a before model

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A young woman says she was a "before model".
What does this mean, please?
Thanks in advance!
  • Mark1978

    Senior Member
    In all my 29 years of speaking English I have never encountered that term, are you sure that is correct?


    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I am sure you have seen, or at least heard of, TV programmes where they take a frog and in half an hour turn him into a prince. At the end you get to see pictures of the frog and the prince side-by-side. The "before" picture and the "after" picture.

    I leave you to draw your own conclusions about someone who is a model for the before picture.


    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    I'm with panjandrum. Being a before model would mean there is room for improvement. I hope this was said jokingly, otherwise it signals a lack of self esteem.


    Senior Member
    American English
    I agree with tepatria. Even with a joking demeanor, there might be a small lack of self-esteem. People will sometimes comment on something about themselves before someone else has a chance to form it in their mind.


    Senior Member
    English UK
    I managed to look at the first of regal's links, which contains the phrase The melodramatic behavior of a “before” model for an anti-depressant commercial.

    Panj is right (no surprise there, then..)

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