What Is a Model?

A fashion model is a person, male or female, who is hired to promote products for a brand or designer via their model agency.

What Does a Model Do?

Models pose at a photoshoot or walk on the runway to showcase the latest fashion collection.

The photoshoot can take place in a studio or on location depending on the type of images needed. Product shots, campaign images or magazine covers like Vogue Paris are required in the modelling industry.

Catwalk shows require for the model to walk with confidence on the runway. From fashion weeks in London, Paris and NYC to smaller events in shopping malls, fashion shows are a big part of a models life.

How to Become a Model?

UK Models can certainly help you take those first steps to become a British model. We offer all the tools you need to approach a model agency such as Model Management and Models 1 with confidence.

Successful candidates will be invited to our London studio to create a professional portfolio. Simply register with us today!

Discover everything you need to know on our become a model page, right here. You won’t be disappointed.


Top Model Agencies

Here is a list of the modelling agencies that you can apply to once completing your portfolio with us!

  • Model Management
  • Models 1
  • Storm Models
  • BMA Models
  • IMG Models
  • Select Model Management
  • Premier Model Management
  • First Model Managements
  • Oxygen Models
  • Wilhelmina Models

Different Types of Models

The modelling industry is very diverse with a variety of niches and departments catering for teens, children, males and females of all ages. When starting your career as a model it is important to be realistic and decide what area you wish to specialise in. There are modelling agencies who are dedicated to each sector of the industry.

To make that all important decision take a look at the various modelling types, which will direct you to a more in depth page for more information.

High Fashion

Designers who produce Ready-to-Wear or Haute Couture designs such as Gucci, Chanel, Net-a-Porter and Guess.


Brands who create designs suited for the high street clientele.



The companies who produce clothing for all of the family available online or in a printed format.

Plus Size

A niche which designs for the fuller figure and is growing rapidly. Brown haired, American model, Ashley Graham’s swimsuit feature in Sports Illustrated was a positive step in the right direction.


Models with a toned, muscular physique are required in the fitness industry.


Models who are small in height and frame have an area to excel in and promote petite figures.


For the more provocative, seductive types who are confident exposing skin in alluring poses.

Body Part

Models can make a career from focusing on a single body part such as hands, feet and legs.

Models of the Moment

The launch of the Instagram model has brought new faces to the limelight much quicker. Insta-models such as swimwear model, Erika Wheaton are making waves in the industry securing roles with the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Calvin Klein, Zoe Jordan and Dior.

We all remember the supermodels of the past including Canadian beauty,  Linda Evangelista. However, everyones following the Insta-models of today who have become major celebrities. Gigi Hadid from Los Angeles, California is certainly one of them.

Take a look at the new faces that are making a name for themselves in the fashion world.

Gisele Fox

Fox sure does stand out from the crowd with her pixie cut and doll-like appearance. Described as a mix of Twiggy and Karen Elson, her retro look is sure to take over the fashion world.

Kaia Gerber

We’ve all admired her mother over the years and now its Kaia’s turn to grace the catwalk. She’s making waves in the modelling industry with her sultry good looks and work ethic.

Hannah Motler

British model, Hannah Motler has already modelled for the likes of Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Margiela. Her versatile look which effortlessly goes from dainty, girl next door to an edgy, dramatic vixen was a huge hit with designers.

Sijia Kang

Spotted on a Chinese social media site, Sijia Kang has gone onto model for Valentino, Lanvin and Marc Jacobs. Designers can’t get enough of her striking beauty.

Silke van Daal

Dutch model, Silke van Daal began her modelling journey in France at the Paris couture shows where she would model the most extraordinary, outlandish designs with grace. The French capital sure know what their doing.

Felice Noordhoff

Her long blonde wavy tresses and striking Dutch beauty ensures her spot at fashion week every time. Chanel, Prada and Versace are amongst the designers in awe of her look.

How to Find Out if you Have What it Takes to Be a Model

If you would like to become one of the models that travel across the globe to the likes of New York, Florence or San Francisco all in the name of fashion but are unsure if you have what it takes to be a model we can help.

You may prefer the sound of the commercial route or are hoping to become a fitness model. We can offer a realistic analysis of your look and help you build the confidence and tools to approach a modelling agency. Register here.