Models Direct: Celebrity Mistakes

Welcome to the Models Direct blog. Models Direct are one of the UK’s biggest modelling agencies and specialise in connecting models with clients and modelling jobs. This month we thought we should look at two celebrities that we love and learn about how fame caused problems in their lives, perhaps hoping to learn some lessons. The world finds talent, stardom and beauty irresistible and those who have these qualities are considered special and above the crowd. Celebs appear to have everything that anyone could ever want in life.

Whitney Houston , one of the most beautiful actresses and talented singers ever married retired star Bobby Brown in 1992 at the height of her career. Due to her drug problems, it might not have been the best move to get together with someone with issues of his own. Through their tumultuous marriage, Whitney’s drug abuse only became worse. They divorced in 2007 at a time when Houston was about to record a new album and her life seemed to be going well. She appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show two years later and gave an interview that was noted as being one of the most outspoken. Houston admitted to the world that her drug addiction got out of control after the thundering success of The Bodyguard in 1992. Her world tour in 2010 didn’t salvage her career, though. Her fans were disappointed at the performance and the quality of her voice. She also received numerous negative responses from critics. While she did go to rehab, she never overcame her habit. In 2012, under the influence of cocaine, marijuana and other drugs, she drowned in her bath. Despite this sad end, Whitney Houston is one of the world’s best-selling singers with more than 200 million records sold.

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Britney Spears is one of those rare people who start out as a child star. Many models also start as children but Britney has also made the transformation to stardom as an adult. Britney started her career at the age of 11. At this time she was picked for The New Mickey Mouse Club with other later to be famous stars such as Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. After that show she focused on her solo career. After releasing her first single in 1998 and becoming a worldwide sensation, she somehow let her life unravel. In 2004 her reputation and name was ruined due to a strange two day marriage with Jason Alexander. She then had a scandalous love affair with a backup dancer. In that same year she married him and gave birth to their first son. However, their marriage didn’t last long and after the birth of their second son divorce proceedings began. Britney Spears was acknowledged to be mentally ill giving her ex-husband full custody over their children. She has since made a great recovery and we wish her continued success. To find out more about Models Direct, visit the official website and see live modelling jobs as they come in. Applications only take a few minutes and you can even get in touch via the Models Direct Facebook page. Our brand new video below will tell you more about what we can do for you and your modelling career!

The Truth about Children’s Growing Pains

We all remember those long nights of agony as our leg bones grew and our muscles struggled to keep up. This pain is experienced by the majority of children, and most often in the legs. Growing pain is not a medical condition or a disease that needs treated by a doctor. The pain is almost always gone by morning because we grow the most at night. They are a normal part of childhood and when it happens your child will benefit from comfort, attention and a motherly touch.

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The most common childhood growing pains are sharp, throbbing pains in the legs, typically occurring at night and sometimes in late afternoon. Occasionally, the pains can be strong enough to wake a child. Between 25 and 40 percent of children between three and five years, and again between the ages of 8 and 12, experience these night time aches. If they indeed do not happen during the day then the chances are very high that they are simply growing pains and no further attention is needed. Modelling photo shoots are sometimes called off if the baby is distraught and feeling these pains. They happen almost at random and can just come out of the blue. There are some things you can do though to soften the discomfort. Massaging increases the blood flow to the growing tissues and bones and will take some attention away from the pain. Heated pads or warm hot water bottles will dull the pain too following by gentle stretching and moving to get things settled into place.

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When trying these things pay close attention to your child’s reactions. If the area appears tender or hypersensitive it may be an indicator that something else is happening. They should be comforted by your touch. Growing pains are a muscular ache, not an inflammation, more like a stretching. Tenderness in the joints or pain when touched heralds a quick visit to your GP. These classic “growing pains” are different from pain associated with the rapid growth during the time period surrounding puberty. Increased bone growth outpaces muscle and tendon flexibility, causing new stresses on attachments to certain growth areas on the bone. Pain and swelling can occur and interfere with activities and sports. Inflammation of the growth plates is called apophysitis. The most common areas affected are the knee and heel, and the pain can fluctuate during the 2 to 3 years of rapid growth. Treatment includes flexibility exercises, local ice application, and altering activities during the painful days. Many modelling advice companies and agencies will encourage regular check ups from the GP if they feel that illness may affect your availability the health of your child.

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