Popular culture is showing young women how to stand for photographs, resulting in a dearth of ladylike stance. Virtual photos are replete with young women posing with one knee flexed and one hand on a flaunting hip. Gentility laments for what is being lost.
A lady stands with self-possesion, grace, and dignity. To stand like a lady, imagine a vertical line of five points from head to toe: ears, shoulders, elbows, knees and feet.
- Ears should be held directly over the shoulders. This ensures a lovely, straight neck.
- Shoulders should be straight and downward, neither hunched forward, nor thrust backward.
- Elbows should be slightly bent with hands gracefully at your sides, not on hips. If hands are brought together, they should be held at waist level, not folded at the pelvic girdle.
- Knees close together.
- Feet should be positioned with one slightly in front of the other, with the heel of the front foot at the arch of the back foot.
"...that our daughters may stand like graceful pillars polished to adorn a palace."