I am writing this blog to share the most important lessons that I have learned from my two professions, modelling and motivational speaking, which I hope you will use to turn your own dreams into plans. This also includes advice for new and/or aspiring models!
Since the age of 13, I have been running my foundation, ‘Lovekidz.’ The first lesson here is that no matter what age you are, you can immediately make the change you want to see in the world if you make that change a ‘MUST!’ Being a motivational speaker has taught me that life happens for you, not to you, and that you can grow from every experience. I used my story of being bullied for my looks to learn about the importance of loving and labelling ourselves, and to empower others to do the same. Ironically, the day I gave my first workshop on self-love was the day that I got scouted to be a model. Where focus goes, energy flows, and when you focus on the positive, loving things in your life, that is all you will see and more of those things will come towards you. It was this mindset that (I believe) got me my first (watch here) and second TED talk (watch here)! When I was in school, I announced to my class that I would be giving a TED talk. They asked ‘where and when?’, to which I responded, ‘I don’t know! I’m just going to give one.’ The next month, I was nominated to give one. Like I said, where focus goes, energy flows! Luck is simply when your own preparation meets an opportunity.
So how can you make your goal a ‘MUST’? If I told you to come to my house at 3am, you’d probably say no. But if I told you to come to my house at 3am for £5,000,000, you’d be there at 2am. My point is that if you convince yourself you want something enough, THAT is how you will get it! Find a way to make that goal more valuable.
TEDTalk in 2017
TEDTalk in 2018
As a model, I have learned that everyone has a different idea of what ‘perfection’ is. If you are an aspiring model, it is important to remember that every agency has its own look. If one doesn’t want to sign you, it just means that you do not suit their particular look - NOT that you are not beautiful (because you are). Everything happens for a reason. Remember this on your quest. Never compare yourself to another model – just focus on becoming the best version of yourself!My favourite story from my career is how I got my Stella McCartney job. It was a last minute casting, so I either had the choice to go in what I was wearing (which was a hoodie, trackies and trainers) or not go at all. When I got there, all the other models were glammed up and gorgeous, but I decided to stay confident and embrace the situation. People like it in this industry when you are confident in who you are – it makes you stand out!
for Stella McCartney.
Below I have written the best tips for beginner models, which I have learned in the past four years:
• CONFIDENCE IS KEY
Imagine that you are always wearing an invisible crown, and that crown has an invisible string, which is pulling you upwards. Good posture shows confidence and eliminates creases on your clothes!
• BUILD RELATIONSHIPS
Talk to those around you and build rapport! It’s like taking a picture with your best friends; the confidence shows more when you are familiar with each other.
• BE CREATIVE
Even the ideas that sound strange can end up looking amazing on camera, and the photographer will thank you afterwards. If it doesn’t work, you can laugh about it after and the photographer will appreciate your co-operation!
• COLLABORATE W/ THE HMUA
Two simple tips: don’t smudge your make up (i.e. don’t touch your face) and try to keep your head up! Moving your head can change your carefully placed hair style and that means it will need to be fixed again.
• WEAR NUDE UNDERWEAR
Always wear white or nude underwear when going to a shoot. In my first ever shoot, I didn’t know this rule and wore dark green underwear. I exclusively shot in white dresses that day, so it was lucky that the stylist brought some nude underwear for me!
• GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK
If you are getting tired on set, it is okay to ask for a break. If you get hungry or thirsty, it’s okay to ask for food and water! By contract, agencies make sure that the models are allowed to do this. If you tire yourself out too much then it will be harder to shoot and to have the beautiful energy that models require.
• HAVE FUN!
If your work fulfils you then it doesn’t feel like work. Embrace your style, stay confident and the beauty will shine through!