It’s almost summer, and that means there will be lots of opportunities for bikini and swimsuit photo shoots. And while you always need to look good for the camera, there is some extra grooming that goes with swimsuit season (unless you’re already doing lingerie spreads, in which case you’re already showing off just as much skin). So say goodbye to the relatively lazy days of winter, and check out our tips for preparing your body for scantily-clad sessions.
Roast evenly, like a rotisserie chicken
When you’re wearing a bikini, tan lines will stand out like a sore thumb. Depending on your complexion & look, either stay out of the sun completely to preserve your fair skin or hit the beach/tanning bed to get a nice, even color. Tanning beds are better than laying outdoors, unless you have somewhere private you can lay out topless or naked. You’ll want to tan without a top, since the bikinis you’ll be modeling will almost certainly have different straps than your bathing suit. You may even want to go bottomless, although in almost all cases a thong bikini will suffice to tan your cheeks.
Take care of your toes
In most modeling gigs, high heels are a must. They lift your calves and make your butt look even more fantastic than normal. While they take some practice catwalking in, they really get the job done. However, continually cramming your feet into pumps can really take a toll on your tootsies! Many women develop calluses, bunions, and even toenail fungus from having their feet jammed into sexy but uncomfortable shoes all day. Although the calluses protect your toes from the pressure and friction created by shoes, they are not very pretty. And summer swimsuit modeling very often involves flip flops and bare feet to go along with the summer/beach theme of the shoots. So before you start answering bikini casting calls, treat yourself to a good pedicure to beautify your feet. Your feet will thank you, as will the photographers.
Trim the hedges
And now for the most delicate part of bikini grooming – taking care of your bikini line. I’m sure many of you are more casual in the winter, and if you don’t have a significant other who strongly prefers you smooth you let the bushes grow, so to speak. But this, of course, won’t fly during a photoshoot. No one wants to see wisps of pubic hair peeking out from your bottoms! And while trimming might work if you were just going to wear your own swimsuit all summer, as a model you need to be ready to wear whatever they throw at you. If you aren’t already waxing or shaving, you should learn how to shave your pubic hair so you are presentable in any bikini. If you don’t like the totally bare look, you can usually get away with leaving a small strip of hair just above your vagina – even a microkini will cover that up.
So there you have it, three important factors in preparing for summer modeling. If you have any other good tips for swimsuit models, please share them in the comments below!