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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Men's Magazines

First of all, if you are under 18, this subject definitely does not concern you! ;)

I've gotten questions from some model hopefuls, asking what it takes to be a model in men's magazines such as Maxim, FHM, KING, etc. These are men's magazines and this type of modeling falls under commerical print. The type of models sought out for this type of work can be of any height and weight (that's a plus) and generally are open to all ethnicities.

These models are required to be very sexy and must be comfortable posing in next-to-nothing. Implied nudity is a big factor in this type of modeling. Implied nudity simply means that you are not completely naked but are suggesting that you aren't fully clothed, for example: being topless but holding your hands over your breasts, having your back to the camera while topless, etc.

If you aren't comfortable enough with your body to do these types of shots, then I suggest not pursuing this type of modeling. This type of modeling, when done right and in good taste, can make for very classy photos. Each publication sets the tone of the way they present their models. If you are interested in appearing in these types of publications, skim through different magazines until you find one that suits your style.

For example, magazines such as KING and other black men's magazines, put a lot of emphasis on big butts and heavy-chested women. Maxim on the other hand, is all about the sex appeal of appearing in scantily clad clothing, while FHM tends to actually show partial nudity.

This category of modeling is very risque and adult in nature, and you must go into it with a sense of maturity. There are a number of ways to go about submitting your photos to these publications in the hope of getting a magazine photo shoot. There are photographers who set up photo shoots with models and use the chosen photos to submit on your behalf to the magazine (most photographers have great networking sources and connections that allow them to submit girls they've taken pictures of straight to the magazine itself). For this, playing the waiting game is a big part of it. If the people at the magazine like your look, they'll contact you.

Another option is entering the various modeling contests and competition that these magazines hold each year. Maxim's Hometown Hotties competition is one of the biggest. Of course, this requires you to submit your own pictures and personal info, which will be compared to thousands of other hopefuls. It may not be the best way, but there have been some contest participants who didn't win but were used later on by the magazine for upcoming photo shoots.

You can also go about contacting the magazine yourself. Many of these magazines list their contact info: email, mailing address, etc. Find out who is responsible for booking the talent for shoots and send them an email or letter with a few photos, introducing yourself and ask how to go about submitting your photos for publication. You never know unless you try.

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