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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Blog for Reader Questions

Since I started my blog back in 2007, not only have I dedicated myself to publishing content and topics that people need to know when it comes to pursuing modeling, I've also become a "Dear Abby" of sorts when it comes to answering reader questions.

A while back I posted my concerns about how many reader questions I was receiving. While I want to continue helping individuals with questions, I'm seeing that the sheer number that pop up everyday is starting to overwhelm the actual posts about modeling that my blog has come to be known for.

Because I want to keep my readers happy by creating new posts about the modeling industry as well as answering their questions, I've decided to create an entirely separate Modeling 101 blog for the sole purpose of answering reader questions. Right now I don't think there's a tool that allows me to move my existing Answering a Reader Question series over to the new blog so for now those will remain here.

However, from this point on, the reader questions I receive here will be automatically redirected to the new blog site. Here are some FAQs to help my readers understand the transition:

Q: Where do I post my questions?

A: You can still leave your reader questions as comments on any of my Modeling 101 - A Model's Diary blog posts. That part won't change at all.

Q: How will I find your answer to my questions?

A: I will reply to your reader question in the form of a comment on the blog post where you posted your original question--that part won't change, either. BUT instead of my standard reply, my updated reply will provide you with the new Modeling 101 blog URL where you'll be able to find my post directly related to the question you've asked.

Q: Are you going to start all over with the numbering for the Answering a Reader Question Series?

A: No. I think that would only confuse readers. Instead I'll be picking up right where the numbering left off on here, which is currently in the high 300s.

Q: Can I post questions on your Reader Question blog instead of your original Modeling 101 blog?

A: Yes! You can comment on any of the blog posts on the new Reader Question blog and I'll reply back.


Jessica said...

Hi Diana! I think your blog is great first of all, it helped me a lot when I went to a casting call last weekend! I have been trying to break in to the industry for just under a year now but I am struggling to find an agency. I have done several photo shoots and have been told that I should give modelling a go. I'm only 15 so I would be a teen model, I'm 5"2'
and weigh 45kg do you have any advice? Or know of any trustworthy agency's in the midlands, UK? Thank you! Geek xx

P.S:Please like and comment on my photo here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=265732266855161&set=a.265731976855190.61165.119939421434447&type=3&theater

Anonymous said...

Hi dania I tried to post a comment on the other blog but i couldn't. basically this is from the same girl who's body never grew up. I'm 24, 5'4'' about 123 pounds and my measurements are 32,25,35. another reason i am self conscious about my butt is because it sinks in on the side. it's like if someone were to measure from the side of my hip to one cheek there would literally be a gap there in that space no fat or muscle. it looks gross i've noticed it since i was 8yrs old. you can see it in swimwear exercise clothes and of course nude you can literally see the dent it's just not attractive. regarding my thighs they're actually very toned like you can see the muscle even if i have not worked in an like months. i have a lipoma on my right thigh it's a tumor made of fat it's not life threatning. i have thought about having it removed but then that would leave me with a scar and a hole in my leg. would this be a big problem for agencies? i know this sounds weird but i want a bigger butt to match my thighs. i know this is odd in regards to modeling but i have always wanted wider hips. is it possible to be a "wide"35 or a "narrow"35 inches. i feel wider hips look more feminine. i wish i looked more feminine. i've actually considered gaining a few extra pounds like 5-15 pounds but i feel then i would only get even bigger thighs and still a butt that doesn't look right. lastly a few yrs ago i gained 13pounds and i was not on birth control and my boobs got bigger. before i was on the pill my boobs were a plump 32c after i lost weight they deflated to a small 32c. now that i am on the pill they're a full 32d and even as i try to lose weight they are still huge like they won't budge i even tried going off the pill for a year before starting again and my boobs remained the same size. i wonder has the pill messed up my hormones because my body never quite snapped back since my first stint on the pill. thanks dania

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Jessica! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #372," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, "Girl Who's Body Never Grew Up!" Sorry about the problem with commenting on my other blog. I just got done customizing my settings so you should be able to comment on any of those posts now. But I'll go ahead and reply to your latest comments here.

Since print models don't normally show a lot of skin, I think the lipoma on your thigh could be "disguised" by your clothing. If you were to have it removed, the scar and resulting hole shouldn't be too much of a hindrance, as long as you avoid print work that involves swimwear or anything that would showcase that part of your thigh. Simply let your agent know about the issue and they'll know which types of work they can and can't submit you to.

As far as the sunken in area on your butt, have you tried padded jeans or having special padding added to "fake it"?

I can't really speak on the issue you're having with your chest and the use of the pill because I'm not a physician/doctor and truly don't know what the cause or solution could be for that problem.

To me, it seems that you aren't 100% comfortable with your body and if that's true, then you shouldn't pursue modeling and/or agency representation until you can investigate your options for the issues you're dealing with and see what results you can get. While it is possible to "fake it" and see what happens, your concerns appear to go deeper than that and could negatively affect your performance as a model, which isn't a good thing.

Agencies aren't going anywhere so the good thing is that there's no deadline for breaking into print/lifestyle modeling, especially since age isn't a huge factor for that part of the industry. So you can give yourself as much time as needed to try and work on those issues and see what happens.