If you attend a modeling school, such as Barbizon, then you're going to learn a few etiquette and elegance tips. Of course, you don't have to aspire to be a model in order to find these tips useful. They're helpful for everyday life, because they'll make you appear more elegant than ever. Here are a few of the most important etiquette tips that models are taught:
1. How to Ascend and Descend Stairs
Whether you're going up or down a flight of steps, there are a few things you should remember. Firstly, you should always place your index and middle fingers on the railing. Don't grab it with your entire hand and don't ignore the railing completely. Keep to the two finger rule. Secondly, you should always look directly in front of you. Don't look down at your feet to see where the next step is (unless you feel like you're about to fall). Keep your head high and your eyes straight ahead.
2. How to Get in and out of a Car
When you get into a car, you should sit facing the open door, and then swing your legs into the car once you're seated. You should do the same when you leave the car, especially if you're wearing a skirt that you don't want anyone to see up. Start by swinging your legs toward the open door, then put your feet on the ground and stand up.
3. How to Walk
When you walk, one foot should be directly in front of the other. You don't want your feet to be parallel to one another while you walk. They should be following the same straight line. You should also make an effort to keep your back and neck straight, because posture is incredibly important. While it's natural for your arms to swing as you walk, make sure that they don't make movements that are too extreme, because it'll distract from your look.
4. How to Behave at the Table
When you sit at a dinner table, you should keep your elbows off of it. As your parents probably taught you, you should also avoid talking with your mouth full. If you need a salt shaker or plate that is far across the table, don't reach across others to grab what you need. Instead, you should politely ask for the person closest to it to pass it down to you.
5. How to Make a Good Impression
It doesn't matter if you're attending a modeling shoot or a friend's party. It's rude to be fashionably late. If someone tells you an exact time to arrive, then you should be there five minutes earlier than that. Live by the rule: "If you're not early, you're late."
6. How to Protect Your Reputation
Anyone in the movie, music, or fashion industry will fight to keep their good reputation. That means models are taught to avoid getting drunk in public, where there will be photographers all around. Although you aren't followed by paparazzi, your friends could still take pictures of you while drunk, which is the last thing you want. If they post them online, future employers could see the snapshots and refuse to hire you. Not to mention that your future crushes could see them and think poorly of you, then refuse to take you out on a date.
7. How to Be Gracious
When a model borrows an outfit from a fashion designer, she's expected to give it back in good condition. If she's extra sweet, she'll even get it dry-cleaned before it's returned. You should do the same if you ever borrow a top or jeans from your friend. Don't give them back with stains covering them. Take the extra time to do their laundry.
If you want to have the grace and elegance of a model, follow these tips. What do you think is the most important etiquette tip of all time?