How Models Get Ready For Fashion Week From Head To Toe

Fashion week marks a major moment for designers, but also for the models who wear their creations down the runway. Of course, these beauties aren’t catwalk-ready overnight—they rely on a number of routines, from workouts to skincare to wellness, to help them get in tip-top shape. Here, three Ford models share their insider tips on prepping for the spotlight.

Featuring Theresa Hayes (middle). Photo: Courtesy

How Models Prep For Fashion Week


Theresa Hayes

"This will be my first fashion week. My workouts consist of me walking everywhere I go and throwing in a couple hot yoga sessions. I went to the spa a week ago and it really helped me [feel relaxed], especially my back.

Coconut oil is my go-to product for everyday life. I use it for my hair, skin and even to cook! I don't wear makeup unless I have a shoot, which helps my skin stay fresh and clean. I also love masks, especially Dr Jart's Hydra Solution Mask and Rodial's Pink Diamond Lifting Face Mask.

Going to castings, I usually wear my Adidas Stan Smith sneakers or Chelsea boots depending on my mood. Headphones are also key—I need music at all times. I need to feel a certain vibe of relaxation before going into castings, and listening to my favorite song really helps."

Find Theresa on Instagram at @teeee_yourfav.

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Jesse Stewart

"[To get in shape before fashion week] I walk everywhere. Prior to coming to New York, I lived on a horse ranch, so I was constantly throwing hay and picking up after all the animals. It's a pretty great workout!

A huge must throughout the week is Band-Aids (tons of walking in heels). For skincare, I love Aveeno lotion for my sensitive complexion—anything else will cause me to break out. I'm also obsessed with Ulta's Skin Warming Charcoal Cleanser, Lancer's Lift & Plump Sheet Mask and Caudalie's Vinoperfect Serum."

Find Jesse on Instagram at @jesselynne_.

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Avery McCall

"I was a competitive athlete before I began modeling, so fitness has always been a big part of my routine. My go-to workouts are usually boxing, barre and running. I just got ClassPass, so that is mixing things up! My Fitbit is also my best friend during fashion week, as I spend my days walking all over the city for castings.

My hair is a verifiable frizz bomb, so the only special treatment I do ahead of fashion week is a keratin treatment. I also take a biotin supplement to strengthen my hair in an effort to keep it attached to my head when it gets pulled in every direction for the elaborate show looks. In the weeks leading up to fashion month, my cabinet is stocked with extra boxes of Emergen-C—I refuse to get sick.

[For skincare] I wash my face every morning and evening with Cetaphil Daily Cleanser and use Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer because my skin can get temperamental. I stopped eating refined sugar in preparation for my first season, about a year and a half ago, because it tanks my immune system, and I found that doing so hugely improved my skin as well as my general energy. For hair, I love Kérastase Nutritive Masque Magistral or Bumble and Bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque.

I recently bought a pair of black flared jeans from Karlie Kloss' collection with Frame Denim, and it was the best decision I've ever made. My love for them began when I first tried them on and found that they were actually long enough for my six-foot frame. It has only continued to grow as I see them break up the sea of skinny jeans at castings and provide some extra circulation for my legs when it's inhumanely hot out. They are my go-to basic!"

Find Avery on Instagram at @averywm.

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