How to Look Like a Model

How to Look Like a Model

Being a model means being comfortable with yourself, loving the way you look, and being happy. Models have a confident mystique about them. Even the most conventionally beautiful models carry themselves with an aura that exudes style, grace, and health. They have a glow in their photos: that glow is confidence. Here's how to get in touch with your own inner model and, who knows, maybe even get discovered!


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Be your own makeup artist. Makeup is amazing, and any fashionista knows that. You can transform into so many different looks if you have the necessary tools and skills.


    • Look through fashion magazines and practice the looks you see on yourself and your friends. Then invent your own looks and perfect them.
    • Being able to apply makeup like a pro is a must for an aspiring model. It requires practice, practice, and more practice.
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Be seen. What does it matter to look gorgeous if the only one that sees it is your family and your teddy bears? Go out dancing with your friends, or dining, or whatever it is you like to do. Have fun and live it out.


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Have an aura. How you carry yourself affects how people perceive you more than you think!


    • Perk up that chin, throw those shoulders back, and glide through the air as if you just signed a ten million dollar contract.
    • At home, practice carrying books on your head.
    • Move like a dancer. Keep your head back, chin up, and shoulders down and back. Remember that every moment is a potential pose!
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Be fashionable. This one is a given, but a lot of people don't realize how wrong they look in the clothes they wear. Learn about your body type, height, skin tone and preferences.


    • Discover yourself, and fashion will come to you. Rid yourself of any insecurities, because you can look bad in a Gucci & Manolo shoes if your shoulders are slouching and you have a scared look on your face.
    • You don't have to wear designer clothes, especially if you can't afford them. Just look through fashion magazines, pick your favourites and then find look-a-likes. Remember: clothes don't make you, they complement you.
    • Being fashionable is all about knowing different styles. No one is expecting you to dress like it's fashion week 24/7. Being knowledgeable about which clothes work and which ones don't, which styles are in and which ones aren't, will allow you to turn up the heat, so to speak, when you want to, and tone it down when appropriate.
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Smile, and do it like you mean it. Models can be happy even though they might look bored or fierce on the runway. They make tons of cash, have lots of beautiful friends, attend the hottest parties, and let's not forget that their job is to walk around in really expensive clothes. So generally, they appear to have good lives.


    • Who cares that you're broke, know no celebrities, and flip burgers for a living? Just make sure you're the happiest burger flipper in your joint! Smile, be merry, and people will notice that.
    • To smile genuinely, you have to be genuinely happy with yourself. Some models are unhappy, some have eating disorders and use unhealthy means to lose weight. Just because they do that, doesn't mean you have to.
    • Don't hide behind your smile all the time. If you are unhappy about something, express your opinion—the key to being a good model is the ability to emote.
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Make sure every part of your body is as flawless as you can make it. We all have this idea that models are perfect human beings with perfect superpowers, but they're just normal men and women like you and me. Of course, they have been refined, polished, re-invented, and perfected. You can be all of these as well, with proper maintenance!


    • Don't bite your nails and always keep them polished.
    • This doesn't mean you have to always have nail polish on. Just make sure to buff your nails and maintain them.
    • Keep your feet in impeccable conditions at all times (you never know when you will have to take your shoes off and dance on the tables!).
    • Soft elbows and knees are important too!
    • To get softer skin, try to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week with something simple like white sugar and lemon juice mixed together.
    • Keep those pearly whites pearly white! Use whitening strips if you need to, and stay far away from cigarettes and coffee, which will turn them yellow. Always use enamel safe teeth whitening or else your teeth could chip off or become see through and very unhealthy.
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Get fit. Being healthy is a million times more important than being thin. Check with your doctor to find out your proper weight range and work to get and stay within it.


    • Exercise, eat properly, and respect your body. You are what you eat, so learn to put good food into your body in order to be as healthy as you can be. As long as you're in your weight range, you'll look fabulous.
    • Drink plenty of water. Women need about nine cups of water (2.2 liters) on average — at least that's what doctors recommend! Drinking water will help your body process food, will keep you from drinking sugar-water, and will make your body feel full, even when it's not. Drinking green tea (without sugar) is an excellent alternative if you're tired of water. It's mostly water, and it's packed with tons of antioxidants.
    • If you're already happy with your body, then you can still look like a model. You don't have to be thin to look like a model. You don't have to lose weight to look great. Don't want to change? You can still look fab!
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Learn about countries with an active fashion scene. Travel the world or watch the Travel Channel. Professional models learn to feel at home in any part of the world, and so must you—or at least you can pretend!

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Looking like a model doesn't mean you have to cake yourself with makeup. Models don't, so you shouldn't either.


    • Moisturize every morning.
    • Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler.
    • Use bronzer if it suits you, but don't be afraid to embrace your natural skin color. Foundation should be light.
    • Eye shadow is nice also but don't overdo it. Eyeliner and mascara are better in brown or similar natural colors. (Check out some young, natural models. They don't cake on their makeup; they're super natural and beautiful!)
    • Makeup should be about enhancing your beauty, not covering it up. Tyra Banks told her girls on America's Next Top Model that as a model you wear natural-looking makeup until you're retired from modeling.
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Mind your style, top to bottom! There are two things that can make or break your look: your hair and your shoes.


    • Look through magazines and talk with your hair stylist about what would look good with your facial structure. Always keep your hair clean and styled, and make sure you go back to the salon every 2-3 months as your hair grows.
    • Make sure the shade of your hair is vibrant; there's nothing worse than dull hair. If your color is dull, consider dyeing it. If you don't want to color your hair, use a shine serum to add a healthy shine.
    • Wear clean, nice shoes. Models wear sneakers too, but they wear them with style.
    • Just make sure your shoes aren't worn out, and that you can walk comfortably in them (a grimace accompanied by a limp from the pain of wearing a torturous pair of shoes is unbecoming). See the Tips section for more advice about shoes.
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Clear skin is absolutely necessary. No zits, pimples, whiteheads, or acne.


    • Use a good face cleanser twice a day. Moisturize after each wash.
    • Have a good toner, spot treatment, and lotion. Use at night.
    • Do face masks and exfoliate once a week. Exfoliating more than once a week is unnecessary.
    • Drink lots of water. This helps your body flush out waste and harmful chemicals.
    • Get enough sleep (this has lots of benefits).
    • Wear concealer on anything you might have.
    • Wash off makeup at night — no doing the "I'm tired, I'll skip washing my face tonight."
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Be confident. You'll never get anywhere if you don't believe in yourself.


  • Respect yourself and others will too.
  • Just because you do look like a model doesn't mean you have to be one. You can be a sexy scientist or even a smoking-hot stay-at-home mom. Don't make the fact that you are beautiful become a handicap for you; your brain will get you noticed by the best people.
  • Mascara and lip gloss should be part of your first aid kit. Mascara will open up your eyes and make them shine, and lip gloss will make your lips look juicy and inviting. If you're a male, then use Chap Stick or lip balm to keep your lips moisturized.
  • Moisturize! Everywhere! Go to a dermatologist and get a daily moisturizer like Cera-Ve.
  • Most people don't know or refuse to acknowledge that foundation and cover up can be bad for your skin. You should wash off all makeup at the end of the day to prevent breakout.
  • If you're serious about becoming a model, then you might want to invest in a modeling class session. You will learn a lot from these, and you will network with the professional models who teach the classes, as well as the amateur models just like you. Just make sure the organization is licensed so that you don't waste your money. Beware of agency scams, they will usually ask for money up front. If you don't have the money for classes, there are a lot of books, shows, and mentors out there that will help you. When you go to auditions, be extremely careful. Don't go to auditions posted in the "Jobs" section of the newspaper. Simply start contacting legitimate agencies and go to their open calls. If you are what the market is looking for, they will give you a call back.
  • Magazines like Vogue (or Teen Vogue), Allure, Elle, etc. are very helpful in finding hairstyles, makeup, and clothes. If you're going for that runway look, though, you might want to switch or combine with high fashion magazines such as Flaunt, Zink, MUSE, W, NYLON, etc. These are magazines basically made for models, so you'll get the insider tips. These high fashion magazines also have lots of information about latest books, music, film, arts, and every other thing you might want to know.
  • When you walk, make sure your feet are straight. Some people walk with their left foot straight and the right foot a little to the side, or vice versa. This might be considered unattractive.
  • Be confident in yourself. If you don't think you're beautiful, why should other people? It's sexy when people are okay with themselves, and you'll be happier with yourself than constantly feeling self-conscious. Look in the mirror every day and tell yourself what you love about yourself, and believe it! If you think you have any flaws, make those the things people notice most about you. For example, if you have red hair wear colours that make it stand out. Or if you have cat shaped eyes, make your eyeliner adhere to them and make them stand out more. If you have a larger nose, part your hair down the middle so it shows of your strong nose! Always remember, you are beautiful in your own unique way.
  • Remember, never get too caught up in the Fashion Industry. Their ideals are nonstop and crazy, so remember that being you is more important than pretending. Don't lose your happiness in the hopes of finding happiness just being thin.
  • Have a pair of shoes for every style you wear. Make sure you have different shoes for every season, especially if the weather changes dramatically in your area. There's nothing more hideous than Ugg boots in July, unless you live near the North or South Pole. Make sure that you have ballet flats, wedge flip-flops (late spring) and fierce pumps for Spring; Indian sandals, flip flops and espadrilles for the Summer; Mary Janes, earth-toned flats and cowgirl boots for Autumn; and Uggs and all kinds of cute fuzzies for the Winter.
  • Pouting can be a natural reaction which allures the focus onto your lips. If your lips are chapped or dry, apply some lip balm. Use petroleum jelly or lip gloss to magnify their appeal. If your lips are thin, add some lip liner or lipstick to make them more noticeable and eye-catching.
  • Skip the foundation, unless you're doing a photo shoot or runway show. However, you can go for a light coverage foundation that will still give your skin that flawless clear look but without looking caked and over-applied. If you have to wear it, wear the light kinds and make sure it matches your skin tone, or, wear a little bit of concealer only where you need it most (pimples, under-eye circles, and red or brown patches) and a light dusting of loose powder. Go to a makeup shop and let a makeup consultant behind a counter help you find your shade. She/he probably knows more than you do.
  • This is an old trick: find a model you like and follow her throughout the years. You'll learn tons of fashion from them. Then, if you want, you can even add your own twist to her style!
  • Don't be a follower. Set your own trends.


  • To be pretty and beautiful you do not need to be a model. Your personality and your kind heart will make someone say a particular person is really beautiful. Even though beauty is often perceived materialistically in our society, there is much more to being beautiful than you might think. Don't be anything you're not, and be true to yourself and the people who love you for who you are.
  • If you're actually doing modeling, be careful of "agents," "photographers," "model scouts," or the like. Make sure you bring your parent, chaperone, or friend with you when you shoot. Never consent to do anything you don't feel comfortable doing. Nevertheless, remember that it's the photographer's job to make you look good; if they don't like you, don't expect them to go out of their way to help you out. The best models have good relationships with their photographers.
  • Don't be a clone of everyone else.
  • Don't swear, especially around photographers.
  • If you're a woman, try not to wear high heels all the time. Doing so can damage the cartilage in your foot and cause arch problems, leading to flat feet. Wear trainers or slippers around the house and save those heels for the dance floor! Remember a healthy body is sexier than a superficial but unhealthy body!
  • You don't need to be tall to be a model. Most models are tall to very tall, but there are tons of very beautiful male and female models who are NOT tall, plus famous actors and actresses who are not tall. If you are short, pay attention to what does and does not "work" on you. Some fashions look silly on shorter men and women; use your judgment.
  • Models are constantly being told to lose weight or gain weight. They are also rejected a lot for jobs. If you can't handle rejection without taking it personally, modeling is not for you.
  • Models carry themselves with an air of confidence, not an air of cockiness. Don't think you're better than everyone, and don't get too wrapped up in yourself. Open your eyes to the world and find opportunities. Even if you look like a model, it doesn't mean you can't be yourself.
  • Don't be a ****. You need to have your own attitude, but looking pretty doesn't give you the right to look down on others and treat them poorly. You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar. A model's clients are always impressed with a sweet disposition.
  • Watch out for the trend of plastic surgery. 99 times out of 100, you don't need it. If you desperately think you do, make sure you get a second opinion and consider counseling.
  • Don't get too stressed over your looks. Remember that love of yourself is more important than anything else, because it's what moves you to achieve your goals. Modeling is all about having a good time. Being fashionable today is a lot like playing dress up when you were a little kid.
  • Women and men can easily become obsessed with losing weight, resulting in eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, among others. Keep in mind that being healthy is more important than being thin, and healthy isn't a size 0! It doesn't matter if you're wearing the hottest trends when you're inside a casket due to an eating disorder. Sound rough? It's the truth. Tyra Banks actually weighs 161 pounds, which is healthy for her because she is tall.
  • A lot of people rely on BMI (body mass index) as an all-telling key to whether or not someone is underweight. If someone notices that your BMI is "low", but you feel that you're the same as you've always been, don't fret. Do not try to add weight on the doctor's scale by sticking change in your pockets or wearing baggy clothes if you know this is you. What it really comes down to is health: if your blood sugar/pressure and protein levels are in an acceptable range, that's when doctors know to back off. Don't let authority figures push you into overeating to gain unhealthy weight that you don't need.

Things You'll Need

  • Natural Make-up Products (bronzer, light foundation, etc.)
  • Fashionable clothing (create your own unique style)
  • Healthy Hair Shine Products
  • Hairdresser
  • Vibrant Hair Color Shade (ask your hairdresser)
  • Modeling Magazines (for inspiration)
  • Facial Mask(s), Toner, Spot Treatment, lotion, water, sleep, etc.
  • Trainer (to get fit)
  • Doctor (to make sure that you're 100% healthy!)
  • Nice, Clean, Comfortable Shoes
  • Confident You!
  • Pearly Whites (use whitening strips, brush and floss three times a day, etc.)
  • Lots of Practice with Make-up!
  • Flawless Skin! (no nail-biting, nail-strengthening polish, soft elbows and knees, softer, healthier skin, etc.)


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