An attractive swimsuit model is often in demand because there are countless catalogs, advertisements, TV shows, and magazines in which they are shown.
Nevertheless, it takes many years of continuous dedication to become one. Make sure this is really what you want from life before tackling the insanely rigorous demands, exhausting work, lifestyle requirements, and physically demanding exercise regimen that you will have to commit to for the rest of your career.
Many modeling agencies consider 6′ the starting height for many modeling projects, but they make exceptions for physically superior individuals. Proportion is also a factor, and most female models under 6′ will have perfect proportion. Some women are lucky and can balance themselves with minimal exercise and a relatively slack approach to their diet. However, these are generally the exception rather than the rule.
Hair, skin, teeth, and a beautiful complexion are a must. In addition, you must be easy to get along with. There are instances where some supermodels were hard to work with, but most, if not all, were easy to work with until they were in such high demand that they could get away with being prima donnas. Most photographers feel that nothing is worse than working with an unfriendly model and being unresponsive to directions.
In addition, a modeling course may be required. The best ones will find you working after the system as they generally have many contacts within the industry.
Portfolios are the model’s staple, and yours should be kept up-to-date. Photos should be taken professionally because nothing annoys a recruiter more than having to wade through a poorly organized portfolio full of amateur photos. Some of the models in the world will theme their portfolios or even different parts of the portfolio theme to give their portfolios a slight edge over the competition. Make sure the photos are taken from different angles. Generally, try to ensure they’re your best angles, but some agencies specialize in quirky looks, and unusual angles can work to your advantage. Since we are talking specifically about swimsuit models, make sure you have a good variety of bikinis and one-piece shots. Some lingerie pictures can help show off the features of your body and should be included.
Swimsuit models generally have to train in the open air. So, affinity with the outdoors is useful. Simple things like swimming, climbing, riding a horse, etc., can look great in your portfolio and are great for getting a recruiter’s attention.
Speed is a virtue for a model. If the photoshoot starts at 4 a.m., you need to be there at 3:30 p.m. or earlier. Try to feel clear and happy no matter what time it is. Try and remember that not many girls get such an opportunity, and you could be one of the lucky few. Remember that you will need to try on different swimsuits and makeup, and you will probably need to get some preliminary instructions from the photographer.
Stay tuned, get online, and stay on top of current trends. Agencies want to know that you are thinking about a possible future shoot. Use social networking sites to keep in touch with potential employers and other industry members. You never know where an opportunity will come from.
When you break into the industry, you need to know what’s happening around you. Be aware of any local beauty pageant and open calls for swimwear models. Open calls are usually unpaid gigs, but they give you exposure. A great way is to try and take part in the “fresh face competitions” held by the illustrated sports magazine “SI,” as they require no experience, but be warned that places are limited and there is a lot of competition.
Don’t get distracted from your goal. Agencies see hundreds of new girls every year, and you have to set yourself apart from the rest. Maintaining a happy attitude in the face of rejection usually gives a recruiter something to think about when you leave the agency. You never know; they can only call you based on this. Perseverance is the key to making it. You won’t get there with looks alone.