Teenage boy models may not be as common as teenage girl models, but they still have a huge place in the modelling industry. Fashion for teenage boy models may not traditionally be as interesting to them as with their female counterparts, however, as our attitudes to gender change, more and more men are embracing the fashion world. Whether our attitudes are becoming more inclusive, or we simply acknowledge that boys also want to look good in clothes, there is a definite need for teenage boy models!
Perhaps your son is interested, has been approached, or already does shoots? Teenage boy models face pressures just like the girls. We produced a similar guide for girls already, but when it comes to teenage boy models, we’ve got some advice for you – and him – right here!
Self Worth Is Important
Hey, boys have issues with self-esteem as well, and modelling can add pressures onto them at a time when they’re feeling self-conscious. Teenage boy models don’t just have to worry about how they look in front of their peers and girls, they’re worrying about how their looks will affect their career. It’s a lot to think about! Boys handle their issues with the way they look differently to girls, and they’re concerned about things like their physique in a different manner. Of course it’s important for teenage boy models to have a certain aesthetic, but you must not let them believe that they’re only the sum of their looks. They have more to offer, so build up their confidence!
There Will Be Rejection
Rejection can be brutal for a young man, who often will not open up about the way that they feel and talk about problems. Teenage boy models will often be exactly the same, so it’s important that you keep an eye out for any of the symptoms of not coping, particularly after any form of rejection at a casting.
Of course, it’s important for teenage boy models to know that they’re not a failure – they might not be what the client is looking for at that particular time, but it doesn’t mean they’re bad at what they do! Even top models get rejected sometimes, so teenage boy models are no exception!
Sometimes There Is No Constructive Feedback
Didn’t make the team? Failed an exam? Your son will usually be told why. In the modelling world, sadly this isn’t typically the case. He may be told he doesn’t have ‘the look’, but that’s just the luck of the draw. Teenage boy models don’t always have to change something, they just have to be in the right place at the right time. Keep up his focus on his dream by offering encouragement. Keep an eye on popular men’s fashion blogs to keep everything from his hair to his style ahead of the trends.
Some Kids Might Have Nasty Words To Say
Let’s get one thing straight (no pun intended): not all teenage boy models are gay. Some are, some aren’t, just like any other kid of work. Kids are particularly nasty and although attitudes are again changing, homophobia and lack of understanding can still exist, despite there being no real correlation. It’s prejudice, and it’s not acceptable: make sure he knows!
Other kids might be jealous because teenage boy models can get a lot of attention from girls! Other boys may feel like they have to vie for attention and as a result, be cruel about it. This isn’t a representation on your son, it’s about other people’s insecurities.
Don’t Neglect Studies Or Other Passions
Modelling can be cut throat, and this is true for teenage boy models, too. They need something else to focus on for the times when things aren’t quite working out, and to help them keep a healthy balance. Make sure that they’re not just utilising tunnel vision – a more well-rounded person will ultimately have better focus, too.
Modelling Should Be Fun!
Don’t ever force your son into being a teenage boy model; but don’t try and stop him without good reason, either. Talk to him regularly and ensure it’s still what he wants. He can stop at any time (contract providing), but make sure he knows you’re there for him throughout.