“It must be yo ass cuz it aint yo face”
Unless that is the response you are looking for when people look at your modeling pictures, it’s time to clean up your act.
In the era of the urban model, the video girl, the “I have seen ass pics up on MySpace therefore I am a model” has gotten utterly out of control and embarrassing. Once upon a time it was an honor to have the title “model”, not so much anymore. Ethnic women get a bad rap, stereotyped and down right disrespected. We wonder why? No it’s not just because we are curvy and they are hating on us. And I’m tired of hearing “white women can pose in Maxim and Sports Illustrated in swimsuits why can’t we do the same thing in our magazines?” Well ladies I will say it once as I’ve said a million times, presentation is everything, it’s not what you do but how you do it.
As the pioneer of the urban modeling game I will give you some guidelines to go by to know if you are putting yourself in the “it must be yo ass,cuz it’s not yo face” category.
1- If your ass is more prevalent in a photo than your face. This indicates that your ass is all that you feel you have to offer.
2-Never pose doggy style. Are you a dog? It’s ok to show off your curves and your nice buttocks but you should never pose doggy style in a picture. A nice side pose with your back curved in a S shape will show your curves without being distasteful.
3- Never, ever, ever under any circumstance should your butt crack be exposed to the camera. Crack kills!
4- The look on your face is worth a million bucks. There is no need to have the “I’m having a orgasm” look on your face when posing in a bathing suit, the fact that you are in a bathing suit is sexy in it self. The look on your face should be pleasant or happy not sexual. Remember there is a difference in being sexy and sexual.
Now if you are into adult entertainment (i.e. escort service, prostitution, porn star etc) and are selling your body then disregard all of the above. However, if you are a model that wants to be taken seriously and would like to transcend beyond music videos and girlie magazines then I hope my tips have been helpful.
Remember: corporations do not and will not associate you with their product if your image is raunchy if you are unsure what raunchy is….. It looks like an ad for sex or porn, not beauty.
We can either work toward killing the stereotype together or feed the negativity with distasteful imagery.
LaShawnna Stanley aka Ms. Ethnicity