Walk This Way: A Runway Lesson

WWD gets a hands-on lesson on what goes into the perfect strut.

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With a mere minute or two of face time with a casting director, making a good impression at this week’s castings is crucial. Here’s what the experts tell their girls.

• Prep by wearing heels, all the time. Santos: “Even before the new girls come to New York, we tell them to start walking in heels. Wear them to school. Wear them out. Wear them watching TV and doing the dishes.”

• Dress the part. Ojeda: “We dress our girls before they go on show castings and some will be like, ‘I don’t like that; that’s not my style’. I tell them, ‘everyone dresses differently for work. These are your work clothes.’”

• Play hard to get. Ojeda: “Clients don’t like desperate girls. Play it cool.”

• Relax your shoulders. Fleming: “Not only do they need to be back, but open. A lot of girls forget about that. Open shoulders convey confidence and ease, and it elongates your neck.”

• Be cognizant of your arms. Ojeda: “When they’re swinging all over the place, I call it ‘the drunken sailor.’”

• Finish strong. Nel: “Your walk back needs to be just as good as your walk there.”

• Be rude. Santos: “Wearing too much perfume on a casting can be rude. Chewing gum can be very rude. Not wearing heels when you walk in is the worst.”

• Compare yourself to other girls too much. Nel: “It’s not about being the best model; it’s about being the best version of yourself.”

• Zone out when you walk. Fleming: “To be engaging, you need to be engaged yourself.”

• Trip! Ojeda: “But if you do, laugh it off, brush yourself off and get back up before the next girl walks all over you.”

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