MODELING & TALENT
modeling By Eve Matheson
From tattoos to tanning,
aspiring models should put
considerable thought into
decisions that may affect
their long-term appearances
he range of questions I have been asked in the
last year, either by email, phone, or during per-
sonal appearances at modeling and acting
events, from coast-to-coast is quite amazing. The
range spans topics from tattoos and sunbeds to anorex-
ia and bulimia, as well as the time it takes to become a successful
model and the type of model that agents are looking for around
the world. The list of questions is endless.
Then there are the photographs with questions attached asking
such questions like—Am I too tall, short, fat, thin? Is my nose too
long? Lips too thin? Hips too wide? Feet too big? And so on. The
questions and answers could ﬁll several books, so for this issue I
would like to address some of the topics which could cause serious
health issues, and next time I’ll cover statistics, requirements and
the type of girl (or boy) model agents need for the worldwide fash-
MAJOR COVER-UP: Angelina
Jolie works very hard… and so
does her makeup crew, not only
to embellish her angelic beauty,
but to hide her tattoos before a
shoot. She has hired her own
personal makeup artist to cover
them up and before shooting a
ﬁlm or promotional photo shoot,
she has to endure a grueling
four hours of makeup.
T over $10,000 for a large one. There is always a risk of scarring. Be-
coming a successful model is challenging enough without adding
this problem to the mix.
Q. I really want to get a tattoo but my parents advise against
it. If I do get one and don’t like it, can it be removed easily?
A. My advice is to listen to your parents. How many models do
you see in fashion magazines wearing a tattoo? Virtually none.
Anything that distracts from the outﬁt modeled is discouraged.
Also, a tattoo requires the expensive expertise of a makeup artist
who specializes in camouﬂage makeup, which takes a lot of time.
It is also likely that the makeup will rub off on the outﬁt.
As for tattoo removal, this process is expensive and seldom en-
tirely successful. Multiple sessions, about six weeks apart, are usu-
ally required and the cost can range from $200 for a small tattoo to
Q. What is the difference between anorexia and bulimia? Do
many models and actors suffer from these conditions and can
they be treated?
A. Anorexia nervosa is the more common of these two illnesses.
The person drastically restricts the intake of food to the point of
being very underweight. Bulimia nervosa is bingeing on large
amounts of food and then trying to purge by vomiting, taking lax-
atives or severe dieting.
The encouraging news is that the prognosis for these and other
eating disorders can be good once the problem has been recog-
nized, the patient is no longer in denial and a legitimate special-
ist, treatment and support group have been found. Both illnesses
require physical as well as psychological treatment because of the
severe imbalances that occur in the body. Sometimes the patient is
hospitalized. There are also a number of specialized eating disor-
der centers which offer outpatient treatment and deal with all as-
pects of the illness.
The size obsessed fashion industry is constantly blamed for the
growing number of models afﬂicted with eating disorders. Howev-
er, as London agent Jules Graff pointed out to me: “Bulimia and
anorexia are not symptoms of modeling if a girl already has it when