Relax! Easier said than done, we know, but the mark of a cover model is her carefree impression. Loosen up by watching a funny YouTube clip, working with a photographer you know and trust, and – sounds corny but it works – being yourself.
Zone out. Okay, we want your mind on the job, but nothing spoils a shot like over-thinking; the camera can see your mind ticking over. Try some mindfulness meditation before you hit the studio.
Move. The best shots are captured mid-movement, rather than posed (you are not a Madame Tussauds statue). Loosen up before your shoot with yoga or free-form stretching, or dancing like nobody’s watching to your favourite track.
Smile. Forget pouty perfume commercials and sultry swimwear models – your aim is to inspire other women, not seduce them. Create a mental list of 10 great things about you and your life and see if you don’t feel like grinning.
Sleep, eat, breathe. It’s important to make sure you stay hydrated under those lights, and don’t skip meals in the days or hours before the shoot – what good is a flat tummy if you’re fainting? Also ensure you get at least eight hours’ sleep in the few nights before shooting, to look your refreshed best, and remember to breathe from your diaphragm throughout the shoot. It will help you to relax.
Dress the part. Think sports bra or cropped tank or tight tee and bike pants, or something else that speaks to a fitness lifestyle. Have fun with bright, bold colours – not only do they pop on the page, they can put you in a fun, upbeat mood. Why not treat yourself to a new workout set, not just for the shoot, but to recognise how amazing you are… just for being your best you?
Photography: Jamie Watling. Model: Claire Rae
It’s not a look. It’s a lifestyle.
Do you represent the entire package of health, fitness, presentation, poise, personality, confidence, beauty and intelligence? We are looking for a woman who embodies the Women's Health & Fitness brand to grace the cover of Women's Health & Fitness magazine.
Because we’re all about celebrating real women being their best, we’re looking for balance. You may not have the hardest abs or longest eyelashes, but you are your own healthiest, fittest best. And girl, can you work that camera with your natural charisma and smile! The winner will be well-rounded and score highly in all judging categories.
If you’re aged over 18 and based in Australia (or will be in Australia at the time of the cover shoot), check out our Editor’s Tips, and enter now!
Thank you for your interest. The competition has now closed.
See behind the scenes video footage of our 2013 winner shooting the cover. Congrats!
Competition Terms and Conditions - 1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these terms and conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions. 2. Entry is open to all residents of Australia and entrants must be 18 years old or over. 3. The promoter is Blitz Publications & Multi-Media Group Pty Ltd ACN 33 083 149 286 of 1 Miles St, Mulgrave, Victoria 3170 and Women's Health & Fitness Magazine. 4. The promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever that is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury of suffering or sustained in connection with any of the prizes offered except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law. 5. All entries become the property of the promoter. 6. Information collected will be shared with The Fitness Generation. 7. The promoter reserves the right to post entries, including photos and videos, on its Facebook page and that of The Fitness Generation's. It also reserves the right to publish material on its websites, magazines and digital publications. 8. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail, nor for any prizes damaged in transit. 9. To enter this competition, entrants must enter online at Women's Health & Fitness website - www.womenshealthandfitness.com.au/covermodel2013 and respond to a series of questions and (health & fitness) criteria whereby the winner may be deemed to represent and embody the Women's Health & Fitness Brand. 10. The entrant will be required to complete a registration form and include a recent photograph (of the entrant). The photograph must be taken with a camera (not a mobile phone). No filtering or digital manipulation is to be made to any photos submitted. 11. A judging panel will review all entrants and select the most suitable representative based on key criteria, brand values and answers to questions. 12. Entrants must all questions stated on the application form and provide their name, address, state of residence, occupation, phone and email contact and date of birth details. 13. Up to 30 semi-finalists will be selected from all entrants. These finalists will be required to submit a short workout presentation video which includes a verbal presentation answering some of the entry questions. 14. Terms and conditions of this competition will be available online at www.womenshealthandfitness.com.au/covermodel2013. All entries must be made via online submission as per above. 15. The entry process of the competition opens on the 1st October 2012 and the close date is 5pm on the 31st January 2013. 16. All entries must be received by 5pm on the 31st January 2013 to be eligible to be reviewed by the panel of judges. 17. The semi-finalist process of the competition commences 1st February 2013 and closes 20th February 2013, where up to 30 entrants are selected. From this, the promoter selects top 10 finalists to appear in magazine. 18. The semi-finalists must disclose any information that may be deemed to generate any negative publicity relating to the promoter and Women's Health & Fitness Magazine and any affiliated partners of the cover model competition. The promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant for failure to disclose any issues or instances that may generate negative publicity and impact the competition in any way. 19. The selection process to determine the winner of the Women's Health & Fitness Magazine cover model competition will be completed on 1st March 2013. 20. Judging at all stages by the judging panel will take place at the offices of the Promoter or a venue to be determined by the Promoter. 21. The cover model winner will be revealed on the 15th April 2013 on the cover of the Women's Health & Fitness Magazine published by Blitz Publications & Multi-Media Group Pty Ltd, ACN 33 083 149 286 of 1 Miles St, Mulgrave, Victoria 3170. 22. The winner will be contacted by Blitz Publications & Multi-Media Group by phone and email on 1st March 2013. 23. Once the judging has taken place on the 1st March 2013, no further correspondence will be entered into. 24. Value of prize packs for the top 10 finalists is $600 in total. Each individual prize is valued at $60.00. 25. Cover model prize is valued at up to $3900 and includes a professional photo shoot, a Spa gift, two nights (room only) accommodation in Melbourne, return airfares to Melbourne and airport transfers, transfers to photo shoot and allowance for 5 meals. The provider of the prizes is The Fitness Generation and WHF magazine take no responsibility in the delivery of the The Fitness Generation prizes. 26. The cover model prize does not include spending money and all other ancillary costs. These are the responsibility of the winner. Should the finalist be located in Victoria, flights and transfers will not form part of the prize. 27. The prize are to be redeemed at the time that Blitz Publications & Multi-Media Group Pty Ltd determines the cover photo shoot is to take place (between 4th and 8th March 2013). The cover model must be available for the cover shoot at the time Blitz Publications & Multi-Media Group Pty Ltd determines. If the winner is unavailable to travel on the dates specified by the Promoter, the winner may forfeit the prize which they are unable to redeem. 28. This is a competition of skill and chance plays no part in this model competition and in determining the winner. 29. Each entrant and semi-finalist will be judged based on Women's Health & Fitness judging criteria and suitability to represent the Women's Health and Fitness brand. 30. The promoter reserves the right to validate entries and entrant information (date of birth, identity, place of residence etc). The promoter reserves the right to disqualify, at any time, any entrant who provides false information or tampers with the entry process that is not in accordance with these terms and conditions. 31. This prize is non transferrable. 32. An "opt out" option will also be included for entrants to use should they wish not to receive further marketing information from Blitz Publications & Multi-Media Group and subsidiaries. 33. NSW Blanket Permit No. LTPM/11/00914
* Inset photography: Charlie Suriano. Inset model: Claryssa Humennyj-Jameson