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Your Friend Wants To Be A Model...

Your BFF is obsessed with Fashion Week and now she is fixated on becoming a runway model.

She happens to be tallish about five feet six inches tall, but she's not at runway height standards. She has gorgeous skin and OK hair, but there is no way that her efforts are going to be rewarded with a modeling contract.

You've been supportive but now she's planning on quitting her job and flying out for America's Next Top Model auditions. She's asked for your advice. What are you going to say to her?

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blOndiE7 blOndiE7 10 years
I would support her with her dream of becoming a model and would hope for nothing but the best for her.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
Actually, 5'6" is the bottom for commercial print models and the top for petite models. At 5'6", lifestyle, commercial, and petite are divisions that are possibilities. She shouldn't count on runway, though. The samples are not made for someone 5'6".
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 10 years
I model for a prominent agency, and in the modelling world, I am the shortest of the short at 5'8". 5'6" is unbelievably short, as the cut-off point for a TEENAGE model who still has the possibility of growing more is 5'7". Anyone under that as a TEEN has no chance. As an adult over 21, at least a 5'10" is necessary. (I am a teen model.) She shouldn't throw away anything on a whim that has no chance of payback.
Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
I'd encourage her, but like someone else said, tell her not to quit her job, but take a leave of absence. If she's only going out there to audition, she only needs to take some vacation time. If she's nowhere close to model material, she won't get through the auditions.
Toronado Toronado 10 years
I'd be like, "hey, Pet Smart's looking for a new mascot and I think you'd be perfect!"
fashonista14 fashonista14 10 years
I'd be realistic, and say to take a leave of absence if it's a good job, and if it's a 'want fries with that' job quit b/c u can always get another one of those. I think following your dreams is good. i bet some1 will see something in her. just tell her what you really think b/c even if she hates you for awhile she'll be Ur friend again. and you'll never know if u don't try! i would say to check out local modeling agencies first to see of she really does have what it takes, so she doesn't waste her time, money, and make a fool of herself on t.v. and regardless of whether she takes Ur advice or not support her and be there 100%.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I'd let her go for it, and encourage her with vague language about chasing her dreams. You don't want her regrets for not taking the chance hanging over your friendship for life.
gracey gracey 10 years
Heck cubadog if I ask your opinion, I want the truth! That's not being a bitch in my eyes. I was trying to get my son to think about it though...he's not interested. He's 6'3' and about 150 lbs. perfect size I've been told. He's a cutie too. He's probably better off since he has a sensitive soul.
ohsuri ohsuri 10 years
I would wish her well, but point out how hard it is to be a model.. and make sure she has a back up plan.. not sleeping on my couch for one!! LOL
cubadog cubadog 10 years
I am also the big bitch and would tell the truth but people that know me know that I will give my honest opinion. I have been in the fashion industry for a long time and it isn't that pretty once you get into it. Cutthroat is sugar coating it.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 10 years
I would encourage her anyway- you never know!
rkdub rkdub 10 years
Besides, photoshop is everything.....have you seen Janet Jackson lately??
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
There are many types of models beyond the runway/Kate Moss type. I'd encourage her to see where she sees herself fitting into the larger picture of modelling to see if her dream is realistic and healthy! :)
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
Its her life and judging from previous ANTM they have not always been industry standard ie bad skin, too short and they have managed to why could she not? I did modelling for a year and it aint no picnic and I am 5ft 11ins. I would warn her but not stand in her way
clepiau clepiau 10 years
Have you seen some of the women who are models these days? Sometimes I think, Holy crap, I could be a model if that girl can be! For that matter have you seen some of the girls on ANTM? Like that blonde, kind of mousy girl who worked at Eckerd and cheated on her boyfriend while she was away filming ANTM? She did NOT look like a model, but she wound up photographing beautifully and got pretty far, if I remember correctly. If the friend really wants to go, I'd say remind her that it's a long shot and that she shouldn't be crushed if it doesn't work out, but like SPM said: You don't win if you don't play.
sabrinaland sabrinaland 10 years
There are loads of "imperfect" models out there. She might have something, who knows? But if not, encourage her to do something worthwhile in her life, like be a vet or engineer or whatever, rather than focus on such shallow pursuits as modelling.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
I was just gonna comment on that, but didn't want to sound like a know it all
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
grows lol not gross
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
well here is the deal. you need to be at least 5'8. kate moss is the only excpetion to the rule. you have to be be a size 0,2,4,6 and very photogenic. go to one of the big agencies, elite, ford wilhamena. smaller ones will tell u this and that and tell u need to spend thousands for a picuters porfolios etc. i have had friends that had contracts with ford and even then they didnt make much money. its very cut throat and insensitive business. so unless ur friend gross 3 inches, is stunning, photogs realllly well save her the time, money and embarrassment
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
You don't win if you don't play. And you can always get another job. *I'm not the best friend*
dovima dovima 10 years
is this a real person? she could always just go to her local agencies open calls [if she lives in a city] or send her pics [makeup-less clear head/body shots in natural light maybe taken by you] to the big agencies and see what they say...quitting her job isn't necessary and neither is paying for fancy photo shoots. agencies/scouts can tell a lot about a new girl just from normal photos that display her "real" face. [she could end up being a working model who does commercial catalogue stuff and still make good $ without being an editorial supermodel type]
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Clay Aiken didn't win American Idol, Ruben did. Clay was a runner up. I'm mean, I'd tell her the truth. She'd probably go and do it anyway, and I'd be there for her when she came back home and looked for another job.
Pati Pati 10 years
We all have a dream and for sure I will encourage her!
ephemeral ephemeral 10 years
I'd probably encourage her to approach a modelling agency and pay for a course and shots to be taken before she quits her job. Test the waters, or enter magazine based competitions and then rethink the situation and see if it is worth her full attention.
wynter wynter 10 years
If it's her dream, why not let her at least try it? Maybe she has something that will catch someone's eye.
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