If you're not indulging in a pedicure or cursing the pain of breaking in a new pair of shoes, the condition of your feet is quite likely the farthest thing from your mind. But chances are, your dogs could use a little more attention — we've all had a dry heel, or a callus or two — so we decided to see how someone who makes a living from hers takes care of her money-makers.
Foot model Ellen Sirot wanted to be a traditional model at first, but when an agent got a look at her hands and feet, she urged Sirot to change paths. “Finding parts models is much more difficult than finding regular models, so my agent was convinced I’d have more work,” she says. That was 20 years ago — her feet have since appeared in ads for Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Sally Hansen, Avon, Reebok, and Foot Locker, and she is still booking jobs.
Before getting discovered, Sirot was a lot like us in the foot department. “I got my first pedicure the night before [my first audition, for a Dr. Scholl's ad],” she says. "[Now,] taking care of my feet is part of a beauty routine. They don’t need all the care that your face does, but just a couple minutes a day make an important difference on how good your feet look.”
Even if you aren’t trying to launch a foot-modeling career (or end up on WikiFeet), you’ll be able to confidently bare your feet with Sirot’s tips for staying photo-ready. Read up on them, ahead.