We usually see models on catwalks dressed up in extravagant clothes and walking in high heels, but in reality, they look very casual and often wear jeans. It is an unwritten rule that no one can style a pair of denim trousers better than a professional model. Depending on the occasion, jeans can look smart or casual and there is literally countless number of ways to wear a single pair.
For sporty but sexy look, you can wear skinny jeans with sneakers or combat boots and a short jacket and accessorize it with a big scarf and a leather bag. If you want to make this look more urban and smart, match your denim with a silk blouse, a pair of leather boots and an elegant coat. You can also wear jeans with high heels and add a bit of glamour with trendy jewelry and a small elegant clutch bag, or go for a tomboy style and wear ripped denim with a cool slogan T-shirt, ankle boots and a colorful coat.
This is how models wore jeans during recent fashion weeks in London, Paris and Milan when off duty:
One of the most important aspects to becoming a successful model is a good portfolio. A strong set of photographs can lead you into your first paid modeling gig or land you a spot with an agency. However, there are many downfalls that come along with broadcasting your portfolio online and exposing your personal information in the hopes of striking up a professional relationship with photographers and industry creatives. It is important to try and build a trusted network of talented people but along the way you may be met with scams. It’s a sad fact but, in many cases young, hopeful models have been lured into human trafficking scams. Tricked into posing nude for photo shoots with photos result in exploitation on the internet or being used for their body without any professional benefit to the model.
The problem stems from a difficulty in breaking into the modeling industry, especially at a young age (when models are generally recruited). It’s easy to get lured into potentially hazardous situations when you don’t know how to navigate the complex network of the modeling industry. ModXchange feels that it is an important issue that needs to be addressed. The website strives to provide a secure location to communicate with a network of creative professionals without the threat of exploitation. Modxchange is hoping to educate its members on taking safety precautions when contacting other professionals and setting up photoshoots.
1) Do your research
Our first piece of advice is a simple but effective method of figuring out if someone does not have your best interest in mind. Most professionals nowadays have an “online presence” (it’s become a necessity) and will likely have some sort of online portfolio. So go ahead and ask for a web address where you can see more of their work. Alternatively you can look for them in a search engine or on popular social media websites. Most professionals will be set up on at least one of the following accounts; LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It is important to note that if they are just starting to build a portfolio, than they may not be professionally accessible on multiple social media platforms, which is when you will have you use your own judgement (and
maybe look them up anyways, it couldn’t hurt).
2) Bring someone with you
If the photographer, makeup artist, director, etc. is a professional business person, there should not be too much of a problem with you wanting to bring someone to a photoshoot. Especially if you are under the age of majority.
3) Ask questions
Asking questions is a great idea when going to a photoshoot. It will help you figure out what kind of style the shoot will have, what possible items you need to bring, etc. And not only will it allow you to get to know the professional you are interested in working with, but engaging in conversation will give you more opportunity to make sure the project is legitimate.
4) Be mindful of fees
No reputable agencies will ask for a fee. They earn their income (in the form of a commission) from booking jobs for the models they represent. Mostly, you should also be wary of fees that are asked for upfront. They are generally unnecessary and should be questioned. Your agent should be spending his/her time trying to book you jobs rather than selling you their services.
5) Referral Photography Sessions
If your agency refers a photography session in which you have to pay, be aware that it is not necessary and you are allowed to say no. You are not obliged to pay for their referral but can find your own reputable photographer.
6) Agencies located overseas
Be careful of agencies that are located overseas which state that housing, expenses, etc are taken care of. Once again, do your research through the Better Business Bureau, the internet, other resources to confirm that the agency is legitimate. Check for complaints, scams, testimonials …etc. If you do receive a contract with an agency overseas, make sure to carefully read each detail in order to protect yourself from any unwanted surprises that may leave you broke in a different country.
Putting together your first modeling portfolio should be an exciting experience. While it’s important to showcase strong photographs, it’s good to keep a set of common sense rules that help deter people from trying to exploit your lack of experience within the modeling industry.
Modxchange is looking to help you set up a network of trustworthy and creative professionals that can launch your career into the modeling industry. Which is why we have a “0” tolerance policy on spam, scammers, etc. We will delete any account which features illegitimate information with regards to castings. Please do your diligence and report any suspicious activity on our site to info@modXchange.com. Modxchange strives to be the trusted industry standard for models to have a safe environment to enhance their skills and most importantly, build a great portfolio.
Cara Delevingne was definitely one of the most important faces of 2013, wanted on virtually every ad campaign and every catwalk, including the famous Victoria’s Secret annual show. She was on the cover of many top magazines this year including W, Interview, iD, Vogue Australia, Vogue Portugal, Vogue Japan and Vogue Korea, and she is kicking off 2014 with a cover of both Vogue UK and Numero Tokyo. She is the cover girl of Vogue UK for the second time in the period of 10 months, looking more mature and wearing Saint Laurent faux leather trousers, the chiffon blouse and the wool jacket. Pictures were taken by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Kate Phelan.
After she was crowned Model of the Year at British Fashion Awards in 2012, she quickly became one of the most wanted girls for fashion shows and campaigns around the world. 2013 was definitely her lucky year, and it looks like next one will be too, as she already has many contracts, two January covers and a big role in Michael Winterbottom’s forthcoming film.
It seems that she has it all: great looks, fun and witty personality and incredible power of transformation. Brits often call her “the next Kate Moss” and “pure Chelsea posh” because of her great success in modelling and her aristocratic family background. As we are approaching the end of 2013, it is a great opportunity to look back at some of the best Cara Delevingne’s magazine covers:
Images: Vogue UK, Numero Tokyo, iD Magazine, Vogue Australia, Vogue Japan, W Magazine, Vogue Korea, Vogue US, Vogue Portugal, Interview Magazine, Rush Magazine, Love Magazine
Glossiped’ in News November ModXchange 2011 Los Angeles’ Fashion Database
C o c o R o c h a P o s h e s N e w Y o r k T i m e s O f f i c e | Glossiped’ News G L N S 6 0 4
“’Glossiped’ – Model Coco Rocha Glams Up New York Times’ Fashion Office”
The Players: Coco Rocha, New York Times, Fashion, Modeling, Style
by ModXchange Fashion
1 November 2011
NEW YORK, New York – | Tuesday, New York City shaped up better than nicely with an account of how to work at the office – the New York Times’ Fashion office that is. Model poseur struck when C o c o R o c h a arrived and showed office staff how receivables in f a s h i o n cirque payoff: in repose.
What did the office queue learn? How to pose with lightening pace friezes while riding the escalator up floor by floor; Appropriate a mail cart offering the sexiest one-hand push-off fussing with the hair while you walk; Let anyone (or everyone) in the office bathroom get an eyeful with Coco’s kitten expressions and poses – from the toilette stall no less. Nothing short of modelesque, from Coco. Which is exactly what she offered on panel in this season’s America’s Next Top Model on the CW. A model guest, Coco ramped up Tyra Bank’s Top Model All Stars October with a high fashion photo shoot and serious advance posing rites:
The key to nailing that perfectly “modeled” photograph. Coco says, “emote.” That’s recite your vowels: “A, E, I, O U,” and bring the face into powerful sculpted expression. Saying each vowel separately – creates just the amount of tension required to pull off the perfect, facial “pose.”
Ready for a private model instruction? Watch Coco at the NYT Fashion Office:
.Coco does America’s Next Top Model and shares ANTM panel with Tyra, here.
oxox – ModXchange Fashion