“Shoulders back, chin up Leeanne!”

God I remember these words from my mum over and over and over again when I was in my teens.  I had a terrible habit back then of slumping forward and pulling my long, middle parted hair over my face as much as possible like a curtain.  I obviously now realise this was part of growing up and that I was terribly self conscious at that age and wanted to hide away from life.  Having the protection of hair covering my face made me feel that I was being shielded away from the stares of the world and gave me comfort.

I can laugh at my silliness now in my mid thirties of course but at the time it was simply awful.  Spots on my t-zone, greasy/combination skin, no bust whatsoever, no confidence …… I remember feeling the most unattractive female alive.

Of course mum thought that by repeatedly screaming at me to “straighten up” and “push my hair back” off my face that it would eventually sink in.  I have to admit it took a long time for the habitual ear bashing to reach its mark but I did start to wise up and pay attention.  As per usual, mums definitely know best and she was absolutely right!  I definitely didn’t want to end up looking like Montgomery Burns ….

Posture is SO important.  Not only for health reasons should you try and straighten your back as much as possible BUT you can look up to 10 pounds slimmer in photos and videos if you took your posture more seriously!  Do I have your attention now???

Ever wonder why exactly, models display really bad posture in photo shoots?  They have a tendency to curve their spine, force their shoulders round and plant their hands firmly on the hips.  This is done  because it creates a definitive shape that works in magazines but doesn’t in the real world.

However, this particular shape highlights a bone called the clavicle which is positioned between the shoulders and juts it forward.  As we all know, a jutting bone in the fashion world means that you’re thin!  By thrusting the arms forward and on the hips will also highlight a really tiny waist which most models of today possess and works brilliantly in advertising campaigns.  But the lesson to be learnt by this is that the position and postur of your body makes a huge impact on how people visualise your shape.

So try to remember at your next big event whether you’re 17 and attending a school formal or in your twenties/thirties going to an awards evening, pull your shoulders back, chin up slightly to elongate the neck and hey presto!!!  Believe me, you’ll even feel better and yes it should feel uncomfortable, it may even feel slightly sore, but keep it up!  This means it’s actually working and your back is now straight!  If it hurts alot, I’m sorry but this only proves just how bad your posture is.