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Why do fashion models look so unhappy?

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(@christineth)
Prominent Member     Brussels, Brabant, Belgium
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I love wearing women’s clothes (as I am sure all of you do too) and I really like many of the designer clothes that runway models wear.  The sexy, feminine flowing materials covering (at least partically) super beautiful women, I just get so jealous watching fashion shows!  If I was to wear the clothes the fashion models wear, I would not be able to help myself and I would have a constant broad smile on my face.  So why don’t the models smile?  Any suggestions why?

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(@lauren114)
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@christineth I see them more as having a look of detachment.   It's almost like they are just going through the motions and just serving as a mannequin for the presentation of the clothes.  

If it was me, I'd be reveling is wearing some of those beautiful clothes and you wouldn't be able to take the smile off my face!

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(@alexina)
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@christineth 

It's part of the performance, they have to project an aloof, don't care cos I'm so beautiful, image.

And...they're constantly hungry 😊

Allie 

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(@revel)
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@christineth Good question, Christine. 

Fashion models should eat before modeling to look happier. Haha. Seriously, I think they want a sexy and sassy look. They may not get paid to smile, but if they do, it makes them look a lot happier. Like Scarlett has advised, when modeling for a photo shoot, smile! 😁

I make it a habit to smile in my photos. I think smiling makes you look more professional. Smiling is like milk, it does the body good. 😉

Rev ♥️

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(@annaredhead)
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@christineth I tend to wear clothes from niche brands that have models who are often curvier, photographed in outdoor settings and generally look like they enjoy the modelling work

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(@LizK)
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@christineth 

You'd be hangry too if all you got to eat was celery sticks.

/LK

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(@finallyfiona)
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@emilyalt I'd be even hangrier than the models, because I wouldn't even eat them 🙂

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(@fembecky)
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@finallyfiona Me neither - but it is said you expend more calories eating celery than you derive from them, so not eating them might make you fat 😒 .

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(@finallyfiona)
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@fembecky I always thought that was cucumber, which I don't mind on my plate.  I don't know about making me fat, but not eating celery certainly won't stop me from becoming so! 

I shall just have to smile more to burn off the calories instead  - a small price to pay for not eating the nasty poisonous hogweed-relative, in my book 👍 ... even if that means I only get to model for catalogues 🙂

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@fembecky

Posted by: @fembecky

it is said you expend more calories eating celery than you derive from them

Hence the reason models are allowed to eat them!

Personally, I like celery with a bit of hummus or ranch dressing.  Of course, those condiments are strictly prohibited in dressing rooms!

/LK

 

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(@jrm3702)
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@christineth This is why I love Talbots so much.  Here are ladies who without exception look like they are having the best day of their lives!  Did she just come back from jogging, or did she just get a call at brunch from her firstborn son who got engaged 10 minutes ago?  No way of knowing except for what she has on.  None of this moody avant garde 'watch out, here I come' stuff.

Modeling must be utterly exhausting though.  I can say from setting up my own shots that holding a pose and an expression a couple of hundred times takes a lot out of me and I rarely sleep as well as I do after a day doing pictures.  Its one of my tells that my wife has picked up on, even when my post-session cleanup is otherwise spotless.

I know very little of runway fashion, but my uninformed take is that it is more about concept and artistry, and introducing new ideas or expressions that find their way into the mainstream later.  For a runway model I'd say this requires a different balancing point between passion and profession than the straightforward smiles-make-sales objective of a catalog--it is to complete the piece, not to make it look like the piece completes them.

 

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(@kimdl94)
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@christineth 

for them, its a job.  And I suppose that being a model can be soul-sucking… being judged by whatever constitutes beauty.

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(@caroline2k)
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They are probably really, really hungry! 😉

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(@alexina)
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@caroline2k great minds, Caroline 

Allie xx

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(@revel)
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@caroline2k That's a good one! I can be the same way if I'm very hungry. Haha. I make sure to eat before I model and have a photo shoot. 🥪

Rev

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(@michaela2001)
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I imagine that the blank face is there so as not to detract from the clothes. I mean, a smile is just so beautiful, in most cases anyway.

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(@christineth)
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@michaela2001 Michaela, exactly, but why would a smile detract from the clothes?  A sunny day does not detract from city trip or mountain hike…on the contrary it makes it even more enjoyable!

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(@michaela2001)
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@christineth Personally, at some of those events as seen on TV (I am not a visitor to these kind of events), I would prefer to watch the models smile than some of the "fashions" they are carrying.  😀

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(@firefly)
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@christineth Their bosses differ and they want to continue working.

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(@harriette)
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@michaela2001 Yes, this is exactly why. It's a trick of the trade to not smile and draw attention away from the fashions.

There are a few models that buck the trend, but most still don't smile.

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(@reallylauren)
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Check out the models at my favorite lady's wear stores, 'Cleo' and 'Laura', these girls look very happy as well as being gorgeous.  These are Canadian owned stores in Canada.

Hugs,

Ms. Lauren M

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(@harriette)
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@reallylauren There are a few models that smile, but I am curious whether they do that on their own or whether the director wants them to look happy.

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@reallylauren 

They must be better fed!

/LK

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(@fembecky)
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@emilyalt They just abstain from celery!

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(@ab123)
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Some of the outrageous 'fashions' leave me speechless and no wonder the models don't smile and have a 'just wear it and take the money' face on. But that's the runways of the designer fashion houses for us the pages of the catalogues have smiling women in more day to day outfits and that's where I would love to be. I would be smiling from ear to ear in some of the outfits...

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(@firefly)
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The explanation that a friend, a Panamanian model, gave me is that, since they wear expensive and exclusive clothes, they have to appear distant from everyday life to create a feeling of exclusivity and pretension. She says their smiles take away from the seriousness of the walk down the runway. They are professionals and they don't get paid extra to smile. It sounds logic to me. But I like your idea better that it's because they are always hungry.
My advice is that if you ever have the opportunity to model, do it, it's fun and the shyness dissipates quickly. In particular, it was difficult for me to avoid smiling at the Esprit Fashion Show. Every model smiled a lot. Maybe because I was wearing my best dresses and, after all, I'm not a professional and I can afford to look happy.

Gisela

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(@jennyjstoned)
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Part of the performance. Also professional modeling is harsh. There is a lot of bullshit messed between shoots and during shoots.

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(@chloec)
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I see those facial expressions across most fashion houses (ie quality and budget magazines, etc) so I would suggest they are told to look that way. I seriously doubt that most fashion models have either through a union or somehow all together decided that they would look all bored and world weary, without some brand manager or photographer standing there demanding they look different.

My guess is that the fashion houses want YOU to look at the clothes the models are wearing, not at the models themselves. I remember in the 'old' days, to learn the name of one or two of more public ones was unusual (like Jennifer O'Neill or Christie Brinkley or Cindy Crawford), but those then became famous and more and more models became popular, with people wanting to see them do other things (or the models themselves wanted to use modeling as a springboard to become famous).

So, I guess the ones we see looking all bored are told to look that way, but hoping to make the leap to being famous for being famous.

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(@firefly)
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@chloec We can say that they are paid not to smile.

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(@sashabennett)
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Back in the day no-one smiled on photo's, when was the last time you saw anyone grinning from ear to ear in a Victorian portrait? To be fair that was probably because the exposure times were so long that it would be difficult to hold a smile without it looking odd. Maybe the models are all Victorians at heart.

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(@cdsue)
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I think part of it depends on the medium the model is working in. If it is a catalog shoot they may be more inclined to smile,. I think if a model is wearing something cute and smiling someone would be more inclined to buy it than if they were not.

As to runway modeling I think there are a number of factors. First, it is a long day starting hours before hitting the runway - hair, make up, final fitting, etc.. Secondly, during the final fitting things are being adjusted by either sewing or pinning to make them fit right. I don't know about any of you but I've been  poked by pins and it ain't fun, especially if you're walking and get poked and can't react. Also, it is a job and the clothes are the center of attention. As someone mentioned they are living breathing mannequins and I haven't seen one fo those with a smile.

XOXO
Suzanne

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(@rebeccabaxter)
Noble Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
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It's a job. I used to drive trucks, big trucks, and I liked it, I didn't smile all the time though, that would have looked weird. I think the models just do what they're told, take the [large amounts of] money then go home and dress in the stuff they like instead. Having seen some of the outfits they are told to wear, I don't think I'd be too happy either, but here's a smile anyway Smile  

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(@jjandme)
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They do not smile because you are supposed to be looking at the clothes they aee modelling, not their faces.

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(@marion54)
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I think: modeling is a job that really demands a lot from you. Maintaining your weight, moving properly, always looking good, and always having the fear of being replaced by someone.
The smile is also switched on or off as required.
We can choose our own outfits and smile all the time.
I think that's better

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