Some people are cut out for just this. It starts early, that careful grooming of hair, nails, hands, feet and face, it may extend to lifestyles and food habits that will maintain the ideal body shape, keen interest in fashion trends and knowledge of beauty secrets passed down the ages and beauty tips for the not so patient listener.
Conde Nast started Vanity Fair, the popular magazine on fashion, culture and current affairs in 1913. A hundred years later, it is still publishing monthly articles on notable people, fashion trends, world events and carries full page portraits of beautiful celebrities. He was just one. There are many like that who would like to share the world of fashion and beauty that is so much within their reach with the rest of the world.
With the advent of the world wide web and blogging, publishing a magazine is no longer necessary. There are many bloggers who write about the very same things one would find in a world class magazine like Marie Claire, Vogue or Vanity Fair. There are so many blogs that the first twenty, or the first fifty has been rated for the reader’s convenience.
The outstanding reason behind a successful fashion and beauty blog is the knowledge that you the blogger have something different to say and works hard at saying it.
What are the other reasons that go into making a successful fashion blog or beauty blog?
A fashion blog is like having a fashion magazine online. While a magazine has different departments and people to take care of writing, photography, art department, sales, etc. a blogger basically has to do all of this on his or her own.. Some of the skills required for this job of having a fashion blog are
· Writing skills – writing should be appealing and readable. Anything that’s boring and dull will not get readers
· Editing skills – punctuation and grammar should be right – translating into something the reader can trust.
· Modelling and being a stylist – should not be awkward when it comes to modelling in clothes. A certain level of comfort and confidence in your own body is essential. A sense of style which can create a unique statement which is creative and interesting is essential.
· Photography/ Creative visualization – Basic photography skills with a high quality camera with knowledge of lighting and angles is a great asset to have
· Photo editing skills as in Photoshop for lighting, color, shadows is essential for those pictures which will attract traffic to your fashion blog
· Social media skills – must be conversant with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ etc. Making the accounts in all these visually appealing will generate more interest to the benefit of your blog.
· Ad sales and Public Relations – This has to do with advertising your blog with a little bit of showing off your achievements in order for advertisers to tie up with your blog. Public relations is establishing good relations with brands and companies that are relevant to the matter of your blog.
· Basics of web design and HTML – will help you make changes or fix bugs on your website without having to resort to expensive outside help.
There are thousands of young people who want to make it in the fashion industry every year, but unfortunately many will be disappointed. Here we will identify some of the major pitfalls of the fashion industry and give tips on how to avoid them.
Being over confident
A lot of people may find themselves the most beautiful or talented in their class, and may grow up with a lot of praise, and be surrounded by people who tell them that they're more beautiful than most of the supermodels out there. So it can be a nasty surprise when they enter the world of modelling and find that they are surrounded by beautiful people and are nothing special after all.
The solution to being overconfident
You need to be confident, of course, but you need to be realistic too, and ready to be humble. Don't expect people to be falling over themselves to sign you - always be polite and grateful for any opportunities that are given - and expect to work hard to earn success.
Thinking it's all glitz and glamour
Because of what we see on TV and in the movies and magazines, a lot of people get the impression that the fashion industry is all about glitz and glamour. That there's Champagne and caviar every step of the way, and life is one long party. Unfortunately this is not the case. Of course there are perks to being in the fashion industry, but like any other industry there is serious work to be done.
The solution to having the wrong impression
If you're attracted to the industry because you think it's going to be fun every minute and an easy way to achieve fame and fortune, then you need to adjust your mind set. If that's all you're interested in, then it might not be the industry for you. However, if you're genuinely committed to launching a career in fashion, then you just need to stay realistic and be prepared for the hard graft.
Not planning for the future
Especially in modelling, careers are very short. There are a handful of supermodels whose faces allow them to keep working into their thirties and even forties, but for the majority of catwalk and fashion models, they need to have something else lined up.
Planning for the future
Having had a successful career modelling, you'll be in a great position to sidestep into one of the other careers, such as fashion design or event organisation. Keep your eyes open for alternative opportunities and the kinds of things that appeal to you.