Models vs “Models”


In all honesty, these days it’d be more difficult to tally up the number of girls who aren’t currently or haven’t in the past pursued modeling. It could just be me, but it seems like for whatever reason that has almost become a stepping stone in the life of a young woman. You know – you lose your first tooth, have your first crush, go to the prom, model, and then eventually start a family. Right? Ok, so maybe it’s not that crucial of a stepping stone in the grand scheme of things. But riddle me this – how many people you know claim to be pursuing a career in the art of fierce poses and mean walks? Mmhmmm, I figured as much…

Now I would assume that it doesn’t take much to give the illusion that one is, perhaps, a model of sorts. For a lot of aspiring young ladies, access to a plain white wall (“backdrop”) and individual to hold a digital camera (“photographer”) is quite easy to come by. So what it is that separates the real deal Tyra-to-be from the, say, next Twitter celeb or reality star who simply takes pictures??? What exactly differentiates the Models from the “Models”?

Is it Representation?
There was a time at which being signed to an agency spoke to one’s credibility in the industry. The names Ford, Elite, and Wilhemina (to name a few) would let you know that this girl was the real deal. But nowadays, lines are blurred. Individuals have begun to create their own local niche agencies to represent budding “talent”. Even major companies have begun to sign untraditional faces. Ford Agency alone has represented the likes of Janice Dickinson, Alek Wek, Lindsay Lohan and even Amber Rose. Each at their time of signing was given the same title, but do the names all hold the same weight?

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