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Learn what you need to know to be successful whether you're brand new or already working as a model. Below is a selection of recommended modeling and industry reference books which can be purchased with American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Eurocard, Visa, Visa Check Cards, payment from your bank account, Amazon.com gift cards, Amazon.com Gift Card claim codes, and the Amazon Store Card.

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Modeling Information and Recommended Reading

Learn To Model
by Bob Pardue
Paperback - 106 pages (Jan 2011)

Learn how to become and succeed as a highly-paid model in this crash course in modeling. For young women or men, teenagers or mature models who want to learn more about getting started in the entertainment industry.
The Model Stimulus Plan: A Resource Guide
by Morae Ramsey-Davis
Paperback - 296 pages (April 2010)

This straightforward how-to-guide is a must-have for every young woman seeking realistic advice and direct instructions for successfully breaking into the fashion, commercial, and urban modeling industry. It's packed with insider tips and testimonies from successful models. And full of resources, references and techniques that any aspiring model can apply to their career endeavors or just everyday life. The Model Stimulus Plan will help give any aspiring model the confidence and self-assurance she wants to recognize her dreams and the knowledge she needs to make them a reality.
The Business of Professional Modeling
by Hannah Weston
Paperback - 112 pages (Jan 2010)

Learn the facts about the Modeling business from industry professionals. Learn how to set yourself apart from all the other aspiring models who want the same success that you are seeking! This book features the work of more than 100 industry professionals and priceless advice from Professional Models, Photographers, Makeup Artists and more. Order your copy today and take your career to the next level!
How to Become a Working Model
by Kali Mitchell
Hardcover - 192 pages (Oct 2009)

How to Become a Working Model targets over 20 different modeling categories - most having no height requirement. There is such a thing as a petite model, a fitness model, a catalog model, etc. Whether you are tall or short, many body types are targeted in over 20 modeling categories - not just high-fashion runway. Have you dreamed of being a model but have no idea how to get started? This book is a step-by-step guide on how to get into the modeling industry and obtain actual paid bookings. You will learn how to build a real working portfolio rather than paying thousands of dollars for one. What are comp cards? You will learn what really needs to go on a professional model's comp card to get you work. We cover the common myths of modeling and the most common mistake people make that keep them out of the industry. It also covers how to secure a legitimate agency, how to put together a package to submit to castings with submittal letters you can copy out of the book.
Look Amazing In Photos: 51 Ways Anyone Can Look Like a Model, Be More Photogenic, And Look More Attractive in Pictures.
by Phil Fontana
Paperback - 54 pages (Sep 2009)

The fastest and easiest ways to dramatically improve how you look in pictures. This guide will help everyone take better pictures. You will be amazed at how quickly you will be able to apply these tips. This no-fluff guide will have the camera loving you in no time.
Is Modeling for You?: The Handbook & Guide for the Young Aspiring Black Model
by Yvonne Rose
Paperback - 272 pages (June 2009)

With new information on contests, reality shows, and online opportunities, this anniversary edition of the premier guide to modeling for African Americans is now even more definitive. Whether aspiring to do runway, commercial, print, showroom, or video modeling—national or international, male or female, plus-size or petite—models of all ages will find everything they need to get started in this handy reference to a billion-dollar industry that includes advice on where to go, how to get there, what to do, and what not to do.
Professional Modelling: Every Model's Must-Have Guide to the Industry
by Giles Vickers-Jones, Louise Cole
Paperback - 160 pages (March 2009)

Get the scoop before stepping in front of the camera! This insider’s guide to the world of professional modeling offers invaluable advice for anyone who wants to strut the catwalk. Written by two experts in the field, it explains how to break into the high-profile, high-paying world of modeling while avoiding the mistakes so many newcomers make. There are tips for finding a reputable agent, a complete account of the many do’s and don’ts on a shoot, daily exercise and beauty routines, and advice for finding work in the many types of modeling available. Plus, there’s an honest discussion of what makes a successful model.
I Wannabe A Model
by Mol Smith
Paperback - 96 pages (Feb 2009)

Finally, a book to help every female interested in becoming a model. 100 pages guide you through every aspect of becoming a paid model within 3 weeks. Written a by professional and published artist/photographer, this book helps you avoid all the pitfalls and rip-offs, and explains clearly how to put a portfolio together, how to market yourself, how to pose, and get ahead of the competition. All jargon is explained. All genres of modelling are defined to help you understand the best forms for you. Careful and caring guidance is offered regarding model release forms, TFP shoots, contracts, rights, and the best avenues to win paid work.
On Your Mark - An Insight Guide to Modeling
by Didiayer Snyder
Paperback - 236 pages (Oct 2008)

On Your Mark is the finest tool for anyone who is seriously considering a career in modeling. Every young hopeful should read this before looking for an agent. From how to choose representation, to how to decide which aspect(s) of the industry fit you, Didiayer Snyder walks her readers step-by-step through each phase of the fashion modeling industry.
International Modeling Guide - 6th Ed.
by Regina Niallah, Warith Niallah
Paperback - 108 pages (July 2008)

The FTC Publications International Modeling Guide features important information for all models; from those just starting out to those that have gained a wealth of experience. This guide covers many aspects from The Industry, Nutrition, Travel, Security, and Disease & Disorders. With contributions from many sources, along with vivid color images, readers will find this guide informative and a pleasure to read again and again. No model who is serious about his or her profession should be without this guide.

Careers for Fashion Plates & Other Trendsetters
by Lucia Mauro
Paperback - 176 pages (March 2008)

Are you always the first to notice fashion trends? Will you spend hours shopping for that perfect accessory? Do you have a keen attention to detail? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your career choice has already been made. Now you need to choose an occupation. Careers for Fashion Plates & Other Trendsetters provides all the information you need to launch a career as a: Clothing designer * Sales rep * Model * Fashion publicist * Buyer * Tailor * Accessory artist * Photographer
Inside you'll find practical advice on deciding which calling is for you, along with firsthand accounts of everyday routines, information on working conditions of selected jobs, and a list of resources to help you get your foot in the door.
Modeling 101
by Debbie Madison
Paperback - 240 pages (Nov 2007)

As our country’s population ages, a demand for older models is growing for women and even more so for men. Another growing section of the modeling industry is the ethnic area. African Americans, Asians, Indians, and especially Hispanic models are needed. Modeling 101 is a step-by-step guide of how to become a model at any age. It addresses and answers specific and important questions about the industry, from how and where to get started, to an extensive national listing (state-by-state) of modeling agencies, photographers, and industry experts. Chapters topics include: modeling terminology, modeling documents and pay schedules, how to find a modeling agency, baby and children modeling, modeling fees and portfolios and modeling scams and pitfalls.
The Professional's Guide to Modeling
by Roger Talley
Paperback - 172 pages (June 2007)

Covers all aspects of the modeling industry, written by an agent and photographer with decades of experience. Describes modeling types you didn't even know existed, what they require, and how to get into them. Mainstream fashion and commercial modeling, alternative modeling types and the burgeoning new field of Internet modeling discussed in detail. Includes a special chapter on child modeling. Different types of agencies, and what to expect from each. Getting an agency (or getting work without one).
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Model
by Roshumba Williams, Anne Marie O'Connor
Paperback - 368 pages (Feb 2007)

In the most comprehensive, practical book on modeling, celebrity model and media darling Roshumba Williams shares her secrets of supermodel stardom. This revised guide for young hopefuls everywhere includes completely updated information on contests, reality shows, and online opportunities, new illustrations, a comprehensive new resource section, and much more.
Fashion Modeling: Being Beautiful, Selling Clothes
by Jen Jones
$19.20 - Hardcover - 32 pages (Jan 2007)

This book contains such information as What It Takes: Modeling Must-Haves, Role Models: Faces and Figures Who Shape the Industry, and includes a glossary and list of Internet sites.

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How to Become a Successful Commercial Model: The Complete Commerical Modeling Cookbook
by Aaron R. Marcus
Paperback - 112 pages 5 Rev Exp edition (March 2008)

You don't have to be tall, thin and beautiful to see yourself in newspaper, catalog, poster or billboard ads. Thousands of beautiful and real looking people are cast as commercial models throughout North America. This book will save you years of trial and error. Aaron Marcus shares with you the information that has gotten him over 1100 acting and modeling bookings so far. It is the most complete and informative commercial modeling book available.
A Model's Primer
by MJ Wilson
Paperback - 68 pages Reprinted 2nd edition (May 2000)

This how-to book provides nine concise steps that you need to take in order to get started in the business. This easy-to-follow format answers questions you might have about the modeling industry and how to get your foot in the door. Subjects covered include initial submissions to agencies, what to look for in professional photos and how to put together an eye-catching composite card. World Book Encyclopedia has named this book "Recommended Reading Material" following their section on fashion modeling.

Modeling DVDs
Make it in Modeling
by Genelle Willanger
Paperback plus DVD - 1 disc (2009)

Simple step-by-step guide explaining the process of how to make it as a model - Topical Overview of everything you need to know to break into the modeling industry. Genelle and her friends share stories from their 30+ years of combined modeling experience; A rundown of best markets to pursue modeling. Taking your best pictures. What pitfalls to avoid. How to acquire representation from modeling agencies. DVD features in-depth interviews with top New York and international fashion models and also includes modeling myths, a crash course in modeling and more...
Being Beautiful Inside & Out: A Model Makeover (2005)
starring Ann Marie Crouch, Alex Zohling
DVD - 1 disc (Released September, 2005)

Do you want to radiate beauty, confidence and vitality? Be the envy of friends and neighbors? Have the advantage over everyone else at the next audition? Being Beautiful Inside and Out: A Model Makeover teaches you the basic steps to a more beautiful you by taking you on an exciting journey through eight stops in the "wonderful world of modeling". In this definitive guide to becoming a professional model (or just looking like one), you’ll meet Heinz Holba, the owner of the highly respected agency, L.A. Models, and hear his insider tips for success in the world of modeling. If you are planning to submit to modeling agencies, you will learn from Actress/Model Alyson Arden exactly how to shoot your pictures so that you save time and money and most importantly give the modeling agency what they want.
Professional Modeling Poses For The Camera Made Easy
starring Stephanie Jios, director: Frank Giraldi
DVD - 1 disc (Released July, 2007)

Frank Giraldi, is a well respected Master Photographer, Film Director and former Modeling, Talent & Commercial Acting School owner. Frank has over 30 years of experience in fashion and commercial photography, film direction and teaching. Frank has taught fashion photography, posing techniques and studio lighting techniques at such prestigious institutions such as Parsons Institution and The New School of Fine Arts in New York City. Frank is the former owner of a licensed Commercial Modeling Agency, Commercial Acting and Talent Agency based in Northern New Jersey and has been a member of the International Modeling & Talent Association.

Modeling-Related Magazines
Pageantry Magazine
Magazine, 4 issues/12 months

For pageant, talent, modeling participants, and for directors, judges, teachers, and coaches. Gives information regarding fashions, events, prizes, scholarships awards, career goals, success stories by noted famous people, and inspirational stories to achieve.
Make-Up Artist Magazine
Magazine, 6 issues/12 months

Make-Up Artist Magazine is a trade publication for professional make-up artists, as well as makeup enthusiasts. Feature articles has information on people working in the industry worldwide. Also provide technical tips, news on upcoming products and events, and spotlight new, upcoming talent.

Other Industry-Related Reference Books
High Performance Beauty: Makeup & Skincare for Dance, Cheer, Show Choir, Pageants & Ice Skating
by Christine Dion
Paperback - 128 pages (June 2007)

Starting with the essentials of basic skin care and maintenance, this comprehensive guide details tips and techniques for handling the unique makeup needs of performance athletes such as cheerleaders, gymnasts, and skaters.
Glamour's Big Book of Dos and Don'ts: Fashion Help for Every Woman
by Cindi Leive, The Editors of Glamour
Paperback - 192 pages (Sep 2006)

More Than 750 on-the-street and celebrity Dos & Don'ts. 94 illustrations showing you how to dress for your body type. 12 amazing makeovers to learn from. Foolproof advice on what to wear, and what not to wear - and much more!
Makeup Makeovers: Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations
by Robert Jones
Paperback - 184 pages (Sep 2005)

Forget extreme makeovers! Robert Jones, makeup artist extraordinaire, outlines step-by-step how even the ugliest duckling can become a swan-with makeup alone! In hundreds of awe-inspiring before-and-after photos, Robert makes it easy for any woman to achieve true beauty.
Supermodels' Beauty Secrets: Hot Tips for Style, Beauty and Fashion from the World's Top Models
by Victoria Nixon
Paperback - 202 pages (May 2004)

In Supermodels’ Beauty Secrets former top model Victoria Nixon gives you the hottest tips on haircare, skincare, makeup and style from the world’s leading models. With quotes from Helena Christensen, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Jerry Hall amongst others, this book is destined to become your beauty bible. Victoria reveals the timeless beauty secrets that every model swears by.
Teen Beauty Secrets: Fresh, Simple & Sassy Tips for Your Perfect Look
by Diane Irons
$10.17 - Paperback - 272 pages (July 2002)

Teen Beauty Secrets reveals all the beauty, diet and style secrets of the fashion and image industry, showing you how to get a top-dollar look for a fraction of the cost.

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