In the alternative modeling world, models depend on their fans and supporters. No matter how cruel it might be, and considering the fact that the numbers are not always the true measure for someone’s quality, the more followers, likes, and shares we have, we get more appreciated and noticed. And that’s ok. If you were a representative of a big fashion brand, or a designer, instead of being a model, you would also prefer models who can offer you bigger social media and overall exposure. If you are just beginning, or your social media rates go up slowly, don’t despair, just work hard and rewards will come. Every one of us, no matter how “big” or “small” in the alternative models overpopulated market, started from scratch.
Remember that feeling when every single like to your photo counted, and every single “bravo” to your work made your day, the hell, made your week? So one day you find your photos being all over the Internet, printed out in popular and prestigious magazines, people from all over the world start recognizing your face and style, and you are so proud. And you should be, good work! Unfortunately, some models don’t stop there for reasons that are beyond my comprehension. And that is how divas are born. It is all cute and funny for a while, you understand the joy and excitement that someone shares for their success, but at one very ugly point, it becomes very annoying. Don’t lose yourself to that, don’t call yourself a queen (really, who gave you the crown?) don’t trash other people’s work, and don’t state publicly that you have no competition. Yes, there will always be crazy fans who are somehow obsessed with you, and they will love you and support you whatever you do. But there are other people who follow your work, there are fellow models and photographers, designers and editors who will find it unprofessional, to say the least. If this was acting, and someone gets an Oscar, it is perfectly normal to celebrate and proudly state your achievements.
But how many actors had a part at the ceremonial speech where they declared themselves the kings of the acting world? Being a professional about what you do requires not only a pretty face and HQ photos, but a stable personality and ability to put your work into some perspective. Nobody likes a diva, and if you are that good, your work will speak for itself. Then, if the moment comes that the world pronounces you a king or queen of your trade, embrace the title gracefully, and say “Thank you.”