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i think i have about the same proportions as nadia but i need to lose so much weight... she is so skinny /(-o-)/

Work it!

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when did han join basic? is she still with the company

She joined in 2014, still with our agency and working well for shows.

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must I have social media in order to be a model at Basic?

You will have to have at least FB and IG once you're signed

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What if we couldn't make it to the OC on Jan 2018? When will be the next one after the OC on Jan?

Prob June but we're considering in doing just one OC from next year onward, not final yet.

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what makes a good casting outfit for u from head to toe (for the jan casting)

Bodycon dress or white tank top with shorts/mini skirts and black covered heels for girls, white v-neck tee and jeans with sneakers for guys. Guys shld get ready to pull up their tee for us to check for abs anytime.

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Hi Bonita!! If I come for OC next year with braces , will it lower the chance of getting selected. cuz I'm thinking of having braces at the end of the year. Thanku

Nope

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What are the cons of being a model?

1) Instability of income. New models need a warm up period of min 6 months to build up portfolio/experience, and even if you're an experienced model, there's peak and down season in different countries/market.
2) Homesick when you're on placement.
3) Getting used to rejections, Your talent doesn't necessary brings you jobs, even if you have the best catwalk in a casting, there's a thousand reasons why a model with a lousy walk get the booking instead of you.
4) Diet control and insane workout sessions.

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Do you not get Indian girls at castings at all? Or do u not tend to sign them because they don't meet the requirements / harder for them to get jobs? I thought that since there are so many Indians in singapore it would be easy for them to get booked

Q1) Yes we do
Q2) Measurements/height doesn't fit the overall package
Last statement) That's not equivalent.

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will ur first impression determine if to sign them?

I'd say if my first impression of them is really bad, like they're being so rude and cocky and full of themselves, I won't sign them for sure. F.I matters alot.

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how do you define "good proportions"?

If you're 175cm and only 65 cm are legs that's bad. Ideal would be like Nadia Leona (check out her profile on our website) who's standing at 1.70m with body proportions close to 3:7 which makes her look super tall on print.

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other than height and other measurements how do you judge and choose models?

Skin, features, body proportions, level of commitment, age, scars/tattoos, potential to start working in local / international markets.

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How often on average do you check the instagram tag?

Haven't checked in awhile cos it's crazy busy time. I'll check when it's closer to OC

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is Long neck preferred ?

Like how long. Decent length is fine

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If i hadnt been scouted is it because i am ugly ?

NO. Don't let our judgement bring you down, we're coming from a professional working model management pov, you might be the cutest human being on earth but wouldn't work for our agency due to a whole lot of other factors.

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Pls scout me

Do you have what it takes?

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i have like a really edgy haircut rn, is it ok?

Depends on the overall package.

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as models, how're mavis zhang and nicole liew?

Good height, nice girls, lots of potential to do more.

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Would you sign a model if she doesn't have the best skin condition? Like breakouts etc but not acne.

Breakouts are inevitable. Acne is out.

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are you looking for girls with a certain color of hair (eg. blonde girls or brunettes)? thank you!

nope

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should a girl do sports or dance

Why not both

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how should someone get started in modeling in hong kong?

Get a mother agency to work on it for him/her.

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would you hire taylor hill? i think shes super pretty but her expressions and walks are so dull :(

I watched her What's in her bag series with Vogue, yeah she's pretty, I would sign her anytime.

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Is Mackenzie still a model or is she just a singer now

We're managing her as a model still.

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Do you have any suggestions on how to grow taller?

Sigh I'm no doctor but the usual - drink more milk, play basketball, swim, dance. My parents are both below 1.55m and I'm like a head taller prob cos I danced for 10 years, hope that helps.

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Hi! Are many of your models studying in university? If yes, how are they coping? I'm really interested in modelling but I'm not sure about how it'll work out.

Aimee's back to Uni after 3 gap years, Lily been back to uni for one semester and decided it wasn't for her and she's back to modeling now. I've got a bunch of girls who took gap years that are back in uni, and girls that went straight to uni without gap years and they're flying back to Singapore for modeling during their long vacation. In town rn I don't have any girls in local uni, then again I remembered when Charmaine was in hers (SMU I think) it was pretty tough to do much work, we were taking things real slow (building her portfolio, doing some shoots here and there) till she graduated and now she's full time modeling with us.

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About Bonita Ma:

Director, Booker, and Trainer of Basic Models Management (http://basicmodels.com.sg)

Singapore / Hong Kong