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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Answering a Reader Question #360

Julieann Wrote:

Hi Dania,

First off I want to thank you for all the information you put out here, it is great to have all these questions answered. I was wondering about photoshop though with all the articles going on lately, do the VS angels have "real curves" or do they photoshop them in? Im a 34B and would love to transfer over from IMG to Elite/Ford but curious if my chest is big enough?haha I was to embarrassed to ask that in person:) Thanks!! - Julieann 

Hi, Julieann! You're very welcome, I'm happy to have you as a reader! :-)

VS angels have real curves BUT there is a lot of Photoshop magic involved in the final images. Airbrushing so that their skin appears flawless and without blemishes (and even adding a bit of toning/ab lines) is one of the most common photography retouching tricks that happens with VS.

However, there are others. You definitely don't have to worry about your chest size because the VS models aren't all naturally big C or D cups. To make their cleavage appear more "enhanced," the bras the VS models wear during their shoots are actually one size smaller than their real size--hence, the major cleavage. Being that the bras are already super padded and have push-up underwires, wearing a smaller size gives their chests that extra oopmh...literally! For their regular clothing that is sold in the catalogs, the items are pinned in the back or sized to be much smaller so that they fit the models perfectly. That's why most VS clothing people order never fit them right or look the same as it does in the catalog.

So believe me when I say you can't always believe what you see in the VS photos. Remember, modeling is about selling the product and creating an ideal illusion. Nothing is ever what it seems.


Maleigha said...

Hi Dania, I have an interest in print modeling. I'm 16 around 5'71/2 or 5'8. I'm around 124 or 125 . I'm a 34b but I can wear an A. And I don't know my exact measurements. Going by your instructions I'm cutting out soft drinks and unhealthy snacks I have a small amount of acne and ive come to notice water is good for everything. My biggest concern is my hair. I'm biracial and its short and curly and shaved on one side And will my nose piercing be a problem
Thanks for all the helpful tips.
P.s you play in my favourite movie ( RENT)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Maleigha! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #879," which can be found on my other 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!

Jacqui said...

I have had models who worked for VS but maybe not the big show. They pad and tape their breasts so not all are busty. These days the girls are exceptionally thin 0-2 except for ones signed to long term contracts like Adriana Lima. They are very pretty and not necessarily commercial and usually have strong Social Media followings. A girl like Natalia Vodianova would not be a VS girl because she looks too young but she's perfect for all other types of modeling. Gisele Bunchen was with IMG when signed to VS. My girl was with Name. She did tons of lingerie. So much these days is about how much of a following you have along with being very thin, i.e. Behati Prinsloo who is very thin and married to a famous rocker. So anytime she's in the celebrity news they mention her name, name recognition is a big thing too. Gone are the VS days of Heidi Klum etc. The models like Lara Stone who are perhaps a bit bigger than 0-2 may or may not work for VS. She's a major supermodel with curves. Kate Upton also of IMG worked for them briefly but she actually was considered too curvy for them. They have gone more mainstream modeling these days. Also alot has to do with personality, can they get the job done ASAP. A girl like Chanel Iman who is unique looking, commercially pretty, but very thin has worked for them. She is dating a Rapper. If the girl is a celebrity married to another celebrity yes that helps because they are trying to get a following based as much on personality as they are on the girl's looks. Kendall Jenner the tallest and most thin of the Jenner family worked for them this last 2015 show. She has no curves to speak of while her friend Gigi Hadid had plenty but still is quite thin. Both are fit girls. So the girls are very fit along with being thin but without obvious muscles using Pilates etc. to elongate their bodies rather than major weight training which would make them look more like a Fitness Model than Lingerie Model. I've booked and sent models all over the world and they are very strict on the two different types being very different.