What are the myths that exist in the modelling industry? And what are the facts behind those myths? Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes? Well, you’ve stumbled upon the perfect article! The image that comes into mind when we hear the word ‘fashion’ is the glamour, the spotlights and of course, tall models sashaying down the catwalk. However, the glamorous world of modelling isn’t what it seems on the surface. Strip away the spotlights and the glamour, the modelling industry has progressed to become a cut-throat business. Before we start, it is important to note that modelling isn’t all about the fashion industry.
The Myths Of The Modelling Industry In Reality Shows
Newsflash, probably only a quarter of reality shows such as Asia’s Next Top Model reflects the reality of the industry. Think about it, there is always a particular segment of the show which contains the heart of the drama, the climax of what the show really is about. And in shows like this, the whole process of completing a challenge, receiving heart wrenching comments or getting thrown out of the competition. At this point, you must be wondering what actually goes on behind this “glamorous” profession? Which part of the show truly reflects reality? With that said, let’s get to the bottom of these myths and misconceptions about the modelling industry! (and maybe some tips on how to break through into the modelling scene!)
Myth #1: Your Height Is The Only Thing That Matters
As mentioned, runway or high-fashion modelling doesn’t define what modelling is about. There are many types of modelling. To mention a few: commercial modelling, glamour modelling and in more recent years: petite and plus-size modelling, which have broken the stereotypes in the industry. There is always the unwritten rule that models must be of a certain height. While this may still be true, the industry has generally relaxed these requirements and have shifted towards the complete package of a model. So aspiring models, don’t be discouraged! Remember that runway isn’t the only type of modelling there is. There are ways around it, especially if you are vertically challenged! Petite modelling, parts modelling and catalogue modelling are ways you could break through into the industry.
Myth #2: It’s All Glitz, Glamour And Nothing Else
It is often misconstrued that being a model is an easy profession. It’s all about posing for some glamorous photoshoots. But, what most people miss is, with all that glamour comes hard work, determination, and staying true to yourself. If you’re starting out, you would find yourself doing small gigs before going on to bigger gigs. You will realise how competitive the industry can be. Hence, any sort of experience is crucial as it gives you a chance to prove yourself in the industry. Also since the modelling industry is niche, it’s important to establish connections with people related to the industry. Doing so might even help launch your career. It’s surprising to know that although the models are always in the limelight, it is almost never about them. On the contrary, the harsh truth is that models are there to put a ‘face’ to a company’s brand identity.
Myth #3: Modelling Industry – Just Fluff Or A Business?
In the past, the modelling industry was perceived as all things Hollywood. However as times progresses, the industry has become highly commercialised. Because of that, there are higher expectations placed on the models. They should see themselves as a business entity and learn to acquire good, practical business sense. With experience, they will be able to negotiate with clients or even choose the potential clients they want to work with. A model should be knowledgeable about the industry and also be streetwise. Like any other business, a model should know their worth in the market so as not to set a low benchmark for their peers. Most models are usually their own bosses so the grind never stops for them!
Myth #4: Being Pretty Will Get You Everywhere
Modelling nowadays doesn’t only revolve around physical appearances or your height. As surprising as it is, scouts have turned their head to focusing on the ‘inner beauties’ (personality, attitude and energy). The basics of being a model includes taking care of your appearances well and to eat right. It doesn’t necessarily translate to having the prettiest face or the fittest body. It’s essential for models to realise their strengths as it would be easier to break into a particular scene (i.e. commercial modelling). For example, if you have flawless skin, you could consider trying commercial modelling for cosmetics and capitalise on that. Doing that could give you a certain leverage and even almost an advantage over other models. If you’re a new talent looking to be scouted, read on for more information…
Support Our Local Modelling Industry Talent!
The Malaysian modelling scene has started to pick up with many talent agencies and model agencies available for aspiring models. It requires a lot of determination, self-confidence and a down-to-earth personality to make it in this competitive industry. However, that didn’t deter our own local Malaysian model, Nicole Erza Lau. Nicole realised she had a passion for modelling after she finished college and decided to try out for a shoot. She first started out acting in small roles for commercials and eventually built up her portfolio to break into the industry. Pushing through and making a name for herself in the short span of three years, Nicole went against the discrimination of not being an ‘ideal’ model (i.e. tall, skinny, etc). Her breakthrough encourages her peers to re-evaluate the ideals of what a model should be. Nicole’s three fortes are commercial modelling, petite modelling and editorial modelling.
Looking For A Face To Represent Your Brand? Or Perhaps A Talent Looking To Break Into The Modelling Industry?
Also do you know that there’s a difference between fashion runway modelling and fashion photo modelling? Come back for the next chapter where we will explore the differences, and see how it can make or break a fashion brand’s success.