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9 Struggles Only An Aspiring Model Would Understand

  • Amy Bebbington

Becoming a fashion model is a modelling career for the hard working amongst us. Many think looking pretty and posing is all it takes. An ‘easy’ job many declare – a laughable statement for those in the fashion industry. If only they really understood the reality of working long, long hours, the competition to secure an opportunity with a fashion house and the uncertainty of your next paid role.

The modelling industry is tough! The high standards, the rejection and the fierce competition is no easy ride for aspiring models. Once you’ve mastered the skill of networking, juggling a long list of castings in one day and your runway model strut is strong, you may reflect on the emotional journey you have battled through. A journey that few understand.

We certainly do! We’ve gathered together 9 gif’s that a model can totally relate to. Take a moment to embrace the struggles you have looked in the face head on and overcome time and time again.

Let’s get started.

Finding out you didn’t get the job


Okay, we get it. The rejection hurts. And its not the first time you’ve been turned away. You really, really wanted that job in New York. It’s totally disappointing but remember there are plenty more jobs out there in the fashion world with so many types of modelling available.

When your photoshoot starts way too early


What? 4am? Is that really a time where people function. Yes, in the modelling world photoshoots start at the crack of dawn. Its time to get used to it especially if you plan to land catwalk roles at fashion week or model for the likes of Gucci or Vogue.

Making an error on your application


Nooooooooooo. Remember hitting the send button without correcting your typo error. We’ve all been there. Always carefully read through before submitting when completing your application to a modeling agency. Never forget to attach your headshot and bodyshot also.

Stumbling as you walk down the runway


We’ve all been there. Even supermodels have stumbled. A slight misjudgement as you place your foot down on those 6inch heels at an important fashion show. Get up and walk on like it never happened. What stumble??

Getting lost on your way to your photoshoot


It’s easy to do in a big, unfamiliar city. Stay calm consult your directions and keep moving. You don’t want to be the female or male model that’s always late.

When a spot appears the day before the shoot


The red, swollen mark is looking back at you in the mirror in a taunting way. Keep your cool, add a touch of concealer and you will be good to go. Makeup artists are used to it and are pros at covering spots.

When you’ve been asked to attend a casting


Woohooo!!! You have just received a call to attend a casting. Turn that excitement into positive energy and nail it impressing the casting directors every time.

When your friend gets your job


It’s like a kick in the teeth when your friend secures a role over you especially when it’s at your favourite fashion designer or boutique. Try not to act out and be jealous as your turn will come around in good time. Remember model friends are much better than enemies. The green eyed monster is so last year.

Trying to figure out how to look fierce with your eyes

You’ve heard it right? That eye expression that everyone is talking about. New models practice prior to a shoot to ensure that you’ve cracked the code. Steer away from the stunned eye movement. It’s not a good look.

So, can you relate to these struggles?

What did you have to face head on everyday to succeed? We’d love to know.

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Posted by Amy Bebbington

I express my love of fashion through writing, blogging and styling. My creative personality ensures that I produce unique and original work. I am a keen knitter and enthusiatic dancer.