Decades ago, being a model meant having a stick-thin body and impossibly long legs. Today, a quick scroll through your Instagram feed will tell you that such is not always the case…at least not anymore. In this day and age where social media plays a key role in the fashion industry, models are expected to double as influencers a.k.a. people who are inspiring and empowering in their own right. Over the years, the qualifications of becoming a model have gone beyond what’s physical—what else does she have to offer? Will she be able to stand out in a sea of Insta-famous bloggers? Can she catch a client’s attention within the time it takes to go through her social media account?
In continuation of our Preview Fashion Insiders series, up-and-coming models Yanna Cowper, Akiko Abad, Wanda Chen, Kaila Estrada, and Kara Gozali open up about what it’s like to be a model in the digital age. Watch the video below as some of the girls share their own stories about getting scouted through Facebook and why they unanimously feel that having an online portfolio and standing out in social media are just as important as looking the part.