Heidi Klum's killer body. Gisele B?ndchen's exotic eyes. Marisa Miller's magnificent mane.
It's hard not to envy the God-given good looks of these supermodels, but what if insider secrets play a larger part than good genes in looking runway ready? I sat down with Cheryl Diamond, author of the recently released novel Model: A Memoir, to find out how we mere mortals can look picture perfect.
Diamond, who ventured to New York and successfully pursued a modeling career as a young woman, shared with me her surprisingly straightforward secrets for looking stunning on or off the runway.
Fit for a queen
Looking great begins by wearing clothes that fit and flatter your body type. So, no matter your physique, toss the undersized attire.
Diamond recommends flowy skirts of any length. "These styles flatter curvy figures and create curves for more athletic body types," she says.
Have you noticed how much thinner Jennifer Hudson looks in her expensive apparel? It's not the price tag, it's the silhouette and custom fit of these swanky styles that flatter.
Diamond also recommends opting for solid colors: "Solid colors, no matter the cost, look classy and sophisticated."
Set your sights
Aim high! High heels make legs appear thinner, longer and more toned — a model must. Diamond explains that the bevy of aesthetic benefits gained from teetering on sky-high heels is the very reason models sport them on the catwalk.
Don't worry if you aren't comfortable in 4-inch stilettos. Wedges can boast similar benefits and may feel more comfortable for those who typically wear flats. That's important because, as Diamond explains, "being comfortable is a big part of looking good."
Take a stand
"Posture can be the most important part of the image you project," says Diamond. She suggests rolling your shoulders back throughout the day to relieve stress and assure that you aren't slumping forward.
Experts agree that practicing good posture can give the appearance of a fitter figure, even trimming 5 pounds or more from your appearance.
Model-perfect posture begins with shoulders thrown back, abdominal muscles tight (strengthen that core) and hips pushed back a bit as well. Says Diamond succinctly: "As a runway expert once told me, 'Shoulders back, chin up, walk like you mean it.'"
And no matter if that walk is on the red carpet or the office walkway, you're sure to look runway-ready by following these simple, stylish tips.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org