I think most folks tend to judge a woman’s modeling ability by how easy she is on the eyes. To a small degree, I suppose, there is something to that. But you can’t judge how good a burger tastes by looking at the bun. I’ve met a handful of people over the years that looked like a dream come true until they opened their mouths and their character fell out.

The wrapping will only take you so far.

Here’s a story about modeling. When I was a kid, I watched a basketball game on TV and thought it looked pretty simple. I figured I would give it a try at school one day. I jogged on the court sporting a fresh new pair of Chuck Taylors and was feeling pretty smooth. After checking them out I looked up just in time to catch a stiff pass with my face. As I lay staring at the ceiling, my nose bleeding and my eyes watering profusely, it occurred to me that the easy part of Basketball must come after a lot of practice and hard work. There was a lot more to it than I had thought sitting on the couch and watching it on TV.

Modeling is a lot like Basketball. It’s not as easy as it looks. It takes plenty of hard work and practice to develop skill and reach one’s genetic potential. Many will play the game, but few will excel at it. Even fewer will make it look easy.

Now, let me tell you about a new model I worked with named Chelsea Cruz. I think we will be seeing a whole lot more of her in the future.