Since I am returning to the runway this weekend after a 21 year hiatus, I have found it funny (and a huge relief) that everything I used to do is coming back to me. I thought I would share some runway modeling basics for those of you who might be interested in discovering what really goes on behind-the-scenes or for those of you who are just beginning to embark on a career as a runway model.
Runway modeling is much different than print and commercial modeling. One big difference is that as a runway model, we had to always look runway-ready, especially when we went on castings. (A print/commercial model usually always had to look the opposite: very natural with very little to no make up.) Someone once told me that as a runway model, one should never assume that the client could use his or her imagination to envision what you would look like with hair and make up done, ready to strut the catwalk. It was always important to show them how you would look by showing up to every casting and every fitting prepared.
Since it has been two decades since my last show (holy cow) I have had to start from scratch in preparing my model bag to get ready for tomorrow’s fitting. (To read more about the show I will be walking, click HERE.)
Here is a peek at what is needed to be prepared and professional for a fitting.
Coming Up…Packing your model bag for the actual show.
Updated: Do’s and Don’t for the Fitting
DO: shut off your phone and leave it in your model bag, arrive a few minutes early (late doesn’t cut it AT ALL in this business,) keep your fingernails clean and short with a neutral color or no color at all
DON’T: wear any jewelry (leave it home,) wear any perfume or deoderant