We co-founded Linden Staub three years ago to bring change to the model-agency industry. We work every day to educate our models and provide them with the tools and resources they need to empower themselves, so they are confident about every decision they make. We have a board of amazing and inspiring women, and now men too, who bring more to their trade than just physical beauty.
Fashion is an unregulated industry, so there is always a new challenge that we have to face; it seems that every day there is fresh evidence of people in this business being disgraced. Our goal is to manage our models in a way that encourages them to empower themselves, to be able to navigate the industry happily and healthily, and to obtain the best possible career satisfaction they can. Here are our five golden rules for building our business that, like ours, has a mission for positive change at its heart.
Empower the people you work for. In our case, these are young women. We believe that if they are confident about what they know is right, they will start off their careers with the tools to protect themselves, should anything difficult arise.
Have confidence. As two young women, we are often faced with assumptions that because we haven’t been ‘doing this for 40 years’, we don’t know what we’re doing. On the contrary: bringing change to a stale and outdated industry is empowering, but it takes confidence. We always keep our vision in mind and constantly remind ourselves that the naysayers are behind the curve.
Build an amazing team of like-minded people around you. Our team is diverse, but we all share the same vision: to bring about a dynamic, positive change to the model-agency industry. Being inspired every day by the people you work with means that it never really feels like work.
See and listen to people. It is so easy in today’s world to brush over the human side of working life, but really taking the time to see and hear the people you work with is vital. This is especially important when you’re in a management role.
Instagram is not life. It is important to be able to differentiate between the version of yourself that exists on social media and the one in the real world, and to give yourself some respite from the former now and again. It is, of course, important to have a strong social presence in fashion today, but it matters even more to take time to care for yourself. Try to cultivate a business culture around your online identity; otherwise, the lines can become blurred and few people are robust enough to be unaffected by the perils of the social world. We teach our models always to find something in their day to feed their soul, not just their Instagram.
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