Model Mayhem is a website I came across through a friend and I highly recommend this site to every photographer, model, and make-up artist I’ve come in contact with since. It’s a great place for networking, setting up gigs, finding casting calls, and viewing other people’s profiles for inspiration/admiration. I love it! I recently came across another website that’s similar to it, but catered to a different kind of industry audience, music videos and men’s magazines. The website HipHopvideomodels is a place where ‘hip hop honey’s/models’ can have a page displaying their stats, booking info, and pictures. Much similar to model mayhem. I’m not interested in the video vixen aspect of the industry because I don’t have the booty, I mean, ‘body’ for those jobs. But, I reviewed the website to see if it’s something women can actually benefit from in the industry. I discovered that the pictures are not actually posted by the women themselves, but by the inventors of the website who find their pictures online and in magazines. If you want to join, you must email the website your bio/information. THEY decide who joins and if you’re worthy of being accessible via their website. How beneficial is this to the models? Well, there are a few big names on this site including Melyssa Ford, Vida Guerra, and Hoopz & Buckeey from Flavor of Love.
The women definitely have bangin’ bodies, and their poses cater to masculine desires and fantasies. Whereas on ModelMayhem, there are more newcomers and professionals, plus there is no “screening process” for those who want to join. Your photos can be professional or non-professional (i.e. taken with a Polaroid or digital camera yourself), and the bio included on the site is what you write about yourself. The site is free of charge for 20 pics, and if you want VIP status to upload more pics you pay a small one time or monthly charge. HipHopVideoModels requires at least 5 professional photos, a $15-$150 one time fee to join after you’ve been approved to be on the site, and they charge additional for photo touchups. Which site would I use to get the best bang for my online marketing tool? The competition is steep on the Video website and I have to Apply/Pay, but I would potentially get the most exposure to casting directors and music video artists who want my body type. The models featured also appear to be more established with credits and magazine pages. ModelMayhem would be Free and nice to join for finding photographers to work with and build my portfolio, but may not have the type of exposure I’m looking for in the industry. Both sites I can look at other models and determine which poses, facial expressions, and backgrounds are hot and provoking. Why not both! It all comes down to what models believe is the best decision for their career.
Personally, I have NO place being on the HipHopVideomodels website. My ‘features’ are just not made for the audience that desires those models. If you believe you’re a videovixen, I say try both websites and see where it takes you. I’m almost positive Hoopz and Buckeey were found/casted from the video website for their role in Flavor of Love. So good luck! One model I have always admired featured on the hiphopvideo website is K.D. Aubert. Her pics on the site are sensual, exotic, and sexy yet classy. Ultimately, the model has the power to create her image, and the website is merely a vehicle that exposes each to different audiences. Would I recommend HipHopVideomodels to a friend? Potentially, but only if she has stellar cakes .
Check out both websites to discover your own opinion: