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Kendall and Cara are Proof of How Social Media Has Changed the Modeling Game

Social media is now a big factor when it comes to making it as a supermodel.
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There is no denying that social media has infinitely changed the way we go about life today. In fact, social media has redefined almost every aspect of our lives, making it almost impossible to ignore it or not be part of it in some way. One major industry that has been changed by social media is the fashion business, particularly in the modeling sector. Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid are just a few examples of models who have used social media to not only connect with their fans but also in order to propel their careers while creating their own personal brands. From sharing their day-to-day antics to posting their latest modeling gigs, these It Girls have thoroughly used social media to bring them and keep them to the top of the fashion heirarchy. In fact, these supermodels used social media to gain a large following, making them even more appealing to brands! Want to know exactly how social media can make you a super model just like Cara, Kendall, Gigi, and Karlie? We break it down below! 

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 1  Social media becomes an extension of modeling portfolios.

Nowadays most brands and media outlets look through the Instagram accounts of models to see if they're fit for the particular look of an editorial or brand. This makes what models post on their accounts extra important, and at the same time it gives the model the freedom to control the jobs they get depending on their posts. One clear example is how Karlie advocates her healthy lifestyle on Instagram, which then attracts athletic and sports brands. 

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 2  It's the best tool for models to build their own brand.

Cara Delevingne definitely made her mark as an edgy, fun, and free-spirited model with the help of her posts on Instagram. Through her wacky and provocative posts, she branded herself as the model who's not afraid to be a part of a crazy fashion editorial or more controversial brand campaign. In fact, Cara has made it clear that she owes a part of her success to social media. It's made her such a household name across the globe, giving her the freedom to choose her current career as an actress. 

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 3  Followers are important.

Because of how social media influences our daily choices, the number of followers of a model has become a factor for brands and media outlets. This gives a model with a big number of followers an upperhand because of their greater influence in the world of social media. This makes it important for models to connect with their fans and let them get to know them a little better throught daily posts. With a huge following, these models have a bigger chance of having posts that can go viral, which is always a good thing especially for brands. Kendall Jenner is a great example because of how her following has immensely grown and how it's made her a reality star turned supermodel.

 4  It's how you remain relevant.

Being an active player in one of the most influential tools of our time, a.k.a. social media, is the one thing that can bring any model to the top and keep them there. Aside from a big following, constant posts and social media interactions is the best way to remain relevant for a model, and being relevant is the best way to land big global campaigns and coveted magazine covers. Gigi Hadid is one model who has made her social media presence grow, which then has sky-rocketed her into a It Girl status, appearing in multiple campaigns and landing magazine covers everywhere.

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Erin Torrejon
Former Associate Fashion and Beauty Editor
Resident fashion and beauty girl. I’m a health-nut who devotes cheat days to french fries and other glorious carbs. I live at the beach and I can talk about movies, music,  clothes, and my current beauty obsessions for hours on end. 
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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

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