Career Advice for Aspiring African American Fashion Models

February 9, 2011  |  

Some of the fashion’s most endearing black models, have inspired us to be fiercesome competitors on the catwalk stage. Like a revolving door, these fashion veterans Iman, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks transpired a legion of models to strut the runways and become the face of beauty labels around the world. You may have even jumped on the bandwagon to pursue fashion modeling full-time! But as you very well know, its a conceivable obstacle which takes work and years in the making.

Here’s how to be a breakthrough fashion model:

1. Take pictures of yourself

Life itself embraces the notion that beauty comes from within. It’s a statement that reverberates in the fashion industry, since its about showcasing your beauty and slim figure. You should feel comfortable in your own skin to capture your beautiful essence on camera. Take a wide variation of pictures that are professional and marketable to a specific fashion agency. Facial pictures in black and white or color are appropriate, as well as full body shots and poses which highlight your physicality. Fashion markets are known to be extremely detailed about their model requirements from the height to the overall weight scale.

2. Show confidence with a trademark smile

Your physical attributes are only half the battle in fashion. Personality has proven to go a long way in terms of just being yourself, exuding confidence and sticking to your true identity. The industry is very cutthroat and for the thick-skinned person who has alot to offer on and off the stage, so know what you want and push forward with hopes of making your dreams come true. And in due time, you will be owning the stage with fashion’s elite!

3. Dress for the part

Are you described as being stylish? Do you have an interest in world-renowned designer labels? Since your wardrobe defines your personal taste and eye for fashion, it should rock your every move! As one may suggest, you are what you wear! There’s no doubt that fashion photographers and agencies will want to see how fashionable you are, and whether your innovative and versatile. Are you well-versed in all the designers you want to potentially market for someday? This will remain your forte during your modeling quests.

4. Seek out modeling agencies or firms

Proving that you have substance, beauty and charisma as a model, its time to channel that energy into a modeling career. Investigate modeling agencies or firms who may be willing to hire you part-time or full-time. If you take time building on your foundation, there’s a good chance that you will be selected for an interview or open call. You may have to make sacrifices by visiting larger cities that house modeling agencies.

5. Practice walking on the runway stage

Watching your favorite models struting the catwalks looks easier said than done. But, can you envision walking down a 28-long platform in a 7-inch heel with the spotlight on your every move? The experience seems less enchanting than appealing. With much practice, you can stride like a pro by imitating the model strut, pose and fierce behavior that classy models represent. In addition, study other models in fashion magazines, television shows like America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway before showcasing your abilities to modeling agents. You have plenty of sources to pull  inspiration from.

6. Build a portfolio and resume

During your job search, its a necessity to bring a portfolio and resume with you to network and market your abilities. Expect that fashion labels will be looking for consistency, a look requirement and photographs you’ve taken in various circuits around the country. Fashion agencies adore models who are thriving in their own write, and can make a valuable asset to their company. Always feel like there is something in it for you and for them.

7. Sign up for casting calls

The final straw is conquering those casting calls if you haven’t heard back from a modeling firm. Many can agree that this was their make or break moment by simply putting forth their best work. Sample a list of free casting calls or agencies in the area or abroad who can witness your unbelieveable talent.

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