I’ve been working with runway models for just over six years. From all the hustle and bustle back stage I got to learn a lot of fun and unexpected fashion tips and tricks from my model friends. These are quick fixes for a fashion emergency.
Slip Proof Heels
Runway models often have to wear crazy shoes that usually do not fit their actual size. To ensure a safe walk that will prevent the ankle bender on the runway, models will often pat the bottom of the heels with a paper towel soaked in soda, so when it dries, the bottom of the shoe becomes a little sticky, hence preventing the slippery cow move on the runway. I’ve also seen models scratch the bottom of the heel with a key or a knife; this makes ridges that help to prevent slipping as well. Stuffing shoes and heels is big thing in runway fashion. Your shoe is too big? Stuff it with some tissue, either in back or front, until you feel more secure in the shoe. Some models bring little inserts that keep their feet from slipping forward when wearing heels. You can get those in any shoe store or drugstores.
Bloat Free Stomach
Runway models often have to bare more skin then the average woman. Since they never know when their midriff is going to be on display, they have some tricks for a flatter and bloat free stomach. Papaya supplements or fresh papaya fruit is popular among the models to help prevent water retention and bloating. Named ” fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus, papaya contains papain that helps to digest protein as well as reduce swelling, bloating, gas, acid reflux and indigestion.
Nothing could be a bigger bummer then getting a zit the morning of an event or the day before. Because models have to be camera ready at all times, they have a trick for zapping the annoying break out. Take of a couple of ibuprofen and crush it to a white powder. You can mix this powder with toothpaste or water and set it on the break out. The ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory drug that helps to reduce swelling and redness. A girlfriend of mine is a runway model and she always carries a little container of crushed advil at all times as an emergency zit zapper. You can also buy packets of aspirin powder and mix with water or toothpaste, see what works best for your skin.
The second most popular type of modeling is runway. Runway modeling is the art of walking down the runway like a cat, like a slinky sexy cat that cannot be interrupted. The best runway models have an air of confidence and indifference that cannot be matched. These gorgeous women walk effortlessly, slowly and like they have no-where-to-go-that-should-be-of-any-interest-to-you-attitude. Yet they can sell clothes. Watch Style on Cnn or E TV on Saturdays and you can see these marvelous models in action.
Women: Minimum of 5’9 (but preferably 5’10) up to 6’1. You must wear a size 2-4-6, you must have nice skin, and a well toned healthy body, great teeth and a great way of moving down the runway with grace, style, confidence and attitude.
Men: 6′ to 6’2, your suit size must be 38-44Regular. You should have good skin, great smile, a well toned buff body. You must be able to move on the runway with ease, confidence and attitude.
Learning the correct way to carry yourself on a runway is essential for all runway models. It takes many hours of practice to perfect the style needed for a successful career in runway modeling. Your model’s walk could make or break your career. Carrying yourself with a look of confidence will be to your advantage when dealing in any area of the modeling profession. If you project a professional look and attitude the client will treat you with respect and more than likely book you for the assignment.
On the runway it is important to be smooth, graceful and light on your feet. Place one foot in front of the other with care. You should not bounce, waddle or lose your balance. Your body should be slanted slightly backward with your shoulders relaxed. Your hipbones should be parallel to the floor and knees slightly bent. Your arms should usually be down at your sides in a relaxed manner. When walking, you should not swing your arms any further than your body. Your hands and finger’s should be held with grace. If you place your hands on your hips, make sure that your thumbs are pointing forward and your fingers are held together pointing back. If your arms are held out, be sure you’re your fingers are held in a ” mannequin” style.
Your turns should be performed with the utmost care. They should be smooth and poised. Remember, choppiness cannot be accepted. If you cannot complete a good turn without stopping, losing your balance, being graceful or spotting (which helps you keep your balance), you may not want to choose a career in runway modeling. It is the turn that shows the clothing. If you cannot make outfits look great; no client for any fashion show will book you. You should practice your turns regularly. (Dance classes are helpful for coordination and gracefulness.)
Eye contact is extremely important in runway modeling. When you look people in the eye, you involve them in the show. While doing this, you become less distant and begin to develop a rapport with the audience. If the people like you , they will like the clothes and they will buy. Then you will be in a very good position with the client. It is essential to arrive fully equipped to all fashion shows. Not every client will supply the models with everything they will need. Always ask what is provided and what is not.