#1 - Models are tall, blonde Amazons.
In fact, the type of model that is now preferred has striking (and often unusual) features, darkish hair, and skin anywhere from porcelain to coal.
In general, models do not look like this...
#2 - Models are stupid.
'Scuse me! We models are (usually) just ordinary people, thanks. A lot of models I meet on the job are in college and model for the money (it does pay pretty well).
#3 - Models are anorexic/bulemic.
This stereotype bothers me the most. True, many models are of healthy or slightly below average weight... but not all of us have eating disorders. (Again: models = regular people. Regular people can have anorexia. Models can too. But it isn't in the job description!) I, for example, have a BMI a few points below average, but see me at any meal and thoughts of an eating disorder will just fly away, LOL!
#4 - Models make gazillions of dollars, live in big fancy houses, and have small yappy dogs with $800 dollar haircuts.
Haha... no. Though it's true that my average job pays perhaps $300-$400 average, I only get one or two jobs (if any) every three months. And if your parents, like mine, don't pay for a lot of your wants/needs, that money goes bye-bye pretty fast.
#5 - Modeling requires little to no skill.
Think that modeling just means standing in front of a camera, tossing your head, and looking like an idiot? Think again!
Modeling requires patience, incredible acting skills, and the ability to follow directions to the letter. If the photographer says "act happy", you can't just do a fake smile. You have to have a genuine smile, perhaps laugh a little... convince yourself you just won the lottery and are 100% happy.
It's really hard to do it right.
Oh, and don't forget how uncomfortable modeling can be! Those 'effortless' poses (for example, legs crossed, arms outstretched behind head and holding balloons, while looking totally thrilled?) get incredibly painful after a few hours. Trust me on this... it really hurts!
PS - for the record, I have yet to meet a photographer/director who actually says "work it" or "strike a pose". Or a model who says "I'm ready for my close-up". Seriously, people...
Well! The Five Myths of Modeling have been officially debunked. Thank you... and I hope you see us models in a better light now. We are truly just ordinary people!
(Also: any other models in the house? Make yourself known! Leave a comment... and perhaps include your own pet peeves about the Myths!)