How Fashion Models Stay Positive

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The fashion industry and modelling isn’t always a glamorous business. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of negativity stemming from competition, rejection and criticism that can often make it difficult for models to stay positive.

Read on to discover how top fashion models stay positive and healthy – no matter how hectic things get.


Exercising helps give you a boost of endorphins – the happy hormone. A daily workout – whether it’s a calming yoga class or an upbeat boxing session – is also a great way to boost your body confidence. Models need to work out to stay in good shape, but it’s a good idea to find a workout or sport that you enjoy doing – that way, it won’t feel like a chore and you’re more likely to be consistent.


Eating healthily is also an important part of a model’s daily life. Eating a healthy, balanced diet ensures you’re getting all the necessary nutrients and vitamins your body and mind need.


Models have to ensure they get enough sleep every night. This ranges from person to person; while some may feel perfectly happy getting 6 hours a night, others may need closer to 10. Listen to your body and give it what it needs.

Models have to travel around a lot for work and this can lead to an inconsistent routine. Travelling is also extremely taxing on our energy, so getting enough sleep ensures our bodies have enough time to recuperate and recover after our workouts.

Dress to Boost Your Confidence

Wear clothing and accessories that make you feel good as well as look good. Feeling good gives you confidence and can pick up your mood immediately. Invest in some key pieces that flatter your figure and colouring.

Discover Your Feel-Good-Rituals

Whether that’s an hour-long spin class at the gym or a long, decompressing shower, discover what works for you and put aside time to actually do it. Self-care is something we should all make time for, and it looks different for everyone. Perhaps a manicure and face mask are your go-to’s, or perhaps a night in front of the TV with a takeaway. Whatever your feel-good ritual, make some time for it.


Regular meditation sessions can help alleviate stress and help you unwind after a stressful day. meditation is also thought to help manage strong emotions and help you sleep better at night. There are plenty of apps if you’re new to meditation, or you can find a free version on YouTube if you’d like to try it.


It’s recommended that we take 10,000 steps every day – but due to our sedentary lifestyles, any of us struggle to achieve this without putting in some extra effort. Whether you need to take a walk during your lunch break, park further away from the supermarket or take a gentle stroll after work, walking is great for both the mind and the body.

Know Your Self-Worth

Try to drown out any negativity with positive affirmations. Being in the public eye means models and other celebrities receive constant backlash, and it can be very difficult to manage. Affirmations can help you to remember your self-worth and remember you are good enough.

It’s important not to use affirmations to help you ignore constructive criticism, but instead to block out hurtful or unnecessary comments.

Remain Body Positive

Even though there has been a huge body positivity movement in recent years, there is still critique targeted at models about being too skinny and being to blame for eating disorders among the public. This can have a negative impact on mental health and general wellbeing.

Some will say you are too big, others too skinny. You can’t please everyone and it’s vital you don’t try to. Remember that the modelling industry, and beauty in general, is subjective; that means no two people will have the same opinions. How you perceive your own body image and how you feel in your own body is more important than anyone else’s opinions. Every body shape comes in different sizes, and even exercise and diet often can’t help to change that core structure; there’s nothing wrong with this at all. Don’t try to meet unrealistic beauty standards that could jeopardize your health or wellbeing.

As a model, you are a mannequin; it’s your job to sell products. You won’t be able to please everyone, no matter how hard you try – so don’t try to! As Dita Von Teese once said; “you can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”

Take Regular Breaks From Social Media

While social media has many positive qualities, it can also be a toxic environment. It’s easy to get caught up in feelings of jealousy when you are constantly seeing people seemingly living better lives than yours. But remember that social media is just an illusion; people only post what they want you to see. It’s a good idea to take regular breaks from social media apps like TikTok and Instagram to help clear your mind and enable you to remain focused on your own life instead of the supposed perfect lives of others.

Make sure that the people you do follow are inspiring and good role models; try to avoid following anyone who makes you feel bad or overly judgemental about yourself.

Have a Strong Support Network

If you ever need a pep talk, it’s great to have those people you feel you can turn to. Having a strong family and friend network outside of the fashion world will really help keep you grounded and give you the support you need when you start to feel down or overwhelmed. Ensure your network are trustworthy and encouraging, but honest and open – and don’t forget to reciprocate.


Journalling is an excellent way to get all your feelings out into the open. Allowing negativity to fester can result in toxicity and depression; instead, find a healthy outlet like journalling where you can express your emotions in a healthy way. This can help you see things from a different perspective while also allowing you to carry on with life without carrying the weight of your emotions around constantly. It’s a good way to reset and provide clarity.

How do you as an aspiring fashion model stay positive? Let us know in the comments!

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