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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Breakout Models of the Spring / Summer 2018 Fashion Weeks Season


The exhausting, exhilarating, frenetic, inspiring month of Spring / Summer 2018 fashion weeks is done.  Reviews are in and orders placed.  Editors are holding the pieces they hope to include in upcoming editorials, and designers have already begun their Fall / Winter collections. The designers and celebrities are not the only stars of the past month.  A crop of standout models, many in their first show season, has captured the eyes of fashion and beauty brands, editors and photographers.  Creating buzz on a noisy stage is difficult at best, so kudos these women who managed to enchant, intrigue, and make a memorable impression – no easy feat when nearly all the models in a particular show wear the same hair and makeup. 





Sometimes it is a fresh haircut, a quirky look, a powerful walk, or an incredible body that sets a model apart.  It is a particularly good period in the industry for models who are different, as the pendulum slowly swings away from the “clone” models of the last decade.  With the emergence of social media influencers, celebrity offspring, and street style models appearing on runways and in campaigns, the cult of personality is gradually making its way back into the fashion and beauty industries. 







We hope this means less of a “disposable” model career timeline where young teens have one amazing season and then disappear.  Let them grow up and evolve and be real contributors in a more meaningful way to brands.  We are rooting for these models and we can’t wait to see them in prestigious editorials, fronting the best magazines, and on many future runways. 




                                                                XOXO  Shelley


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Models as Social Media Influencers: The What, Why, and How to Succeed


Social media:  it is the new reality of modeling and cannot be ignored.  The entire fashion and beauty industries have been changed by the power of the individual on social media platforms, affecting advertising, branding, and even in some cases actual design.  For the first time in the world of modeling, models have more control over their personal brand image than ever before. 


By now we all know that having a large, engaged following on platforms like Snapchat, Instagram and Twitters is gauged as “influence” and clients are now considering a model’s own influence on social media in the casting process.  A model’s look or portfolio are not enough to land bookings in many cases, as clients are interested in models who have a large number of followers and will give a shout out to their brand, post or re-post project-related (and approved) images and video clips (stories), or simply have a recognized face and persona that are in line with their own brand image and reflects their target market.   So powerful is this influence that agencies are now representing talent that often does not conform to traditional model standards.  Tattoos, piercings, extreme looks, unnatural hair color, shorter types, and quirky models are now cast for campaigns because of their own personal influence and cool factor.  The ramifications for the standard models is enormous as the competition increases and the cult of personality becomes extremely important to a successful career. 


So what does that all mean to new models and those looking to take their career to the next level?  We asked several models and agents for their tips on how to manage this new side of the business of modeling to stand out and increase your own influence:

Content - What to post: 

- selfies: on set with makeup and hair done or in the process – no duck lips - ever
- natural selfies: clean, fresh, pretty
- inspirational pics or clips: working out and showing how fit you are
- eating real food: everyone loves seeing a model enjoying her meal
- street style: going to castings, with other models or alone
- smiling: this is often not a shot in a model’s book so this is the perfect place to show off your amazing smile
- activities: doing things that you love that show you are more than just a “model”, such as skateboarding, hiking, reading, cooking, days out with friends, family time
- travel: amazing views or sites that you really like such as skylines, beaches, art work, urban scenes
- behind-the-scene pics or clips: with permission - always
- your best features: if you have amazing eyes or long legs this is the perfect chance to show them off
- personality: show it off – this is your chance to be you
- humor: shows you are real, fun, and that you don’t take yourself too seriously
- clips: use Snapchat and Instagram Stories to bring your personal brand to life

How often to post:

Believe it or not some agencies require their models to post twice per day to build their feeds quickly with content.  And they are watching to see what you post, so keep that in mind.  Once you have established a reasonable number of followers on your platforms, once a day will be enough. 

Hashtags: #

- check what hashtags agencies and top models use and keep a list for yourself
- when posting to Instagram, use only a couple of hashtags in the initial post and then immediately comment on your own post to add a few more
- check the app Hashtagger to learn which tags are trending for the type of photo or clip you want to post
- common hashtags are #modellife, #modeloffduty, #modelstyle, #modelcasting, #onestowatch, #newfaces, #motivation, #backstage, #makeup, #behindthescenes, #modelstreetstyle

Do’s and don't’s:

- always check with the agency for their own rules regarding posts on your accounts
- it is not your model portfolio so only post test shots with the express permission of the photographer – always check so you don’t infringe on anyone’s copyright and credit everyone involved in creating that particular shoot
- post covers, runway images, and tear sheets interspersed with your personal pics and clips to show your progress and that you are a working model
- the fastest way to lose out on potential bookings with great clients is to post nudity or a lot of butt shots – unless that is the type of modeling work you want.

How to keep it authentic:

            This is your chance to have your own voice in your brand image, to have personality, and to be a “real” personal rather than a mannequin ready to be transformed into other people’s vision.   Be yourself and it will show.  Being precious sends the wrong message to potential clients and could actually hurt your chances of making strong impressions with potential clients.  Endear yourself to your followers and let them see what the modeling life is actually like.  Take them on your adventure and share this exciting time.  Be gracious and answer their comments, and delete the ones that throw shade.  It is your feed, your account, your brand.  

How to increase your followers:

- don’t buy followers – it is easy for other people to see that you did that and they will know you are trying to inflate your influence – and most of those followers will disappear quickly and your numbers will actually decline – you don’t want potential clients to see that negative spiral
- follow other models, photographers, brands, designers, art directors, editors, magazines, stylists, makeup artists, and clients
- comment quickly on other model’s and industry pros' posts so your comment is seen right away, and keep the comments friendly and fun, as other people might in turn check out your profile and follow you
- be regularly active on the platforms, both in posting and in commenting and liking
- be generous in your “likes” – what goes around comes around


Influence is here to stay and models must embrace it to succeed. Don’t be overwhelmed with the task of gaining influence.  Think of it as a way to control your brand image, outside of your portfolio.  Revel in being able to show your own style and personality, and use it as a tool to learn how to be a better model in front of the camera.  Find your best angles and expressions.  Practice moving in front of the camera.  Make it yours!


                                                               XOXO  Shelley


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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Business of Modeling: Thin Model fired from Louis Vuitton for being "bloated"

Yet again the fashion and modeling world has been buzzing about another situation of model-client relations that has gone viral.  Which is a good thing as it is creating more discussion about the dictatorial nature of the business, where the model is clearly at the bottom of the pecking order.

Danish model Ulrikke Hoyer blogged about being hired and then fired by fashion house Louis Vuitton for being “bloated”.  “I am aware that I’m a product,” Hoyer wrote. “I can separate that, but I have seen way too many girls who are [so] skinny that I don’t even understand how they even walk or talk. It’s so obvious that these girls are in desperate need of help.”


The fact that she spoke out took courage when being vocal about any perceived injustices in the business can blackball a model forever.  Kudos to Ulrikke Hoyer for standing up and having a voice.  Clearly she is thin and angular and could not have been so bloated as to alter her size completely, and to suggest otherwise is simply ignorant and an abuse of one’s position.  That she was told that she was not to eat during the run up to show is cruel and irresponsible – is it any wonder models get eating disorders when they are expected to starve to be unnaturally thin?


The disrespect for the model as a professional, not to mention simple common courtesy, highlights what is fundamentally wrong with the fashion and modeling industries.  By requiring their models to be unnaturally thin would suggest that the brand’s clientele wants to see ultra-thin models without any adult body features showing them how to look in the brand.  Well I beg to differ.  It’s patronizing and disrespectful to the clients every bit as much as it is to the models.


Props to Ulrikke for bravely having a voice and being heard.  "I’m still a human and I need to be treated right," Hoyer concluded. "I know by saying my story and speaking out I’m risking it all, but I don't care. Maybe this was my last job, then that’s it. I’m done with working for people that will treat me this way." 

Let’s hope Ulrikke doesn’t have to take one for the team and that she has started a dialogue that is so needed and important in the fashion and modeling business. 


                                                                            XOXO  Shelley



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