Creating a presence, looking poised and moving with grace is not just for walking the perfect catwalk. Learning to walk like a model or beauty queen will not only help you look great in clothes and glide through a room in heels, but also move through life with more confidence.
The right moves start with good posture.
Models, dancers, celebrities and beauty queens spend countless hours learning to pose, stand and present themselves with good posture. Good posture helps clothes fall better against your body creating nice lines for a slimmer longer looking figure. Clothes look better simply because they are made for how we are naturally meant to present ourselves. Posture sends a message to the public that you are confident and poised.
Stand in front of the mirror. While you look in the mirror feel how your body feels when it is standing straight and confident. Put your shoulders back a bit, raise your chest, lift your chin, take a big breath, and relax. Be proud of who you are!
Tip: Remember that feeling for whenever you think about your posture but don’t have a mirror around.
When following the next steps it is important for both men and women to stand up straight and strong.
Start from the bottom and work your way to the top of your head. Practice in front of a full length mirror in snug fitting clothes so you can see your body. Women… It can help to wear a slight heel to elongate the body further.
Start with your feet and hips facing at a slight angle to whom ever you are standing in front of. Turn the upper torso directly facing forward.
Tuck your hips, pull in your tummy comfortably and pull up your waist out of your hips.
Roll your shoulders slightly back almost like you have wings and your shoulder blades are pulling together. You can also imagine you’re carrying a cape on your shoulders. Be sure to drop shoulders as if your exhaling This is a very popular posture position for runway models and ballet dancers. This position really elongates the body and lifts your chest a bit.
Elongate your neck by imagining there is a wire pulling your head up from the crown. Align your ears to your shoulders. Lift your chin parallel to the floor. Not to high or too low just straight. Ballet dancers wear a bun high at the crown to elongate the neck even more.
Place hands at your sides but not hugging your body. Slightly bend your elbows so arms pull away a bit from the body and create space between the two. Space between your legs and space between your arms from your body always creates a more slimming longer line. Express with your hands comfortably.
When on the runway or entering a room be sure to take off with your forward foot. Take slightly longer strides than you usually would for elegant dressing or in tight clothing walk a straight line. For Pageantry or for more sporty clothing walk side to side.Keep eyes straight ahead. Avoid looking down. Glance at the audience from time to time but keep eyes focused straight ahead. Watch for the spotlight which can make it difficult see.
Keep chin slightly down for the audience and photographers looking up.
A soft natural smile and a relaxed facial expression is a must to show confidence.
Arms loose at sides moving below elbow and staying close to the body. Avoid bold arm movement.
Watch that hands are relaxed and not curled or bunched up in a fist.
Keep shoulders steady and avoid dips.
Keep pace with music and stride dynamic.
Posture: Stand feet slightly apart facing at a slight angel and turn your upper body facing forward.
Tuck hips slightly and lift chest up and over hips relaxing shoulders.
Align ears to shoulders, chin up.
Hands at sides slightly away from body.
The Walk should be side to side with a slight swing to the arms.
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