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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Answering a Reader Question #56

Spacegirl Wrote: Hey is there such a thing as being to tall to model VS? I am 186cm which is just over 6' and i am the measurements required, i also have longer legs than torso which i think is what they look for? The issues for me are that I am from New Zealand, and in no way afford to go to New York for a casting with an agency. I am also 22, and is this too old to begin modelling? I wasnt really into it untill recently being spotted by an australiasian fashion label, but I have no work but a few runways under my belt.

What are the chances for a girl like me?

Hello, Spacegirl and thanks for the questions! Because you've got a couple of questions in one, I will break them down one by one and do a Q&A format so that it's easier to answer and easier for you to read. So here we go!

Q: Hey is there such a thing as being to tall to model VS?
A: Think about it this way: VS models are recruited only if they are signed with a modeling agency so that means you first and foremost have to be a signed model. And the agency has to be a top fashion agency like Ford, Elite, DNA, etc. In order to be signed to these agencies you have to fit their height requirement, and the tallest you can be is 6'0"...however, some female models that are 6'1" were able to be signed and get away with being one inch taller but it's not a common practice. Nonetheless, you should still pursue it and see what happens but just be prepared for your height to work against you.

Q: I am 186cm which is just over 6' and i am the measurements required, i also have longer legs than torso which i think is what they look for?
A: Long legs are definitely a plus for VS and modeling work in general.

Q: The issues for me are that I am from New Zealand, and in no way afford to go to New York for a casting with an agency.

A: If you were able to get signed with a top agency in New Zealand, you can ask if they can submit you for representation overseas in the New York market. Many fashion models have agencies in different countries so it would be up to your agency in New Zealand to find you a good agency in New York so that you can work in that market.

Q: I am also 22, and is this too old to begin modelling?
A: In general, 22 is considered "old" but as long as you look youthful, that will work in your favor. Lingerie models have to be 18 at the youngest anyway, so at least you meet the age requirements for that.

Q: I wasnt really into it untill recently being spotted by an australiasian fashion label, but I have no work but a few runways under my belt.
A: You don't have to be super experienced to be considered and the fact that you do have a few runway shows under your belt is definitely a good thing. As long as you've got a good runway walk, you'll be ahead of the pack.

Q: What are the chances for a girl like me?
A: First off, just know that your height will likely be the main factor that could bring your chances down. But your first step is to find a legit and reputable New Zealand modeling agency and try to get signed. If you can manage to find an agency that will overlook your height, then that's half the battle already taken care of. Next, you'll want to start getting work and building your portfolio. Then you can have your agent try to submit your photos to agencies in the New York market to see if they like your look and will offer you representation there. That will allow you to work in NY and other places and hopefully you will be submitted to VS to see if you would work out. Be sure to tell your agent that you want to be a VS model so that they can see if you would indeed be a good fit and start the ball rolling.

Good luck!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

FORD Models Needs Male Fit Models (Caucasian & Asian)

Ford Models is looking for more fit models in the San Francisco/Bay Area so if any of you male models (new or experienced) meet the requirements, you should submit yourself for this casting. The post is legit and that is the real number for Ford in San Francisco (don't bother telling them that you read the post on my blog or mention my name--I am no longer with Ford so I don't have any ties or "hook ups" with the agency lol):

We are currently searching for male fit models (18-45 yrs. old). If you fit the following measurements, please contact us to set up an appointment to be measured. Please note that you MUST be within 1/4" of ALL the requirement to qualify; you must be able to maintain your size.

Here are the measurement specifications:


Chest: 40"
Height: 6'0"


Chest: 37"
Height: 6'0"


Chest: 40"
Height: 5'10"

ONLY apply if you fit these requirements.

Thank you,

(415) 777-9099

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Reasoning Behind My Poll

For my avid "Modeling 101" readers out there, you've probably noticed my new poll, asking where you are reading my blog from. Before you get creeped out, let me put aside any fears that I'm going to be showing up on your doorstep in the middle of the night. Lol.

For some time now I've been blogging, sharing my insights, resources and advice about how to get into the modeling industry. You, my beloved readers, have more than likely learned a lot about me and I want to know more about you! I was thinking along the lines of a "meet and greet" type situation where we could all sit down and I can answer your questions in person and in turn you can get to know me face-to-face.

I decided, well, if I ever plan on making such an event happen it would be helpful to know where the majority of my readers are located. If, during my travels, I happen to be near a "hub" of Modeling 101 readers, I could then post my travel plans on here and maybe arrange for a place where the meet and greet would happen. Is where I'm going with this idea starting to make more sense now? =)

So that being said, if I want to make that vision a reality I figured what better way to ask then to post a poll on my blog? Of course I couldn't list all 50 states on there (sorry my international readers, for now I have to limit such visits to the USA, but in due time, rest assured perhaps one day I'll make it to your country!) so I decided to name some general regions. Now, I'm not asking for anyone's residential address, if you want to email me your location then city and state will do--or you can simply tell me what large city you are close to. I totally understand anyone's qualms about saying where they are from, which is why I did a poll. That way you can remain anonymous. At this point I have no plans to charge a "fee" of any kind.

Nothing is set in stone right now...this is just an idea that I'm running with and if any of you are serious enough about it, I have no doubt that we can take this idea to the next level when the right time comes. For the meet and greet I was thinking someplace simple like a cafe, outdoors (maybe a nice park area in the daytime?) or even a hotel lobby--definitely a public place. For those that are underage I would encourage you bring a parent or guardian with you (your friends are welcome to come of course!). I am all about meeting the parents and letting them know who their son/daughter is dealing with. In fact, for those having trouble getting support from their parents, meeting me may be an added way to show them an insider's view of the industry that could persuade them. Will it guarantee they'll let you model? I have no idea but it couldn't hurt!

So let's see what the polls say and maybe by the end of 2009 some of you will have the chance to get to know me face-to-face and I can get to meet you wonderful Modeling 101 readers--without whom this blog would cease to exist. You give me purpose and I want to make sure I can help you in any way I can to reach your goals--even if that means coming to you!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Latest Shoot: Last Looks Makeup Academy

I had the awesome opportunity to be hired as a makeup/beauty model for the Last Looks Makeup Academy. They are a makeup school and the latest hands-on session was held in a hotel in San Francisco. I did this gig a while back but I just received the CD of images so I wanted to blog about it and share.

In a nutshell, a handful of the school's students got the chance to work with a handful of models and practice their makeup techniques. In addition to that a professional photographer was on hand with an indoor studio setup to capture each of the models' looks so that the students could have images to begin building their portfolios with (and for the models' use of course).

There were about a 10-12 students and as many models. If the time limit was used wisely each student would have the chance to do a makeup look on at least 3-4 models. Some students managed to achieve their looks easily while others weren't as fortunate. The session started early that morning and due to a terrible conflicting morning meeting I had, I actually arrived about 10 minutes late *gasp!*

No joke, I was mortified to say the least. It wasn't my fault though, seriously, but because I don't want to badmouth anyone I won't go into detail about why I was late and who was solely to blame. Luckily, they had just started so I stumbled into the room dang near out of breath because I ran the last block to the hotel, apologized profusely, signed in and got to work with my first student, Kimberly.

Once I sat down in the makeup chair all my stress and frustration melted away--having makeup put on is SO therapeutic, let me tell you! I chatted with Kimberly and we got to know each other, which was nice. I got to know each makeup artist I worked with, actually--lively conversation and makeup go hand in hand in my book!

Once my makeup was done I waited in line to have my photo taken by the photographer. Everyone wore name tags and to make sure we were able to keep track of which student worked on which model we took a quick photo together.

Me and Kimberly:

Kimberly's Makeup Look:

Up next was Stacey's look. For some reason I don't have a picture with her on my CD of images, even though I remember taking one with her that day, sorry, Stacey! =(

Stacey's Look:

After Stacey, I worked with Amanda.

Me and Amanda:

Amanda's Look:

My final look for the day was with Brittany.

Me and Brittany (yeah, I know, I'm short but hey, it was a beauty shoot--so I wore flats! And besides, she was naturally tall):

Brittany's Look:

It turned out to be a loooong day...about 8 hours of getting makeup up on, taking it off and getting it put back on again. I made sure to bring my skin care products with me and thankfully my complexion withstood all the products put on it. I didn't even break out or get one pimple! The girls were all so nice and I definitely hope to work with them again in the future.