- 26 Apr 2021
The Girls vs Guys
There is no real difference between the sexes when it is the best age to start modeling. For both male and female models, sixteen is considered the ideal era. That being said, female models may find themselves more popular than their male counterparts at a younger age.
When is it late?
Although some types of modeling have a wide window when it comes to model age, it is understood that the late thirties are probably too late to begin a fashion modeling career.
Models who Successfully Broke the Rules
- Drake Burnett is an American model, signed at the age of 25. She has gone on to Céline and has done great modeling deals with international brands Topshop, Missoni and Rag and Bone.
- Kati Nestor is a Russian model who was discovered and signed at the age of 27. She has run 63 shows in her short career, modeling for the likes of Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent.
- Ayline Vallade is a French model who was signed at the age of 26. She was approached several times when she was younger, but preferred her studies. Despite her late entry into the modeling world, she walked for Chanel, Chloe, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci in her first Fashion Week.
Consider Commercial Modelling
Different types of modeling can determine how important the age of the model will be. Commercial modeling is the promotion, display or advertisement of commercial products (often clothes). Commercial modeling requires models of all ages, starting from child modeling all the way to mature modeling.
Is there Such a Thing as too Young?
Child models range from a few weeks to fourteen years of age, so there is no "very low" limit in modeling. The best age to start fashion modeling as soon as possible! You can start as a child model and progress through fashion modeling. Any experience of having a camera before you sign for an agency will be viewed favorably.
The Long and Short of It:
Height is considered important and high in the modeling industry, but is more of a prerequisite for certain types of modeling: namely the catwalk. A juvenile model has not developed normally and can be difficult to determine at the age of sixteen. If the model is already tall for their age, this is a good indicator that they will be tall enough to do catwalk modeling. There are many other types of modeling available for small models, which you can read about in our article.
Being under 18 in the modeling industry means that some laws apply. Parents must be present in every photo shoot booked by persons under 18 years of age. With hair modeling, it is important to keep things age-wise, such as makeup and outfits. Child models are not legally allowed to work more than 10 hours a day.
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