PETITE MODEL ADVICE
I have received a million questions about the modeling industry. The main question is how to break in to the modeling industry if you are 5’5” and under? My first advice would be to join this platform we have here with Bella Petite. The petite fashion movement as I see it is the most important first step in the process of breaking down the fashion industry height standards, in order to gain market place for petite models. If we don’t unite together to as an organized effort to change the industry standards the status quo will remain and opportunity for petite models won’t happen.
For aspiring petite models my advice to you is to learn the business and hone your craft. Make sure you have the tools it requires for you to market yourself to the industry professionals. Bella Petite has provided you a road map on what you need to do to get started. Petite Model and Retail Industry Insight.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
My personal petite model suggestion from my experience is that you will need to create a simple book with a minimum of six strong looks that best represent you. Always have one fresh face beauty shot. You need a full body fashion editorial shot. A great swimwear shot is a must have. Also, a full body catalogue styled look. For the petite model you should always have a commercial editorial shot and commercial headshot. Never have glamour or pageant shots and make sure your photos look like you!
KEYS TO SUCCESS
Another key to success is networking and marketing yourself. You must have a strong comp card and book. Your comp card is your business card and it allows clients to see what you can do for them. You need to do mailings and go on go-sees at agencies. Get your foot in the door. Have extra comp cards to leave with agents for them to submit to perspective clients. It’s not likely a petite model will have exclusive representation, but that’s okay it will allow you to greater options and ability to obtain jobs on your own through multiple agents and casting directors.
Always be prepared with your best face forward when you go to on an agency interview, casting call and go-see. Make sure you look nice and professional. No sloppy clothing, crazy clothing or flip flops ever. Your hair should be out of your face. In the modeling world less is more. Never glam it up, you don’t want to look like a clown or bimbo. Clean, fresh light makeup to accent your best features. The agents and clients want to see what they are working with.
Once you start getting call backs you should be super prepared. As a model you should know who your top five favorite models, photographers and clothing designers are. There’s nothing more embarrassing than not knowing your business and the who’s who in the industry. Always know what you are talking about they will test you on it.
“NO” GET USE TO IT
Don’t be discouraged when you hear “no” be prepared to hear it a lot it’s a harsh reality of the business. Be prepared to work twice as hard as a petite model the industry has barriers for you to overcome. We already know the industry likes its amazon models for shock value, but that doesn’t mean the walls won’t come tumbling down. That’s why we need to support Bella Petite to advocate change and challenge the industry standards. Become a member like I did. After my experience on America’s Next Top Model, I know it’s going to take a great effort to create change, but we can do it as a united group!
INVEST IN YOURSELF AND KNOW YOUR CRAFT
If you really want to become an actress or a model, I can’t stress enough the importance of education and investing money into your career. You have to treat an entertainment and modeling career just like any other business. A pretty face isn’t enough to make it happen. If you want to be a singer you would invest money in music training and create a demo tape. You want to become an actor you need to invest money and attend acting workshops, commercial workshops, study drama in college, obtain a great headshot, create a resume and submit them to casting directors. Make no mistake about it, you will need to know and love your craft.
Please leave your questions and comments for me here on Bella Petite. Take that first step and become a Bella Petite member… I did! I am excited to be the first Bella Petite Model Cover Girl. JOIN US!
I want to set the record straight. As per my contractual obligations with ANTM I will answer questions to best of my ability.
- Were all the girls portrayed fairly? The producers had control of the direction that would be up to them what footage of the show was aired. My thoughts are that you shouldn’t judge someone based off a reality show. Most of the girls were very sweet.
- Who were my favorites on the show? My favorites were Ashley, Erin, Kara, lulu, Bianca and Nicole .Almost everyone, but I was closest to Laura and Jenn.
- Who did I suspect to be in the final two? I had it made up in my mind that the final two would be Nicole and me.
- Are you still modeling now? Yes, I am also getting in to acting and would like to do voice over’s.
- Did you keep Rodger? No, sadly the cat came with the house he had to stay.
- Was Nicole slow? Actually Nicole is one of the smartest people I know.
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Written by: Sundai Love