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How To Be A Successful High End Fashion Model In London

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So you read our post on becoming a model in London… you managed to get scouted by a top modeling agency and you’re now on the books.
Awesome! So that’s it then, you can just sit back and watch the money roll in… right?

Wrong. Now you need to work HARD if you want to make it in this industry.

Really hard.

There are several things you need to do if you want to crack the high end fashion part of modeling. But why high end fashion? Well because that’s where the money is, the glamour and the lifestyle that you see splashed all over the glossy magazines.


So today we’re going to show you how to a successful high end fashion model, that gets paid the big bucks.

1. Don’t diet

Keep track of your calories – Your calorie intake is incredibly important if you want to maintain a healthy weight. Obviously don’t eat unhealthy foods that add unnecessary calories or contain any hidden harmful nasties.

Eat healthy and exercise – Keep your diet simple, eat healthy foods (vegetables, fruit and protein) 6 days a week and treat yourself one day a week. It’s recommended that you exercise at least 3 times per week, but 5 times is optimal. Both cardio and weights to you can burn fat and feed muscle to give you that sexy lean look.

Every girl is different – Some girls can eat anything they want and not put on any weight, if this isn’t you… it’s just tough luck. There are several things you can do to speed up your metabolism so that you burn fat quicker than most people, but it’s very rare to eat what you want and not put on weight.

2. Aim for the right weight

Runway and editorial – If you’re main goal is to be a runway queen, then you should be focused on keeping slim (NOT SKINNY). If you are skin and bones, you won’t get selected to be on the runway.

Commercial – If you like your food but you still want to be a model, commercial jobs might be better suited to you as this side of the industry caters to curvier girls.

3. Tips for castings

The models uniform – Black leggings, high hills and a simple white top should be worn to all castings. It helps to show of your figure without covering anything up.

Keep your makeup simple – Put the most basic makeup on, so clients can see your face and natural looks.

Don’t be late – When you’re going to castings, it’s better to be early than late. If you’re late, you’ll build up a bad reputation and you won’t be booked for castings.

Research the client – Engaging with the brand and showing interest will help you make a good impression, so it’s a good idea to do your research.

Work on your catwalk – Standing out with a mean walk will help you get selected, so work on that walk as much as you can.

Test shoots – Go to as many as you can, it helps to build your portfolio, meet new people and network in the industry.

4. Money

You won’t make money over night – Your first 6 to 12 months will be used to build up your portfolio with test shoots and castings, so you need to be willing to put the work in, travel and be on call whenever your agent needs you.

Where the money is – If you land a big high end editorial shoot you can be looking at earning £10,000+ for one days work… however the bottom end (which is still good money) is around the £400 to £500 mark.

Top 1% – The top 1% of high end fashion models in this industry make the most money. Aim to be in that percentile of models and don’t quit until you get there.

Final words…

You will get invited to a lot of parties… this is great and it’s up to you if you want to party hard. But remember this can affect your work ethic, so keep it to a minimum.

That’s it! If you have any questions or comments… just ask below

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4 Comments so far
  1. Pete

    Great post – Very interesting how it all works

    Thursday 22nd November 2012, 2:02 am Reply
  2. zinaida

    become a model

    Wednesday 5th December 2012, 2:06 pm Reply
  3. paula lopes

    Hello my name is paula lopes and I will love to work with yous, I am looking for part time job. I have a porfollio

    Monday 10th December 2012, 8:05 pm Reply
  4. Lexy Fleek

    I am doing a project on a Modeling Carrier and wanted to ask you guys a few questions. One, When looking for the right agency, what would be the best place to start. Then, when I get the right agency, how should I look to find if this is the right agency for me. Thank you.

    Wednesday 15th May 2013, 10:01 pm Reply
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