Becoming a Bikini Model

How to become a bikini model?

Do you want to be a bikini model? We'll try to guide you in your quest for fame and fortune!

“Many famous women have made a name for themselves appearing on the pages of glossy mens magazine. The most famous of these being the cover of Sports Illustrated including Tyra Banks, Elle MacPherson and Petra Nemcova.

In recent times men's magazine favorites, such as Joanna Krupa & Emily Scott, have become household names as a result of this new type of media exposure.

Becoming a swimsuit model isn't quite the same as becoming a high fashion model you see on the catwalks of Milan or the pages of Vogue. Fashion models are required to be between 5'9 and 6′ and typically have bust-waist-hip measurements close to 34-24-34. Whereas there appears to be a little more leniency in the realm of swimsuit modeling.

Of course, beauty is still a prerequisite, as is a slim physique. In general a generous bust size (C cup plus) is an advantage as is the hard to measure “sex appeal” of a model. While many top models have a quirky look that sets them apart from the crowd, bikini models typically have a girl next door quality that is easily relateable.

Following are 7 steps you can take to conquer the world of swimsuit modeling:

Enter Competitions – Many magazine hold swimsuit competitions through various nightclub & bar venues – this is a great way to get yourself noticed.

Approach Photographers – Reputable photographers only, preferably photographers who have previously been published in the magazine you would like to appear in.

Develop a hook – Are you a female mechanic? What about a mad football fan? These themes could look great in a photo shoot and magazines LOVE hooks.

Network – Use social networking sites such a Myspace and Facebook to find out everything you can about what is going on in the industry locally.

Approach Swimwear Companies – And other swimsuit related products. Maybe your friends uncle owns a surfboard company or a car company that uses bikini girls in their advertising, once you have some photos to add to your portfolio it makes everything easier.

Workout – Your body is going to have to be in top shape to even have a chance in this market.

Get Practise – Once again reputable photographer only! To do TFP work (time for prints). This will allow you to discover your best angles and put you in good stead when you start getting paid work and are expected to perform.

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Summer Fisher is a former international model who is now a successful swimwear designer, photographer and stylist.

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Do I have what it takes to be a bikini model?

If you've been thinking about diving into the world of bikini modeling, it's important to ask yourself if you have what it takes. A lot of people may think that being a bikini model is only about putting on a swimsuit and looking good. While that's partially true, there's a lot of work that goes into being a really great bikini model.

Being a bikini model is especially demanding given the tiny nature of the apparel you will be modeling. Maintaining your physical appearance is incredibly important. This means eating healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks, exercising a bare minimum of 3 – 5 times a week, and taking excellent care of other things, too, such as your skin and hair.

It's a 24/7 commitment, always keeping in mind your next event and what you need to do to prepare. A healthy diet will play a major roll in not just your body composition but also the health of your skin and hair, too. Proper hydration is another factor that affects these areas, as well. It's important to make sure you stay properly hydrated so your skin maintains a nice, healthy glow.

By paying attention to all of these areas, you will be feeling your best, and when you feel good, you look good, right?

Should I compete in a bikini contest?

There are a couple of different directions you can go in bikini modeling. There are the traditional bikini contests ranging in size from huge, such as a large contest held during Spring Break, to tiny, as in down-at-your-local-bar small.

These competitions sometimes have specific rules about the types of bikinis you can wear and many other things. Be sure to get the rules for whichever competition you want to enter because they can vary by event and venue. You don't want to work hard to get prepared, and then end up disqualified.

There are also more specialized areas of bikini modeling, such as fitness bikini models. These women showcase their rock hard abs in the tiniest of swimsuits. A lot of these contests have very specific requirements, too, so make sure you start preparing well ahead. It's a good idea to network if you're thinking of fitness bikini modeling. Attend events, explore online. Any resource you find can help you get an advantage over someone else.

Regardless of your preferred path, bikini competitions are a big commitment but one with nice rewards.