THE SOCIAL MEDIA AGE OF MODELLING-HOW TO SOURCE AND DISCOVER ORGANIC INSPIRATION
Within today’s social media age, our generation is constantly influenced by amplified beauty and extremely edited photographs of fashion models. The promotion of such image often portrays an unrealistic idea of models, and even indeed the lifestyle of our career. That’s why I believe it’s more important than ever for models to vocalise the reality of the industry, sharing both the positive benefits and the struggles some discover. Social media is an amazing and of course potentially damaging tool. However, it is a tool which allows models to share their story, sharing behind the scenes footage, before and after images, and the reality of the every day life of our careers. It’s this organic content which I believe will help positively reflect the future of the generation of models, showing followers the truth behind the camera and allowing aspiring models to decide for themselves if such career suits them.
The online world is an amazing inspirational source for models, both aspiring and established. However, with such a clutter of unrealistically edited and off duty posts, it’s hard to know what the industry is truly like. That’s why I wanted to share just a few simple ways I found to help balance social media whilst still inspiring my modelling motivation!
1. Only follow accounts which truly motivate you.
One piece of amazing advice I was once told was this. Maybe monthly go through who you follow and double check their feeds to ensure its still something which positively inspires you. Overly edited images for example, slowly but surely become a daily invasive influence within your feed and subtly provides a negative impact on your self esteem. Try your best to follow accounts which generally provide organic and realistic content.
2. Read interviews.
A picture says a thousand words, but it's hard to know the organic message when it’s hidden by an array of filters. That’s why I began reading online interviews models shared about their daily lifestyle. This helped me understand a bigger picture of what other models experience and what they advise. It was even simple things like knowing what to wear for castings, that helped me learn how to present myself to clients.
3. Ignore negative comments.
As I mentioned above, social media is an amazing platform but also potentially damaging. Whilst its good to obtain constructive criticism from genuine industry insight. Online bullies often target models causing issues such as fat shaming and skinny shaming to arise, affecting mental and physical health. It’s something that sadly almost every model now daily experiences online. It’s sometimes really hard to block out the names and false accusations people may assume about your lifestyle. I truly believe modelling is an incredibly hard, dedicated career which is over glamourized and so sometimes prompts such unnecessarily negativity. Models are judged enough on a daily basis within the nature of the industry and such unwanted online comments are often just pure jealously. Believe in yourself and value your own identity.
4. Consider a digital break.
Even if it’s on your commute to castings, travelling or at meals, turn off your phone and try to immerse yourself in reality and those around you. Ultimately those who know you best are your friends and family, they will have your genuine best interests at heart and its sometimes easy forgotten within this digital age. Focus on yourself and such grounding will definitely help inspire you.
5. Remember your power to influence.
Whilst of course you can search and discover such inspiration online, remember social media is you’re tool to help motivate your own following. When posting, think about who you are targeting, what message you want perceived and how to best positively promote your identity. Modelling provides an amazing opportunity to help you vocalise your thoughts. Try following motivational model activists, join charities and help endorse brands which you believe in. Now more than ever models are able to use social media to help monetise our digital footprint, so take advantage!
I hope this helps motivate your inspiration, please search and discover alternative and additional advice however and find what works best for you.