Makeup & nails
Feb 3, 2016

So you want to be a model? Get on social media

By: Carli Whitwell

Getty Author: Elle Canada Credits: Getty

Makeup & nails
Feb 3, 2016

So you want to be a model? Get on social media

By: Carli Whitwell

In 1988, a teenaged Kate Moss—all knees and elbows, charming snaggletooth, with slightly too big ears and slightly too short legs (by modelling standards)—caught the eye of a forward-thinking scout at JFK airport.

Had Moss been born a millennial, however, her discovery story may have gone something like this: An unusually beautiful-looking teen posts an Insta selfie (#familyvacay #model #backtoEngland) that’s “double tapped” by the right person. One direct message later and a career is launched.

READ MORE: Kate Moss' beauty evolution

Moss is the pioneer of the age of the jolie laide model, where unique beauties such as Binx Walton and Molly Bair get as much play as the Cindys and Lindas of the past. And Instagram has become the underground wellspring for this anti-glamazon, giving access to real and raw muses who might never have been traditionally discovered. Women who are more, according to model scout Ashley Brokaw, “your best friend’s sister. You know, the girl who’s not on the cheerleading squad,” she told The New York Times.

Model Eva Collé was scouted on social thanks to her Steven Meisel-esque shots showcasing her killer bone structure and androgynous buzz cut. “I only made [the account] three months ago and since then I’m basically travelling everywhere to model,” she said backstage at the Spring/Summer 2016 Vetements show.

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