Modeling: Fresh Perspective
A few weeks ago, the MODL Behavior clan and I got together to watch a fashion show at SALT at KAKA’AKO, a popular outdoor venue where I’ve walked more than my fair share of runway shows. Hinano, a Tahitian clothing-brand based company was featuring their new spring collection that consisted of vibrant and colorful pareros, men’s and women’s casual wear, hats, slippahs, duffle bags, oh and beer! They’re famous for that too ;-)
The mood for the evening was festive-- people danced to the rhythms of live music, while models walked onstage demonstrating the beauty of Polynesian culture. Plus, we were lucky to have a hula show! We ended the night with hugs and smiles all around and I left with a few insights to share.
As a new and aspiring model and even as a seasoned vet, it’s always nice to be on the other side of things. Whether it’s by attending a fashion show, trying your hand at photography, styling or art directing for a shoot: there’s nothing like gaining a fresh perspective.
This is because when you’re a model walking a runway show, there’s not much else you can think of except your walk and how you look doing it. In most cases, you’re not thinking about the clothes-- their patterns and details, the material it’s made of or how it moves. Audience members, however, are typically fashion designers or people in the industry- so they are studying the CLOTHES just as much as they are watching YOU. Therefore…
You want to do the clothes justice!
Plus, it’s a personal experience for a lot of designers to have their collection on the runway so you want to treat it with respect and appreciation and walk in a way that makes their garment look it’s BEST!
Pro tip: Backstage before a show- study the clothes. Does it have pockets? A hood? Or any unique elements you want to showcase?
Now, with this information I’ve presented, you may come to one of two conclusions: You feel less pressure knowing that the attention is not solely on you OR you feel more pressure knowing you have a bigger job to do! The way I like to look at it is to think that people are there to watch a show so make it worth their while!
When people get together to watch a performance of any kind, they want to see you do your best! Keep that in mind and you’ll leave a lasting impression ;)
As I watched the models come out on stage during the HInano fashion show, I noticed there were a few models that I really enjoyed watching. At first glance, some were more handsome or beautiful than others, but as I continued observing the models, I found that I liked a few who were conventionally less attractive. The key? Confidence.
“Sex appeal is 50% what you’ve got and 50% what others think you’ve got” – Sophia Loren.
The best runway models hold their bodies well. They move effortlessly. They are at ease with themselves and their surroundings -- like there is nowhere to be, but exactly in that moment.
Next time you watch a show, pick out a model that you like.
- What is it about him/ her that you like?
- How is their walk?
- How do they pose at the end of the runway?
- Observe their very subtle facial expressions- what are they conveying?
- Does he/ she look comfortable?
- Are they displaying confidence?
So, here’s your homework:
GO to a fashion show! GO. SEE. OBSERVE. MINGLE. NETWORK. AND MOST OF ALL HAVE FUN!