Model lifestyle - maintaining your look
It may seem like common sense, but the better you take care of yourself, the better you'll look and feel. As a model, you will have to work harder to stay healthy because it directly affects the quality of your work.
Get adequate sleep, especially the night before a shoot, and avoid drinking. Fatigue will definitely show up on camera, and alcohol will make your face puffy.
Exercise regularly to stay in shape and try to develop a routine. Besides just being great for your physical health, exercise also supports a healthy mental well-being. You don't always have to hit the gym - yoga is a great workout routine for models, but do what you like best!
Eat healthy and drinks lots of water. Avoid heavily processed foods and refined sugars - these are filled with toxins and will make your skin more likely to break out.
Wash your face regularly and remember to exfoliate. Moisturize often with lotion, witch hazel or vitamin E. It's often overlooked but healthy skin is such a valuable asset!
Keep your hair & nails healthy and clean as well. Make regular salon visits to keep up your look, or if you do decide to change things up, have it done professionally. If you have colored hair, maintain it.
Changing your look
If you do decide to change your look, such as a haircut, hair color, or new highly visible tattoos, remember that you will also need to update your headshots, digitals and comp cards.
If it's a big change, you may also be required to start rebuilding your portfolio from scratch. It could also mean you may lose potential repeat clients who wanted your look for a specific reason. Evaluate this decision carefully!
Being a model doesn't mean you need to fit some idyllic standard of beauty - there's no reason to make any drastic changes unless you absolutely want to. You don't need to work up a six-pack, run 10 miles a day and eat nothing but protein shakes & salads. But you should still try to keep yourself as healthy as possible, by whatever means attainable. Remember, it's about maintaining your look, not transforming it.
Staying healthy is about more than just looking good - it's also about feeling good. If you are comfortable and confident in your own skin, it will show, and that confidence will get you further than anything else you can do health-wise.
Modeling, like most other jobs, can be stressful and mentally taxing. It may require a lot of upkeep, but you can choose to put into it as much as you want to.
Take time away from if it feels like it's too much or you're no longer enjoying it. Modeling should ultimately be a fun and rewarding experience - it's okay to take a step back and just do what you find fulfilling.