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A models choice? They don’t know they’re born!

Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger has gone back to her modelling roots by signing a contract with IMG Models aged 60 joining her 18-year-old daughter, Ireland Baldwin, on the established agency’s books.

Basinger’s modelling potential was first spotted in 1969 when she was just 16 and a contestant in a local beauty pageant by Ford Models co-founder Eileen Ford. At first she declined their offer of a contract and instead enrolled at the University of Georgia, only to reconsider months later, leave university and move to New York to begin modelling professionally.

She stopped modelling in 1976 after becoming frustrated with the industry and decided to concentrate on her acting career, moving to Los Angeles and taking acting workshops.

“It was very hard to go from one booking to another and always have to deal with the way I looked. I couldn’t stand it. I felt myself choking,” she has previously said of the job.

A statement made by many a professional working model. It can be draining having to constantly make sure every inch of you is in peak condition. Most people will consider it a choice and not one to be moaned about once made.

But is it a choice? What if the average working model only chooses this because they have, or indeed think they have no other avenue or career path available to them that would provide them with the same level of income? That said, could it ever be considered a hardship?

The old expression ‘some people don’t know they are born’ springs to mind. But what does that mean? Is it just a cover up for good old fashioned jealousy? The expression has many a theory behind it’s meaning. But for the most part it seems to be agreed that it predominantly means that the person accused has something of greater value than their awareness of it. And that said, this equally being a common opinion of those who model, by those who don’t.

Whilst it is a fabulous career and indeed somewhat of an accolade if successful, nothing is just given. We may well be born with looks to achieve it. But that does not necessarily come with the desire to. Equally we may not have the right look and want such a career more than anything else. Or is this simply a case of the grass being greener?

Conclusion

Too much moaning and complaining makes for continued column inches. Everyone moans. We all complain. Nothing is ever going to be ‘fair’ or ‘perfect’. Because if it were, we would all live a life of boredom with no reason for conversation, competition, aspiration or progression.

To those who think Kim is too old to model or wrong to complain about the low points of her career – focus on your own life, identify your own weaknesses and fix those. Leave Kim to sort her own life out any which way she chooses.

To those who don’t believe that beauty pageants are a platform for success in a variety of careers – please read the above.

To those who know nothing about the modelling, beauty or fashion business but claim to be industry experts regardless – 😐

Lots of love from,

Every Model Mag

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Model scams

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Get your facts right!
There has been a lot of press, thank goodness, about model scams. That’s great. The only way to stop scams is by outing the people responsible for them and educating everyone about what a scam is.
Sadly though many people don’t take enough notice of the facts.
Now we are faced with a large number of ‘know it alls’ accusing every agency, every contest and every person they meet as being scammers.
So the modelling industry has to work for free now does it? Nobody can charge a fee for anything right? All photographers should work for the love of it and not earn a wage? Competitions should run for the good of their health and we all live happily ever after?
GET REAL!
If you are going to accuse a business, agent, model or individual of being a scammer then please DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Charging…

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In need of some beauty sleep?

EVERY MODEL needs sleep.

If you are busy working and under pressure to look your best, the last thing you need is an attack of insomnia the night before a job or casting. Dark circles and puffy eyes will not impress your post production re-touching team. Plus you want to feel your best, not just look it.

If mind spinning thoughts, general stress or aches and pains are preventing you from getting a good nights kip then what are your options?

Our editor Ruthie D not only works long hours, but has two small children, two dogs and a horse to manage on a daily basis. So climbing into bed at 1am when she can function no more is nothing short of exasperating when her body falls asleep but her mind remains in an awakened state akin to a ‘surprised faced emoticon’. Under pressure to actually fall asleep knowing the longer it takes the more tedious the day ahead will be is like a red rag to a bull for an active mind.

Reaching for a large gin or prescribed medication isn’t an option for her and neither is it advocated as being a healthy lifestyle choice for anyone. A ‘choice’ may be a bit of a harsh word for sleep deprived souls virtually begging for anything at all to knock them out, even for a couple of hours. WHAT CHOICE? We hear you! But long term we all know that additive chemicals or substances cannot be a positive addition to any lifestyle. Replacing one problem with another achieves the square root of zero!

So a natural remedy with no side effects working for Ruthie really would be a blessing for OH so many people!

After sending the boss home before the weekend with a box of ‘Rescue’ we all waited with bated breath this morning to find out the results.

So…

She didn’t exactly cartwheel into the office or anything but the overall result was evident. Ruthie has had a weekend of proper sleep! And it shows.

Ruthie’s verdict.
“I’m thrilled. A herbal remedy that works, doesn’t drag into the following day by turning me into a zombie and I still get a proper kip. Fabulous. In fact if my meeting with the accountant fascinates me as it usually does I might just reach for it during that as well. Lol!”

Unless you know Ruthie, we can confirm that this is praise beyond praise. The straightest talking, no outward emotion displayed, zero tolerance zone Ruthie, rarely uses the words ‘thrilled’ or ‘fabulous’ in their genuine context. So it must be amazing!

A good nights sleep is a beauty must have before any other. So if you need a little help with that then why not try ‘Rescue night time melts’ and see if you get a beautiful nights sleep.

For more information,
please visit www.rescueremedy.co.uk.

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Model scams

Get your facts right!
There has been a lot of press, thank goodness, about model scams. That’s great. The only way to stop scams is by outing the people responsible for them and educating everyone about what a scam is.
Sadly though many people don’t take enough notice of the facts.
Now we are faced with a large number of ‘know it alls’ accusing every agency, every contest and every person they meet as being scammers.
So the modelling industry has to work for free now does it? Nobody can charge a fee for anything right? All photographers should work for the love of it and not earn a wage? Competitions should run for the good of their health and we all live happily ever after?
GET REAL!
If you are going to accuse a business, agent, model or individual of being a scammer then please DO YOUR RESEARCH.
Charging a fee does not automatically mean something is a scam. Ask yourself this:
What is the fee for?
Have you researched the person or business asking for the fee? Because the only person responsible for this is YOU.
How much is the fee?
Are you a signed model or looking at breaking into the industry?
Have you been told by an industry professional you have model potential?

There are really so many variables involved in starting out in this business that it is vital that anyone wishing to pursue a career does as much research as possible first. This is the same for any career. If you do that PROPERLY then you won’t get scammed. You also won’t accuse the wrong people of being scammers either. And it really isn’t a good idea to upset the wrong people an the industry you want to work in!
For more information and details about modelling check out our website at www.everymodelmagazine.co.uk

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Who decides what beautiful is?

With high profile models such as Heidi Klum hanging up her undies and quitting the catwalk at age 40, how old is acceptable to model?

In the industry as we know it lingerie modelling is generally reserved for the 18 – 24 year old model body. But should it be? What do you think?

Personally I find it inspiring to see women over the ‘expected age’ looking fabulous in their undies. And that isn’t simply down to the fact that I am in my forties. To me it shows that a healthy lifestyle, good food, exercise and the commitment to looking after your body is a choice that can only be positive. It also lets people know that these choices can last a lifetime, and indeed that kind of IS the point! To have a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean to be a size eight necessarily either. The emphasis is on the HEALTHY.

Heidi has been quoted as saying that she no longer feels ‘comfortable’ showcasing lingerie at the age of 40. Which is completely her choice of course. As a mother of four and an ‘all natural’ physique Heidi will continue in other genres of modelling, but feels the time is right for her to ditch the work involving itsy bitsy clothing. Fair enough. But what do we think the main reason for her decision really is? And why would she feel uncomfortable? She looks fantastic to me.

There has been a huge amount of press about the ‘rights and wrongs’ of how we are ‘supposed’ to look. As infuriating as it is, it all essentially boils down to this… NOBODY is happy with what they look like.

Too beautiful – hide it to prevent jealousy and resulting effects.
Too curvy – ooh, best cover up as apparently that’s not what people want to see.
Too thin – better put some clothes on or be accused of irresponsibly deeming the thinner frame as being acceptable.
So HOW EXACTLY is it acceptable to look then? If you can’t be too beautiful, too big, too small or too old? What does that leave us with? I tell you what. TOO GRUMPY.

It seems to me that no matter what, there will always be someone who complains about it. That’s what we are really dealing with here. A nation of complainers!

So what I say is this. Be happy in your own skin. Accept it if others are equally happy even if it doesn’t fit your personal view. It isn’t down to any one person, the media or any other avenue of historical blame. It’s down to ALL OF US to be kinder people. Stop slagging people off. Who are YOU anyway to decide what IS and what ISN’T gorgeous? Love yourself and you may find you begin to see the world a little differently.

Ruthie D
Editor
Every Model Magazine

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