernails. To be a hand model you don’t require any specific body type.
Step Three
Learn About the Industry
The modelling industry can be tough to get into. Before launching your career you should know all about it. Try reading different articles and books that can help you improve you knowledge.
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Step Four
Take Portfolio Pictures
Your portfolio pictures are very important.  They must show clients that you’re able to present yourself in a range of different “characters” and looks. The main photos you want to have are professional-looking head shots. These shots should showcase you without a lot of makeup and be taken on a plain background. Others photos you’ll need are body shots, You should shoot them in nice natural light without a lot of distraction in the photos. These are meant for agencies to get a look at you in a raw state. Consider a head shot, a body shot, and profile shots.
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Step Five
Know Your Body
Knowing basic stats about your body can help modelling agencies place you, and make you sound professional when you are speaking with a potential client. The information you’re going to need will be your height, weight, shoe size, hair color, eye color, skin tone, and clothing (including dress) measurements. When giving agencies and clients this information be 100% honest.
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Step Six
Find An Agency
Every major city will have modelling/casting agencies and they are sure to be ones holding ”open-calls” where they look for new talent. Be sure to bring your portfolio/head shots and dress to impress.
Quick tip: When applying to agencies look out for scams. No agency should be asking you for more than $20 when meeting you. The agency will charge you a commission when you model, but shouldn’t get much up front. If they ask for hundreds of dollars from you before you do any work, walk away.
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Step Seven
Be Professional, and Polite
Treating the people you work with respectfully is a very important thing to do. You never know who they know, or what sort of a recommendation they might give of you. Never look down on anyone. You may be a model, but that doesn’t give you the right to be snooty, or rude towards another person.
You should always show up on time to any appointment or shoot. Being late could damage your reputation.You also want to stay organized. Most models will get called to places at the last minute, and have very busy days. Buying a day-to-day planner will help you keep on top of everything.
Step Eight
Be Creative
When at a shoot it’s important to be unique and creative. Photographers want to see you pose in various poses with different props and backdrops. You want to listen to the photographer’s recommendations, but don’t be afraid to try your own poses or attitude as well. In the modelling industry it’s important to stand out so don’t be afraid to use your creativity.
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Modelling: How Old is Too Old?

The more experience you get in this industry, the more you realize that modelling agencies have their own definition of “old.” Once you reach age 25 you’re considered a middle-aged model. Why do they do this? Because models are an investment. If someone is going to put time, effort, and money into promoting a model, they want them in their prime. They want models that are years away from developing wrinkles, because the model’s marketability will begin to decline with age.

Does this mean once you get wrinkles your modelling career is over? Of course not. You just need to try to begin modelling young, and make a name for yourself in the industry. There are many supermodels who have managed to stretch their careers into the decades.

 

Can you launch a modelling career at an older age? Youth is what counts the most in a model’s success quotient. It is possible to begin modelling when you’re in your late 20s, but you may have to stick with commercial and print ads. The great thing about advertising companies is that they need people from all races, sizes, and, ages. So never think that your age will kill your career.

Any quick tips on how to keep modelling for as long as possible? Take excellent care of your skin and body, the younger and healthier you look the better. It’s also easier to continue modelling if you make a name for yourself at a young age. When you’re in your prime (teen) years is the best time to put yourself out there. Try to go to any modelling events where you can market yourself to clients and agencies.

Tips for Child Models

Modelling has no time frame. If your child has the right look, personality and passion, he or she may begin as young as 5. This being said, try to keep these few things in mind.

  • Be realistic. You may picture your child up on every banner, and tv commercial but this is rarely the case. Most child models might get only two or three jobs a month, and young kids usually work no more than two hours at a time. Many commercials starring children under 4 are filmed several times with several babies: Only the child whose segment is selected ends up making the big bucks.
  • Are you being pushy? Before beginning your child’s modelling career make sure you ask yourself, “does your child want to be a model, or do you want your child to be a model?” Most babies will let you know whether they’re comfortable around strangers and enjoy the attention, but it can be harder to tell with an older child. Some children say they’re not interested in modelling, but do it to please their parents.
  • Contact an agency. To begin your child’s modelling career you need to get their name out there. Look into agencies located in or near your city, and send them a few head shots of your child. They don’t have to be professional photos; you can take them yourself. This being said, keep them professional. No funny hats or pictures of Tyler with spaghetti all over his face. Write your child’s name (and yours), her/his age, clothing size, hair and eye color, and address on the back of each photo. A good agency will try to get back to you within several weeks, sending either a polite rejection letter or an invitation for you and your child to make an appointment. If the agents like what they see you may be invited to sign a contract.
  • Rejection will happen. At some point during your child’s modelling career, someone’s going to reject her/him. Don’t take the rejection personally. Remember, modelling agencies and clients don’t always look for the most beautiful child to represent them. They may want anything from a tiny blonde girl with freckles across her face to a dark skinned boy with curly brown hair. Your child will sometimes just be the wrong fit for the project.
Modelling is not for every child, but if your child is passionate they may really flourish in this field.
Looking for a modelling agency in Toronto? Why not check out Max Agency.
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5 Fashion Forward Updos for Summer

#1 – The Quick Twist

The Quick Twist is meant for short hair, but can also be done in medium hair. How to do it: Take the entire left side and start twisting near your ear. Its best to twist it tight and loosen it up after you pin everything.

Stop just past the middle and add a large bobby pin for extra support (you can see where it was placed in the model’s hair). When inserting the bobby pin, go back against the hair, almost like you’re putting it inside the twist you just created.

Now gather all of the hair on the right, along with the hair left out from the other side and twist up. Position it over the first twist and pin using a large bobby pin. Tuck the hair that’s left out into the twist and add a couple more bobby pins for security. If the hair is too short, just add an accessory like a flower clip. 

 

 

#2 – The Braided Bun

The Braided Bun is meant for medium length hair, but can also be done with long hair. How to do it:  Braid your hair into one strand. Next, twist the hair around the base of the braid. Lastly tuck the end of the braid under, and bobby pin it into place.

 

 

#3 – The Braided Crown

The Braided Crown is meant for medium length hair, but can also be done with long hair.

To start you need to pull the majority of your hair forward (in front of your face) from nearly the back of your hair line. You want most of your hair to be toward the front of your head before you begin.

Start on one side of the base of your neck and separate three strands of hair. Begin braiding these three strands together.

As you braid, follow along the crown of your head and add a little hair to each strand as you braid around. Once you’ve braided around the front of your head finish the braid and use an elastic band to secure it. Pin the braid in place, tucking and pinning any loose pieces.

 

#4 – The Dutch Side Mermaid Braid

The Dutch Side Mermaid Braid is meant for long hair, but can also be done with medium length hair.  To begin take a one inch section on top of your part and split into three. This is the start of the Dutch braid.

Next cross the right piece under the middle, then the left piece under the right, forming a braid. When you cross the middle section under, add in some hair. Continue braiding and only add in hair on the right side. So when you cross under from the left side you don’t add in any hair.

Angle your braid along your hairline and over the top of your ear. Stop adding in hair when you pass your ear. Finish the braid and secure with a small elastic. To get this big dramatic braid, you need to gently pull at the sides of your braid to widen it.

Split the rest of your hair into three. This will be a reverse braid, the same as the end of the Dutch braid. Cross the left piece under the middle, then the right piece under the right, forming a braid. Continue braiding all the sections. Secure both braids together using a small hair elastic. Use bobby pins on the underside of the braid to pin them together so they look like one large braid. 

 

#5 – The Rope Bun 

The Rope Bun is meant for long hair, but can also be done with medium length hair.  To begin gather your hair into a low ponytail on one side of your head. Next divide the ponytail into two equal sections. Twist both sections of hair AWAY from your face (in a counter-clockwise direction).

Take the back section and bring it IN FRONT of the other section and repeat. Keep bringing the section that is in the back over and in front of the other section. This is how you make a rope braid. (You basically want to twist the sections in one direction, then wrap them around each other in the opposite direction.)

Next tie the end of the rope braid with a rubber band. Wrap the braid in a circle around the top elastic until it becomes a bun, and pin the bun with bobby pins to secure. Don’t forget to tuck the tail of the rope braid behind the bun to hide it.

5 Quick and Easy Nail-Art Ideas

#1 – The Curve

Simply paint a curved line on each of your nails and fill them in with black nail polish. This cute and quick design will have everyone convinced you’re a nail-art pro.

#2 – Tape Them Up

Cut strips of tape into fun patterns, stick them onto your nails after the base coat has dried, and then apply the top coat. This is a worry-free and clean way of getting professional looking nails.

#3 – Polka Dots

Use a bobby pin to give your nails an extra bit of fun.

#4 – Graffiti Nails

This is an edgy look that starts with a dark base coat. After applying the base coat, add light swipes of other colored nail polish. Be sure to wipe your nail polish brush on the top of the bottle a few times before using it, so you can see the bristles when you apply.

#5 – Add a Gradient

Paint your nails with a light colored nail polish first. Next, pour two polishes next to one another, and begin swirling them together with a toothpick where they meet. Finally, dab a sponge down onto the paint a few times, and then dab it on your nail, moving up and down very slightly.

Top 11 Best Quotes on Modeling

#1

A smart model is a good model.”  — Tyra Banks 

#2

“The secret to modeling is not being perfect. What one needs is a face that people can identify in a second. You have to be given what’s needed by nature, and what’s needed is to bring something new.” — Karl Lagerfeld 

#3

“I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.” — Coco Chanel 

#4

“A good model can advance fashion by ten years.” — Yves Saint-Laurent

#5

“When you’re modelling you’re actually acting for the camera and the photographer. It’s more fun too, because there are no lines to memorize” — Cindy Margolis 

#6

“Girls of all kinds can be beautiful from the thin, plus sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing, and all in between” — Tyra Banks

#7

“Imperfection is beauty madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring” — Marilyn Monroe 

#8

“Modeling teaches you to be completely conscious of the camera. Acting is being totally unconscious of it” — Phoebe Cates 

#9

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” — Rachel Zoe  

#10

“The difference between the girls today and models of the past is that we are not only interested in fashion: we are going in so many different directions at once. We work harder — at night and on weekends.” — Claudia Schiffer 

#11

“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye” — Miss Piggy

Keeping Up With Kendall Jenner: Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week is well under way and one of the big stars walking the runways is none other than fashionista Kendall Jenner. She was all over various high-fashion catwalks during the week and these are some of the highlights.

Ellie Saab

On Saturday, Kendall hit the runway unveiling two gorgeous, goth meets punk Ellie Saab numbers from their Fall 2016 collection. Her makeup and hair matched the brooding goth look creating a perfect dark aesthetic.

Kendall’s mother Kris Jenner even sat front row and watched on proudly as Kendall strutted twice down the runway.

DIOR

Kendall rocked another gothic look on the runway for Christian Dior’s Fall 2016 collection. With glossy black lips and hair pulled back in a bun, the look was chic and elegant, again creating a perfect dark aesthetic.

BALMAIN

For Belmain’s Fall 2016 collection Kendall walked down the runway with a twist: she went blonde for the show! Her stunning brunette locks were covered with a beautiful platinum blonde wig for the show.

Of All the Artists in All the Land

Searching for makeup tutorials on YouTube is easy; they’re available in abundance. You can find anything from simple winged eyeliner tutorials to makeup hauls, all the way to expert level looks but it’s difficult to find the very good ones, the ones that are easy to understand and easy to execute. The ones where you can follow the user’s steps with ease and not get lost along the way. The real gems are the ones you don’t have to pause and rewind.

It takes a while to sift through the sea of makeup artist options on YouTube but this list highlights the very best. It will get anyone started on the road to finding a favourite makeup artist!

 1. chiutips

Chiutips has been on YouTube since 2012 and has just over 238,000 subscribers with over 24 million combined views on her videos! She is also a home-grown Canadian from Vancouver. Her videos are always bright, on trend and easy to understand. And not everything she posts is about makeup, she also shares with viewers beauty routines, fashion tips and even has a series called “hair mastering” to help everyone with those hair woes.

You can also find her on INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, FACEBOOK and follow her blog.

2. KaterinaBeautyBlog

Kat is an Australian YouTuber with over 227,000 subscribers since she started her channel in late 2013. Her videos have combined views of 9,055,270 which means she’s climbing the ranks to being a very popular YouTube artist! Like Chuitips, Kat’s videos are brightly lit, on trend and easy to follow. She makes sure to show the audience exactly what products she is using and to give them affordable options as well.

You can also find her on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and TUMBLR.

3. KathleenLights 

Kathleen has only been on YouTube since 2013 and in those three years has gotten over 1 million subscribers with over 145 million views on her videos. That is no small feat. She’s gotten there by not only creating makeup tutorials but by doing product reviews as well. And she’s honest! She regularly posts videos like “Hits and Misses” as well as “Disappointing Products”. Her honest approach is sure to get her even further.

You can find her on INSTAGRAM

4. shaaanxo

A self-proclaimed beauty junkie, Shannon has over 2.3 million followers and has been on the site for seven years! Her makeup tutorials as well as Q&A sessions, outfit and styling videos, cooking videos and hair tutorials have made Shannon one of YouTubes most popular personalities. Shannon’s handwork has paid off because she even has her own makeup palette which she collaborated on with BH Cosmetics.

You can also find her on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.