- 19 May 2020
Model Be Like
Everyone wants to be a Model: You are likely to hear that to be a model you need to be beautiful, tall, and slender with perfect proportions. Now, this is certainly true for high fashion models, where designers want one type of model that they feel shows off their designs in the best way.
However, if you do not fit this criterion, don’t despair as there are many other areas that you can work in successfully and lucratively as a model. The modeling industry needs all different shapes and sizes. It ranges from the models who are required for the runways of Paris and Milan to those being seen in the background of TV commercials. You need to find the right fit for you and your place in the industry. To help you with this we have listed the different types of modeling work that’s available and the criteria for each, and as with most things in life, there are always exceptions.
Is Height Being a Model?
New models often ask themselves whether they have what it takes to become a model.
When you see the incredibly tall and lean figures that grace the runways and editorials for the leading fashion houses and designers, these are the high fashion models. They are generally required to be between 172cm to 180cm (5”8 to 5”11), with a dress size of 4-6 US (6-8 UK), with a typical bust size of 34. The age range can be from 14 to 25.
For guys, the age range is more flexible and they can start from the age of 16 until their late 40’s. They need to be between 180cm to 188cm (5”11 to 6”2), with an excellent physique and a chest size of 94cm to 106cm (37” to 42”) and 76cm to 81cm (30” to 32”) waist. Guys tend to have longer careers if they look after themselves.
This is modeling for magazine editorials and covers such as Vogue, Elle, etc. The standard requirements for these models are similar to those in High Fashion and you must be very photogenic. Quite often the same models will work in both Editorial Print and High Fashion.
These editorials provide great exposure for models even though the fees earned are sometimes relatively low. This is normal and it can take a few years to gain the experience needed to get the bigger paying jobs.
Modeling Commercial Print
A huge market that encompasses every kind of print advertising. This can range from advertising in magazines to products on supermarket shelves to billboards. The benefit of working in Commercial Print as a model is that the target audience of the advertisers varies considerably.
Naturally, the brands want to attract and represent the people that will buy their products, so there are many opportunities here if you are not the High Fashion type.
Modeling on Catalogue
Companies create catalogs (print or online) to sell their latest clothing lines or various others products, and it’s the catalog model’s job to make them look good. Here you will find many great opportunities for different model types, as the model is chosen to represent the target audience of the different companies.
Modeling for the larger body type, this type of modeling is on the increase and a relatively new phenomenon. If you’re confident, with great attributes and you are between the sizes of 12-16 US (14-18 UK) then this could be for you. More and more advertisers are using Plus size models to promote their products in a bid to appeal to a broader demographic.
As a Plus-Size model, you will still need to have great skin, teeth, and hair and have that something special about you. For High Fashion Plus Sized Models, the height requirements remain at a minimum of 172cm (5”8).
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Glamour in Modeling
Is modeling that emphasizes a model's sexuality. Glamour modeling can range from lingerie and swimwear shoots to artistic and nude photography to men’s magazines. You will need to be beautiful, sexy, and confident, with an extremely outgoing personality. Height restrictions tend not to apply, which is a great attraction to many models.
An area not usually thought about for newcomers, but Body parts modeling is a very relevant sector of the industry. The most common body parts tend to be hair, eyes, lips, hands, legs, and feet, which are used to promote many products in print and TV.
You will need to have exceptionally well-proportioned body parts and the know-how to look after them. This is definitely an area within modeling that’s worth considering as it can prove to be surprisingly profitable.
Brands are recognizing the value in people that have very large social media followings. Typically these would be people who have an interesting look, whether that's because they are beautiful, sexy, tattooed, pierced, alternative, busty or quirky, and the current trend is that these people have profiles on Instagram; coining the phrase Instagram models. However, from a brand's perspective, these models are called Influencer Models due to the influence that they have when they publish a post. Brands will approach one of these influencers and suggest a collaboration, where the model will post an endorsement of the brand’s product, and in return, the model will receive financial compensation or free products from the brand.
If an Influencer Model can attract high numbers of Loves and clicks on the brand's website, the influencer can demand higher compensation. This is a fantastic new side to the model industry which makes modeling once again more accessible to everyone.
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