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10 Types of Fashion Models | The 10 Most Popular Fashion Models

There are nine basic types of models in the fashion world. Each type of modeling has its own set of requirements:

Editorial Model


These models often appear in fashion magazines, such as Vogue or Harper's Bazaar, wearing the latest designs from a particular fashion designer or clothing brand.

Editorial models pose for fashion photographers during photoshoots, take direction, and follow their artistic instincts to help capture the perfect image. Female models are classified based on their height and measurements, and are usually five feet, nine inches, or taller and thinner. Male models are classified based on their height and measurements, and are usually about six feet tall and slim.

Runway Model

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These models walk the catwalks during fashion shows, displaying carefully curated ensembles to the audience that set the current tone or upcoming trends for the fashion world. All runway models are classified based on their height and measurements, and are typically five feet, nine inches and thinner.

Plus-Size Model


In the fashion modeling industry, models who are taller than the editorial standard are considered full-figured or curvy. They primarily model plus-size clothing designs.
Parts models. Parts models in product photography only model a specific body part. For example, they may use their hands to create new nail polish, or use their feet to advertise new sandals. Parts models must take special care of their iconic feature to ensure that it remains in optimum condition.

Fitness Model


Maintaining peak physical fitness is a major requirement for fitness models. These models exercise regularly, which leads to a toned and muscular physique. Fitness models commonly appear in magazines, advertising supplements, workout attire or gym facilities.

Glamor Model


Glamor models are usually hired on the basis of their appearance and sex appeal. Brands and photographers hire glamor models to appear in some magazines, calendars and music videos.

Lingerie Model


Lingerie models pose in bodices and underwear for photoshoots, catalogs, and magazines. These models also serve as runways for lingerie brands and designers to show off the latest undergarment fashions.

Bikini Model


Swimsuit models pose in bathing suits, showing off the latest in summer swimwear. Sports Illustrated magazine is known for featuring its athletic swimsuit models.
promotional model. Brands hire this type of model to market their products and services. Brands hire promotional models to promote their products and services to their target audience, commonly known as influencers.

Catalog Model


Companies hire these business models for their respective image. This type of modeling has more flexibility in terms of appearance. Catalogs usually feature models who look like ordinary people rather than runway-ready supermodels. This type of commercial modeling includes mainstream retail clothing and products that are more accessible to general consumers.

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