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Friday, November 7, 2008

Please Learn How to Walk in High Heels!

Ladies, wearing high heels is one thing but learning how to walk in them is an entirely different story! It never fails--each time I go to a major casting, I see young girls and even young women in heels and based on their body posture, it is extremely obvious that they are not comfortable in the heels they are wearing. And it looks really bad.

I can't tell you how important it is to make sure that you know how to walk in high heels. Even us shorter models should still learn how to master 3-4 inch heels, regardless of whether you think you'll be required to be on a catwalk or not...it will come in handy one day, trust me.

Here are my essential tips for being successful at wearing high heels:

1. Wear shoes that fit! If the heels are painful when you try them on in the store, chances are even breaking them in afterwards won't help.

2. Choose your heels accordingly when it comes to castings and shoots. For some reason, I see young models wearing bright red high heels or other funky colors that don't go with their outfit. In my opinion, it's not only an eyesore, it's a distraction. Unless it's a foot modeling gig, tone down the color.

3. Be mindful of styles. We all know there are a variety of high heels out there so choose the right style. If you've got a casting that asks for "dressy casual," don't show up wearing stilettos.

4. Mind your posture while walking in heels. Even naturally tall models have to learn how to walk in high heels. Own your height! The saddest sight to me is seeing a tall model wearing super high heels with a major hunch in her back. This type of body languages translates to others as being insecure and awkward.

If you're afraid of being taller than you already are, then I don't know what to tell you. It will be something you'll have to get over. Put on those heels, stand up straight, and be proud! Nothing is hotter or more appealing than a tall girl that is aware of her height and embraces it.

5. Practice, practice, practice! Don't just buy heels and leave them in the box until your shoot or casting (that's a quick way to get blisters). Break those puppies out and start wearing them around the house. To avoid slipping in your heels while walking, it helps to scuff the bottoms so that no matter what surface you walk on, you'll have a firm grip.

6. Heels know no age. If you're a preteen or teen and meet the requirements for fashion and runway, you'll be expected to know how to move in high heels. Remember, the industry will put you into a very adult oriented world so even if you are young, they'll put you in high heels in an instant. So be prepared and start wearing heels and practicing your walk. Being young and naive won't be taken as an excuse if you aren't able to properly walk in heels.

By following these tips, you'll be able to carry yourself properly in heels at all times, regardless of your age and experience. Wear the shoes, don't let them wear you. I've got heels that I can run track in as well as pose in so don't think that heels don't matter. From head to toe, you've always got to be on point.


Anonymous said...

What kind of modeling can I do at 5'6. A few agencies in NY have shown interest in me, but usually tell me I'm simply too short to be represented by them. With all the competition out there what agencies to you recommend going to that may consider me despite the fact that I am two inches below average.

Dania Denise said...

Hello and thanks for the question! You'll find your answer in my recent post titled, "Answering a Reader Question #28."