Shoes Made for Struttin’!

Shoes … they’re a great addition to every outfit! However, when hitting the catwalk, it’s important to have the right shoes (unless provided by the designer). Here are my tips for choosing the right shoes for the runway.

  • 3 to 5-Inch Heels are Best – Unless you’re a young girl, the kitten heel isn’t sexy. However, 6-inch stilettos are not ideal. The higher the heel, the more it affects your walk. In general, 3 to 5-inches is a good range that gives the right look without hindering your strut.
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  • Ankle Support Scores – A simple strap around the ankle can keep your heels from slipping out of the shoe. Simple ankle support is key, 1 buckle, or 1 zipper up the back to minimize time needed to put on or remove shoes.
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  • Simple & Strappy Stilettos – Simple strappy stilettos are always winners! They can be worn with party dresses, gowns, slacks, swimwear … they’re universal! But not too strappy that they distract from the garment. Also, stay away from wedges.
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  • Neutral Colors – Have a solid stiletto heel in black, nude, silver, and gold, and you’re set! Some designers may request a colorful shoe, however you can’t go wrong with these basics.
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  • Platforms – Platforms are definitely not necessary, but they provide extra support on the ball of the foot that comes in handy if you’ll be standing/walking same shoes for a long period of time.
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What to Stay Away From …

  • Too high heels
  • Multiple buckles/ties
  • Slippery/hard to walk in
  • Gaudy/distracting designs
  • Extreme platforms
  • Wedges

What are your favorite shoes to strut in? Let me know in the comments below!

See you on the runway! 💋

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Catwalk Killa!

Let’s evaluate what’s RIGHT about this photo…

Moschino Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear fashion show
  • This gorgeous model is walking one foot in front of the other
  • Her arms are controlled and intentional
  • She has her hand lightly placed in her pants pocket with her elbow held back
  • She is holding the clutch from the top and down to her side
  • There are no distracting undergarments (bra straps, panty lines, etc.)

Beautiful!

What do you love about this photo? Comment below to tell me your thoughts!

See you on the runway! 💋

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I’m on Apple News!!

Y’all!!!!!!! I’m super excited about this! I guess people really do read my Runway Monday posts! LOL

I’d like to give a special thank you to Warith Niallah of FTC Publications for reaching out about posting an article based on my last Runway Monday post, How to Determine Your Model Rate. I’m juiced that this post resonated with him because I think it’s really important for freelance models to take charge of their ability to make money, and I hope that my post can help someone to determine how much they should be charging for their services. Know your worth, models!

So, Warith’s article is on two different platforms, which you can see below. Please check them out! 💋

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HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR MODEL RATE

I’m asked all the time by freelance models how to determine your model rate. 💵 It’s tough to lock down a solid answer for this question because there are a lot of variable to consider:

  • How long have you been modeling?
  • What is your strength?
  • What type of gig is it, and what will you be doing?
  • Who is it for?
  • How many hours are required?
  • How far do you have to travel?
  • What benefits do you bring?

I believe freelance models should have a runway rate and a print/other rate. Based on your strengths, you can charge more for one rate over another. Also, determine how you will establish your rate (and this should be per gig) – hourly (if hourly have a minimum number of hours, i.e. 2 or 3-hour minimum), day rate (have a max number of hours for day rate, no less than 8 hours), half day rate (half day is generally 4-5 hours worth of work).

Runway shows are generally long days, so I suggest a flat runway rate. Where print/promotional or other gigs may be shorter, so I suggest an hourly rate. If you know it’s an all day gig, you can do a day rate, etc.

Do your research on who the gig is for … is it a small, local, up & coming boutique? If so, they may not be able to afford a high hourly or day rate. Know your worth, but if it’s a gig you want, don’t be afraid to negotiate. Are you willing to work for a lower rate plus an item of clothing? Or is this boutique so poppin’ that just being a part of this will give all kinds of social media exposure, and you’re willing to work for free? This is all subjective. Make it worth your while.

Know what you bring to the table. I know I have a strong runway walk, years of experience, and a professional attitude and demeanor. I will have a higher runway rate. However, if I don’t do a lot of photo shoots, and I know I need to be coached, I’ll ease up on my print or promo rate because I’m not as strong in that area, got it?

Just as important it is to know your worth, you also don’t want to be overpriced for what you bring. If you’re brand new to the industry, have booked minimal work, and still have a lot of experience to gain, don’t expect to get paid the big bucks right off the bat. They’ll book the model who bring the most for the lowest cost.

Here’s a general range for aspiring freelance models (don’t forget to consider all of the above):

  • Runway Rate: $75-$300
  • Print Hourly Rate: $50-$300/hour (minimum 2 hours)
  • Half Day Rate (4 hours or less): $75-$300
  • Full Day Rate (8-12 hours): $200-2,000

Of course, if you are represented by an agency you don’t need to negotiate your own rate. However, if you are booking your own work be realistic in your pricing. You don’t want to do too much for too little, and you don’t want to be overpriced. Understand that it may take a few gigs to understand what exactly you’re getting into, and also know that if they didn’t go through an agency to book it’s likely because they don’t have a large budget.

Comment below to let me know how you’ve determined your model rate. Has it been helpful?

See You on the Runway! 💋

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MY MODEL BAG SWAG

Okay, so I’m giving a rundown of everything in my model bag. These are the items I make sure to have when booked for a runway show or photo shoot.

  1. Heels – Neutral colored, strappy heels are ideal, but a nice pump is also useful. Don’t forget to bring any other colors requested by the designer.
  2. Robe & Flip Flops – Between all the fittings, hair and makeup going on backstage, it’s nice to have a robe & flip flops to throw on when you don’t want to go through the hassle of putting those jeans & boots back on.
  3. Face Cover – It’s important to have something to cover your face when changing into designer garments. This will help to prevent makeup from getting on the clothes.
  4. Scentless lotion – Won’t catch me ashy on the runway! But you don’t want any scents to get into the garments, so leave your Bath & Body Works at home.
  5. Clear Deodorant – So you don’t get white marks on the clothes!
  6. Wipes – To spruce up when things get hot & sweaty. There’s a lot of hustling backstage.
  7. Requested clothing items – Anything the designers have asked me to bring.
  8. Emergency items – Fashion tape, makeup kit, hair kit, masking tape – just in case! (see Runway Monday post from March 18, 2019)
  9. Business/zed cards – For when networking opportunities arise!

Comment below and let me know what’s in your model bag. I’d love to hear if you’ve added something based on my list, or even some things you keep in yours that I didn’t mention!

See You on the Runway! 💋

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SIP: Nashville

I’m proud to partner with Sisters in Power for their 2019 Women’s Empowerment Tour as their runway coach and choreographer! I’ll be traveling with them one weekend of each month May-October. Come see me in your city!

 

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I’m proud to partner with Sisters in Power for their 2019 Women’s Empowerment Tour as their runway coach and choreographer! I’ll be traveling with them one weekend of each month May-October. Come see me in your city!

 

SIP: Philadelphia

I’m proud to partner with Sisters in Power for their 2019 Women’s Empowerment Tour as their runway coach and choreographer! I’ll be traveling with them one weekend of each month May-October. Come see me in your city!

 

SIP: DC, MD, VA

I’m proud to partner with Sisters in Power for their 2019 Women’s Empowerment Tour as their runway coach and choreographer! I’ll be traveling with them one weekend of each month May-October. Come see me in your city!

 

SIP: Tampa

I’m proud to partner with Sisters in Power for their 2019 Women’s Empowerment Tour as their runway coach and choreographer! I’ll be traveling with them one weekend of each month May-October. Come see me in your city!