The Demand For Nude Glamour Models In The UK

  • Esther O'Leary

For many, the generous pay packet and lack of height and weight restrictions for glamour models are strong incentives. Unlike fashion modelling, where it’s all about the clothes, glamour modelling is all about sex appeal and your face and body are likely to be the focus of your work. If you are comfortable striking a sexy pose it’s important to consider how much flesh you’d dare to bare before you get started.
Lingerie, swimwear and trade show work certainly fulfils a core part of the glamour model’s schedule. However, since the dawn of the ‘Page 3 girl’ in 1969 and the lad’s mags boom of the 1990s there has been a growing demand for nude glamour models in this section of the industry in the UK.

What kind of nude glamour work is available in the UK?

Typically you can expect to find the following:

  • Calendars
  • Men’s magazines eg, Loaded, Nuts
  • Adult catalogues, magazines and websites
  • Music videos
  • Adult TV commercials
  • Special interest magazines eg, tattoo and piercing titles

How to get started

Here are three important steps to take when starting out as a nude glamour model:

Step 1 – Stick with the professionals if you want to stay safe. Posing in little or no clothing can make you feel vulnerable and put you at risk of exploitation so it is crucial that you seek out industry professionals. In addition to finding a reputable agent many glamour models now choose to work freelance, using the internet to pick up assignments from model casting websites. Consult a third party such as UK Models for advice on going it alone or finding a quality agency and only attend castings that are being held in a proper studio or similar professional space. You can also take a chaperone along to castings and shoots for added reassurance.

Step 2 – Perfect your portfolio. Being able to show an agent or casting director a selection of great photographs not only shows how great your body looks in pictures but also gives a clear idea of the kind of work you are willing to do. Investing in a portfolio is essential if you are planning on finding your own work and want to avoid being viewed as an amateur. UK Models can help you create a selection of flattering images taken by a professional photographer.

Step 3 – Once you have secured a booking negotiate the terms of the job beforehand. Your fee, location, hair and make-up requirements and a clear idea of the end results should all be agreed up front. You might also want to clarify if you will be working with other models during the shoot and if they are male or female. In doing so you can ensure that everyone has the same expectations about the kind of nude work you are willing to do. Don’t feel pressurised into doing anything you are unhappy with on the day.

Finally, bear in mind that you will need more than good looks if you want to sustain a long and profitable career. An open mind, strong personality and desire to show off your beautiful body are all helpful traits.

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