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By Dave Henshaw, Mar 30 2016 10:31AM

It's the question a lot of people ask and non more so than in the world of modelling.

I get asked this question all of the time by mostly young girls wanting to break into the world of modelling and it's a really tricky question to answer.

A model is an individual, male or female, young or old, who takes on the role of promoting and displaying products, particularly fashion clothing, in order to serve as a walking, talking, breathing visual aide for the creative arts. Modelling as a profession was established by Charles Frederick Worth in 1853, when he had his wife model the clothing designs he had created in the category of haute couture.

Soon, it became a common practice for Parisian fashion houses and each kept their own “house mode” in order to help advertise their latest works of art. The profession began to include photo modelling as well, with one of the best-known models having been Lisa Fonssagrives from the 1930s. With over 200 Vogue covers to her name, she was one lady who would shape the careers of fashion models everywhere for years to come.

The first modelling agency was opened up in 1946 by Eileen and Gerard Ford, located in New York, and is currently the oldest one to be found in the world. The Ford Models agency would later also herald the precursor to model housing by allowing teen models from out of town to reside with the innovators from the1960s onwards, while also ensuring that their ladies were paid advances on the money they were owed.

Later in the 1970s, Ford Models would also pioneer the concept of scouting as it began bringing in Scandinavian models that were tall and leggy, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Ford would also begin supermodel competitions and bring in an exotic taste from Brazil, eventually leading to the establishment of Ford Models Brazil.

While initially models would come in all shapes and sizes and would be paid quite poorly, it was in the 1940s and 1950s that this began to change as well. Jinx Falkenburg was the first model to be paid a large sum of money, amounting to $25 an hour, a sum that would convert to about $250 in today’s currency, taking inflation into account.

That is a whopping number and one that extremely few make today as well. In the beginning, models were not known outside the fashion industry. They were also a whole lot more voluptuous, with Wilhelmina Cooper’s measurements at 38″-24″-36″ and Chanel Iman’s at 32″-23″-33” in size.

Here is where pin up models originated and the next decade would bring about a new revolution in of itself.

With London as the hub that procured the best ladies in the profession, we began to find models like Jean Shrimpton, Joanna Lumley, Tania Mallet, Celia Hammond, Twiggy, Penelope Tree, and Pauline Stone spoken about all over the place, suddenly becoming household names.

Twiggy’s figure and general silhouette actually led to a change in the modelling ideals. From thinner ladies to higher pay, it was Twiggy who set the stage for the modern modelling industry to be built upon. Add to that the fact that she earned £80 an hour when the average wage was £15 a week and you have the makings of one of the most famous petite female supermodels to reach such incredible success.

Twiggy was the one woman who changed the course of fashion history, but there are many others who were too short to make the listings but somehow grew to be superstars on that catwalk. Of course, there are different types of modelling and each has its own requirements: -

• Editorial/Fashion: This is a very tight category with strict requirements when it comes to height and weight. Models required in this category are normally featured in magazines or walk the runway shows. Here, women need to be 5’8” or over, up to 6’0” and weigh up to 120 pounds.

• Commercial: In the commercial modelling category, weight and height are certainly not as absolute and can include all types of models. Generally women are expected to be between 5’6” and 5’11” but it is not set in stone. You have plus sized models as well, who wear up to size 18 but are expected to be taller, their height reaching 6’2” even.

Sometimes, models break the mold and become a beacon of light on their own, despite the restrictions placed on success if you differ from the accepted values and for me, the greatest piece of evidence to back this up, was the fabulous Marilyn Monroe. (click to see her official website)

The american actress, singer and all time model stood at 5' 5" and is very well known as one of the most famous of the shorter supermodels in history.

She became a major sex symbol and her images still grace our memories and our walls. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, she bleached her hair to fit the needs of the Blue Book modelling agency.

With her new name of Marilyn Monroe, she took the industry by storm. She would soon become an international success and even after death remembered rather fondly.

So, does size really matter? In my honest opinion "No it doesn't", you are who you are, play to your strenghts, not your weaknesses and prove to the world that no matter how tall you are, you have the confidence to walk with your head held high!

Dave Henshaw

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By Dave Henshaw, Mar 19 2016 12:13PM

I was really pleased to find out this morning, that one of the portrait I's taken of Maggsy last year had been given an FPI (Front Page Image) on the PurplePort website.

PurplePort is a modern and refreshing approach to the problem of finding people to work/collaborate with.

It doesn't matter whether you are an experienced photographer or a new model their mission is to provide you with one neat and easy to use service so you can find talented people to work with.

You can find out more about PurplePort and my FPI here - Take me to it!

Have a great weekend everyone!


By Dave Henshaw, Mar 18 2016 12:42PM

If you've ever had to buy branded workwear or uniforms, then you'll know just how much of a nightmare it can be!!!

There are so many companies online that promise you the earth, but when it comes down to actually providing what they say they will, it never happens.

Previously, my branded work wear with my old Take a Shot logo on took around 9wks to get delivered, it would have taken even longer if I hadn't chased them almost everyday after 6wks of waiting. When it finally arrived, I was pleased with the quality, but the delivery and service left a bitter taste in my mouth.

So this time around, I decided to do a bit more homework and search a little closer to home. I wanted somewhere that had stock that I could actually try on, instead of guessing sizes online, which once printed or embroidered can't be changed.

My search took me to several local companies, but one in particular really stood out!!!

They are called HIVIS and they are based in St. Helens. I called in on Monday 14th March with my new logo saved to a pen drive and I told them that I had an event on the Monday 21st March and asked if they could help me with my new polo shirts.

I was told that it was possible and I was then shown 3 or 4 different styles of polo shirt, they had every size in stock and a fitting room for me to try a few on. I decided which polo shirt I liked best, picked the right size and paid. In comparison to the last polo shirts I ordered, they were a good £4 cheaper and much better quality.

A proof was emailed to me on the 16th March, showing the exact stitching detail and positioning on the polo shirts, I was only able to check this and respond on the morning of Thursday 17th. I approved it all and within 2hrs I recieved a text message, advising me that my polo shirts were ready to collect!!!

It took them just 4 days...4 DAYS, not 9 WEEKS. I was absolutely delighted, so I called in and collected my order in complete satisfaction.

The staff here are extremely knowladgable and friendly and I'd recommend them to anyone, I personally can't thank them enough, well worth considering next time you order any personalised workwear.

Thank you HIVIS, I can't wait to wear my new top on Monday and I'll be in again soon to order more!


HIVIS Website - Click Here

By Dave Henshaw, Mar 16 2016 01:04AM

This week, I finally got the chance to work with British Hair & Fashion model Megan Brunell, I'm guessing that a lot of you will know her from the TV show Britains Next Top Model (BNTM).

She was styled by the amazing Christopher Melia at Liverpool's Star Salon for this year 'Trend Vision' awards.

My time with Megan was brief, we had less than 30 minutes to set up and get the final images, Megans expertise really shone through and it enabled me to actually focus on the photography, she needed little to no direction and it was a breath of fresh air. I am very pleased with the overall results, even if they were a little rushed and look forward to sharing them with you in the next few weeks, I'm pretty sure the team at Star Salon are onto a winner this year...they certainly deserve it!

Hopefully I will get to work with Megan again soon, I have spoken to her about a personal project and she seemed keen to get involved..so watch this space!

Have a great week everyone!


By Dave Henshaw, Mar 10 2016 01:37AM

If you're like me and you like to spend time in the evening just sitting at your desk, going through your images from the day and perhaps working on a bit of editing, then I'd really recommend you look at buying a set of candles from Smoulder Wolf.

The scents are marketed at us 'modern gents' (sorry ladies, don't shoot the messenger) and a set will cost about £35 with free UK delivery.

Have a look at there website, you'll be well impressed with the service and never again will you have to sit in your work space smelling of rose buds and elderflower.


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