by Suzette Banzo
They say that the true judge of having mastered anything is the ability
to turn around and teach it to someone else. Mia Amber is most
definitely someone who not only knows how to dress herself for success,
but also helps aspiring models learn how to best present
themselves. Mia, a model, actor and now style consultant mixes
experience, talent and a great eye for what works to help other women
understand their beauty as they take their place in the business.
Suzette: Mia, I have noticed many models using your services as a
stylist these days. How did you get involved in styling for
Mia Amber: Well, I don't consider myself a stylist...more of a
consultant I guess. I saw a lot of aspiring models spending money
on photo shoots in an effort to submit photos to agencies and 99% of
the time, the aspiring models were dressed inappropriately for the
Suzette: What is an example of inappropriate attire for a portfolio photo?
Mia Amber: I always let the ladies know that they do NOT need
professional photos to submit to an agency but if they have made the
decision to pay for a shoot then they need to learn to look like a
model and I take them shopping to help them learn to put together
looks. Examples of inappropriate: Club hopping clothes, lycra,
extremely low cut tops, poorly fit clothing, logos, etc. Hair styled as
if they are in a hair show and wearing stage makeup. Showing too
much skin, and using props is another "Don't". My hope is that at
the end of our shopping day they have learned what looks good on their
body type, what clothing will look great in a photo, and what is
Suzette: What can a model expect from working with you if she is shooting for the first time?
Mia Amber: My services include a consultation where we sit down
together and decide what types of looks are missing from her portfolio
or what type of clients she may attract; if she has a body for
lingerie/swimwear, etc. and we go from there.