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High Fashion

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.

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.

Catalogue Modeling

Companies create catalogues (print or online) to sell their latest clothing lines or various others products, and it’s the catalogue 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.

With the increasing number of websites that require models to promote their goods online, this is very lucrative for many models.

Plus Size Modeling

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).

Glamour Modeling

Is modeling that emphasizes a models 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 the great attraction to many models.

If you are considering this area of modeling, take care as there are many dishonest people that take advantage of young models who are eager to get into modeling. If you are interested in Glamour Modeling it’s advisable to have a reputable agency looking out for your best interests.

TV Commercials

Modeling in TV commercials does not have any overall criteria for height, size and age, as each commercial requires someone different and specific to that job. It is usually necessary to have some acting ability, but this can be natural ability or learned. There are many different types of TV commercials, ranging from the highly stylized photographic, to the performance led reality style.

The great advantage in TV commercials for a model is that brands are continuously seeking models, which the general public can easily identify with. This opens up the doors to almost everyone, who feels that they have what it takes to work in this sector. Typically those represented by a model or actors agency have a better chance of appearing in TV commercials.


Real Life Models (People Models) and TV/Film Extras

If you like the idea of modeling, but do not fit into the above categories, then this could be for you. Real life and people models are used in advertising or corporate campaigns, when companies are looking to represent the everyday person. As a TV/Film Extra you will generally be non-featured (no speaking parts) and in the background of a scene.

This can be fun and interesting to be part of, but it can also be long hours with lots of waiting around. The benefits are that if you are flexible with your days, it can be a good way to supplement your income.

Influencer Models

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 brands 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 brands website, the influencer can demand a higher compensation. This is a fantastic new side to the model industry which makes modeling once again more accessible to everyone.


The basics to get your first modeling shots for your portfolio

Do you need a professional photographer to take your own modeling photos?

Nowadays both modeling and photography are popular as never before. A lot of people consider themselves good models, as well as a great deal of them believe to be outstanding photographers. And it is important to be aware of the fact in case you intend to or already are a model, and your plan is to move forward in model community. Why? If you simply do couple of clicks and check on the Internet, you will easily find numerous sexy women photos, teen models, female models, male models’ photos, videos and so on. But how would you choose worthy ones, if you’d have been one of those who are looking for models? That’s a good question, because an answer to it could contain valuable tips for models and particularly model photography tips. First of all, it is all about photo quality.

Normally in people’s minds the phrase “photo quality” is associated with a professional photographer. Is it so? Do you really need one to make your pictures look professional? Well, it could be an option. But as we are living in a rapidly moving reality, that option for you as a model may not always be easily accessible in a short period of time. What are the alternatives then? Take model pictures by yourself. Yes, you heard it right – take model pictures by yourself! With all the technological possibilities, we have today, and a couple of good tips and instructions the alternative may contribute to your career of a model greatly, save you some money and time.

Model photography tips

So, let’s say you have decided to be a photographer for yourself. Where do you start? Because, obviously, you need some “how to” instructions. Here you need to ask yourself what you know about model photography. And that’s going to be your departure point. To get good pictures rule number one is to be good at posing. Moreover, posing is solely your job. In addition, no matter how photogenic you are, if your posing skills are far from perfection, you may not expect impressive images. So, the mirror is your best friend!

Feel free to spend a lot of time in its company learning how to make your body demonstrate its beauty to the full. Because that’s important independently of whether you are only a model or a model and a photographer at the same time

What’s next? You - your mind, face and figure – are important, without a doubt. But the background is not less important. And the only secret of it making your pictures outstanding is that it should never stand out. You must be the center of attention. The background should be a plate, not a dish. And the same rule is applicable to your clothes, make-up and a hairdo. These are few very basic, but very important model photography tips you should always keep in mind.

Why posing is so important when you are taking model pictures of yourself?

Knowing the basic model photography tips can help you a lot in the process of taking model pictures of yourself. And if a “master degree” in posing means a lot for success of model pictures in general, then when you are taking model pictures by yourself it is ten times more important.

If you are working with a photographer, he always sees you though his camera and can correct your posture, face expression, etc., so the photo is directed, as a little performance. But when you are both model and photographer this option is not available. You can correct only post factum, which means you will need to have more time and patience. So…

How do you look good in photos taken by yourself?

If you happened to take model pictures of yourself remember and practice the following:

Your smile should never be a fake. In the meaning that you don’t need to copy anyone. Smile your smile. It is natural and reflects your personality, that’s why it is the most beautiful, and that’s why it makes you beautiful.

How to model and what is needed to become a model?

There are no set rules on how to model and this will be different depending on what kind of modeling you choose to do. However, by following our easy steps on how to model you can get to the bottom of the question on every models mind: What are the ABCs of starting out as a model?

Know yourself and your strengths. It’s very important to know what you’re able to do and what you want to do as a model. Many models end up working as models accidentally or by chance, while others work hard to become models. In either case, it’s good to be aware of what it takes to work as a professional model. You can always try out modeling schools or classes where they teach you everything from how to pose to being more confident.

Decide what type of modeling you would like to do. There are many different kinds of modeling that you can do as a model, and that’s why it’s advisable to have a sense of direction as to where you want to take your career as a model and where you think your strengths lie.

Take some photos of yourself and build a portfolio. Look for a professional photographer to ensure good quality photos. In case you cannot afford to pay a professional photographer to take your photos, ask someone you know to take some good and clear head and body shots.

Look for a modeling agency. Search online and select the agencies that you think match the type of modeling you are looking to do. If you are still unsure as to what type of modeling appeals to you the most, you can still contact an agency. They are very ready to help aspiring models who are in need of direction with their careers and want to learn how to model. Remember to only choose legitimate agencies.

Visit an agency. Contact the agency either by telephone or by email and make an appointment to see them in person. Remember that first impressions are very important, so always aim to look your best and be prepared for any questions they might have for you.

If and when you are successful and chosen for a modeling job, you will be directed as much as needed and with time and experience you will build your confidence as a model and know how to model like a pro.

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