Many people mistakenly believe that the work of professional models consists only of being pretty and staring at the camera. However, when it comes to any picture good enough to grace the covers, much of the success depends on the models’ skills at posing and presenting themselves in the right way.

Having delved into the basics of the art of fashion modeling, the staff of  has compiled some invaluable advice from true professionals. We hope this article will help you always look your best in any photo!

PUT YOUR CHIN FORWARD…

Problem: In any photo, your neck should remain visible. Try not to tilt your head forward, otherwise your gaze will become heavy and unwelcoming.

Solution: Try to put your head slightly forward. This might feel unnatural, but such a position will make your neck look slimmer while adding a sense of elegance and fitness to the overall image.

DO NOT CROSS ARMS…

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Problem: Tilting your head without lowering your shoulders looks unnatural. Crossing your arms turns your whole figure into a shapeless blur.

Solution: When facing the camera, angle your body somewhat to the side. Put your arms down, and spread them slightly apart. This way, your neck will seem more slender and your body outlines will become clearly defined.

WATCH YOUR POSTURE…

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Problem: Even a slightly hunched back visually shortens your neck and “adds” a few extra pounds around your waist.

Solution: Draw your shoulder blades closer together, and straighten your spine while bending backward at the waist. If you’re sitting down, don’t lean against the back of the chair. To make your body outline more defined, try sitting half-turned to the camera.

CHANGE THE ANGLE…

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Problem: When you sit with your legs facing the camera, your silhouette looks bulky and box-like. Choosing the wrong angle can make your arms and legs appear shorter than they really are.

Solution: To fix this, you simply need to change the angle by slightly turning away from the camera. To keep your legs from blending together and make them seem longer and more slender, place one leg slightly above the other.

PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU PUT YOUR ARMS…

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Problem: When posing sitting down, we often wonder where to put our arms. Crossed arms create an ugly impression, while keeping your hands loose looks unnatural.

Solution: The “hourglass” shape is one of the best options when sitting down. Put one leg over the other, and place both elbows on the upper leg’s knee. Keep one arm in a vertical position and the other horizontal. This creates elegant visual lines that highlight both your face and your figure.

CREATE VISUAL LINES…

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Problem: Standing straight with your arms hanging at your sides can hardly qualify as a photogenic pose. Besides, some items of clothing can blur together, adding width and bulkiness to your figure.

Solution: Move your arms away from your body. Try using them to create straight lines and angles that’ll accentuate your figure’s contours and highlight what really matters

COMBINE CURVE AND STRAIGHT LINES…

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No less attractive is the combination of curved and straight lines.
Stand in semi-profile to the camera. Leave some visible empty space around your waist, place one hand on your thigh, and let the other drape along the curves of your body. Arranging your arms correctly will help to emphasize the beautiful aspects of your figure and create an all-around elegant impression

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