Modeling Demands More Than A Pretty Face…How Badly Do You Want It?

by Denise Y. Mose, Ph.D, Fashion Columnist


Models need more than a pretty face, but the ability to emote, like the one pensively pictured here. Photo by Robert Bejil.


Imagine exotic trips, designer clothes, and your face on the cover of millions of magazines. A great life, right? Both males and females want to be models because it’s glamorous, lucrative, and they will be recognized in the modeling world. However, modeling is extremely competitive and the industry is filled with rejection, and “paying your dues” to this unforgiving lifestyle. Conversely, the payoff is a lifetime of perks and profit. Successful models are doing something they love.

Want that life for yourself? Listen up: Dr. D offers six realities for making it in modeling. Here we go:


1. Health

Fresh organic salads like this help cleanse and ready your body for that dream photo shoot. Photo by Marawder (Flickr).


Take care of yourself. Eat and drink healthy foods and beverages. The better you take care of what goes inside your body, the better it will reflect on your skin. Go for simple walks and clear your head. Veggies, fruits, whole grains, and proteins should make up the basics of your diet. Sugars, starches, empty carbohydrates, and unhealthy fats should be avoided as much as possible. It’s a simple equation, but it’s harder than you might think to execute.


2. Make-up and Hair Care

The better your skin, the better the makeup job. Photo by Robert Bejil.


Focus on keeping your skin clear and glowing. Wash your face in the morning and at night, exfoliate once a week, and remember to always wash your make-up off before you go to sleep. Shiny and healthy hair is important. Some agencies and managers prefer the “natural look” so if you like this, it’s to your advantage.


3. Get In Shape

Fitness is important. Consider working with a trainer who works specifically with models. Tell them your modeling goals and how you want to look. Inject how you feel and your opinions. This is exactly what I did 6 years ago. I shared my goal with my personal trainer, Kevin R. Davis, and I’m still a chic size 6! Not bad for 41, right?


4. Educate Yourself

When I consult with clients who want to model, I am often insulted that they have not made the effort for an industry they claim to love. There is a lot you can learn from reading books and articles on modeling. Plus, check out the several shows dedicated to modeling on television. Reading quality guides and articles will both help you to improve important skills (like posing) and better understand how the industry works.


5. Hang in There

You are going into an industry where very few males or females make it! Realize that it’s tough. The modeling world is jam-packed with pretty faces. Just because you are good looking does not mean that you can succeed as a model. Sorry, but its true! In the modeling business, it is not just about looking great. You have to fit the need of specific jobs just to get a chance. Modeling is only for serious people who carry unique looks and characteristics. Since there are so many people trying to become models in today’s world, it’s very challenging to get a breakthrough and will only come with patience and perseverance.


6. Everyone is Not a Size 2

Curvy Indian model Niki is definitely not a size 2, but is equally stunning. Photo by David Long.


Decide what kind of model you hope to be. Technically, anybody can be a model. However, do remember that if you don’t meet certain requirements, the work available to you will be incredibly limited, and you may have to compensate in other areas.


Well, there it is. Modeling professionally will put you in several places. Just make sure you’ve done your homework. Get that passport ready and go for it!

Dr. D is here for you — one wardrobe at a time!



Image sources:
Young model in black leather jacket: Robert Bejil Photography (Flickr)

Organic salad: Marawder (Flickr)

Young model in profile close up: Robert Bejil Photography (Flickr)

Curvy model reclined: David Long (Flickr)



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Journalist, entrepreneur, speaker, media personality, and life and etiquette coach Dr. Denise Y. MoseAbout the Author:
Denise Y. Mose, Ph.D is the owner/creator of Simply D Perfume and Beauty Bath and Body Line, and hosts the Urban America Today Talk Show. She is also a sought-after red carpet host, having been invited to cover the Grammys, Emmys, Kentucky Derby, and world-famous New York Fashion Week. Dr. Mose is an authority on education, beauty/fashion, career coaching and etiquette. Her third book, The Guilt-Free Guide to Fashion, is currently on bookshelves nationwide. The American Image Consultant Association seeks her advice on wardrobe and fashion seminars.



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