Work your Imperfections

Work your Imperfections

No one is perfectly symmetrical. We all have things we perceive as flaws- rather than loathing them, work them to your advantage, embrace you, and move on.  All the best models know tricks to working their imperfections to their benefit. Below are some tips to make your flaws work for you while highlighting your better features for the camera.

Forehead- If you think your forehead is too large lift your chin. Experiment with lifting your chin more in photos and see what a difference it makes.  If you think your forehead too small, tip your chin slightly downward while at an angle. Experiment with different angles, while always keeping the neck long. Every model wants to maintain an elongated neck, so never point your chin directly down.

Double Chin- Same concept as above. Tilt your head/chin slightly up and your neck slightly out. This will minimize the look of a double chin.

Hips and Thighs - Turning a knee or both knees slightly inward will give the illusion of slimmer hips. This movement will also benefit your thighs. All you need to do is pop your booty outward just a bit to give the impression of slimmer thighs.

Hips - To appear to have a smaller waist, put one hand on your hip, or both hands for a more dramatic pose.  This makes your waist appear smaller. It also helps your arms look leaner, rather than flat beside your body.  Another trick is to turn your body to the side and lean your shoulders toward the camera. This motion naturally narrows the appearance of your hips.

Thighs and Calves- If you are not wearing high heels, stand on your tippy toes instead of flat feet. Nothing too exaggerated, unless that is the look you are going for. This lift will make your leg and calf muscles appear more toned because you are using them to lift you upward.

Bust- Need the illusion of a smaller bust? Simple- hunch your back and bring your naval into your spine. This creates a slight lean, while drawing your shoulders more in line with your bust, which will make your bust look smaller. Smaller bust? Roll your shoulders back and push your hips back. 

The most important tip is to practice, practice, practice. Practice movements until they become natural. The worst is to appear awkward and out of touch with your body. Stand in front of a full length mirror. Pay attention to the tilt of your head, the position of your hands, and the turning of your feet.  All body posture conveys a powerful message. Think of what you want your body to say, with each and every pose you strike. Practice until you are certain your are conveying what you want to express, hide or highlight. 

Photo Credit: Blake Eiermann at https://www.blakeeiermann.com/

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