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Yes, you can learn from a fashion model

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Believe it or not, the first generation of supermodels is now producing its first business leaders.

Some of their secrets:
  • Overcoming rejection. You may think beautiful people face less rejection than the rest of us, but they may face more … and it’s personal. In the fashion business, it’s not your product being turned down; it’s your chin, your legs or your smile.

    “There’s a lot of rejection in modeling and there’s a lot of rejection in business,” says Kathy Ireland, a former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model who now owns a company selling clothes for busy moms. “You need to be able to turn down that negative noise and move on.”

  • Becoming a student of your industry. Back when she was a supermodel on location, Tyra Banks, producer of America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show, had gone behind the scenes and asked everybody about the nuts and bolts of her trade.

  • Understanding the money. No matter what your position, you need a thorough knowledge of your organization’s financial footing. In America’s Next Top Model, Banks puts her wannabes through a series of tests. In one episode, she’s horrified when every girl signs a contact without reading it.
The icon of her own company, Bankable Productions, is the door of a vault.

— Adapted from “From Model to Mogul,” Kim Wright Wiley, Selling Power.

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