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Check out model Holly May who visited UK Model Folios to perfect her portfolio. Holly wasn’t entirely sure of the direction she wanted to go down with modelling, although had a keen interest in lingerie modelling. After a short time shooting, we realised she had potential for lingerie and commercial; she left extremely satisfied and happy with her fresh and diverse images that ultimately demostrate her versatility as a model
It’s been another grey week in London but this stunning beauty shot by Alan Strutt of beautiful model Polly keeps us smiling for the weekend x
I’m back from the most amazing trip in Thailand and I have to say that as hard work as it was I absolutely loved every moment of it! Here are just a few snaps from the Thailand 2011 Calendar trip…
We are most definitely 100% going to be organising this trip again next year. For more details then please don’t hesitate to contact us: email@example.com.
Most people are quick to assume that if you become a model life equals luxury and tonnes of fame- every one wants to be your friend, right? I mean, really what do models have to worry about? They’re beautiful, popular and have the World at their feet, surely life is peachy for them? Wrong. Leah Evans, Front Alt model and currently the most popular girl on the Besinful website lets us in and tells us why being a glamour model isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be…
Hi Leah! How are you today?
Heya, I’m really well, thank you.
What made you decide to become an alternative glamour model?
It was mainly my friends telling me that I should give it a go, I used to laugh it off but one day I thought “I have nothing to loose, I might as well go for it” and that’s how it all started.
Were you nervous about your first shoot?
My first shoot was actually for Front magazine taken by the lovely Zoe McConnell so I was very nervous knowing that they would be going straight into a magazine! However, Zoe made me feel really comfortable and the nerves weren’t around for very long.
How long have you been modelling for?
I’ve only been modelling for about 9 months now, so not long at all!
Have you received any criticism yet?
Yes! The first time was after my feature in Front magazine, I had quite a few “friends” disagree with what I was doing and I also got a few nasty messages on the Myspace account I use for fans.
How did it make you feel?
I’ve always been a little bit insecure, so it was quite hurtful. The messages from strangers didn’t hurt me, it was more the fact that friends had turned on me. I guess that’s how you discover who your real friends are though.
Did it encourage you to carry on with your career and prove everyone wrong?
Yeah it really did, sometimes the “haters” do hurt my feelings a little but then again I’m only human, but I will carry on doing what I love to do, my true friends support me 100% and that’s all that matters.
How did your family and friends react when you told them that you wanted to get into glamour?
My mum has been amazing the whole way through, she has supported me every step of the way. My Dad was a little bit disapproving and so were a few of my friends. The majority of people in my life have been brilliant though.
Do you have any insecurities that you battle with?
I have lots of insecurities, I’m just like any other woman.
Do you feel that glamour models (particularly alternative glamour models) are unfairly judged?
Certainly, there is such a stigma with glamour models. Hopefully this will change in the near future! The thing is with Glamour modelling is that there is such a fine line between the images looking classy/fun or dirty/distasteful. As long as the glamour images are taken tastefully, I don’t see why there should be such a stigma. After all, nudists are not slated for showing their bodies. We all know what bottoms and boobies look like!
Since starting a career as a glamour model do you feel under pressure to look a specific way?
I will not lie; there is definitely a pressure to look a certain way. Maybe not so much in the Alternative Glamour industry as they embrace all different sizes and shapes, but you do feel the need to make sure you look your best as the industry is very large, there’s a lot of other models to compete with!
Do you find that boys and girls act differently around you now that you’re a model?
Both boy’s and girl’s instantly think you are easy, fake, arrogant, have no respect for your body and have your head in the clouds. This is not the case, it can be quite frustrating when people have false judgements, but I guess it’s just the way the industry goes, people will always judge, bitch and hate on girls in the Glamour industry.
At the moment you’re the most popular girl on www.Besinful.com has this encouraged you to ignore any nasty comments that you hear about yourself?
To be perfectly honest, I really do not know how I managed to become the most popular girl on “Besinful”. All of the other girl’s on the site are absolutely stunning. It has really helped my self esteem and confidence though and I’m so thankful to everyone that has sinned/supported me.
Have you ever felt pressurised by the media to look a certain way?
Hasn’t every girl? I think it’s awful though. I talk to as many fans as possible and I can safely say that nearly every fan I have had the chance to speak to has said that curves are the most attractive thing on a women- embrace them girls!
Do you think that there is the same amount of pressure on glamour models as there are on fashion and commercial models?
I think no matter what type of modelling you do, there will always be pressure. I just hope that more girls embrace what they have and only change if it will make them happier. Don’t change for anyone but yourself.
Has being an alternative model made it harder for you to be accepted into the glamour industry?
My tattoos have stopped me getting into various different agencies and jobs. I would advise any girl to carefully consider what type of modelling they want to pursue before getting visible tattoos. That said, I love all of my tattoos and don’t regret a single one, they are part of who I am and I have a few more planned.
What advice do you have for any alternative models?
You can never ask too many questions. I would be happy to answer any questions any girls may have if they are thinking of entering into alternative modelling. Just make sure you do your research and NEVER go to a shoot alone!
Do feel under-pressure to eat healthily and exercise?
Not from the alternative industry. I would never loose weight unless it was what I wanted to do personally. I love food way too much to be able to diet!
Would you ever consider plastic surgery?
I don’t think so. I would rather just grow old gracefully and be “real” but we will see how I feel about this in 40 years when the wrinkles set in!
Do you feel that the Media put un-necessary pressure on girls and women to look a specific way?
I think the way the media edit images is a little excessive. However, kudos to Britney Spears for releasing the pre-airbrushed images from her latest Candie’s photo shoot. It’s nice to see a woman proud of her imperfections.
Because you have a fan base, do you think that you represent an image for girls to follow? If so how does it make you feel to know that that there are girls out there who look up to you?
I have had quite a few messages from girls saying they look up to me and I’m absolutely flattered! I hope that girls will start to look at real girls as role models more than the celebrities you see in glossy magazines that have been airbrushed.
Since becoming an alt model have there been any moments where you’ve felt really unconfident about yourself?
Definitely. Us girls always have our “fat” or “bad hair” days, but we just have to troop through them and dive into that tub of Ben and Jerry’s at the end of the day to make ourselves feel better.
At just 18 years-old Freya Mary Holmes has already been scouted by numerous model agencies and is the face for clothes brand ‘Babycakes’. But, what most girls would describe as a dream come true, Freya admits can sometimes have its bad points too…
Hi Freya! How are you today?
Hi! I’m good thanks, I had loads of sleep last night so I’m feeling perky!
How did you become a model?
Well, I first got asked to model by a scout in Topshop, although it wasn’t that exciting; she was looking for hair models for a Trevor Sorbie hair show, but I was so excited. From then I just had the idea in my head that it could possibly be something I could do, and it just went from there. It has just come in my stride so far.
How old were you when you had your first modelling job?
I had just turned 16. I think that’s when all my independence started as my Mum let me go up to London on my own and sort the whole thing myself, I thank her for that now.
Do you enjoy being one of the faces of Babycakes?
I love it, I really do. I used to see Babycakes clothing online and always thought I’d quite fancy one of their tee-shirts so when I got asked to model for them it was so weird! I’ve also met some really great people that I probably wouldn’t of been given the opportunity or confidence to meet before Babycakes.
How did you get the job with Babycakes?
Paul found me and asked, which was really surreal as I know so many people who ‘idolise him’. It was all so casual at first that I didn’t believe it would ever happen. I’m definitely glad it did though!
Are you conscious of your appearance?
Definitely, I always have been though. I have one friend who, whenever I see her, we constantly talk about hair and make-up, not in a pathetic girly way, but just because it’s so interesting. I think I’ll always be conscious of the way I look. I’d hate to get to a stage where I just didn’t care about how I look anymore. I think self-pride is really important.
Did you become more aware of your appearance when you started modelling?
I’d say so. Obviously I was flattered and quite proud, but it also made me wonder if I should be doing more to care for myself. You read all about models having perfect skin and hair, that bothered me a bit and I started to wonder if I should start some military style regime, but I never have.
Do you ever receive horrible remarks from any girls or boys?
All the time, and it’s really hard to accept. A lot of girls think I’m stuck up and so many people do not take the time to get to know me because they’ve heard other negative things like that. In the scheme of things though it’s not a big issue, as you can’t let one person’s opinion get you down.
How does it make you feel when people are mean to you, just because of your modelling?
Most people are really supportive, but there are always a few who have a problem with what I do, for whatever reason. It is disheartening, but as cliché as it may sound anyone who isn’t prepared to let you do what makes you happy, isn’t worth your time.
Do you feel that the Media puts added pressure on models?
In some circumstances, yes. When I read about models who have starved themselves to death just to fit in with the industries requirements it makes me so angry. This media driven obsession with weight could quite easily break any girl who is trying to succeed in a modelling career. I think because I don’t do anything too high fashion I’ve avoided most of this pressure so far, and I’m not very easily manipulated so I’ve managed to stay grounded.
Do you feel that commercial models such as yourself are under the same amount of pressure as glamour models?
I wouldn’t say so; I’ve always felt comfortable in my work and in the industry in general. Being able to take things at my own pace and not being made to feel like someone being pushed into becoming something I’m not is really important to me, and so far that’s all I’ve experienced.
Glamour modelling does seem a lot more competitive, perhaps because there is a more restricted audience and clientele for their work so it would be fair to assume there may be other pressures on glamour models.
What advice do you have for any girls who want to model for clothes companies?
My main advice would be to keep your head up and stand your ground. It’s so easy to be pushed into work that either undervalues you, or doesn’t suit you and if you’re interested in starting a career in modelling you may feel inclined to take it in case it’s your only chance. I’ve always found that if something feels right, you just know and that your chance will definitely come at some point if it’s meant to.
Do your family and friends support your chosen career?
My family is really supportive of everything I do, as long as it’s within reason! Id say 90% of my friends have had my back all the way, but I think some of them can’t handle it. I don’t know why that is, because I haven’t changed but Ive definitely drifted apart from people since I’ve started modelling.
Do you find it harder to trust people?
I think you maybe just triggered a small realisation for me *aha*! Perhaps that’s why I’ve drifted apart from people. I’ve grown in independence and realised not everyone is how they seem at first. I think I’ve always had trust issues, but so far with my agency and Babycakes too everyone’s been so genuine that I’m completely comfortable.
Who else would you like to model for?
My dreams would be to model for American Apparel or Superdry. I think they take incredible photos in a style that I’d love to experiment with, plus the clothes are right up my street.
You said that your Mum encouraged you to go up to London by yourself to your castings etc. Do you think that brought you two closer?
My mum and I have always been close, shes a very successful business woman and I think the more involvement I had with ‘the business World’ the more understanding I gained about what she does for me, even though she works in a completely different industry. It definitely did bring us closer as it made me realise just what hard work is, which is something she’s always done, for me.
Would you ever consider becoming a glamour model?
I’ve appeared in FRONT Magazine before, which some would consider to be glamour modelling however, the feature I did wasn’t of that style. However, I’d do something classy for them, if I got to keep my dignity – I hate the thought of having children whose friends can point at naked pictures of their mother!
Is there a specific moment in your life that you felt really insecure with your appearance?
Definitely. When I was younger I went through a stage of not knowing really who I was or where I fitted with everyone else. I got messed around by a few friends and started to wonder if I was with the right people. However, with time that’s definitely changed and I think if you pursue something you enjoy, you’re bound to feel more secure about yourself in every way.
Do you still eat whatever you want to or do you feel more inclined to eat a healthier, balanced diet?
I eat so much and I’m literally not even saying that! I eat a lot of rubbish, I don’t think I’d ever be able to ‘diet’ and I dont think I need to. I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, just because I like them. I think even if I didn’t I would feel more inclined to eat them anyway though – also I love salad.
Written by Coco Minnie x
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