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The Essentials: 4 Things Every Model Needs


Every model has the things they know they want or need when they’re on placement, but there are a few things I believe every model should have with them when traveling. We all know the basics; black high heels, black and white tops, black and blue jeans, and nude underwear, but there are a few things you may not think of. These are the four things I think every model should bring with them on placement.


  1. Oil Cleanser: Something I learned in Korea is the importance of double cleansing. When makeup artists are packing on the makeup for the whole day, it’s really important for the health of your skin that you remove it properly. Using an oil or balm cleanser that will melt the makeup first really helps to get all the stubborn layers off. Follow it up with any other cleanser of your choice to make sure you’ve really gotten everything, and that there’s no excess oil left on your skin. This really helps to keep your pores from getting clogged with all the makeup and dirt from the day, and protects you from breakouts.

  2. Heat Protectant: Nearly every time you go on set, the hair stylist is going to put heat on your hair, sometimes more than once. Even though they’re using heat they often do not put on any heat protectant. I usually put it on myself before leaving for a job, but it is also a really good thing to bring with you on set. Protecting your hair, just like your skin, is so important since your appearance is the majority of your job.

  3. Notebook: I really like to have a journal with me to keep track of things I do and see, but also to write down my thoughts and feelings. Even if you’re not much of a writer, having somewhere to put down all thoughts you have and problems you experience is very good for your mental health. It’s a great way to stay balanced while living such a chaotic life.

  4. Portable Charger: This one is pretty self explanatory but if you’re on a long shooting day or even out at a party, you don’t want to be left with a dead phone. Especially as a foreigner in that country, it is not safe to be left without a phone, even if you’re with other people. Also, on long travel days it’s very nice not to have to worry about finding an outlet. This one is a personal necessity for me.

There you have it, my four essentials to bring on placement. I’m sure there are plenty of other things I could list but these are my top four to help take care of your physical and mental health. As a model, you are often mentally and physically exhausted, so knowing the things that can lessen your stress even in small ways is very important. Hopefully this list can help when it comes time to pack for your next contract. Until next time,


Sammie Taylor


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