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Monday, October 13, 2014

Kid Models Should Look Like...Kids!

I get a lot of emails from young aspiring models. And when I say "young," I mean "young." I think 9 or 10 has been my youngest so far.

What gets me is that oftentimes the questions about modeling they ask me have to do with all things not relevant to the age they are now.

What I mean by that is, I get emails and blog comments from young girls and boys (mostly girls), talking about how disappointed they are that they don't have curves or a body like a model in order to do Victoria's Secret modeling and if I can give them any tips or tricks to help them grow taller, etc., etc.

It's quite shocking from my point of view because they are solely focused on doing modeling that they are currently far too young for instead of looking at the kind of modeling that is readily available to them right now: kid modeling.

Kids, tweens and teens are a huge makeup of the modeling industry and there is no shortage of agencies and clients that are always in need of young models of all ages, height, sizes and ethnicities.

When I enlighten my young readers/mentees about the fact that they can get into modeling now, the next set of questions they ask usually have to do with prepping photos for agency submission. But they still get stuck in the "grown up model" frame of mind in regards to makeup, hair and wardrobe. So I decided to do a post to address the fact that while the modeling industry is known for having young models "grow up fast," that is mainly when it comes to fashion/runway modeling.

For the record: when it comes to kid modeling, the modeling world wants its kid models to look...like...KIDS!

I know, it may be hard to believe but it's true. The every day, average kid model isn't supposed to be dolled up to look like a miniature version of a grown up runway model. Parents, take note of that! It can be confusing to know how to prepare your child for submission to agencies since 99% of the info out there about getting into modeling specifically addresses models that are older so I definitely understand where it can be difficult to know what to do. So let me make this process a lot easier for you.

When submitting your child to agencies for possible representation, keep these things in mind:

Au Naturale

Again, kid models are supposed to look like kids. Girls shouldn't wear any makeup (like they would need to at such a young age--their skin is about as ideal as it can get and they don't have wrinkles, fine lines or dark circles to worry about, lol). Hairstyles should be the kind they wear on a normal basis. Same for the boys.

Age Appropriate Attire

Make sure to check the agency websites first to see if there are specific guidelines for what you child should wear in their snapshots. If nothing is mentioned in particular, casual clothes are best. Your child does NOT have to wear the "model uniform" of skinny jeans, heels and a form fitting tank-top or t-shirt.

Ideal outfits for girls include:

- nice casual dress (i.e. sundress, jumper, skirt with a top)
- shorts and a t-shirt or tank-top (the top can be snug but doesn't have to be super ultra tight fitting)
- jeans and a nice blouse or t-shirt
- no heels for little girls or tweens that are not fashion height. Flats, sandals or clean casual sneakers are fine.

Ideal outfits for boys include:

- t-shirt and jeans/shorts
- clean casual sneakers/shoes
- button up shirt and jeans/shorts

Both boys and girls should have wardrobe that is free of logos, busy patterns, stripes, polka dots, images/graphics...you get the picture. Solid colors are best and pastels are always a great color palette to consider.

No accessories either. That means nix the sunglasses (regular prescription glasses are perfectly fine). Avoid hats, distracting earrings/bracelets or other items/props. The snapshots should focus on your child--they should be modeling themselves, not anything else in the photo that will pull attention from them.

Remember: the info I've written above applies to aspiring child models that are anywhere from ages 6-12. 

If your son/daughter is older and meets the height requirements for fashion/runway modeling (5'8" - 6'0" for girls and 5'11" - 6'3" for boys), then this will not apply to them--they'll want to follow the standard guidelines that apply to that specific category of modeling.

If your son/daughter is older and does not meet the height requirement for fashion/runway modeling, then they will want to focus on commercial/print and teen modeling, which also requires them to appear all natural and more casual in appearance.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Answering a Reader Question Video Reply #5

Emily Wrote:

Hi its Emily agian! 

I know I asked this on another blog of yours , but I thought this should be a VIDEO RESPONSE ANSWER. It is what are the height requirments , mesarments, looks for the the different child models. I have only seen this answer 0-2 times. I think this would be great for younger followers of yours. 


Thanks for the question and video reply request, Emily! Below is your answer!

I also wanted to add that kid models should not wear makeup. Agencies and clients want you to look your age and if you're a kid that means no makeup for young girls so keep it simple and keep it all natural!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dania Denise in the Top 4 for "The Face of Teneille" Makeup Line!!!

Hey, everyone!

For those of you that have kept up with the recent posts here on Modeling 101, you've likely seen the post describing the modeling competition I'm in to be the face of a brand new makeup line. Well, I've got good news: I made the Top 4!!!

From 150 applicants, down to 50 for the first round of interviews, down to 12 for the second round of interviews (in front of a panel), down to the final 4.

It's definitely an honor to be a part of this competition and I'm super duper excited about the STOMP THE RUNWAY FASHION SHOW that is going to take place in Sacramento exactly 7 days from now (Saturday, October 4th).

The Top 4 will literally be battling on the catwalk to get the audience to vote for us--it's the audience that will determine the winner, who will be announced at the end of the show.

Each of us has been assigned to a local designer who will be featured at the show. There will be about 8-10 models total for each designer, which will certainly make for a very large group of models. I'm not mad about that because in fashion shows, the more models there are, the more time you get to change backstage!

Here's the promo video announcing the Top 4 that is currently on YouTube:

Last night I attended a pre-launch media event to help hype up the fashion show and competition. It was the first time the Top 4 got to be together. I have to say, these ladies are amazing! There are lots of negative stereotypes when it comes to female models being catty, divas and anti-social but I gotta say, none of that applies to this group!

We all instantly took to one another and we spent a large majority of the night laughing, cracking jokes and having great convo about topics outside of modeling (you don't know how refreshing that is!). We all love each other like sisters and to be honest, while I really want to win, if any of the other 3 ended up taking the title, I would truly be happy because all of us are deserving. It's not one of those situations where the person who wins is really a jerk who is fake and probably won't do a good job of being the face of the brand. Each of us is professional, passionate about modeling, understands the true definition of beauty and what it means to be a powerful, confident, influential woman and role model in today's society.

We got to demonstrate our runway walk in front of the audience at the pre-launch event and then spent the remainder of the night mingling with the guests, which included bloggers and local media. I got interviewed by one magazine (gotta track down who it is) and had a great time chatting with the community of supporters who came out to celebrate with us.

A lot of people asked me questions about how I got involved in the competition, how I liked the makeup (which I got to wear for the first time for that event...I LOVE the makeup btw!) and many more offered such kind words of support and encouragement. Many will be attending the fashion show next Saturday so it'll be great to see those familiar faces.

Below are some fun flicks from the event. There was a professional photographer there to capture the festivities but these were the most recent photos I could get from what people were posting on Facebook.
The Final 4 (Camille, Deatra, Shai'La & Myself) with Eddie Clark (middle), one of the founders of the Teneille Makeup Line by Creative Brush One
This is my designer I'll be walking for in the STOMP THE RUNWAY FASHION SHOW, Tyneice...she is the definition of fabulous!
A day in the life...
Striking a pose with fellow Top 4 contestant, Camille.
The Top 4 cheesin'...Camille, Myself, Deatra & Shai'La
Posing in front of the audience for photo opps.
If any of you are local to Sacramento or the San Francisco Bay Area and are interested in attending, there is still time to buy your tickets! Below is the link:


Let me know if you plan on attending...I would love to meet any of my local readers/supporters!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Modeling 101 Skype Group Chat #3 Cancelled

Hey, all!

Just wanted to let you all know that the Modeling 101 Skype Group Chat #3, which was originally scheduled for this Saturday, September 24 at 5PM PST has been cancelled due to low turnout/response rates, as well as the fact that the majority of the people who participated in the poll on my blog (thank you!) were not able to attend on the date and time chosen.

While I appreciate the few that did reply to say they could attend, the overall experience will be much more effective with a significantly larger group.

I don't want anyone to be left out so I'll be keeping you all posted as to what upcoming windows of time would possibly work and hopefully the turnout and response rate at that time will be good enough for me to know whether or not I can confirm a new date and time frame for the future.

Until then, get ready to enjoy some new content that I know I've been taking much too long in getting to you! :-)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Modeling 101 Skype Group Chat #3: Saturday, September 27 @ 5pm PST

Hello, readers!

I'm trying to plan the next Modeling 101 Skype Group Chat and am looking at Saturday, 9/27 at 5pm PST (California Time).

The topic is going to be about freelance modeling this time: what it is, how to get into it the right way and tips to increase your odds for success.

I really need feedback to find out who would be interested and able to attend so I plan on doing another poll on my blog, as well as asking you guys to comment on this post to let me know if that date and time would work for you. I'll go with the majority feedback.

If you aren't already a member of my Skype group, which is the only way you can join in on the calls, you'll need to either add me on Skype: dania.denise (my profile picture is a closeup, black and white headshot...in case more than one profile with that name pops up). Or you can email me your Skype ID (so I can add you to the group)...you can send this info to my direct email: daniadenise@gmail.com.

I keep all info private so your Skype ID will not be published on my blog or elsewhere. I hope to receive enough feedback from everyone so I can make this third Skype group chat beneficial for those that are truly interested in participating.