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3 Lessons I Learned in a Modeling Interview

By: Bethany Baird

I walked into the modeling agency and sat down in the owner’s office. One of his recruiting agents had seen me in a clothes store several weeks earlier and had given me a business card.

From what I knew about the modeling industry, I was pretty sure that my personal convictions and the modeling scene wouldn’t jive. In the past I had never taken any modeling offers seriously.

I’m not sure why I felt different this time, but I did.

My curiosity was pricked and I needed to find out for myself what the modeling world was all about. I wanted to know what really went on behind the scenes. Was it as scandalous as I had imagined? Was is possible to keep my convictions and still be a model?

My thoughts continued like this for a few days until I decided to email the agent and book the interview.

I clearly remember pulling into the parking lot of the modeling agency.

My appointment was set for 2pm. I looked in the mirror, touched up my make-up and walked inside. I was checked in and almost immediately called into the bosses office.

As soon as I walked into his office I looked around the room and was totally disgusted and disturbed. I’m not exaggerating – the entire room, from wall to wall, was covered in massive pictures of either nearly nude or nude women. I thought to myself, “this guy sits here and stares at this stuff all day! Gross!” That was obviously a huge turn off for me. I did not like the idea of being another picture on his wall.

He asked me a few questions, handed me an evaluation form, and waited for me to fill it out.

As I scanned through the form I quickly realized that this job was impossible for me. I wasn’t interested in modeling for any of the categories available.

I handed him the paper back explaining that this probably wasn’t the job for me. He went on to explain to me that his agency preferred hiring “less attractive” girls who were willing to show it all over a “prettier girl” with stricter limits. He said, “once you get out from under your parents’ roof and become comfortable in your own skin, then come back.” In other words, once you become confident enough to show your naked body to the world, then we’ll talk.

I left that day without a doubt in my mind that the modeling world was not, and would never be for me.

Three lessons I learned from the interview:

1. Be comfortable in your own skin!

His comment, “be comfortable in your own skin” made me want to gag. I wanted to tell the modeling dude, “Hey, I am comfortable in my own skin; but just like I don’t want to use my good china dishes to feed the dogs, I don’t want to show off my body to the dogs either.”

Not to mention there are some key Bible verses that encourage the exact opposite of the “if you got it flaunt it” mentality.

“Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire” (1 Timothy 2:9).

Nowhere in the Bible is the loose or wild woman praised. Anytime a woman’s attire is mentioned, we are told to dress with respect and modesty. As a christian girl we are told to restrain our comfort level and preserve our bodies for one man alone.

Don’t let the pressure of the world, or pressure from girls around you tempt you into showing more. Don’t buy into the lie that “being comfortable in your own skin” means showing off your body.

2. Girls who show more skin get more guys.

The modeling agent told me that he was looking for girls who are willing to show it all. This reminds me of real life. It seems like the girls who dress “on the edge” or the girls who “flaunt it” get the most attention. It’s tempting to want to compete.

The questions is, who are these girls getting attention from? Is it the godly guy in Proverbs 7 who avoids the street of the harlot so he isn’t tempted? Or is it the foolish guy who walks by and is seduced into her chamber? It’s the fool!

Don’t concern yourself with the attention from fools.

There are godly guys out there who avoid the loose woman. Save yourself for him. He will appreciate it.

3. Training grounds for the Proverbs 7 woman.

To make it anywhere in the modeling industry you must have some key qualities. Here’s what you need to be: sexually enticing, provocative, seductive, boisterous and flirtatious.

I looked up each of those words and they come straight from Proverbs 7. One of the most coveted jobs (modeling) amongst American women is actually the description of the woman that God says all men should run from. Can you believe that?

God says, “her house in the highway to death.” (Prov. 7:27)

The next time you are tempted to compete for attention, remember Proverbs 7. Which woman do you want to represent? The woman who leads men to death, or the woman who leads men towards purity?

Don’t Buy Into the Lies.

  • Lie #1: Being Comfortable in your own skin does not mean showing it off to the world.

  • Lie #2: Girls who show more, get more guys. Yes, girls who show more get more guys. But they don’t get godly men. They get fools. Do you want to attract fools?

  • Lie #3: Being sexually enticing, flirtatious, and seductive is attractive. In whose eyes? Not in God’s! He says a woman like that is the highway to death.

Are you buying into any of the lies from above?

Do you admire some of the famous models and desire to be like them? What makes you drawn to them?

Do you view modesty as boring and outdated? Who are you dressing to impress?

Photo credit: www.flickr.com | germani

Fashion Model

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  • Jamie

    Love this post! I am sharing it with all my friends who have daughters because I think this message needs to be instilled from a young age! From barbie’s to little girl fashion—outer beauty and immodesty are are being embedded and embraced at a young age. Girls today see their worth through male attention, sexuality and outer beauty…not by the inner gifts that God has blessed them with. I work with young teenage girls and ask them to think of themselves like a diamond—valuable, protected, unique, not easy to obtain and then I ask them, do males treat you like a diamond or a Target pillow–anyone can get it, replaceable, little value, you can get without putting much work/time into it! When you see your worth through the eyes of God, you see yourself as the diamond and so much more! Praying for both of you as you continue to share God’s truth.

    • Jamie

      Great comment! It’s so important for girls to remember where their true worth comes from. I really enjoyed reading your two analogies. Love this line “which one do you present yourself as—the diamond or Target special.” Love your insight. Keep up the work girl!

  • Rocio

    Great article Bethany 🙂 I think you nailed it really well. I’m definitely sharing this with friends.

    • @Rocio I’m so glad you enjoyed this blog post! Way to go on spreading the truth. Keep it up 🙂

  • Caitlin

    Love this, especially #1. I am very comfortable in my own skin, however I still feel no need to bare my body for the world to see. Earlier this year, I was bathing suit shopping and for kicks I decided to try on one of the bikini tops (even though I knew I wouldn’t but it)…I was definitely more comfortable in the swim top that covered my stomach. The swim suit that I ended up buying is modest but still cute.

    • @Cailtin We absolutely agree with you. Way to go on on buying the modest swim suit. You are doing awesome girl!

  • Elisabeth

    I usted to veiw modesty “as boring and outdated”But not any more!I have determined to save my gifts from Now On my future husband!

  • Anne

    Excellent Article! – Modesty, soundness of mind and the secret person of the heart being the appropriate attire!


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