I'm a male model, like an "international front cover", not a, "I let my friend photograph me once", type of model. I'm sorry if this seems like bragging haha... Anyway I've never had a girlfriend and have massive approach anxiety... I'm really good at friend zoning myself in that I assume a girl isn't interested and just become friends with her. I'm also very picky, I think my expectations are probably pretty skewed... Despite my career I'm also pretty self conscious body image wise... I'm very thin (goes with the job) and get the sense most girls think I wouldn't be very protective. Any tips haha...
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Looks aren't everything, but yeah you need to work on your confidence and get over your fear of rejection. To do that you need to practice and realize it's not the worst thing in the world. Compliments (depending on how they are given) are a subtle sign of interest. If anything start slow and learn how to give compliments in general https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwX4BrEUQMI
Don't ever just assume a girl isn't interested, because without a doubt some may have been. It's a self fulfilling prophecy. Your behavior made them think you weren't interested so they stopped behaving like they were, and you perceive this as though you were right and they were not interested. I can give you a good example of a guy i'd known as a friend of a friend for a few years. His sudden change in response to me was down right confusing (took another close friend to explain what was going on). I didn't take his sudden interest as genuine, when it was. He was like you, 'assumed' she just wasn't interested.
What some guys don't realize is that the friend zone isn't that bad a place to be. If you manage to find a way out and get closer to a girl with her reciprocated interest, you have a very strong base for a relationship.
Don't change your body type, some girls will always prefer it. I've known a model or two and a few guys in entertainment, they were all different, but they had confidence and the women they were with had nothing bad to say about their bodies.
Hope this was at least a little bit helpful. Good luck.2