Modeling news roundup

This week’s highlights: Retirement plans for runway models, beauty comes from within, Mariah Monique on America’s Next Top Model, and more…

Retirement plans for runway models

For most runway models walking in grand fashion shows for Cavalli, Armani, Versace and Prada, “retirement” comes early as they prepare for the non-glamourous “life after modeling“. Many models understand that a long-term career in modeling is uncertain and that it is crucial to have a back-up plan. For example, Canadian model Lisa Cant entered Columbia University at age 23 and she embraces education. She stated: “I love modeling but I love school more. Before I went to university, I saw modeling as my career, but now I see modeling as a means to pay for my future.” Because there is a constant demand for something new, the chances of a girl having a lifelong modeling career like the supermodels, such as Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell, are much lower now than they were in the 1990’s. Modeling is great, but realistically having a financially secure future after modeling is an important consideration.

Vietnamese models lack international opportunities

There are a few reasons why there are not as many international opportunities for Vietnamese models as there are for their American counterparts. One of the reasons is that the work environment for the US models is much more competitive than that of Vietnam, and that competition raises standards. Although there are many gorgeous Vietnamese models, many of them lack the training to be able to achieve international status. Many of them do not get the opportunity to showcase their talent overseas, nor to be known by top members of the fashion industry. Lastly, because Vietnamese models sometimes start their careers as late as 20 years old, they are a little bit behind on the knowledge of the fashion industry and the people in it, especially when their counterparts start their careers at age 14.

Beauty comes from within

A student at West Virginia University is to take part in a modeling contest dedicated to “real girls” where the winner receives an amazing photoshoot in one of the iconic locations in the US, national exposure, up to $1000 in gift cards, and $7500 for a charity of their choice. According to the article, “she hopes to be able to give to the Ronald McDonald Houses in both Charleston and in Morgantown”. She has set out to prove that beauty comes from within.

Mariah Monique on America’s Next Top Model

Model Mayhem member, Mariah Monique, competes in America’s Next Top Model. She is a beautiful model and has amazing features. Her goal is to represent and inspire Native Americans to reach their goals and follow their dreams. She is very proud of her heritage, and wants to be a major factor in improving Native American communities. We wish her all the best in her career and her cause.

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