Frequently Asked Questions
How do you become a model?
Plus Size: You must be a natural size 12, 14, or 16. The women who work
full time are these sizes, no questions about it. There are magazines and
designer runway shows that embrace larger women as models however,
those that take on modeling as their full time job are the size I noted. A
good model is fit, healthy and happy. (read: doesn’t live, breathe and die
for modeling). She has a life outside of her work which she leaves at the
door. However when the camera shoots her, she is warm, inviting and
INTERESTING to look at because of the life she leads. I've been told, it's
all in the eyes, as they're the windows to the soul.
“Straight size”: size 0-4, same advice as above and below, regardless of
YOU DO NOT NEED need a professional/expensive portfolio to show the
top agencies in your area.
What you do need: -1 or 2 simple digital head shots. Shot in natural light.
(no heavy make up! Use make up to enhance what you already
have...beautiful, clean and fresh skin). -1 or 2 full body shots in a bathing
suit -1 or 2 shots in a business look -1 or 2 shots in a casual setting (doing
what you love!)
Agency: Go the the closest major market 10-15 miles from your home if
you are not living in a major (NY, LA, Miami, Chicago or Dallas) market
already. If you drive any further than 15 miles, you will be driven crazy by
the commute for last minute "go-sees" where clients check you out for an
upcoming shoot or runway show. You do a lot of these to get one job...so
be sure you understand this starting off.
In that major market, ONLY choose the top agency and it's closest
competitor. Unless you live in NY, LA, Miami, Chicago or Dallas, choose
the top three and leave it at that. All the work in these markets worth your
time and effort will flow from the top to the two below them. The bottom
feeders (as I call them) will try to get your money anyway they can and run!
Go-See's: Once you've picked the top agencies in your area, check out
their website for "open Go-See" Days. There will be a specific day and
time when new girls will be seen each week. Make sure you get your nails
done, have a clean and figure flattering simple outfit on, proper bra that
supports you well, hair brushed and swept off your face, minimal if no
makeup, show up on time (with someone you trust), sign in, smile,
manners manners manners, have 3 sets of your digital shots printed to
8x10 dimension (you may meet three people who will want a copy of what
you have), have them neatly in a manila folder, and have your contact
information stapled on the back (typed).
Contact info: your name your age (real) hair color bust measurement
waist measurement hip measurement dress size jean size shoes size cell
number email address mailing address
Manners: Write a thank you note to everyone you meet, follow up and
follow up again until you hear of their decision.
Be smart: if you don't get picked by the top or top three agencies, know
you tried and regroup. It could be a matter of timing. If so inclined, take
what you learned through the process and visit back in 6 months with the
suggested changes (not including changing yourself drastically or
spending a lot of money).
if you are ever asked to spend a lot of money, report them to the Better
Business Bureau in your area and see if they have a history of this type of
practice, then turn them in! I cant stand these schools that get innocent
girls to spend thousands of dollars on a hope and a dream.
Thousands and thousands of beautiful girls walk through FORD each
week, and only 1 or 2 are ever picked each month if that. Good luck!
2. How many years have I been in the fashion industry? 20 years!
3. I’ve been ask time and time again,”What is beauty?” The following
was written by Audrey Hepburn who, in my opinion, nails it.
1. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
2. For lovely eyes, seek good in people.
3. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
4. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it
once a day.
5. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
6. People, even more than things, have to be restored, revived,
reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
7. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the
end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that
you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping
8. The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure
she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must
be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the
place where love resides.
9. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty
in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is a caring that she lovingly
gives, the passion that she shows.
10. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
4. How to dress a curvier body?
Getting Started: foundation/lingerie/under it all: every gal needs a
seamless flesh colored bra, basic black, and one wild color or animal print
bra that will give you a hop in your step! If 80% of American women
wearing an ill fitted bra, it might be time to get fitted correctly and let your
“sisters” rest easy in the right home, if you get what I mean. We are all for
comfort here! Major department stores offer this service; all you need to
do is call to find out when the next fitting session would be.
Layering Pieces: We all need to give ourselves a nice vertical line when we dress and
finding a variety of cami’s, laying pieces or basic
tee’s can do just that. I always say, “You can never have enough layering pieces to
choose from.” They are vital to giving you depth and interest in what you wear. Long
gone are the days when we walk out the door looking boxy, frumpy and unappealing.
By introducing a layered look, you open yourself up to endless possibilities of what
look you want on any day. Sweater sets and open big shirts/tunics coupled with
cami’s and lingerie tanks can achieve this for you.
Get real with your body: All bodies are not created equal. Give yourself a good look
in the mirror and figure out if you have: narrow/wide shoulders, thick/slim waist,
ample/slight bust, wide/narrow hips, strong, shapely/thick/thin legs. Once you figure
out where your assets lie, build upon them. The last thing you want to do try and hide
body parts that you don’t want seen…just don’t call attention to them with loud colors,
pleated materials or loud prints. Where as if you have a body part that is your best
feature, by all means do not cover it up. Open it up; find great necklines, great skirt
lengths and contoured waists, and figure enhancing dresses. Once you have a
connection to your assets and how your body looks, you will be able to shop and know
what styles will look good or not, no matter what is in fashion or not. Personally, when
wide leg pants with flat waistbands are in, I buy. The slim thin pant trend, I run. Don’t
let fashion run your wardrobe. Just keep in the loop so when a trend does float in that
complements your body type, jump on and have fun.
Dress size beware: Don’t let the size of the dress/pant/top blow your self esteem. All
dresses are not created equal either. Knowing that all designers have different fit
models (those models help measure and flesh out the fit the garment) and have
different ideas what size a, b, or c is, this creates a ton of confusion for the consumer.
The best way to get around this is to be a loyal consumer to a few brands that have a
Use your voice. If you cant find what you need, write a letter to the department store,
Internet store, specialty store and have your like-minded friends sign it. Give them
suggestions on clothing lines that you would like to have, fit, style and availability
issues, fitting rooms that accommodate large frames, water fountains and restrooms in
easy to get to locations. Got the idea? If you don’t use your voice, you wont get what