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Why do models lean back when they walk?

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In fashion shows or photo shoots featuring live models, you’ll often notice certain exaggerated postures adopted by these professionals for added oomph factor during the presentation. For instance, leaning back has become somewhat of a ubiquitous runway catwalk trademark where certain angles accentuate an individual’s figure whilst presenting themselves taller than they actually are.

Through these techniques—which have come to be known colloquially as “runway pose” or “catwalk pose”—the aim is to cast an air of confidence and professionalism while showing off the outfit in the best light. Bear in mind however that walking styles might vary according to the type of modeling being done and the fashion designer’s/marketer’s preference.

Ultimately a model’s posture and gait are shaped by various factors such as the type of clothing being showcased or desired aesthetics.


   
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