Kim Dawson model, Claire, sits down with us for new beauty shots + a Q&A where she offers advice for aspiring models.
SG: How’d you get into the business?
C: I entered the annual Kim Dawson model search when I was 17 and was selected as a finalist and signed to the (Kim Dawson) agency. I have been working for them part time throughout my college years at TCU in Fort Worth. I just graduated in May, and I am now modeling full time! :)
SG: Posing tips for new models?
C: No one is going to teach you how to pose. This is something that you must practice and learn on your own. I use Pinterest to find pictures of top models that I look up to and see what poses and facial expressions they are making. It sounds cheesy, but practice in the mirror. Practice makes perfect ;)
SG: What does it take to become a model?
C: Professionalism, a great attitude, a strong work ethic, height, a toned body, and a little personality never hurt anybody!
SG: Big no-no while on set?
C: Being late, being rude, or coming unprepared. Contrary to popular belief, models are not allowed to be divas!
SG: Share some of your beauty rituals! Your skin is flawless.
C: Good skin is everything! Get in the habit now of never missing a night of washing your face. In addition to great skin, agencies and clients look for healthy hair, teeth, and nails. Taking good care of all parts of your body is vital.
SG: Current can’t-live-without cosmetic?
C: My favorite makeup brand is Laura Mercier with Bobbi Brown coming in as a close second! A lot of jobs, runway especially, require that you come hair and makeup ready, so investing in quality makeup that will enhance your natural features is a very good idea. I went to the Laura Mercier counter at Neimans Northpark and had them create a custom eye-shadow palette for my eyes. It is two years later, and I am still using it! My current favorite lipstick and lipgloss combination is Pale Mauve and Tutu by Bobbi Brown.