For some people, bodybuilding competitions can be a springboard into the world of fitness modeling. A person desiring to enter the field will encounter a virtual who's who in the industry at one of these contests, as publishers, supplement company owners, and many other business people are in attendance. It's basically like going to a trade show.
Winning, however, doesn't guarantee success because the person taking home first prize may not have the qualities that a particular publisher is looking for. As in Hollywood, some fitness models just have "the look" and some don't.
Will Brink, author of Body Building Revealed and Fat Loss Revealed, advises prospective fitness models to network -- they should attend trade shows armed with business cards and high-quality photographs. Brink says that hopefuls should also look at the credits in fitness magazines, collect the names of publishers and editors, and send pictures directly to them.
In addition to being proactive, Brink says aspiring fitness models need to be aware of and steer clear of con artists. As the saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Fitness models should be wary of anyone who offers to build a website for them at no cost. He says these deals can wind up in webmasters who pilfer the money that the site makes or they may post the pictures on porn sites. Another potential pitfall is photographers who offer to take pictures of models, yet are doing this as a hobby. Check references before hiring or signing on any dotted line.
At the start of her career, Candy Keane got hooked up with an agent of questionable quality. She paid, in her view, a great deal of money to an agency to land one job -- a $10 per hour gig as a promo model for Cadillac.
Pamela Anderson's risque new PETA ad has been banned in Canada for being 'sexist' and treating the actress like a piece of meat.
Canadian officials denied a permit for an event that was being held for launching Anderson's new animal-rights ad, claiming the ad is sexist.
In the ad, Anderson is seen posing in a bikini and her body is covered in marks suggestive of a butcher's diagram and different parts of her body are labelled 'rump,' 'ribs,' 'breast,' etc.
The ad's caption reads, 'All Animals Have the Same Parts.'
"In a city that is known for its exotic dancing and for being progressive and edgy, how sad that a woman would be banned from using her own body in a political protest over the suffering of cows and chickens," the New York Daily News quoted Anderson as saying.
"It is not so much controversial, as it goes against all principles public organisations are fighting for in the everlasting battle of equality between men and women," an official wrote in an e-mail to PETA