"Breathe," he said in his seductive British accent.
First some background. Barker spent 17 seasons as a judge on "America's Next Top Model" with the model and entrepreneur
Barker, who is 41, quite tall and incredibly charming, was in town to photograph the spring catalog for
Turns out he and furniture king
And then, Barker pulled me closer.
We'd been chatting, Nige -- I mean Barker and I. We'd talked about his childhood -- how his choir once sang for
He also told me that I could look great in photos.
Actually, he told me that most women can look great in photos with the help of a skilled photographer -- and by following some of his tips.
-- First, you've got to feel good about yourself. Because if you don't, you'll come across as insecure or self-loathing in your photo. "The camera," he said, "doesn't lie."
-- Relax, maybe with music. Loosen up.
-- Don't allow yourself to be photographed straight on. Look over your shoulder (a little) and turn your body to the side a bit to narrow your profile. There's a reason stars pose like this on the red carpet.
-- Put your hand on your hip so your arm isn't smack against your body. You'll look slimmer and it'll keep the eyes of anyone looking at your photo moving, not stopping at a trouble spot. Again, there's a reason stars use this pose on the red carpet.
And in truth, that's the reason Barker is pulling me toward him -- not because he's so smitten with me.
But because we're posing for a photograph together.
It's pretty clear I need some more lessons in striking a perfect pose, however. Because I've forgotten to breathe.
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