Most Promising Model Of The Week: Meet The Beautiful Shaye Pramee

Shaye Pramee is a 28-year-old model who was originally from Bangladesh and raised in New Zealand. She currently works as a banker in ANZ. She was a finalist at Miss World 2019 and Miss World state finals 2020/21. She’s currently competing at the Miss Australia 2020 State Finals. Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Shaye to discuss her journey in the modelling industry and here’s what went down:

How were you actually ‘discovered?’

Instagram.

What are your favourite downtime activities?

I love reading, dancing, singing and spending time with family and friends.

How did you start with modelling?

I have done pageants in the past but I wish to progress my career in modelling.

What do you like most about the modelling industry?

I love the confidence it brings in others as well as how much it inspires others.

The downside to being a model?

Beauty Standards.

What has been the most memorable experience of your life as a model so far?

Being a finalist at the Miss World 2019 and Miss World Australia State Finals 2020/21 pageant as well as competing for the Miss Australia 2020 State Finals.

I’m guessing you’ve been in the industry for a few years now, what has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned. This can be about the industry or about yourself. Or both!

I gained confidence and learned to be brave enough even though I don’t meet the standard height requirement – I still got the opportunity to do photoshoots.

Working in an industry whose only emphasis is on the outside characteristics of a person, how have you stayed grounded?

Self-love and self-care.

Is your family supportive of your career?

Yes, they are. I am blessed to have such an amazing family.

What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

I would like to start my own business and hopefully win the title for Miss Australia so I can be inspirational and make a difference.

The ‘LIGHTNING FAST’ Round:

1. Last good movie I’ve seen: The Departed.

2. What do you consider beautiful and why? Sunrise early morning with a view of the ocean or beach.

3. What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could? Travel the world.

4. Complete this sentence: “If I had no fear, I’d be…” Powerful.

5. What is the one “flaw” you wouldn’t change about yourself? How random and weird I am.

Want to Break Into The Modeling Industry? Here’s What You Need to Know

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There are literally thousands of young guys and girls (just like you) wanting to break into the modeling world. But it ain’t all that easy at the end of the day. Of course for some people, you can just tell – WOW! – they’re just born to be a model (damn them!). But for most of us who are lacking in perfect, model-esque genes, then it can be a bit harder to get there. With the following tips, you’re sure to be one step ahead of all other model wannabes.

So you’ve made the decision that you want to be a model. Ok, that means you’ve got to start eating, exercising and thinking like one. No more late-night trips to Max Brenner (awwww). Make sure you start hitting the gym, yoga or any other exercise which will firm up those pesky tuckshop lady arms. Even if you want to get into plus-size modeling – you’ve gotta be firm people! Most importantly BE CONFIDENT, believe in your ability. Don’t tell people you’re ‘trying’ to become a model, tell them you ARE a model.

Fit and healthy – check! Now its time to really get into the fun stuff!

First things first – whenever you are going to approach ANYONE in the industry, the first thing they’ll ask you for is your look-book or portfolio. And I’ll tell you what, those happy snaps taken last Christmas just ain’t going to cut it! You need to build a professional portfolio, which can usually cost upwards of $600! But don’t fret – websites like StarNow and Model Mayhem are fantastic places to get in contact with photographers, makeup artists, stylists, the list goes on. Like you, they’re working on expanding or building their portfolio too, so usually the artists on these kinds of platforms work on a TFP (time for photos) basis. Basically, all parties give up their time and everyone gets a free copy of all images taken and usually some touched up photos. TFP shoots are also a great way to network and get advice from people who may be more experienced than you. Always try to make friends with the people you work with. You never know what doors they could open for you.

Now that you are a model with an amazing look-book, it’s time to start approaching agents. Send a concise, friendly and professional email to all the agents your interested in, along with six killer photos. Always ask for other people’s advice on the photos you send. Usually, the photos you like of yourself aren’t the best choices. Email your dream agents first and always ask for their advice on your look. If none of those are interested, don’t give up. Remember, Tyra Banks was rejected from seven agencies before she was signed! It’s incredibly competitive out there, so don’t be disheartened by a few rejections.

I guess the question at the end of all that is – is it all worth it? There is no doubt modelling is a tough and sometimes nasty industry, however, when you’re in – its a whole lot of fun!