If there’s one person that Aussies could take pride of for representing them in the modeling industry lately, it would be the very captivating Miranda Kerr. Since mid-2007, Miranda has been known as one of Victoria’s Secret Angels and is considered to be the first Australian ever to participate in the campaign for Victoria’s Secret.
She has modeled for several top-notch fashion signatures such as Levis, Betsy Johsnon, Ana Molinari and Just Cavalli to name a few. But her participation in the annual Victoria’s Secret runway shows has been the most highly profiled of all. Well, what can we say? This Sydney-born babe’s alluring and innocent-looking beauty as well as her calm sexy strut has been turning heads in runways. She creates magic when she hits the catwalk. Now, only few models have the power to command everybody’s attention in a very tricky runway show. I say tricky since anything good and bad can happen to a model when gracing the ramp with elegance or gracelessness. A runway walk can either make or break a model’s dream of taking off in the highly competitive world of runway modeling.
To any aspiring runway model out there, here are some practical modeling tips that you can pick up points from and give your runway walk something to talk about.
1. Be the most convincing fashionable coat hanger.
Bear in mind that even if your walk would matter so much on the runway, the designer relies on you so much on making the clothes work and sell not only to the fashion critics but also to fashionistas.
2. Focus your eyes by looking off into the distance.
Whether you are amateur or a veteran in runway modeling, it is still part of normal behavior for a model to be in a nerve-wracking situation when all eyes of are on you. This sometimes can intimidate or make you lose your concentration as you sashay the runway. But this can be overcome by simply focusing your gaze on an imaginary point straight off in the distance. Never try to look at your feet or even scan the audience because this may distract your concentration while you are on the catwalk.
3. Keep an erect posture all the time.
It is already an SOP for models to maintain an erect posture as this would add to the confidence and command of your walk. Slouching and hunching are big violations that models can commit on the runway. This would become a major turn-off for agencies to book you for another show.
4. Keep your shoulders still throughout your walk.
Together with an erect posture is keeping your shoulders still as much as possible. They should not move at all.
5. Arm swinging differs between male and female models.
For female models, the lower arms should swing naturally as one walks. The upper arms should stay close to the body. For male models, on the other hand, they should swing their arms naturally with their gait.
6. Keep your chin down.
Contrary to what most people have in mind when it comes to runway modeling that a model should keep the chin up, on the runway you should keep your chin down. This is so because the audience is sitting down and looking up at you. So there is a need for you to slightly tilt your chin.
7. Don’t act like a “diva”.
One must bear in mind that modeling also involves business. For this matter, it is advisable that, as a model, you should conduct yourself in the most professional manner. Always arrive on early for the show. Show courtesy and politeness to the people behind the show because these people can put up a good name for you for future shows. Most importantly, you should respect yourself, the craft and the people around you in the modeling industry. - Job Guide Australia