How to become a model in Seventeen Magazine — like my daughter!

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 77 Comments

Hey, guess what — my baby’s in the April issue of Seventeen Magazine! Look for her on page 82! She’s in the upper right-hand corner of the “pretty prom styles!” photo layout. That’s my Gabrielle, the dimpled cutie with the elegant updo!

Sorry for putting you through all those exclamation points. But we’re just so excited! Gabi loves fashion and dream to model just came true!

This moment is also a breakthrough for another reason…

When I launched my blog two years ago, Gabi was 14 and wanted her privacy. So I never showed photos of her face and rarely wrote about her. If I mentioned her in passing, she was simply identified as “The Princess.” But now that she’s ready to be a celebrity (haha!), I’m very proud to have you meet my only child on her terms.

Gabi’s first-ever modeling experience felt like being in a very glamorous movie.

The adventure began with an early morning drive from our home in the suburbs to Manhattan. Our destination was the Hearst Corp.’s fancy W. 57th Street headquarters.

We reported in at 8:30 a.m. and stayed until about 2:30 p.m.

During those six hours, we were dazzled by the meticulous work involved in pulling off a fashion shoot. Hair genius Damian Monzillo sculpted the ‘do. Makeup artist Keiko Hiramoto was amazing. So was stylist Chrissy Lloyd.

The actual photo shoot was mesmerizing. Photographer Peter Rosa and digital tech Angus Oborn were constantly in motion. And all that expensive digital equipment — wow. After it was over, Gabi took a few photos of the studio on her cell phone. Then she changed into her regular grrrl clothes.

Getting into the elevator and leaving was kinda sad. It had been such a crazy, over-the-top day. Of course, Gabs is now hoping to do more modeling. If you have a potential gig, let’s talk. As a novice stage mom, I could use good advice too.  ;-)

A big thank you to the wonderful folks at Seventeen Magazine. Beauty Assistant Molly Ritterbeck guided us through the day. Bookings Editor Alicia Bridgewater was so supportive through the entire process.

And of course, a huge hug to my former NYU student, Seventeen Magazine intern Laxmi Rodulfo. She was the one who directed us to Seventeen’s Facebook page and told us that the magazine uses teen readers as models. Note: Seventeen’s Facebook page currently has info on its “Real-Girl Cover Contest.”

Btw, as a concept, Facebook pages are a gold mine. They’re a completely different category from the individual profiles that we each have. The pages are public places for sellers to mingle with potential buyers. These days, it seems like every store, chain, business and political cause has a public page where customers can get the scoop on special deals and projects. In fact, if you’re marketing anything — any kind of product or service — creating your own page makes sense.

P.S. — Want to read about more about Gabi’s modeling adventures? Then go to this 2012 post about her second gig: “My kid get to model again in Seventeen magazine.”


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  2. Betty, she looks absolutely stunning! She must take after her mother ;)

    I’m a huge fan of the elevator photos. Truly working the Amy Winehouse – it makes me miss my beehive hair days circa freshman year of college.

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  4. Hi, Betty —

    What a beautiful young woman, and yes, she does take after mom! You two are gorgeous!

    I have two young boys (13 and 11) who are not often shown on the pages of my blog b/c of those privacy reasons as well (I don’t think i’ve ever used their names either). Being in L.A. their mom and myself are routinely approached (and receive comments) about how our kids should be in print (Gap commercials, etc.) or film. I’m not down for it, though, having so many friends in the business over the years and seeing the very real downside of fame and celebrity.

    When they’re 17, then I’ll follow your lead! (only after they both pledge to finish UCLA and Harvard law school!)


  5. Gabi looks gorgeous! Please tell her I said she is beautiful outside, but even more importantly to us, inside as well — just like her Mom.



  6. I get all teary-eyed seeing your little girl as a young woman now! Such a beautiful girl and a beautiful person. I know you’re so proud :)

  7. OMG!! Gabi is gorgeous!! Get her an agent, pronto!! I should not be surprised at all….hot mama, hot daughter. I am so happy for you both. She is so blessed to have a such a supportive mom!

    I can see her killing it in the industry… the same time, a college degree never hurt anyone. Always nice to have something to fall back on.

    You two are awesome and am so excited for you both!!!

    Love, love, love!!

  8. Snagged up a copy of the mag from Walgreen’s after coming out if the movies w/ my kid! I felt like a 17 year old buying it. I am so corny. (I used to read this religiously in junior high!) My son was kinda glad to see one of his Nickelodeon crushes, Victoria Justice, on the cover. Seventeen has changed a lot…but is still so much the same. Waiting for baby Betty to sign my copy.

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    the april issue was actually the first time i ever truly looked at seventeen in…..decades. i haven’t been seventeen since — oh well, never mind. but yes, this child of mine is definitely getting a college degree. she’s not talking about modeling as a career-career.

    modeling via seventeen was a total self-esteem building experience. i know that’s not what this field is like. moms who have taken their girls through modeling gigs keep telling me how awful modeling was on their children’s self-esteem — the constant you’re-too-this and not-enough-that. so i’ve got my guard up.

    and if y’all hear of any other venues that might be good modeling outlets, please let me know!

  10. Your “princess” is stunning! Congratulations to daughter and mom! You’re right to be so proud of her! Have lots of fun! …sorry for all the exclamation marks.

  11. Betty:

    Your daughter is so beautiful!!! You should be proud of her! My advice to you, which you are already doing, is let her take the lead and be there when she needs advice or gently pushed to get back on track.

    Facebook pages are awesome. We have one for our daughter and her activities as a way to communicate out her swimming stuff without it taking over our own profile pages (as she is only 7!). People who really want to know about swimming 24/7 can just go there.

    Congrats again! What an achievement! :)

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