Models represent perfection. They are supposed to represent the pinnacle of beauty and physical desirability. In fact, the word ‘model’ itself refers to some sort of representation or imitation. But the truth is that this ideal perfection doesn’t really exist. We all have our imperfections. So in a world where perfection seems to be the destination, it’s truly understandable if you’re having second thoughts about modeling due to some unfortunate scars.
Yet, you need to know that modeling may still be a viable option for you. Let’s discuss some points below that should help you get over those scars from times past so you can focus on landing modeling gigs and being the best model you can be.
Scars offer benefits, too
One good way to look at it is how you can use your scars to your advantage. For example, scars on certain locations can add character to your looks. This is especially applicable for guys, particularly for those going for the tough-guy or rugged kind of look. Sometimes, you can swing a gig your way because of your attitude, and you never know when a scar would be able to help project the perfect attitude called for by the job at hand.
Of course, this isn’t to say you should intentionally scar yourself just to give you an edgier look. This advice is for people who already have existing scars.
How big are your scars?
Sometimes, it will depend on how big your scars are. A few small ones shouldn’t be all that bad, as they can either be covered up by makeup or by clothing, or they can even be small enough that they won’t have any impact on your appearance.
It can be problematic, though, if you’ve got a scar that can’t be easily fixed through makeup or camera tricks. A scar that’s too big could distract viewers and pull focus away from the clothes or products you’re modeling for.
For print or editorials, Photoshop can be used by photographers to remove any unsightly scars, so it’s really not that big a problem these days. (You can opt to tell them that you prefer your scars not be airbrushed out, though you might want to wait until you’ve gained experience to impose a creative direction upon the people handling your shoots).
In addition, lighting can also be arranged in venues and in studios in order to minimize imperfections. With the right setup, blemishes and scars hardly even figure into the equation after the shots have been snapped. There are many ways to make technology and technique work for you, so scars are probably only minor setbacks in this day and age.
In short, you shouldn’t be too afraid of your scars holding back your modeling career. As long as they’re not too big and you’re still able to project well, there shouldn’t be much of a problem. As with tattoos, a few small ones on your skin shouldn’t matter in the long run.
Don’t worry about those scars. Perfection is overrated, and you can be a superb model even if you have some scars. Embrace your imperfections and never hesitate to go all out when you chase your dreams! May God bless your modeling journey!