So your at an event, or party, or at the local coffee stand or on the subway, and the conversation turns to "what do you do?
A girl nearby says she's a model.
If you want to know if she really is one or just "calling herself one" ask her:
where could I have seen you?
What have you modeled?
what ads have you been in?
How many tear sheets does she have?
What brands have you worked with?
What modeling agency do you work with?
Then you will really know she is a model.
Too many girls just call themselves models to feed their egos, feel hot, or get in the door at clubs, it is a joke.
Modeling is work, so if the girl doesn't know what a tear sheet is, then she is most likely pulling your leg. If she only talks about her Myspace photos or some party promotion she danced at, then she is most likely not a model. The purpose of a model is to model a product for a brand, or to represent a service or company in a commercial or print ad.
From handbags, beauty, to tampons and computers,- models comes in many sizes and shapes like cars. Yet we all know the difference between a tracker and a sportscar.