I personally think there is a market for every niche. I'm signed with an agency they don't care. Yes they have only found me one job so far (in a monthish) but still. There is something out there for everyone. Your chances of being about to do this full-time is virtually nil because it is a niche market but then again your 5"2 so I think you will almost do better then you would normally by being in a niche market since otherwise you would just be one of the tons and tons of short pretty girls who want to be models.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
LISA AKA CRIMSON REIGN wrote: AS YOU CAN SEE, I'M A MODEL WITH DREADLOCKS AND I DO PRETTY GOOD SINCE I CAN STYLE THEM IN ALMOST ANYWAY POSSIBLE. MY LENGTH GIVES ME THAT FLEXIBILITY, BUT ON THE DOWN SIDE, WITH SO MUCH HAIR, IT'S HARD TO FIND WIGS AND HATS THAT WILL FIT.
I am going to try a few wigs myself. I think you have to just braid your locs while they are wet. I saw this in a magazine a few years ago. They showed a lady with locs and how her locs were styled where could wear a wig. looked nice!
San Francisco, California, US
I dig it. (posting from my model profile...oops) I may actually dread my mohawk once it gets longer. One thing I personally can't stand is fake dreadlocks. But they have a market too....just not with me.
Woo! Another model with dreads! Sometimes I feel like the only one ^_^ I think theres a great market for it, all of my photographers love them! I mean, sure you probably won't get the same type of work as your average model would, but we still have plenty of work cut out for us. After all, us "alternative" models are becoming pretty popular!
I walked in Toronto Alternative Fashion Week for a designer that made ALL her models look like her, dreadlocks and cateye glasses, just like her. It was well recieved.
Out of the 12 models in that show, I think only myself and 2 other girls had to have fake dreads put in.
So yes, there is a market for them.
I have dreadfalls in many colors that I make myself. Good alternative if you can't dread your own hair for whatever reasons. You can do them in your own hair color or cool colors, which I have both. www.ikickshins.net is a good place to start. You can get already made dreads (expensive) or supplies to make your own.
Artis wrote: I think it would be the same as asking "models with bobs?"
With some people, it adds character and is suiting of them, and some people don't look right with them. (My opinion) I have locks and I generally like locks. I've seen a few models on MM and elsewhere where it was definately a part of their appeal.
PLUS there is some market for dreads... surf wear and alternative, goth and even leaning towards commercial if it's anything organic or earth 'friendly'. oh i love stereotypes...
I am a model with dreadlocks who happens to be 5'10" tall and a size 2. I have managed to book many notable clients and spreads in national magazines. Regardless, I have not been taken on by an agency yet who is willing to push me to the next level. www.modelmayhem.com/esosa
Dreads look awesome! I wish you the best of luck in your modeling career! Come to England I know a few togs who'd love to shoot with you haha! I'm planning to lock up my hair soon anyways so I could be seen as bias but hey, my opinion still counts right! Best of luck to you xx
Esosa wrote: I am a model with dreadlocks who happens to be 5'10" tall and a size 2. I have managed to book many notable clients and spreads in national magazines. Regardless, I have not been taken on by an agency yet who is willing to push me to the next level. www.modelmayhem.com/esosa
Dreadlocks are a bit like tattoos in that they can be done well, but they are hard to do well. Consequently, they do tend to limit options, especially if you are looking for mainstream work.
I've had my dreadlocks for about two years now, and honestly they are the most complimented thing about me (besides my smile).
I don't think having them puts me on the category of "alternative" though some will automatically file me there. I can still do beauty and glamour and pin-up and fashion. Like any other look, some people will love it and others will pass it by.
Having dreadlocks is a lifestyle choice, you know from the beginning some people will look at you differently, or think your 'dirty', but those people matter less and less as life goes on. You know your beautiful, and teh people who matter know it too.
I've been told by alot of people that I wouldnt be able to model because of my dreadlocks, and other girls with dreads tell me all the time how they can't get booked because of theirs. In my opinion, they just need to look for a gig that is as interesting as they are. Why do a cookie cutter girl next door shoot when you can do something crazy to go with your crazy look?
And hey, if someone needs someone to model with their water pipes or hula hoops or music festival or steampunk couture.. I feel I've got a one up on the chick with strait hair and no tattoos.
RivkaBerman Photography wrote: You just have to find the right photographers and styles for youself. You're hair shouldnt effect anything.
I really, really disagree with this. A model's hair has a huge impact on what kind of work they can do.
I'm not saying someone shouldn't get dreads if they want to, but I think it's really off base to say it won't effect anything. Some photographers will not want to shoot with someone with dreads. Of course you can say the same thing about tattoos and other body mods.
I'm generally not a big fan of dreads and it would make me less likely to work with someone. I'm not saying it would be a no, but I'd need to be more stoked about shooting with them.
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
I have dreadlocks - very very long dreadlocks. And you can put a wig over them
The only issue is Scalp .. My poor scalp has taken quiet a battering after 12 years of growth. Saying that , Cellery juice - Apple Cider vinegar - Carrot oil - Cocconut oil massaged twice weekly and a weekly wash help.
Dreadlocks are very versatile , you can have just as many styles as anyone with long hair. My fave is a Nubian updo