How to be a Bikini or Swimwear Model

Modelling is a young girl’s dream. Watching elegant ladies such as Melinda Bam win Ms.South Africa in all her finery gives young ladies aspirations to be like these women on stage. They may even seek to mimic those modelling costumes, modelling gowns and modelling swimwear.

Modelling a bikini or swimwear requires that the models have flawless skin, meet the required height and other vital statistics. Swimwear modelling may not necessarily be size-specific as there are swimming clothes made for different age groups, gender or body form / figure. It is important to watch models that have succeeded in this career from Tracy McGregor, Roxy Louw and the flawless Candice Swanepoel to get an idea of the kind of confidence and posture required from a Swimsuit model in South Africa.

Candice Swanepoel is one of South Africa’s best modelling exports and regularly adorns the pages of Victoria’s secret catalogues, Candice shares the following advice ‘First and most important is find a great bikini!” Candice says. “One that suits your body type”

Beyond physical attributes, consider other aspects as poise and attitude. If you wish to take on a Bikini or Swimwear Modelling career, below are some modelling tips to move you along:

Modelling Tip #1: Be Calm, Show Confidence

When on the runway or at a studio shoot, remain cool and composed no matter the set environment. Self assurance or confidence clearly comes across while modelling. A relaxed event day means a good modelling day. No matter the aggravation, maintain self control. Quoting car enthusiast and popular model Tanya Van Graan on handling upsetting situations, … don’t express anger in any way. No amount of gestures could change a situation or teach someone about rules … I always remind myself that that person could also just be having a bad day – everyone makes mistakes and hopefully they will learn from them.”

Modelling Tip #2: Be Unique, Be Yourself

Each person is unique. Individuals have distinct personalities that appeal to particular or different audiences. So it is still best to act naturally, to be uncommon and just be yourself.

Modelling Tip #3: Focus

The exciting world of modelling is distracting. When you are in good company, you enjoy special treatment wherever you go. There may be times you are sidetracked; you may even feel you have changed (and not necessarily for the better). If this happens, go back to your roots. As known model Nonhle Thema shares, “My mother is my anchor. Whenever I start getting ahead of myself, she’s there to tell me to calm down, to not get hung-up and to just focus on what’s important.”

Modelling Tip #4: Have Fun

Modelling is hard work so find some fun doing it. There’s a lot to enjoy in the sophisticated world of modelling.

Above tips are some of many others that may be offered. Choose the ones that will work for you; choose the ones that suit your needs.

  • I am a model, i have an agency and a potfolio. so what must i do to see myself as one of the models particitating in things like swimwear models SA, roxy louw bikini pics?

    • You can start by entering competitions. Set-up a profile on Modelbase and start sending this to fashion editors in the magazines.

  • nonceba

    Hi,I’m that girl who is too short for moddeling but iv got the perfect body and shape,so I thought I should join magazine underwear and bikini modeling,what tips can you give me or which ref can I get

  • semetha

    i would like to take a foto shoot in my swimwear

  • snenhlanhla

    Am so into modelling I just need a start point!

  • In my previous modelling agency I have always wanted to do bikini and swimwear modelling but I couldn’t find an agency until I searched your agency was quite impressed and always wanted to do that for my entire life even though am a 15year old but I know one say I will reach my goal cause am determined to do this as a career

  • Khanyisa Nkuna

    With hard work and determination nothing is impossible.Good evening my name is khanyisa miranda nkuna I am 19 years old and I’m from boksburg.I think I can be a model because I have the making,true reflection of my culture,humble and well mannered.the women that inspires me is the women who stood up on the 9th of August 1956 to lead 20 thousand women to the pretoria union building and protest of the past hold of apartheid and her name is Helen Joseph…thank you

  • I will like to be one,I’ll enjoy it so much and I’ve always wanted to be one!!

  • Loren Lee

    I’m Loren-lee 18 years of age Height 1.64 Weight 40 Bust 30 Hips 28 Waist 25Shoesize3 No experience in modellingBut Love The Camera… Im kinda struggling to get in2 a agency withmy height… Please help:(

  • Marisa Lee Joyce

    Hi ,I would love to be a model and I think I have what it takes, I’m just unsure if my size makes the cut I’m very petite and I’m afraid that this could be a problem however I am very happy with my body and wouldn’t want to make any unnecessary changes

    • thomas

      Marisa if you are unsure about your height and weight, you’re probably too short and fat for modelling. Go enter a local pageant and when you reach the top 3 places, come back for more advice.

  • Gugu

    Hy I’m Gugu age 25 wana become a model , DNR knw where to start please help