Fashion Model

Fashion Model

HellOnHeels

5 Years Experience

Manhattan, NY

Female, 20

I currently work as a model and Promo Girl.. The two usually go hand in hand in this industry. So that means I spend half my time at castings and photoshoots and the other half promoting a whole bunch of things at either night clubs, exhibition shows, or even working at Formula 1 events. I split my time between New York and London, and have been lucky enough to have been given the experience of being able to travel worldwide for different jobs..

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Last Answer on June 01, 2015

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Is this what you see yourself doing as a career in the long run or just something you're doing while you're still young:)

Asked by purtyeyez over 3 years ago

I don't really know, I have friends who have modelled and worked in the promo industry until their early 30's.. Which I will probably do myself no doubt on/off.. But in the distant future, i'd like to get into writing. I have currently been offered my own Magazine collumn and i'm thinking of doing a course in Journalism, i'm sure in a couple of years time I might fancy a change.. But I love modelling so not looking to change career paths anytime soon! 

If you had to guess, what's the incidence of eating disorders in modeling? Would you estimate that more than half of models have struggled with them at some point?

Asked by A3 over 3 years ago

I've probably worked with over maybe two hundred models since I started out and I can honestly say I have only met one who I could have described as suffering from any kind of eating problem and she was obviously quite ill. So I wouldn't describe it as being 'The norm' in the industry atall, alot of the girls are just natrually tall and slim and have a fast metabolism.. Don't get me wrong most watch their weight and work out at the gym etc, but they definitely don't starve themselves! I think that's a huge misconception about the industry which is generated by the media, as most girls have to be healthy or they wouldn't have the energy to work and constantly be travelling etc.. They would be exhausted 

What's the most lucrative type of gig models book? Print? Convention show model? TV? Live fashion?

Asked by Some Guy over 3 years ago

Print. Everytime a girl is published she could get anything between $2,000 - $20,000 depending on the job and how well known she is. For most trade shows, you'll make $350 a day but in my personal experience and how i've seen models be treated print and TV are so much easier than Convention shows.. You're working for different companies who aren't involved in the fashion industry and the people you're working with usually work normal 9-5 jobs so seem to be bitter towards the fact you're there in the first place and probably being paid more than they are. I've seen so many girls fired for ridiculous reasons, and clients intentionally lying and making up stuff about the models to try and get out of paying them as it is quite a large expense for each company. I've worked at a huge variety of different trade shows, and 80% of the people i've worked for and with have been lovely.. But there are always an odd few, who aren't very nice which i've only ever experienced through promo instead of regular modelling work where people are alot more laid back and generally nicer to each other

What model do you most respect or look up to and why?

Asked by Fresno over 3 years ago

Hmm, I don't really look up to anyone if i'm honest. I just focus on myself really, and try and strive to do the best that I can in the career that i've chosen. I'm friends with a couple of well known models, and they are all lovely girls who have done very well for themselves so I guess that's an inspiration. I'd say focus on the company that you keep, it helps if you have a group of friends that are all supporting and encouraging of each other 

Have you noticed a shift to a curvier look? I feel like the media's been saying that for 5 years, and yet all the models in print and on the runway are still rail-thin.

Asked by Erika over 3 years ago

Alot of agencies have recently opened up plus size divisions, and won't use overly skinny models. Infact I don't often see unhealthily thin models at castings - There are a few I suppose, but they generally pick size 4 girls (UK size 8) - Instead of size 0 girls etc for shoots.. The issue being is the retouchers usually photoshop the models to look even skinnier than they already are, which therefore makes it all a bit pointless

Do you do anything different diet- or fitness-wise in the weeks leading up to a big photoshoot or show?

Asked by jlaow over 3 years ago

If it's a lingerie/swimwear shoot, I TRY (emphasize on try) to eat mainly salads and soup for several weeks before aswell as excercising and doing a bunch of sqauts/crunches in addition to an hour of cardio but usually after a couple of days I get bored and go back to eating pizza. The day before a shoot I try and eat fairly light so i'm not bloated, I eat pretty healthily in general really. I think it's mainly about self-discipline

Outside of the job, do you get hit on constantly, and does it make you stand-offish with men? What's something a guy can say to you (other than about your looks) that'll win him some points? :)

Asked by JamesTX over 3 years ago

At alot of the big conventions, there are usually big afterparties that they hold with free drinks for the clients and models. The best thing you could do is try and wangle an invite somehow if you know anyone who is organizing the event or try and find out who is holding it, because most of the girls will be there and much more relaxed than at work! Maybe just ask them how they are and what they've been doing at the event etc, then after talking for a while if they seem interested then offer to buy them a drink? Hope this helps