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Be America’s Next Top Model

How to Break into Modeling coverHow to Break into Modeling
Orenstein
1987

Submitter: I work at an academic fashion library and we have a very small section of books on modeling in the fashion industry. Just last week I pulled this mid-1980s advice book out of our collections. It’s a safe bet our students were not even born when this book was originally published. How to Break into Modeling contains a wealth of detailed advice for would-be models, including:
-Your haircut says a lot about you. It can say, “I’m a professional” or “I’m wild!” or “I mean business” or “I like to party.”
-If you’re wearing shoulder pads for a head shot, make sure they’re lying correctly and not popping up or sliding down your shoulders.
-The body type required for fashion models in the eighties happens to be very androgynous, so breasts, hips, and thighs are “out,” but the standards and politics of beauty are changing all the time. Perhaps very womanly figures will be the trend again. (Me: Wishful thinking?)
-Men aspiring to modeling careers should pay extra attention to updating their look and taking care of their hands—things that don’t come naturally to many men.

Holly: Oh for crying out loud. Glad you caught this one, Submitter. What a ridiculous book for a current fashion library! Also, Submitter and I chatted about how those striped leotards, pictured below, were standard issue in the 80s. They’re in every workout photo of that decade! As Submitter put it: “I’m pretty sure the striped leotards were issued to you when you bought a copy of Olivia Newton John’s ‘Physical’ to dance to.” Ha!

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Striped leotard

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6 Responses to Be America’s Next Top Model

  • Yeesh! That model displaying the three hairstyles is scary! Look at all that eye make-up and all that lipstick and that creepy smile. If the Joker had been a woman that’s what he/she would have looked like!

    • That hair is the reason I used to walk into the high school art room with a comb and a pair of scissors and ask, “Who wants to cut hair?” Yes, I really did that; it was a better option than looking like that and trying to maintain the look.

    • I’m gobsmacked at the idea that hairdo #2 is supposed to be sleek and sophisticated.

  • Did anyone else first think the title read “Break into Yodeling”?

  • that Pia Zadora lookalike is going to throw her back out standing like that.