What Are Model Statistics?
Second to what you look like, model agencies and potential employers will always want to know your measurements, or as we call them in the industry, your statistics.
Because body shape is one of the most influential deciding points when it comes to choosing the right model for a particular project. That doesn’t mean you need to drastically lose weight so that your statistics ‘look like a model’s’ (in fact, many catalogue contracts do not require or legally look for size zero measurements) it just means you need to make sure people are aware of your unique shape.
Think of it like this.
In general, if a brand is looking for a lingerie model it means they will probably have a specific bust size in mind. A company that caters for larger breasted women will not be on the lookout for a model with a size 32A bust, much like a company that creates bras for flat chested women will not require a model with E cups.
The same goes for other types of clothing. It’s becoming increasingly popular for fashion chains to introduce ‘tall’ and ‘petite’ lines to their collections, thus, indicating that you’re five foot tall will do you the world of good when it comes to finding petite modelling work, going along to the same company when you’re six foot tall however, will not.
So as an aspiring model, what statistics should you be aware of?
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, is your height. For some lines of work this is a make or break detail, so it’s vital prospective agencies/employers can find out that information about you quickly. An example of this is catwalk modelling; to succeed as a woman you need to be at least 5’7” and as a man, 6’1”. (Be aware that this differs by a few inches depending on which agency you apply to.) Most models list their height at the top of their statistics in feet and inches, sometimes centimetres.
The next statistic is normally weight. Please remember that your weight is relative to your height so if you are 6’1” you are likely to weigh more than someone who is 5’7”. The most important thing when it comes to picking out a model is that they are healthy and in proportion, not how thin and bony they are, so don’t compare or lie about your own. Listing your weight in your portfolio will give a brand a quick idea of your body size. List this in your portfolio as kilograms opposed to stones.
Next (you may notice that we’re working from your head down) is your bust, or if you’re a man, your chest. Whenever measuring this area of your body always measure around the fullest part. It’s far more reliable to get someone else to measure you too, it means your body won’t be at funny angles holding a tape measure therefore you’ll get a much more accurate reading.
Following on from your torso measurements, you are then required to list your waist measurements. Find your waist by locating the top of your hip bone and the last of your ribs, then as you breathe out naturally, run your tape measure around your middle to take your measurement. Don’t breathe in whilst doing this, you’ll only be lying to yourself and causing difficulty to others when it comes to modelling for them. If you’re not happy with the measurement you’ve read, start doing stomach exercises!
Now move onto your hips. Again, measure at the fullest part whilst keeping your feet shoulder width apart.
More often than not, women will provide their dress size at the end of their statistics. If you live in Britain, this should be done in UK dress sizes opposed to US dress sizes.
Shoe size is imperative for both men and women. If you’re not one size or another it is acceptable to list yourself as a half, for example, 10.5.
For men, if you want to take your measurements further (particularly useful if you’re interested in fashion modelling) you can include your neck size, inside leg and outside leg length.
That’s not all!
Some models also choose to list their hair and eye colour, which isn’t necessary but is a good idea if your portfolio features black and white imagery or contemporary shots that alter the appearance of your features.
Tell the Truth
When stating your statistics it is important to be honest. Writing incorrect measurements will only anger agents or future employers as when you arrive it will be obvious of the lie. Simply just input the data of your body parts as they are, which can be altered if necessary.
Where Do I Include My Statistics
Generally models include their measurements in a few different places depending on their personal preference. Your portfolio, online profiles and Z-Cards are a good place to start as employers will instantly be able to read the statistics.
When applying to model agencies they will usually ask for your measurements. Again, simply enter your statistics truthfully for the chance of being accepted.
Don’t Give into Pressure
There is a lot of pressure in the fashion industry to appear a certain way with many hopefuls trying to achieve an unattainable figure via crazy diets. Please do not fall prey to these scams as it is very unhealthy. We’ve all heard of the diet coke diet, which starves off hunger but is extremely dangerous. Don’t do it!
Body activists are campaigning for a more diverse industry where ultra thin, tall models are not the norm. A fashion landscape which celebrates all shapes and sizes is the dream that is more or less slowly becoming a reality.
Therefore, eat a nutritious, healthy diet and implement a realistic exercise regime of approximately three times a week. Both will compliment each other and allow for you to maintain a realistic figure.