Models obviously have to look their best when they do their job, and that requires more than just wearing the right clothes and having perfect hair. A big part of modelling that people often overlook is having great posture and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, physically and mentally.

Posture in particular is essential. You need it when you walk up and down the catwalk, you need it when you’re posing for photo shoots, and you need it when you go to a casting call. Sadly, many of us don’t have good posture most of the time. Yes, we can stand up straight and walk with confidence when we’re asked to, but we also slouch when we sit at our desks at work or slump on our couches when we watch TV. Many of us have the habit of keeping our shoulders hunched over a smartphone when we go out walking around. All of this might not sound like a big deal, but it does take a toll on your body.

Models have to learn how to carry themselves with good posture if they are to be successful, but anybody can benefit from practicing what they’re taught, even if they’ll never go near a fashion show in their lives.

The Benefits of Model-Perfect Posture

First of all, good posture can help one look strong, confident, and in good physical shape. It also has an effect on a person’s self-esteem. Simply put, if you carry yourself with confidence, you will start to feel more confident even if you generally feel self-conscious about yourself most of the time. Second of all, good posture cuts down on the pressure that is always on your joints and on your spine. It also places less stress on your digestive system and other internal organs that are always moving with you as you change position. Finally, maintaining a good posture helps you move quickly and safely, something that is invaluable on the catwalk.

So, What is Good Posture?

Now that we’ve discussed why good modelling posture is important, let’s discuss what it actually is. Good modelling posture is keeping your chin parallel to the floor and your shoulders even. It involves keeping your spine neutral without having to arch your back or flex your muscles too much, and it means keeping your hips even. Most importantly, it means not slumping your shoulders and keeping your weight distributed evenly on both feet. That sounds like a lot to remember – and models do spend a lot of time learning how to do all of this – but it will become habit with time.

If you would rather keep things simple, remember this: keep yourself straight and tall when you walk, and don’t move in a way that feels too uncomfortable for long. Even if you’re not a model, you can always benefit from carrying yourself like one.