I read a blogpost the other day in which a girl complained that modelling agencies did not want to hire her. She was too short. And as we all know, you have to have long legs in order to make it in the fashion industry. The girl argued that she was good at her modelling and that she had a nice face and REALLY REALLY wanted it. She worked hard for it and that is why it was unfair that these agencies still told her nope, girl, bye.
The thing that people do not seem to understand is that being a model is a job. It is not just a matter of standing in front of a camera and doing poses. Models have to workout a whole lot to keep their bodies in shape. They have to go through casting after casting, rejection after rejection, until they finally get a job. Yes, they have to be a certain height and no that is not a matter of discrimination towards smaller girls. As with every job, being a model is not something everybody is qualified to do. You may call yourself a model but that doesn’t make you one. Just like having a DSLR camera doesn’t automatically make you a photographer.
I once did a photoshoot via a facebook group and while it was a good experience, I never did it again. And just because I did do it, I never considered myself to be a model. Whenever I see girls who post half-naked photos of themselves, often not even that artistic or special, I wonder why you would choose to do that. And don’t get me wrong. I am all about artistic nude and I don’t mind a boob here and there. But it has to have a function. It has to be classy. And more often than not, it isn’t classy. And I remember when I posted on the facebook group that I wanted to do a photoshoot, I got a ton of messages from photographers who were not really interested in taking pictures of me with clothes on. What if a young girl gets those messages and believes them? What do you think could happen?
Not all photographers are bad in these groups. There are plenty who take their craft seriously and take good pictures. And if you like to work together with photographers to take pretty pictures, then there is nothing wrong with that. It is not bad to be an amateur. Just do not state your profession as professional model when you it is not truly what you are.
For a long time, apart from wanting to be a Pokemon Trainer which didn’t work out for obvious reasons, I wanted to be a vet. Thing is, I was bad at maths and biology and I nearly fainted when I saw blood. Not what you expect of a vet. I did not fill the requirements, so I let go of that dream. A girl who is 5’2” can obviously go and take beautiful pictures. They can be the most gorgeous girl alive. But if she doesn’t fit the height requirement, she will never make it as a professional model (and don’t go all BUT KATE MOSS IS TINY. No, Kate Moss is still taller than 5’2″). If her size was the only problem, then I’d say that yes there is a chance to succeed as plus-size models are successful nowadays. But being too small is just a deal-breaker. Sorry. But do not fret because not being able to be a model is not the end of the world! Short girls have so many career options open, some even better than being a model.
So dear girl with the pretty face and great work-ethic who thinks the world of fashion is unfair. Life is unfair. And while I believe that much can be accomplished with hard work, there are times when you have to let go of certain dreams or change the direction of said dreams. Be an amateur model. Be proud of that. It is better to be a good amateur than a bad professional who gets no work.
But then again, maybe I should just walk into a vet’s office and declare I work there now and that my job only consists of cuddling pets. Seems like a fair deal.