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Abbi Rudkins
Posts: 27
Barrie, Ontario, Canada


Ok, so those of you who don't know me (and I expect none of you do), I'm just a huge hippie at heart. Give peace a chance, go veg and do your part for the environment!
Anyways, I can't wait for the bittersweet modeling career goes under and I can finally have dreadlocks. Of course, I want to be a legend and have my modeling career live on forever but all good things come to an end.

So I was thinking, why wait? If I want them that badly, I should just go for it....
But is that a total no-no in the industry? Would YOU work with a model with dreadlocks? Are there any high-profile models who have dreadlocks?
Just wonderin' smile

Peace always
Oct 09 10 07:00 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Sarah Sandin
Posts: 7
Los Angeles, California, US


Do what's in your heart, own it and be original.
Oct 09 10 07:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Wardrobe Stylist
Belle_Morte
Posts: 1,075
Moorestown-Lenola, New Jersey, US


I would. In fact I really would like a model with dreads for my port.... of course I would also want her to be 5'10" and size 2 with perfect skin as well.
Oct 09 10 07:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Clothing Designer
Chainmaille Treasures
Posts: 828
Hermitage, Tennessee, US


Abbi Rudkins wrote:
Ok, so those of you who don't know me (and I expect none of you do), I'm just a huge hippie at heart. Give peace a chance, go veg and do your part for the environment!
Anyways, I can't wait for the bittersweet modeling career goes under and I can finally have dreadlocks. Of course, I want to be a legend and have my modeling career live on forever but all good things come to an end.

So I was thinking, why wait? If I want them that badly, I should just go for it....
But is that a total no-no in the industry? Would YOU work with a model with dreadlocks? Are there any high-profile models who have dreadlocks?
Just wonderin' smile

Peace always

your dreads and my chainmail....that would rock.

Oct 09 10 07:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Iona Lynn
Posts: 11,176
Oakland, California, US


Are you signed?
Do you plan on getting signed?
If you are working with an agency then talk to your booker about this.


If you get dreads then you will lose a certain percentage of your market.. BUT you will also GAIN a new market...
If you just model part time for fun, get the dreads and get good ones, use the unique look to your advantage.

Too many models try to fit into some sort of mainstream look when they will never realistically be signed and get much mainstream work, sell what no one else has..
Oct 09 10 07:06 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Abbi Rudkins
Posts: 27
Barrie, Ontario, Canada


Iona Lynn wrote:
Are you signed?
Do you plan on getting signed?
If you are working with an agency then talk to your booker about this.

I am signed but it is very complicated....don't want to go into it but basically I've been with said agency for 6 months and have not heard a word from them wink So I kinda do my own thing!

Thanks for all the input, I'm definitely leaning more towards the dreads.... this can't be good haha!
As for the dreads and chainmail, I'll let you know when I get them big_smile

Oct 09 10 07:15 pm  Link  Quote 
Clothing Designer
Chainmaille Treasures
Posts: 828
Hermitage, Tennessee, US


i hope you do. let me know what you think of my port
Oct 09 10 07:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Elizabeth Claret
Posts: 56,032
Yelm, Washington, US


I just colored a big purple streak in my hair and am planning on going black and purple before the month is over.

It's my body, my hair, and my hobbyist career. Fuck it.
Oct 09 10 07:18 pm  Link  Quote 
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Malin_
Posts: 3,900
New York, New York, US


If you want to work as a model, find a new agency that actually sends you out and books you, and DON'T get dreads... if you just want to model as a hobby, go ahead and do whatever you want with your hair.

PS I'm sure dreads will look cute on you!
Oct 09 10 07:22 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
picturephoto
Posts: 8,687
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Abbi Rudkins wrote:
Ok, so those of you who don't know me (and I expect none of you do), I'm just a huge hippie at heart. Give peace a chance, go veg and do your part for the environment!
Anyways, I can't wait for the bittersweet llamaing career goes under and I can finally have dreadlocks. Of course, I want to be a legend and have my llamaing career live on forever but all good things come to an end.

So I was thinking, why wait? If I want them that badly, I should just go for it....
But is that a total no-no in the industry? Would YOU work with a llama with dreadlocks? Are there any high-profile llamas who have dreadlocks?
Just wonderin' smile

Peace always
Abbi Rudkins wrote:
I am signed but it is very complicated....don't want to go into it but basically I've been with said agency for 6 months and have not heard a word from them wink So I kinda do my own thing!

Thanks for all the input, I'm definitely leaning more towards the dreads.... this can't be good haha!

If your goal is to be a fashion llama, dreads will severely limit you, and will probably keep you from being (legitimately) signed in the first place.  If you want straight answers from the source, go to open calls at the big Toronto agencies and ask the bookers themselves.

But considering that you "can't wait for the bittersweet llamaing career goes under and I can finally have dreadlocks," I don't see the point.  Sounds like you're already made your decision:  dreads, and just llama for fun.

Oct 09 10 07:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
I M N Photography
Posts: 2,299
New York, New York, US


Abbi Rudkins wrote:
Ok, so those of you who don't know me (and I expect none of you do), I'm just a huge hippie at heart. Give peace a chance, go veg and do your part for the environment!
Anyways, I can't wait for the bittersweet modeling career goes under and I can finally have dreadlocks. Of course, I want to be a legend and have my modeling career live on forever but all good things come to an end.

So I was thinking, why wait? If I want them that badly, I should just go for it....
But is that a total no-no in the industry? Would YOU work with a model with dreadlocks? Are there any high-profile models who have dreadlocks?
Just wonderin' smile

Peace always

I don't think that it is about photographers working with you, as much as it is about how it limits your job prospects.

You answered your own question when you said, "all good things come to an end."

Although modeling can last a lifetime, the kind of offers you receive will change as time goes on.  Why rush it? Get all that you can out of it, while the getting is good, and have fun only during your downtime.  Just don't make it your permanent look, unless you want to rush your way to "the end."

Oct 09 10 07:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
I M N Photography
Posts: 2,299
New York, New York, US


Elizabeth Claret wrote:
I just colored a big purple streak in my hair and am planning on going black and purple before the month is over.

It's my body, my hair, and my hobbyist career. Fuck it.

Black and purple where?

Oct 09 10 07:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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Abbi Rudkins
Posts: 27
Barrie, Ontario, Canada


Ah now I'm all confused. I really do want modeling to be a career and I am waiting to end the contract with this agency before I find another (legal stuff I don't wanna get mixed up in, y'know). If it's dreadlocks or modeling, modeling will win by a landslide.
So I guess I'm stuck with my boring hair....for now.

Let's hope something good happens with my agency and I don't regret it haha! Thanks for all your input and keeping me from making a probably bad decision. tongue
Oct 09 10 07:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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Iona Lynn
Posts: 11,176
Oakland, California, US


Abbi Rudkins wrote:
Ah now I'm all confused. I really do want modeling to be a career and I am waiting to end the contract with this agency before I find another (legal stuff I don't wanna get mixed up in, y'know). If it's dreadlocks or modeling, modeling will win by a landslide.
So I guess I'm stuck with my boring hair....for now.

Let's hope something good happens with my agency and I don't regret it haha! Thanks for all your input and keeping me from making a probably bad decision. tongue

If you WANT modeling to be a career then you need to be not sitting on MM forums, you need to be hounding your booker and getting resigned with an agency that will actually BOOK you work.

Six months no jobs? Fuck that noise.

Oct 09 10 07:40 pm  Link  Quote 
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Malin_
Posts: 3,900
New York, New York, US


Iona Lynn wrote:

If you WANT modeling to be a career then you need to be not sitting on MM forums, you need to be hounding your booker and getting resigned with an agency that will actually BOOK you work.

Six months no jobs? Fuck that noise.

Yes, but it is Saturday night after all....

Abbi, next time you sign a contract, make sure there is an out clause so you can walk away if they haven't booked you any work within X days. Good luck! wink

Oct 09 10 07:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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Nemi
Posts: 27,411
Jamaica, New York, US


have you ever had short hair??

If you've gone 6 months with no bookings and aren't doing anything about it, get dreads, and when school ends, be prepared to cut your hair off and rock a pixie to look mainstream again.
Oct 09 10 07:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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Abbi Rudkins
Posts: 27
Barrie, Ontario, Canada


Yes I know! sad Unfortunately being aggressive isn't one of my or my parents' strong points. I do love all the TF work on MM but one day, one day, if only..... haha I'm sure something will come along eventually. Frankly I feel a little kicked in the face by this agency but ... that's not what this is about! tongue
Oct 09 10 07:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
picturephoto
Posts: 8,687
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Abbi Rudkins wrote:
Ah now I'm all confused. I really do want modeling to be a career and I am waiting to end the contract with this agency before I find another (legal stuff I don't wanna get mixed up in, y'know). If it's dreadlocks or modeling, modeling will win by a landslide.
So I guess I'm stuck with my boring hair....for now.

All right then, if modeling through a legitimate agency is your priority, then avoid dreadlocks.

Nemi wrote:
have you ever had short hair??

If you've gone 6 months with no bookings and aren't doing anything about it, get dreads, and when school ends, be prepared to cut your hair off and rock a pixie to look mainstream again.

I think the OP should wait until her current contract ends, then go ask bookers in Toronto where the trends will be.  They know for sure what kinds of models are being hired these days.

Oct 09 10 07:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Abbi Rudkins
Posts: 27
Barrie, Ontario, Canada


Abbi, next time you sign a contract, make sure there is an out clause so you can walk away if they haven't booked you any work within X days. Good luck! wink

That is an amazing idea! Ah, the things I have learned for "next time" on MM smile

As for the short hair, yes I have! I was basically told grow it out, stop dying it and try again next time. But just for kicks, this is the old 'do.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v2288/169/17/873700472/n873700472_5950088_4345.jpg
Awwwww, when I was a youngin!

Oct 09 10 07:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Victoria Bell
Posts: 141
Chicago, Illinois, US


To be honest I love dreads- some of my friends have wool ones braided in their hair- I just have falls- and they are awesome. If you're serious about modeling you probably shouldn't get them as it really will limit the work you do (unless you only want to do alternative modeling), however,you're only young once.

You did say that modeling is more important than you right now- so don't get them. You don't have to have boring hair- you know why? Not only are there numerous things you can do to style your hair- but also- you can wear wigs and dread falls/hair pieces- that's what I do! I don't have to worry about damaging my hair or the colour fading and I can still have "normal" hair when I need to. Just make sure to get good quality hair pieces.

Hope this helps.
Oct 09 10 11:22 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Garry k
Posts: 26,779
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Look its like this see , even most Jamaican fashion models dont have dreadlocks .....
Oct 09 10 11:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Yosh Studio
Posts: 1,162
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, US


You really cannot be serious about dreadlocks...really
Oct 09 10 11:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Paul Brecht
Posts: 12,209
Colton, California, US


http://pbprophoto.net/char000.jpg

Paul
Oct 09 10 11:47 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
N I C O D E M U S
Posts: 540
Portland, Oregon, US


lol!

you are only 16! Just decide what matters more to you, dreads or modeling. The second you take away your ability to be versatile, you bet everything on one horse. Also, dreads get pretty bad after a year or two when you get the grow out.

As far as being a hippie, if you are about change
Oct 09 10 11:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Knautica20
Posts: 329
Cookeville, Tennessee, US


I've got dreads, had them for a little over 4 years now. I recommend them ^_^

But then again, i'm also not fashion model height =p
Oct 10 10 02:22 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
N I C O D E M U S
Posts: 540
Portland, Oregon, US


Knautica20 wrote:
I've got dreads, had them for a little over 4 years now. I recommend them ^_^

But then again, i'm also not fashion model height =p

you're also a nude model. nude models can get away with alot. OP is 16. Very limiting for a 16yr old.

Oct 10 10 02:25 pm  Link  Quote 
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Elizabeth Claret
Posts: 56,032
Yelm, Washington, US


iMn Photography wrote:

Black and purple where?

What do you mean, where? On top of my head. When I finish I'll have photos up in my profile so people can see.

Oct 10 10 02:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Body Painter
Extreme Body Art
Posts: 4,932
West Jordan, Utah, US


I work with models that are willing to get naked...

I have worked with models that have tattoos... Mohawks... One working hand (meaning the other hand does not function)... For me it wouldn't make a difference.. I love the human form and dreadlocks don't make a difference.

THOUGH, everyone of my models are 18+ no if ands  or buts about it. I made ONE exception ONE TIME...Never again. It was too much of a headache working with two schedules (The Mom's and the Model's) and I was to concerned that every shot I did could be construed as "Sexual" and I just ended up with 10 or so usable pictures that were pretty much close ups of the back.

Meh... I digress...

For me.. it wouldn't matter.. the trick for everyone else though is to be as marketable to everyone as possible.
Oct 10 10 02:45 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
The Alternative Image
Posts: 4,129
London, England, United Kingdom


They take a long time to grow.

http://modelmayhm-3.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/100903/13/4c8153cb502d1.jpg
Oct 10 10 02:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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Courtney LeStrange
Posts: 2
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Yosh Studio wrote:
You really cannot be serious about dreadlocks...really

Oh don't be narrow minded, dreadlocks are a personal thing and if u don't like them, don't get them. Dreadlocks are just another way to style your hair, and it's narrow minded people who have to try and ruin it for everybody.
Dreads are personal, and thats it.

Aug 03 11 04:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Ash3
Posts: 5,911
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Jessika is the only girl with dreadlocks that I know of off the top of my head.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/321040

I think they suit her and look awesome.

edit: holy balls, zombie thread.
Aug 03 11 04:06 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sXe since 2005
Posts: 61
Raton, New Mexico, US


Definitely would work with a model w/ dreadlocks. :-)
Aug 03 11 04:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
I M N Photography
Posts: 2,299
New York, New York, US


Old thread...
Aug 03 11 04:14 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
I M N Photography
Posts: 2,299
New York, New York, US


really really old thread...
Aug 03 11 04:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Digital Photo PLUS
Posts: 5,503
Lorton, Virginia, US


Abbi Rudkins wrote:
So I was thinking, why wait? If I want them that badly, I should just go for it....
But is that a total no-no in the industry? Would YOU work with a model with dreadlocks?
Peace always

I hired a model with dreadlocks for a specific idea. Check out my avatar and this link:

18+
http://fotticelli.squarespace.com/galle … s/10555742

My guess is that demand for models with dreadlocks is lower but I don't know for sure. I guess the model in my avatar, Earth, would know more.

Aug 04 11 11:05 am  Link  Quote 
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Alice Cat
Posts: 136
Haverfordwest, Wales, United Kingdom


I love dreadlocks on male models, and if done right they look equally as amazing on female models.

Go for it! Not many have them and it'll be a good assett to you. I love really elegant art nudes featuring a girl with heavy beaded dreads. Just looks so beautiful, can't really describe it!!
Aug 04 11 01:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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AndreaJ
Posts: 163
Greensboro, North Carolina, US


Oh my goodness I have seen some STUNNING models with locks(male and female)!! I think it is ultra edgy!! Most don't understand the versatility of locks you can do updos, long and flowing, short and sassy or you can do the traditional grungy look where there in the transitioning phase, especially if you already have an edgy look to start with, like high cheekbones and a long neck and such. I have seen some gorgeous, fashion, glam, and beauty models that had locks..
Aug 04 11 01:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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Elizabeth Walker
Posts: 24
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


i hate to say this but i wouldn't do it.
you're young enough and tall enough to still have a chance. Get a new agent! Bust your ass to work with the BEST photographers in your area! Spend time google image searching top fashion labels and pay attention to their poses and wardrobe and see what you can do to equal that!

In the meantime, you need to check out other dread options. I own a number of set of dread falls that i'm in love with and break out when my inner goth/hippie takes over, and it's SO satisfying. And way more diverse. Look up the right ways to "install"/wear them and stuff. If you want message me and i can link you to some great ppl that make them.

It depends on what you want from your modeling career. You're only 17 so fetish isn't an option yet, but that's where a lot of "alternative" models end up. Mainstream or fashion, dreads just won't go. sad Best of luck!
Aug 04 11 05:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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Damianne
Posts: 15,973
Austin, Texas, US


Colette LeStrange wrote:

Oh don't be narrow minded, dreadlocks are a personal thing and if u don't like them, don't get them. Dreadlocks are just another way to style your hair, and it's narrow minded people who have to try and ruin it for everybody.
Dreads are personal, and thats it.

Great first post.

Aug 04 11 05:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
True North Photography
Posts: 103
Mount Barker, South Australia, Australia


I don't know if it has been mentioned by why don't you get wool/kanekalon dreads and dread falls?

If you really want them but want to be versatile you can get natural looking colours and cray colours and thwy can look very natural. I am currently making some and plan to find a model who will 'model' them for me.

Just a suggestion smile
Aug 05 11 07:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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