Model Scouting Secrets Revealed
We call her the model maker. Page Parkes knows what it takes to scout a high fashion model, and today she tells all.
"This institution was built one tall skinny boy and girl at a time," says modeling agency founder Page Parkes.
She discovered her eye for talent as a college student when she won an award to work under fashion icon Emilio Pucci.
"I won that award because I chose eight girls from Africa to show my collection, which was a resort collection, and I never thought of winning. It was the models that made me win& It was a powerful moment for me to realize that I wasn't so powerful, but choosing the proper model was," she recalls.
For a veteran like Page, scouting models is a part of life.
"They've got to be tall and thin to even get a moment of my model therapy for sure or career development time that goes on. Tall, we need you to be 5'9" to 5'11". The very next thing is to look at the body shape: the girl must have extremely long legs and be high-waisted. After that, a must is beautiful skin," she says.
Page also doesn't use the word PRETTY.
"And I won't. Pretty for me is not going to be pretty for America or a man. It also can be a girl with a big gap between her eyes, you know oddly proportioned girls photograph beautifully, but in person can look extremely odd," she says.
Now, with her new app iScout, Page has made discovering models simple. Instead of encouraging someone to attend an open call, iScout lets you upload pictures and complete a profile of physical characteristics for anyone above the age of 3.
"It's amazing. We get photos from all over the world, and also, you can download the app and submit yourself as a model," she says.