A RL treat for all SL models

My last post was about the first MVW 2013 photos and how the first pre-finalists are going to be chosen.

We all know that SL can be a separate reality, the one we want to create, although in terms of fashion and modeling, in my opinion, it should be as closest to RL as possible.

So here you have an example of one of Ford Models - Anna J.

You'll see her portfolio, as a print model and also take a look at her polaroids. Polaroids are the very raw photos the agency takes when a model casts. From those polaroids, as simple as they are, a RL model starts developing.

Clients start looking for a certain type of model and the agency will send them the polaroids they have of that model.
And this is the beauty of RL modeling. It takes a very good eye to chose a real good model from such a simple snapshot. That's why in RL there are model scouters; they scout models for a living, young girls who have all the possibilities of becoming professional models.

The first thing they do is, they just have a glipmse of the girl. They spend lots of time looking at her, observing her and then contact her, directly. On the spot.

This is how it happens in RL to so many models that were just 'found' at the mall, supermarket or having a drink with some friends.

How could we ever have this in SL? It's such a different 'world'.

And here is the thing about MVW, now that a new search is about to begin. MVW organization isn't looking for 'THE' model. They are looking for a beautiful avatar, that can already be a SL model or not. That's the concept of any beauty pageant.

I've written about this over and over and SL models don't seem to learn. MVW is a beauty pageant - like RL Miss Universe. It's not a search for a high fashion model, even though there are several styling challenges throughout the pageant itself.

In RL, a model doesn't style herself. There are stylists, makeup artists and designers that prepare everything for them. They just have to put their personalities into everything. And the outfit shines through, or the jewelry, or the shoes.

SL is, by definition, a world where we can recreate ourselves. So, it's only fair that people behind MVW organization play it by their rules. Just keep in mind that even in SL, there are beauty pageants and there are model agencies. And both are very very different.

Just like RL, a SL model is exactly that - a model. Not necessarily a pretty face but sometbody that can somehow put an outfit on and convey emotions with it.
This is the hardest thing for a SL model to understand - models can be 'ugly' in the classic meaning of the term. Actually, they should if they want to be different and stand out among so many lookalike avatars.

If you're a SL model and you want to work inworld, you really have to stand out and I don't mean be 'beautiful'. Be yourself. One of a kind.
Applying to beauty pageants is a choice. But be sure that's the second life you want for yourself.

If you have that sense of style in you and you want to become a model, go to castings. Apply to several SL model agencies, send your books, send notecards to SL model agencies' owners.

Look at what SL designers do: they have an insight, an idea, they know what the next season's looks are in RL, the next trends and they apply that idea to their creations. They do research a lot! Why don't SL models do the same thing?

I'm guessing no SL model googles Miss Universe pageant. That really doesn't matter for a RL model nor for a SL model.

Here's some food for thought. Why do SL models want to be in a beauty pageant? Just ask yourselves that question. For fame? To have a 'name'?

And watch how a RL model lives and works. How modeling is a job, like any other. It requires that you have something special, or else, in SL, anybody could get a great shape, a good skin, have the most outstanding avatar and be a terrible model. That something 'special' can be seen in SL, it can be felt by those who have a catchy eye for fashion.

Fashion, even in SL, is an art. Not many people can model high fashion in SL. If you can, then do it and forget about beauty pageants.

Immerse yourselves in RL fashion and modeling. Forget about winning or losing. Modeling is extremely competitive as it is, already. And that happens in both lives.


Steph Bailey said...

Loved reading this. Thank you for saying it.
I guess I shouldn't complain when I see models that make me want to run away from the catwalk screaming in horror. There's a line...yanno? But at least now I understand it.

Zachary Zufreur said...

I agree with what you're saying here. Thanks for sharing.

Fifth Avenue said...

Much appreciated for both your comments.

Yes, Eve I so understand what you say, too. I've been watching SL models for years. I must gladly say that in general the model scenario in SL has improved a bit.

The best is to really embrace the job in SL just like RL. It's a competitive world. In RL, so many beautiful girls are left out because they simply cannot wear an outfit and convey an emotion with it. Maybe they are too young? Maybe they are not mature enough. Same thing happens in SL; personality is a huge factor to become a successful model. Not really winning competitions.

Some SL models simply don't have it. It's just like RL. They can be tall and beautiful avatars, but there's something kinda 'missing' there.

Anyway, this has always been my opinion. Again, I so appreciate both your comments!