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You Want Me To Do What??



By Carrie Lynn
OnOption Blog

Starting out in the industry and knowing absolutely zilch about modeling makes for some interesting situations!

WARNING: Do NOT shoot with student photographers!  Obviously not all of them are awful, just ones with a delusional idea of creativity.  Ask what you are shooting before you go.

I had an experience with one of these geniuses.  It was my second shoot ever and the agency I signed with set it up.  Being a well-known agency I assumed the photographer would be as decent as the first one I worked with.  Rule #1-Never make assumptions.  I get to the location and the guy said I would be shooting with ice cream.

I was naive.  At the time I thought, “Okay this could be cool, I trust you.  You have ice cream!”  I think I was more distracted by the sweets than anything else. He tricked me!

Anyway, we started off shooting some beauty, and after a few shots he wanted to bring in the ice cream.  I didn’t really know what to do.  I’ve only ever eaten the stuff.  I’ve never had to make it look “fierce.”  I actually remember trying to come up with creative way to get him his shots and get a free dessert at the same time!  Smart one Carrie, add to the freshmen fifteen.  Fatty!  Okay… off subject!!!  The guy seriously had some strange fantasies.

I don’t know how he expected me to be “fierce” with a damn ice cream cone on my head!  Yep of all things to do with it, he wanted it on my head.  And I put it there!  I didn’t hesitate or ask questions!!!  I guess all the finger licking temporarily halted my brain functionality.  You could say my mood changed the second I realized what I did!

I got even more pissed when I realized how ridiculous this whole shoot was and that the idiot was only getting pictures for his book, better yet for his school project.  I’d be horrified if he thought putting these in his book would help his career at all.  It certainly wasn’t helping mine.  In fact, it definitely would do the opposite.  Ohhhh boy does it get better.  How was I going to get the ice cream out of my hair?  I was at a photo school.  They didn’t have showers!!!

Pissed is a too pleasant a word to describe my hate for this day.  I hated this guy and modeling in general at this point.  I left as soon as possible. Ice cream and sprinkles still in hair.  Let me just add, this was the longest mile walk home.  It felt like it took me ages and I was ready to knock out anyone who so much as looked at me.

Three shampoos later, still with sprinkles stuck to my scalp, I went to the agency.  My booker was totally excited for me to have new pictures until I explained to her what had happened.   Everyone at the booking table got a good laugh in.  Mean bookers!!!  She told me that I should have left the second he told me what we were doing!  WHAT?!?!?!  You mean I went through all of that and I could have just left?  Yep!  Even more pissed now!  Obviously by now I’ve learned that you have to speak up and know what you are and are not willing to do.  I will never do that again…well…if it was a paid job, I would consider thinking about it!

Very few people have ever seen the pictures from that day.  For your entertainment and because I find it hilarious now, here you go.  Laugh away!!!

Model Diaries #1: Letters From My Past



There are times in your life when you have to vent, to let it all out.

I would like to share some moments with you. These are precious and private, but I am revealing them in order for other young women to know that it’s O.K. It’s O.K not to know everything, to not have it all figured out, to be unsure and scared.

Traveling the world at a young age shaped me dramatically. I had a lot of time to think and to feel- and I now would like to share my journey with you. These are letters from my past, in the hope that they will help people in the future.

By: an Anonymous Model

Real Men Wear Pink, And Real Male Models Wear Make Up



So fellas, you think you want to be a male model? Just as I tell my female aspiring models, it is important to do research and get familiar with what you could be doing as a male model. Most men think, “All right, I get to look all sexy and chiseled, show off my muscles and pose with hot women!”

Ummm, yeah, sure but there is so much more to being a male model than that. Along with perks come the other things that you may not like but come with the territory. For example, most female models dread having to wear next to nothing in freezing temperatures but pretend like they are on a beach in 90 degree weather. For male models, the following are some aspects of the job that you’ll have to be cool with if you want to seriously pursue a career in the modeling industry:

– Makeup: You better believe it! Just as women need to wear makeup, male models wear make up – not all the time and not as much as the female counterparts – but makeup all the same. Now, guys, before you stop reading and throw your idea of being a male model into the trash, give me a chance to clarify. Makeup is a must for both male and female models because it helps you photograph better. Plain and simple. Powder and foundation serve to give your complexion a more uniform appearance and also cuts down on shine, which photographs terribly. It is supposed to make you look better, not like a clown.

Additionally, you’ll be working with professional makeup artists that know what they are doing so you’re in good hands. So it is a good idea to be comfortable with wearing makeup and not let it make you self conscious. I’m sure you’ve seen ads where the men even wore eyeliner and maybe even eye shadow and blush but they still looked sexy and masculine. Trust me, if you can pull off the manly look while wearing makeup, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

– Questionable outfits: If your idea of masculinity is the Marlboro Man, then you’ll be sorely disappointed in the outfits you may be asked to wear on your modelling jobs . While some gigs and fashion shows will let you sport jeans, comfy shoes and tank tops (or shirtless) and other everyday types of clothes, you may also be asked to wear outfits that you would normally never touch with a 10-foot pole.

This could include fishnet shirts, long wraps/skirts (believe me, I’ve seen it on runways!), speedo type underwear, jewelry, plastic, etc. Whatever the designer or client wants, you’ll have to do it if you want to work and get paid. Sometimes male models are required to look slightly feminine in appearance. If this makes you really uncomfortable, then chances are you may not be cut out to do high fashion modeling.

– Having people within your comfort zone: Models are commodities…that means you are basically told what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Have problems with authority or don’t like following rules? Then sadly, male modeling is not for you. Being in this industry is all about working with different types of people, from your agent/booker and other models to the client, photographer, wardrobe stylist and other crew members. You’ll have to take direction, criticism and everything in between.

Not only that, while on shoots, you’ll have to get used to people fussing over you: doing your hair, putting makeup on, helping you get dressed, etc. During fashion shows, you’ll have to deal with the same thing but also the insane rush to dress and get undressed–additionally, you’ll have to be comfortable with changing and oftentimes being naked at some point in front of other male models and even female models. Shyness is not a requirement in the industry.

– Living in model dorms: High fashion and editorial male models are required to travel for work, both locally, nationally and internationally. This involves living in model dorms with other male models. The facilities can range from a comfortable apartment or loft to teeny tiny living spaces. When traveling internationally, it isn’t uncommon for a group of male models to share a living space with only 2 beds.

When you are working in your local market, you may be required to live full time in model housing where you are responsible for cleaning up, maintaining the facilities, grocery shopping, etc. while going to and from castings and jobs. Like the reality shows, sometimes things can get ugly when you’re cramped into a space with a bunch of people you don’t know. Some male models end up making lasting friendships with their follow coworkers, while others would rather leave and never look back.

If your first thought was, “I would never be caught dead in that/posing like that” or the more crude response, “That’s so gay,” then I would say you probably don’t want to be a male model in the high fashion/editorial market, nor would I recommend it for you.

Regardless of whether you go for it or not, remember that modeling (no matter the gender) is easier than it looks. Don’t judge unfairly and be respectful of the time, dedication and hard work it takes to make it to the top as a male model. Remember, male supermodels are small in number and the grind it takes to be successful is a difficult one.

Oh, and before you think that a male model looks “so gay” in a magazine or strutting down the catwalk in a questionable outfit, they make a pretty nice paycheck at the end of the day – that should put things in perspective for you.

A Model’s Diary – Modeling 101
By Dania Denise

Model Millionaires: Gisele Bundchen



By Calynn M. Lawrence

Gisele Bundchen is a household name in the modeling industry. If you don’t know her name then you must not know fashion! This 35 year old fashion mogul and former super model is still relevant to the scene even though she is past her prime years. With such an impressive portfolio under her belt, she has all bragging rights to say that she as dominated the fashion industry over the course of her career.

In the late 1990’s, this Brazilian beauty broke into the modeling industry and began a wave of successful Brazilian models who then followed suit. A 1999 issue of Vogue noted that she was the end of the “heroin chic” era and that the mold for a model such as herself had been broken.

In the early 2000’s she began her ventures with Victoria’s Secret, the top selling commercial lingerie brand in the world, as one of their Angels. She was one of the first who set the pace for all of the following Angels to come such as Adrianna Lima, Alessandra Ambrossio and Candice Swanepoel, all of whom are millionaire models now.

Her signature contribution to the Victoria’s Secret runway, besides her stellar looks and hot bod, was her “horse walk.” She pioneered a new style of runway strutting in which the models follow a very hard, stern stomping pattern, raising their knees at a dull angle and thrusting their feet forward with great confidence. It may not seem too impressive but the visual execution is very fierce.

Although the main title on her business card says “super model,” Gisele has had many roles in the film and entertainment industry as well. She has played characters in movies such as “Taxi,” and “Devil Wears Prada.” She even has been nominated for Teen Choice Awards due to the fans’ great reception! In addition to this, she now works behind the scenes as a producer.

Gisele Bundchen is certainly someone any aspiring model would want to imitate. Obviously, she has a long list of accomplishments that can’t even all fit into one article. She has been crowned “the highest paid model in the world”, “the 16th richest woman in entertainment” and “the 89th most powerful woman in the world” by Forbes. Yet, despite all of her glory, she still remains charitable by being a regular contributor to many charities involving children, medicine, education and environmental causes. What an inspiration!

New York’s Newest Heartthrob


Jordan Barrett is one of the hottest male models of the moment on the international modeling scene.

Watch his exclusive interview with TurnerTalks as he discusses everything from rumored love interest, Paris Hilton to shooting with famed photographer Steven Klein.

TurnerTalks is a snackable collection of interviews with uber-talented creatives and entrepreneurs who are not only making it in New York City, they are pushing its limits. The host, Sally Turner, probes with humor and depth, applying the philosophy that asking the right questions will reveal the true, elusive recipe for greatness.

Sally Turner: Producer/Host (sallyannturner.com)

Niq Lewis – Camera Operator/Editor (lifeXniq.com)

Kwesi Egyir-Assistant Camera

Alexandria Lloyd: 1st Assistant Camera