For most people idea of working as a successful model conjures up images of statuesque supermodels striding along the catwalks of Milan or posing on the pages of Vogue. However, this kind of work is typically only available to high fashion models working in a section of the industry that is fiercely competitive.
When getting into modelling it is important to remember that there are lots of opportunities for models of all shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities. Chasing after high fashion assignments could prove lucrative if you are a celebrity or top model but for lesser known models the jobs can be few and far between. Whilst you might hanker after the kudos of working with designer names and luxury style magazines, you could be missing out on building a profitable long term modelling career doing more commercial work.
Opportunities to get involved in catalogue, promotional, character, beauty, fitness, plus size, mature and even glamour modelling could be more likely to earn a regular income and you will not always have to meet the strict height and weight requirements of high fashion. For example, you may have a model face and body, but only the very tallest and thinnest are likely to be considered to represent fashion houses.
What kind of model could you be?
- For high fashion modelling you need to be at least 5ft 8” if you are a woman or 5ft 11” if you are a man. However there are no specific minimum height requirements for commercial modelling.
- In addition to great height, if you have a very slim body and long limbs then high fashion modelling might be for you. For other kinds of modelling all you need is to have a fit and healthy body of any size or shape.
- Voluptuous females and muscle bound men are likely to be of interest for fitness and glamour modelling. Plus size models should have curvy bodies.
- If you have specific features that particularly stand-out such as your eyes, lips, hair, hands or feet then you could find success working as a beauty model.
- As you age the kind of modelling work you do might change. Whilst you might have found success working in high fashion in your 20’s, more regular work could be available in catalogues and advertising as you head into your 30’s, 40’s and beyond.
- Confidence and personality is key for all types of modelling. A warm smile, friendly manner and a willingness to follow instruction will all serve you well whatever kind of work you do.
If you think you have got what it takes to model then there’s no better time to get started. UK Models can work with you to determine what kind of modelling work you are most suitable for as well as helping you build your portfolio and find a reputable agent.