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Modeling Tip: Showing Your Best Side

Something I learned early in my modeling career is that my left profile is more attractive than my right. Apparently I’m not the only one. A Wake Forest study actually shows that most people are more expressive and better looking from this angle.

As soon as a photographer alerted me to this fact about my face, I started looking either into the camera or turning my face to the right whenever posing. Soon it became a reflex and I think I still cringe if someone zooms in on my left profile (even though personal analysis lately reveals that both profiles are equally disappointing).

So, if you’ve yet to hear which side is your best, have a friend snap some shots of both and compare. For most of you, one side will look noticeably better than the other. Memorize which one and flaunt it on shoots.

One of the tricks of a successful modeling career is not flawlessness, but rather a savviness about downplaying weaknesses and highlighting strengths.

And remember these “weaknesses” and “strengths” refer to superficial qualities, so don’t take it all too seriously and off-camera focus on building your strengths as a role model, not just a model.

Karolina Kurkova

Karolina’s Left Proflie

Karolina Kurkova

Karolina’s Right Profile (slim pickings of right profile pics of her. Hmm, wonder if she got the same tip I did.)

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