There are those that might think that all models, especially the ones we refer to as ‘super’ are genetically gifted and working out is one thing they don’t have to worry about once they’ve been scouted. Well, to anyone that thinks this I have to turn around say to them “you couldn’t be more wrong, my friend”. As any of you serious working models know, looking your absolute best for shoots and shows is part of the job description and those who aren’t prepared to take this seriously at all times tend to fall at the first hurdle.
So for those of you aspiring models out there who already have the right amount of determination and drive, it is all about finding a workout regime that that gives you the best results. Of course you shouldn’t be afraid to work hard and really sweat it out when you’re in the gym, but surely there has to be a way to enjoy it too? Well, I’m happy to say that there is a new craze hitting models across the country and that is all thanks to New York based ex-dancer Simone De La Rue, who has created the eponymous ‘Body By Simone’ workout. And that’s right, you guessed it ladies, this workout has quite a lot to do with getting on your feet and dancing…
Due to the fact that Simone is taking on more and more celebrity model clients (having set up studios in New York and LA) including Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Abby Lee (not to mention celebrities such as Naomi Watts and Anna Hathaway), New York modeling agencies are rushing to get their clients on the roster. There is a reason this craze is gaining momentum so fast and that is the fact that dancers and models want the same things from their bodies: beautiful, elegant, long limbs that make use of every muscle they were blessed with.
So what does this workout entail? As you can imagine, the dancing link inevitably involves a great deal of strategically thought out hops, skips and jumps – with the added bonus of having a mini trampoline thrust underneath you to get the sweat running even harder. There is also the freedom to whack the music on full-blast to keep those endorphins running high – not always something the strictest trainers allow. Simone also apparently has a built-in rule that none of her clients should lift more than 5lbs at a time and instead focus on more repetitions to balance out their strength and muscle tone. A fair point I think.
As with all dancer mentalities there is also a keen focus on core strength and much in the style of the top ballerinas, you must learn to find your centre of balance. This, rather painfully, involves holding leg lifts and the dreaded plank for considerable amounts of time (I’m sorry I could never lie to anyone about that) but the amazing thing is that the results start to become apparent incredibly quickly. This isn’t just a singular focus on a certain part of your body, after all. This is a complete overhaul.
So, if you like what you hear and want to actually enjoy your workouts, my advice to you is to get your butt down to the ‘Body by Simone’ studio and sign up as quickly as possible before all the other modeling agencies in NYC catch on and you’re left on a two year waiting list. Judging by all accounts, Simone really is that good.
Boon Models has no affiliation with ‘Body by Simone’.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Oriental-Inspired Make-Up
It can be argued that there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in the fashion industry and with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week taking place in New York City from 12-19th February, we are here to tell you that Oriental inspirations are going to be incredibly prominent, not only on the catwalks, but in the designers’ choice of make-up styling. Throw in the ever-experimental addition of bright florals and then you’ve really got something to be excited about. Issey Miyake, Carven and Maison Martin Margiela a strong representations of how this craze hit the catwalk last year and you are about to see a lot more in 2015, mark our words.
Being one of the top up-and-coming modeling agencies in NYC, it is important that we here at Boon Models are on top of all of the most influential trends. Therefore we have put together for you a few hints from our helpful make-up artist companions, in order to set you up for one of the most exciting fashion weeks ever. No problem, you can thank us later 😉
When you think ‘oriental’ it is easy to presume that we’d advise you to go for a paler complexion. This is not necessarily the case in this particular instance because our aim is to add a modern twist. Therefore, all we ask is that you make sure that the natural contours of your face are well defined with a great bronzer and blush so as to add a certain amount of ‘drama’. If any of you are in doubt of a ‘go-to’ make-up company for this then Bobbi Brown is your guy.
When it comes to the eyes its important to keep it subtle, with a thin stroke of black eye liner, combined with your best lengthening mascara or lash primer. We have also been advised that clear gloss is the next big thing for your eye lids to keep them looking bright and neutral so try dabbing on a small amount of lip gloss – yes you heard the right, we said LIP gloss – and see how you get on. You will find that if you get this right then it will represent understated drama at its best.
And now for the main event: the bold matte lip. We’d highly recommend that you choose a darker red to bring an element of the nineties to the mix and most definitely have your lip liners at the ready. Matte lipsticks are absolutely stunning and if you’re having any trouble getting it to stick then why not try blotting then reapplying to add more staying power? And remember: never actually kiss people’s cheeks. It’s all about the air kisses, darling,
When beginning to seriously consider pursuing a modeling career, female models need to be aware of the prerequisites modeling agencies look for in potential talent. Ultimately, agencies have an idea of what they look for in a model based on the area of talent they promote. The height, measurement, and skill set requirements will differ drastically from a runway model compared to a lifestyle model.
For individuals just starting out in their modeling career, we’ve made a short “cheat sheet” for the general appearance and skill set requirements for some of the major branches of the modeling industry.
The promotional niche of modeling consists of models advertising a product in person at a trade show or company event. Due to the live nature of the event, individuals are most likely to flourish in this industry if they are friendly, approachable, and comfortable discussing the product they’re promoting to customers in a professional manner. In regards to physical appearance, there are no requirements, although agencies do always look for attractive, clean faces.
Fashion Modeling- Runways and Editorials
Runway modeling is an intense and competitive branch of the fashion industry with strict expectations in regards to appearance and body shape. For runway models to even be considered by an agency, they must stand, preferably, 5’9 or taller, with a petite build. A striking facial structure is also sought, however overall success in the runway modeling depends on maintaining an excellent complexion, as well as a thin well-proportioned figure.
Editorial models photograph for extremely high end fashion designers and magazines to promote contemporary and edgy styles are currently in style. Models photographing for editorial work with names like Vogue and Glamour, setting the standard very high for top quality models in a similar height and build to a runway model. Unlike catwalk modeling, however, editorial modeling does not require the ability to strut down a slippery stage in heels- an excellent choice for ladies who love designer fashion but aren’t looking for the physical demands of the runway.
Commercial Print- Lifestyle, Corporate, and Swimwear Models
A lifestyle model is an individual who models as a college student in an ad, or a father in a father’s day promotion. Essentially, a lifestyle model is an attractive generalization of the common stereotype their client is targeting. Lifestyle modeling does not have any set requirements, although agencies do look for well proportioned and attractive individuals who’s overall look matches the project’s targeted look.
Corporate models pose for print advertisements in the theme of a business environment. It is common for models to pose as corporate professionals, doctors, teachers, or other career types in order to promote the company or product the ad is linked to. Models in this field also have no specific appearance requirements, however it is recommended that models attempting to enter this field have a clean, professional appearance.
Swimwear & Lingerie Modeling
The swimwear and lingerie niche in the commercial print industry is likely the most fierce aspect of this branch of modeling. Although there is no specific height or measurement requirements, swimwear and lingerie models are sought in a standard sized figure, with clear skin, and should always be extremely well groomed from head to tie.
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You might want to think that a leather jacket is just another boring piece of clothing in your wardrobe that can only go with a few chosen outfits. However, you’d be surprised to find out how innovative you can get with a simple leather jacket and spice up your look using the simple hacks enlisted below. If you plan to work with modelling agencies in DC, these ideas will certainly earn you some brownie points.
1. Goes perfectly with stripes:
If you have a dress with horizontal stripes lying in your closet, you might want to consider getting them out and pairing it with the leather jacket that you have been avoiding to wear because you were worried it won’t go well with anything but a t-shirt. To break away from the monochrome colour scheme, you could wrap a scarf around your neck in a bright colour to add some pop and life to your whole look.
2. Wear it with a midi skirt:
If chic and sophisticated is what you want to go for, try pairing your leather jacket with a midi skirt. DC Modelling agencies will be swarming around you to have you work with them all thanks to a look that is so effortless and timeless. Make sure that the midi skirt you wear is of a lighter tone like off white or cream coloured to bring out the presence of the leather jacket.
3. Don’t always settle for black:
Sure black looks elegant and stunning and goes with almost every piece of clothing. However, if you wish to suffuse your look with a little bit of freshness; you could consider swapping the black with another shade of leather jacket. Dark, neutral colours go extremely well with almost any coloured outfits and you may want to look into experimenting in the colour department.
4. Pair your leather jacket with your little black dress:
Whether you wish to go partying or sign up with modelling agencies in DC, your leather jacket will always be your little black dress’s best friend. Try wearing a colour that is in contrast with your black dress. A cream coloured jacked or even a neon coloured one would go extremely well, however, it is important to make sure that you apply very little makeup so as to make the jacket pop out.
5. Wear a statement necklace:
You may want to stick to wearing your leather jacket with just your t-shirt and denim pants. However, while this look works just fine, you can spruce it up a notch by adding a statement necklace to your overall look. Not only does it look effortless, it adds an incredible amount of glamour without having to try too hard.
A leather jacket is a very versatile piece of clothing and it is important to experiment with different styles to see what suits you best and how you can make the leather jacket stand out without it being too flashy.
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