A lot of people want to be a successful model because it’s glamorous and lucrative. They may want to be recognized in the modeling world. Modeling is extremely competitive, and the industry is filled with rejection, but successful models spend their time doing something that they love. Very few people can do ALL of these types of modeling. Many categories have very specific physical or skill requirements. Be realistic when setting your goals. If a modeling agency is asking for 5’10” models, don’t think that you will get signed at 5’5″. It’s not going to happen. Play to your strengths, and you will have a better chance at succeeding! Even if you can’t be the next supermodel you’ll probably fit into one of these categories of successful models. Here is the solution for you who genuinely decide what type of model you really want to be?
Better Decide What Type of Successful Model you really want to be?
Fashion modeling is done to promote clothing or accessories. These models are generally 5’10″ or taller in major markets (Smaller markets often begin Fashion at 5’8″ and taller) and very thin with looks ranging from beautiful to unusual and distinctive. Fashion modeling is usually considered the most exclusive and difficult to succeed in. Most fashion models must be tall, thin and young.
Runway/catwalk models are a minimum of 5′ 9″ but 5′ 10″ – 5′ 11″ is even better. Runway models must have precise measurements so they are able to fit the clothes that designers are going to be showing to their clients. Their measurements are usually no greater than 34″ – 23″ – 34″. Designers hire models to fit the clothes they have made for their collections, they don’t make the clothes to fit the model – well, not unless you’re a supermodel like Naomi Campbell or Coco Rocha.
Commercial models can be any age, any size, and any height. Hooray! Commercial models can do everything that isn’t normally associated with high-fashion, such as product ads (housewares, food products, travel industry, tech devices, and the list goes on).
The plus model market has become an important part of the fashion and commercial model industry. Several of the top fashion agencies now have plus size divisions and we’ve seen many plus supermodels over the past few years. Plus models are generally determined by size rather than exact measurements, such as size 12 and up. In the real world a size 12 is not considered a plus size, but in the modeling industry, it can be.
Petite models are generally 5′ 7″ and under. While petite models don’t generally do runway work, they are often booked for the swimsuit, lingerie, and parts modeling. Since petite models usually have smaller shoe and glove sizes they are popular as foot and hand models.
Swimsuit and lingerie models are curvier and more voluptuous than editorial models. There are many opportunities for swimsuit models other than just modeling bikinis. Swimsuit models can model lingerie, undergarments, sleepwear, summer wear, and can also be a showroom and fit models.
Glamour models are women who possess a certain kind of sex appeal and who aren’t afraid to show off their bodies. Their poses are more sexually suggestive than those of other models and are typically geared towards a male audience. A quick flip through magazines like Maxim, FHM, or even Playboy will give you a good idea of what glamour modeling is all about.