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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Face Value: Model Skin

Read the next sentence very carefully: to be a model you do not need to have perfect skin but you do need to have good skin. There is a big difference. It’s funny to me how much we throw the word “perfect” around in the modeling industry.

The only “perfect” there is comes from Photoshop so don’t get sucked into that frame of mind that you need to be uber perfect in order to get your foot in the door.

Good skin simply means that you have a complexion that is free of scars, noticeable discoloration, huge zits, blemishes, and the like. That’s not to say that you cannot ever have a zit or blemish—that’s pretty ridiculous—even the top models have bad skin days…it happens and it’s completely natural. To start off in modeling, having fairly clear skin is a great step in the right direction.

If you have past scars or other skin issues, this won’t necessarily put you out of the game because makeup can be used to cover those things up, but it would also be in your best interest to do what you can skin care-wise to ensure that your skin is at its best once you start making your rounds to agencies.

Pay attention to your skin and what it is telling you. Being able to know what your skin wants and how to make it happy when it’s upset is key to knowing how to tackle any skin issues that may come your way. Knowing your skin type is very important as well.

Once you know your skin type, you’ll be able to take care of it with the right products and avoid the things that will make it flawed. Visit a dermatologist if you feel that your complexion isn’t quite up to par for modeling or need alternative measures to help you out with a current skin problem.

For the ladies, if you know your skin gets crazy during “that time of the month,” do your best to work around it and be more diligent in your skin care routine during this time until your complexion is back to normal. Male models, pay attention to you grooming habits, techniques and products you use on your skin, including razors and electric shavers.

Remember, what you eat also has an effect on the health and condition of your skin. Start eating right if you aren’t doing so already. Just making subtle changes in your eating habits and making better food choices can turn your skin around in a matter of weeks.

Bottom line: you don’t need to have flawless, perfect skin to be a model. Simply taking proper care of your skin each day and avoiding bad habits should be more than enough to keep your complexion clear and smooth. And don’t worry or stress if you have a bad skin day…that’s not going to decrease your chances. With good skin care, those bad skin days will be rare anyway.


Amber said...

Great advice Dania! I really focus on what I eat and on getting enough sleep so that my skin is at its best =) It really helps to land a gig if you have flawless skin.

Blackberry Confessions said...

I know this is an old post however, I stumbled upon your page and thought maybe you have answered a question I’ve asked everyone I’ve come across.

Last year May 17th I got into a car accident and now I have a noticeable scar on my upper left forehead. It’s been a year and I’ve done quite a few shows, some with my scar covered and a few with it out.. I’m 5'8-5'9 (I get told different all the time) 120 lbs love Runway. I returned to nyc in hopes of trying to eliminate free shows from my roster and start only taking on paid assignments. Now I consistently question if I even have a fighting chance? what do you think ?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Blackberry Confessions! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #187." Thanks for reading!

Kesha C. said...


I was wondering if you knew of any products to help remove acne scars. I use to have really bad acne the first 3 years of high school and now I have finally won against the acne battle! Now I just need something for the scars that were left behind. Agencies have told me I have a lot of potential, but I need to clear up the scars. Please help me!

Thank you,

Kesha C.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Kesha! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #665," 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!