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Risk Modeling - Glamour, Boudoir, Sexy modeling, modeling in skimpy bikinis,
and modeling in provocative poses are high-risk and should be avoided.
Models who do high-risk modeling crippled their marketability and have
a difficult time competing with professional models whom do not make this
mistake. Pictures are forever, and cannot be undone!
a model is under the age of 21, we recommend that they have their parents
involved in all aspects of their career, as modeling has dangers and pitfalls
that many young people, and especially women, are poorly equipped to recognize
We’re going to tell it
how it is, and some of you are not going to like it. You need to realize
some things, however, before you make mistakes which can undermine your
marketability as a model, or make mistakes which can cripple your career.
How sad would it be to have the talent and the potential for a successful
modeling career, only to have it end before it has a chance to begin?
You need to go in and work your career with a plan. Modeling is a career
which takes careful strategy and maintenance. It is not something to jump
into and be reckless with.
To expose and define the largest and most costly mistake that many models
make, realize that high-risk modeling is for experienced, professional
models only, and then only if it is done tastefully, and IF the model
wishes to specialize in such work. Models who do high-risk modeling work
WILL limit their marketability and their ability to compete with professional
mainstream models, in most cases permanently.
New models and aspiring models have absolutely no business doing high-risk
modeling work of any kind. As a model, the point is to make yourself as
marketable as possible to be able to compete with other models and to
book modeling jobs. High-risk modeling work of any kind will limit what
you can do as a model. If any photographer tries to convince you to do
high-risk work, and that it will be “good” for you career,
avoid them, as they either do no know what they are doing, and will do
more harm than good for your modeling career, or they are sleazy and are
out to take advantage of you, which means that you cannot trust them.
Sometimes, it’s both, especially in this age of digital cameras
and social media where everyone claims to be a photographer (and it goes
for models, too), and, in most cases, they are bad news. New models need
to work with established professional photographers who are in business
to do work in modeling portfolio photography.
So, what is high-risk modeling? We are glad that you are wondering.
As a rule of thumb, anything “sexy” and provocative should
be avoided, but we are going to be more specific here.
High-risk modeling is, but is not limited to:
Glamour modeling, which includes artistic nudes, is basically sexy modeling
in various stage of undress where the model is objectified as a sex object.
Glamour modeling is often a doorway to adult entertainment. We watched
in horror back in 2001 when a very beautiful model worked with the wrong
photographers in the Tampa Bay area after posting some pictures on a free
portfolio networking site, did glamour, transitioned into adult entertainment,
tried to kill herself, and then later walked away from everything. Although
she survived, she found out the hard way that she could not take down
what is out there, and now has to live with her mistakes. Most glamour
photographers, in our opinion, exploit women, and are dangerous to work
Many new photographers and GWC’s (Guy With Cameras) do glamour photography
because they want to take pictures of beautiful women in various stages
of undress. Many of them also use the material that they create from such
work for personal gratification, if you get our drift.
Many women would be horrified if someone was invading their privacy by
leering at them, looking down their tops, trying to get them to take off
their clothes, watching them change clothes, or come up behind them and
take pictures of their underwear with shoe cameras, but the irony is that
many willingly allow such exploitation by the same people when those people
claim to be photographers, even though they material is being used the
same way. Think about it. Do you want some stranger taking sexy pictures
of you, touching themselves when they look at the pictures, and uploading
them to the Internet? Don’t be an idiot.
Modeling in lingerie, underwear, and in sexy bedroom settings is boudoir
modeling. This, too, will limit the marketability of a model.
While boudoir photography of women and couple may be fine for the consumer
market with a professional photographer who does it tastefully, and for
private, personal use, in modeling, it’s dangerous.
Modeling in skimpy bikinis
Models should use caution when modeling swimwear, especially when it comes
to skimpy bikinis. Consider the context. A few years ago in the Tampa
Bay market, there was a late night infomercial for a 900 line with models
gyrating around in bikinis. In other incidents in the Tampa Bay area,
photographers took pictures of models in skimpy bikinis, which the models
were led to believe were safe, and those pictures were sold to companies
which used them to market 900 sex chat lines. The models, whom would not
have been cool with their pictures being taken out of context and used
in this way, had signed releases, however, and could not do anything about
When modeling swimsuits, models need to make sure that the pictures are
tasteful, and that they cannot be easily taken out of context. They also
need to clarify how those pictures will be used. As a rule of thumb, if
those swimsuit pictures would make you uncomfortable if you were to show
your parents, don’t do them.
Modeling in provocative poses
This is all about context, or modeling pictures which can be easily taken
out of context. Modeling in jeans and a T-shirt may be fine in most circumstances,
but when done with the model on their hands and knees in a provocative
composition, it becomes high-risk. A fully dressed model liking ice cream
off of a straw could also be taken out of context. Good taste is the key
As a rule of thumb, consider your target market for your modeling career
and the types of modeling jobs that you want to book. Would the picture
reflect poorly on you, and cost you work if the modeling job saw it? Don’t
do it if it is questionable.
that pictures are literally forever. Once high-risk modeling photographs
are taken and used online, that is it. They cannot be undone, and they
will limit what a model can do. The best prevention is not to do high-risk
modeling work at all.
Of course, this does not mean that high-risk modeling is not legitimate.
It’s just that models need to understand, and accept, the limitations
that doing this kind of work will impose upon them.
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sources of jobs. This is the future of the modeling industry.
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