Nsubuga Ronnie
Nsubuga Ronnie
Founder of Crystal Models Africa Founder of Pearl of Africa Fashion Alliance Casting Director Fashion Show Producer Model Scout Pageant Coach Fashion & Image Consultant
Nsubuga Ronnie




With the rise in youngsters competing in modeling competitions and young kids walking the catwalk, parents need advice on how to better support their children's entry into the fashion industry while also fulfilling their own responsibilities.

To take part in a fashion show or photo shoot, a child model must have their parents' permission. Child models must be protected in this cutthroat and violent industry. Parents have a great deal of work to do in this way. If you receive a call or message from an organization saying you don't need your parents' approval, make sure to discontinue any correspondence immediately.

Why do I need my parents’ approval to model?

In an industry that attracts trick agents, child models and teenagers should remain careful. With the intelligence, encounter and maternal/paternal nature, parents are surely fit for the modelling decisions. The modelling business needs to keep children safe, and the most ideal approach to do this is to have parents on board at each stage. Child models are aged between 3-12 and too young to even think about making choices for themselves. So, until the point when they reach 18, child models require a parent to approve all agreements and modelling occupations. Looking for parent’s endorsement protects children from damage if the parents are involved at each stage.

Role of parents in a child models’ life.

A ton of the choices are down to the parents and what they consider appropriate for their child model. In this way, your mum and father are effectively engaged with your modelling profession. They investigate what is included and how your everyday life will change.

Reaching modelling agencies to get your child signed to a trustworthy agency. Looking into every agency to guarantee they are appropriate to represent your child. It is imperative that the picked agency is reliable and genuine. Seeing every part of the agreement that you are going to sign. Arranging deals with the agency and customers to guarantee that your child is paid reasonably for any kind of job.

Going with your child to the shoot or show every single time. Your presence will make them feel secure and safe, enabling them to perform much better. It is likewise a prerequisite in the business, as you are in charge of your child.

Ensure that your son or little girl is in the ideal place at the correct time. Your child is glad and comprehends what they need to do at work. Be sure, energetic and empowering.

Make sure their schooling is unaffected by their modeling work. It is crucial that they avoid having too many absences from school. It is imperative that you obtain permission from the head instructor if the work is done while classes are in session. Make sure your child model is not overtired, eats a healthy diet, and gets adequate sleep. Until kids are old enough to pursue modeling full-time, keep it as a side hobby for them.

What happens when they reject you?

Unfortunately, you will never be able to start your career as a model if your parents are against the idea. Speaking with your parents about their reasons for not being convinced about your profession choice could be helpful. Demonstrate to them that you are serious about modeling by conducting study and providing facts. A conversation might make them think again or change their mind. A quiet conversation could be quite beneficial because it could be related to your time, money, or well-being. Avoid becoming upset or starting a quarrel because doing so will make things worse. If they stick to their decision, make good use of this time by practicing your posing, saving spare change for a portfolio, and gaining experience with friends. You should never, ever follow through on your desire since it could be really dangerous. Agencies that will collaborate with you without your parent's approval should be kept at a strategic distance, as we mentioned previously. They are most likely predators trying to obtain money from you or inaccurate images because they are not bidding in accordance with the company's criteria. In the unlikely event that you receive communication from someone on social media, please ignore it.

What to do if you have go-ahead parents

Equally, some parents live their fantasies via their child or young lady, pushing their child model too hard. In the unlikely event that you find the pressure to be too high, you need to talk to your parents in order to express your feelings. They may not understand how you feel and may apologize for scheduling too many jobs, leaving you exhausted or, in the case that you make a mistake, making you angry. Having a disagreement with your parents is the worst thing ever, but if they don't listen, you should just refuse to do some tasks.

Child modelling is a partnership with both you and your parent. Both parties should be satisfied with the direction the journey is taking and should be consulted about any developments. Tell your parents that while you may not want to model, you may want to cut back so that you have enough energy for studies and social interactions. There is a limit to the required level of dedication and hard work in the industry, though. Child models should only put in a certain number of hours per week to avoid fatigue and exhaustion. Managing both concentrate and study can be very difficult.


It is advisable to give yourself more time if you are unsure whether to sign an agreement. It's important to remain calm and sign while entering a new industry with limited experience or involvement in the modeling market. You may not have understood the language, or there may have been obscure situations. Never feel that you have to place your child in danger. Seek professional advice and obtain a second or third opinion. They will be able to alleviate your tension or draw your attention to something you missed.

It is important that you clarify any unclear legal wording before leaving all required signatures, as legal terminology can be difficult to read. Your primary need is to protect your child model. Thus, the most important thing for you to have is language comprehension. Refrain from giving in to pressure to do otherwise. There are a lot of jerks that might try to convince you, but follow your gut and legal counsel.