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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Answering a Reader Question #89

Anonymous Wrote:

Hi Dania,

Thanks for your post about jewellery!
You do a great job making everything look fabulous!

I do have a question that I would appreciate your input on - I am a jewellery designer who is about to do her FIRST (eek!) show and I'm expected to wear the jewellery and model it on a runway!
Do you have any helpful hints for those of us who have no experience just in the walking part, let alone how to professionally showcase your jewellry?

Your thoughts would be appreciated!
Norma J Beads 

Hi, Norma! Thank you for your questions and kind words, how exciting to be doing your first show! Yes, it can be nerve wracking to be on the runway for the first time and the fact that you'll actually be modeling jewelry can be super intimidating. However, with practice I am sure you will knock 'em dead!

When it comes to walking on the runway, the most important thing to remember is to place one foot in front of the other. It's one simple thing that separates regular walking from the runway walk. Practice in high heels on a flat, solid surface--no carpet or gravel. Keep your shoulders square, your back straight and chest out (but not too much). It is also helpful to go on sites like YouTube and watch fashion shows just to get the feel of how the models carry themselves on the catwalk.

Since you will be modeling jewelry instead of clothes, your poses will be different for this occasion. For example, if you are wearing a bracelet or rings, you will want try having a hand on your hip in a way to show off the items while walking and when you pose at the end of the runway. An additional way to show off bracelets and rings is to casually bring your hand up to your chest and/or slightly graze your shoulder once you get to the end of the runway to do your pose. For the hand on the hip, pivot your body to a profile and/or 3/4 stance when you get to the end of the runway so that the bracelets and rings face the audience directly.

Modeling necklaces is probably going to be the easiest for you since it will be in plain sight as long as your arms do not block or obstruct your neck in any way.

You can show off earrings once you reach the end of the runway by tucking your hair behind your ears or subtlety moving your hair and holding that pose while the earring is exposed (unless your hair is in an updo).

Below are some photo examples of poses you can use to model jewelry during your show (these are not taken from models on a runway but the poses can be adapted to suit your jewelry modeling/posing):

(In the last image the model isn't wearing much jewelry but the pose would be excellent for showing off bracelets and rings.)

When you stop to do your pose, make sure to pause for a few beats in order to really show off the items to the audience. And don't forget to smile! I wish you the best of luck with your show and much continued success with your line (if you ever need a jewelry model, I am available lol)!


Anonymous said...

does an agency care if a female model doesn't have pierced ears?
great tips!!!!

Dania Denise said...

Hey, Anonymous, thanks for the question! You'll find your answer in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #91." Thanks for reading!