How to Pose in Photos + Other Rockette Secrets

This week's episode of VPL dates all the way back to my first professional acting job on the 1st National Tour of the Broadway show "42nd Street". In a hotel room in San Francisco two of my best friends on the road, Jeromy & Clark, taught me how to walk like a beauty pagent contestant. I left that tour to do my first year with the Radio City Rockettes, who have perfected a dance stance called the "bevel". And it was doing yet another theatre show in Boston where my pseudo-brother Topher & I perfected our "hungry" {aka editorial models} stance. Thus, my dears, I bring you almost a decades worth of research into this episode of VPL!

Once again, the pertinent tips when it comes ...


  • People notice when you make the exact same face in every photo that's taken of you. Over time it either looks insecure or self-absorbed. Know your best angles, but also breathe, smile & mix it up.

  • Hand on your hip makes your arm & your waist look smaller. However, when all 5 girls in a photo are posed like this, it looks silly. So sometimes try a slightly bent arm wresting on your leg, clutch your purse handle, etc.

  • Standing in a "bevel" with one knee popped is flattering on your legs, but with the arm & waist thing it can look really pose-y, so try to keep it relaxed.


  • Think about keeping your biceps close to your rib cage & just letting your arms swing below the elbows. It doesn't have to be stiff like I demonstrate. I have a hair stylist client who said she now thinks about this as she walks around her salon & is obsessed with how it makes her feel confident. Especially if you're nervous, it's the sweet spot between having stiff arms or looking flail-y.

  • If you can't easily straighten your knees in your heels, they're too high, & you're going to look like a pre-teen trying to walk in them. Just because designers make them, does not mean you're going to look as strong & lovely in them as you could. Sadly platforms are all the rage right now, so it does take a bit of hunting to find heels that are sexy but sensible.


  • We're real girls. You don't want to look like a mannequin & over-think it. But when you're taking photos at a special event, or walking into a room for a big interview or presentation, these are great tips that can help you look more confident & chic!
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