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Runway Model Etiquette

For models, professionalism is crucial. In a sea of beautiful and talented people, how you conduct yourself on set often sets models apart from each other and results in repeat bookings.

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While there is often a lot of down-time involved in runway shows, you should still always be on point and professional. See below for some tips on model etiquette while on set!

  • Read your call sheet and know what you need to bring, where to go, and your contact person.

  • Have your model bag packed with everything the designer requested you to bring, plus all the other essential items you need for the day.

  • Know the schedule for the day & be where you're supposed to be when you're supposed to be there.

  • Be on time- which means be 10 minutes early!

  • Introduce yourself to your hairstylist and makeup artist, & get their socials so you can tag them on social media later.

  • Introduce yourself to your dresser & styling team if you have one.

  • Do not eat, drink, sit, use the restroom, or touch up makeup in the designer's clothing.

  • After the show, do not leave the designer's garments on the floor- hang them back up in the place it was before you put them on.

  • If you have any accessories, hand them directly to your designer/dresser when you remove them. Don't just leave them lying somewhere where they could get lost.

  • Before you leave for the night, ensure there isn't anything else your designer needs from you, and thank them for having you in the show.


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