There are videos online to help as you learn how to walk like a fashion model on the runway, but if those aren’t for you, listen up and I’ll give you some insider modeling secrets.
In my last blog, you learned about being confident on the fashion runway and in front of the camera. And as I wrote, I was thinking about the fashion model runway walk. Strut like there is no other. You are the most gorgeous model in the world: Let that confidence show in your runway walk and in your face.
- Look straight ahead; look fierce!
- Take long, graceful/strong/fierce steps. The “crossover” isn’t so popular with me. Don’t actually cross your legs over to the other side as you’re walking. I’ve never really seen any fashion models do this. Do walk in a very straight line, with one leg in front of the other. Keep your knees bending at a minimum. You want to be as tall as possible.
- Hips forward, shoulders up, back straight. Keep great posture, while kind of sticking out your hips. As Nick Casaus says, “Walk as if you are pushing a shopping cart with your hips.” It gives a nice curve to your body.
- Let your arms swing loosely, but controlled, with them almost behind you. Straighten your fingers a bit so they don’t curl and look shorter than they really are.
- Don’t be timid in your steps. Heels are loud (depending on the surface you’re walking on). One thing that held me back for a short time was being timid with my steps. Your steps are going to be loud, so let them be loud and clear, and strong.
- If you mess up, make the audience think you messed up on purpose. Don’t look embarrassed. Messing up never looked so smooth and good.
There are different kinds of runway turns to master for when you come to the end of the runway (and the beginning of the runway, for that matter). I suggest slowing down your runway walk slightly before the turn.
I highly suggest watching professionals on the runway. A great website to watch fashion shows online is frillr.com. You can also look up different Fashion Week shows. Pay special attention to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shows. Catwalk pointer: After your turn at the end of the runway, your head should be the last thing that turns, but don’t be too obvious about it. Whether or not you pose at the end of the runway is up to the designer you are walking for.
The whole idea is to really sell the garment you are wearing when it comes to fashion shows. You want everyone to want what you have, even if it looks silly (because we all know that high fashion may look a little ridiculous at times). Whatever you have, you have to work it. Bad hair day? Work it. Bad hair is in style, haven’t you heard? Strap is slipping? The disheveled, just-out-the-door look is all the rage.
OH and Step 7. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
Thanks for reading,
Briauna Mariah (: