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Why fashion models don't smile?

If you are observant enough, you probably will notice that fashion models hardly smile especially while strutting on the runway. There are several reasons and explanations behind this certain aloofness on the walkway.

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One explanation why models do not smile is that often, set directors for the fashion show want a certain mood and expression. Depending on what is needed. models elicit the response asked of them whether the mood is dark or sombre.

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Another explanation is that smiling is deemed as a sign of appeasement and satisfaction and even low status. Models are not and therefore, they smile less or not at all during fashion shows.

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Another explanation is that smiling is deemed as a sign of appeasement and satisfaction and even low status. Models are not and therefore, they smile less or not at all during fashion shows.

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There is also a theory that models do not want any close physical contact with spectators and maybe even fans. In the olden times, fashion shows were held in tiny rooms.

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Hence, the audience were likely to touch the outfits worn by models to feel the fabric often causing damage on unique creations. Henceforth, this was discouraged by telling models to put on an aloof expression.

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Psychologists also try to explain the reasoning behind the distant expression by putting it down to stress. When you are stressed, you do not really smile and models are human beings, too. Thus, the stress put on by the fashion show is enough to make them scowl.

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Psychologists also try to explain the reasoning behind the distant expression by putting it down to stress. When you are stressed, you do not really smile and models are human beings, too. Thus, the stress put on by the fashion show is enough to make them scowl.

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In a documentary about aging models, it tried to explain that during the hard years of the 70s and 80s partying, drugs and sex were prevalent.

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These lifestyles finally took their toll on the models. That's when mannequins stopped smiling and continued to this day.

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Smiling or not, haute couture means expressionless models as you are supposed to focus on the clothes not the person wearing it.

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And there is a difference between an editorial and commercial model. As expected, the former go for the haughty and fierce look while the latter, smiling faces.

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And there is a difference between an editorial and commercial model. As expected, the former go for the haughty and fierce look while the latter, smiling faces.

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