Do you have what it takes to be a pregnancy model and showcase maternity clothes? Besides the obvious requirement (a bun in the oven), find out what modeling agencies are looking for, at what point in your pregnancy you should start looking and how to start booking maternity jobs and making money.
Pregnancy Fashion: What is the best way to let Expecting Models know you are interested in pregnancy modeling?
Liza Elliott-Ramirez: Expecting Models is the one and only maternity modeling agency that caters to this niche market. Our website, www.expectingmodels.com has a submission tab where potential pregnant models can upload their photos. We do go through every single submission. Expecting Models only represents real professional models and actresses so prior modeling experience is a prerequisite.
We often work with other fashion agencies where they will supply us with their talent for a temporary amount of time. It’s a win, win for everyone.
PF: What tips do you have for moms wanting to get into pregnancy modeling?
Liza Elliott-Ramirez: Maternity models are expected to maintain a healthy physique throughout their pregnancy. We encourage our models to maintain their normal exercise regimen, eat nutritional meals and continue their style in fashion prior to getting pregnant. I discourage major changes like cutting off all your hair. Make sure you go the extra mile and put on a little bit of mascara, blush and lip gloss. Don’t overdo your makeup. You already have the glow so we want to enhance not distort your look.
Maternity modeling is a temporary career and our clients expect a groomed, well seasoned professional on set. So keep being the “you” before getting pregnant. You just happen to have a bump!
PF: At what stage of pregnancy should women start looking for pregnancy modeling jobs?
Liza Elliott-Ramirez: Expecting Models wants to know that you are pregnant immediately. We often have clients looking to do stories and features on every stage of pregnancy. We’ve booked models in their first trimester.
In many cases, women start to show earlier if they’ve already had a baby. Every woman carries differently so we like to be the judge. In addition, this gives us a jump start on promoting!
PF: Do they need to provide photos as their pregnancy progresses?
Liza Elliott-Ramirez: Providing the agency with updated digitals of your ever changing belly is required. Expecting Models website is the main source that maternity clients use when looking to book a pregnant model. So send us updates or make an appointment to pop in and strike a pose! Just be prepared to pop it out!
We also get tons of bookings in the mommy/baby and real family divisions, so let us know if you are down for double the rate!!!
If you think you have what it takes to model during your pregnancy, please submit your pre-pregnancy model portfolio photos here: http://thestorkmagazine.com/submit/