10 Essential Items for Your Model Bag

In this video, Kelli Kickham shares some of the items models need to have in their model bag for photo shoots. What must have item do you keep in your model bag that we should add to the list?

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Video Credits

Host: Kelli Kickham
Videographer: Ammo Photography
Assistant: Dant Heskett
Location: FD Studio

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9 Responses to “10 Essential Items for Your Model Bag”

  1. May 02, 2016 at 5:30 pm, umptious said:

    If you’re British this video is so funny – KK has exactly the accent that commentators for TV sporting events tend to in the UK…


  2. December 30, 2015 at 5:38 am, Sundal said:

    I’ve been modelling for 12 years and I personally think most of this stuff should be carried by the stylist/makeup artist, with the exception of nude underwear and maybe the nail polish, water and snacks. If you have dietary requirements is always best to carry your own food, unless they’ve said they can provide for you. But even then, as a vegan I have had so many problems even when they said they will provide actually getting the food I need. I have never carried straws or any of that other stuff and personally I think when you are running around from casting to casting and maybe even with a shoot that day, you want to keep your model bag stripped back as much as possible so you don’t get tired out. Your book, comp cards, water, high heels (you will be wearing your flats as you’ll get very sore and ugly feet if you always wear heels) and a nude multiway bra and g-string is pretty much all you need. For lingerie jobs, a g string is vital, anything else is too visible and a nightmare to retouch. For other jobs, the seam free stuff is better. If you are a brown or black girl, nubian skin does a full range of ‘nude’ underwear. I never carry my own makeup kit or shoes to a job unless I’ve been asked to. It’s the makeup artist’s job to do touchups and if the makeup artist decides not to show up, then that’s probably not a job you want to be doing anyway.


  3. July 24, 2015 at 6:48 am, Grace Diamond said:

    Clothes pins in case garments are too big, an on-the-go sewing kit, nude and black stockings, clear, unscented deodorant and moisturizer, pasties, spanx, bobby pins, ponytail holders, & hair spray, & 2-sided/garment tape.
    Basically, prepare as if everyone else on the team will forget their tools.


  4. June 25, 2015 at 5:38 pm, Britney Jean Hying said:

    I love that you have your FC5 oil control powder! I carry mine too!! I’m a consultant for Arbonne and also a model, so I was excited to see the brand and choice! Thanks for the helpful video!! I’m always working on my model bag! Thanks for making it simple! 🙂


  5. June 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm, Regnig Snommis said:

    I bring fabric glue like mighty mend or sumthing like that just in case sumthing doesn’t fit like it used to or if a hem cums undone u never know


  6. June 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm, Jamie Stockert said:

    Great advise! Also have an HAIR NETS!……
    Once you get your Hair all made up… You don’t want to mess it up after every outfit change. It works like wonders


    • December 30, 2015 at 5:42 am, Sundal said:

      i actually like a silk scarf for this… i only carry it when i’m styling though, but i hardly ever see other stylists carrying this. put it over your head before slipping garments over the head and the hair and makeup remain perfectly intact.


  7. November 07, 2014 at 4:49 am, Alessandro Pelosi said:

    As fashion photographer I would advise any model to add to that basic kit also:
    – a kimono robe, that can be opened from the front and secured with a belt: it is light, occupies 0 space, but it can be fundamental to cover yourself during the makeup and hair phase, you really would not remove anything from the top after a pair of hours spent for makeup and hair, wearing a robe only will allow all pressure sign to disappear in that meanwhile.
    – mosturizing creme (always useful)
    – shower kit: you really don’t know if you would need a shower before going away the shooting location, sometimes what they stick on your skin is too sticky, better having a towel and a little bottle of showergel with you.
    – body oil: many times it is necessary, better you wear your own instead of someone else’s
    – a bikini (always useful, especially if it is the one with straps that can be worn and removed over and below other stuff, unless you won’t risk to be seen totally nude during changes. if you have space try to evaluate which one emphasize your body shape and take more than one, many time a string bottom and push up top may do the difference …
    – Sunbathing lotion, protection factor 50 (really important,a day spent outdoor, even with not much sun will leave its signs )
    – a minidress, those that leave your shoulders free, extremely useful for portrait sessions and they can slip from the bottom too. in winter the wool version is good to keep you warm, mind it is not tight.
    – flip flops (water, resting, shower, bla bla bla … always better than bare feet)
    – you may never know if they have everything you need at every casting session you participate, prepare for yourself 2 or 3 looks that seem being appropriate for your style and your way to propose yourself.
    – sunglasses (cheap, light that do not leave pressure signs, but save your sight)
    – about lingerie, ok for seamless ones, but also try to take with you a tiny tiny g-string black, nude and white too … under white dresses the nude ones tend being visible.


  8. September 09, 2014 at 4:51 pm, said:

    That was really great! I also always bring a light weight sweater or jacket that is easy to slip on and off (rather than going over my head and potentially wrecking havoc on the MUA’s work!) It helps me to stay warm when I’m on set waiting (and yes, sometimes there is a lot of waiting – for makeup or hair or just for my turn to be on set.) It can get pretty cool in the studio, so its always good to be prepared instead of complaining! 🙂


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