Different Types Of Modeling Within The Fashion Industry
There are many
different forms of modeling out their, figuring out which modeling
industry may be difficult if you don't know what your looking for, so
here's a description on many of the forms of modeling.
High fashion modeling
modeling consists of mainly fashion runway shows. This is when
designers hire models to wear their clothes,
jewelry with designer
handbags down the runway to present them for the first time to
the public. High fashion will also carry over to fashion magazine
spreads, where the models will wear the coutures of designers
as a form of advertisement.
There is a
certain look different agencies will look for with this type of
modeling. Some years they want really thin models and other years,
models with curves. It's all about the look of the season and what
the designers are looking for as well.
fashion look is usually girls with the high cheekbones, long
necks and square jaws. This may change but usually girls with more of
an oval shaped face will not do well in the high fashion industry.
They are more fit in categories of glamour.
This part of
the industry is the most competitive because it is one of the highest
paid modeling positions. There is a lot of drugs and partying, and
some models make the fall into that and drop out of modeling. So you
have to be careful and stay straight.
A female model
should be 14-19 years old
exceptions being between 5.8"-6.0"
to be between 108-130lbs, in proportion to height
Dress sizes 6-8
measurements around 34B-24-34
modeling really doesn't have any requirements. They have guidelines
of what different magazines want. Some like a glamour model to have a
more oval face because then the model appears to be sexier, but that
is the personal preference of the client or photographer. Mostly it
is whatever sells. Most glamour models are at least pretty fit as
they show a lot of their body.
are models that pose in magazines like Maxim and Stuff magazine. You
will see them do a lot of implied shots as well as a lot of lingerie.
A lot of glamour models also
participate in promotional tradeshows displaying diamond
rings for jewelry stores, as well as car events.
usually work for small boutiques or stores with petite divisions.
Petite models can also do makeup ads as size does not matter in those.
Dress Size: 2-4
Plus size modeling
models usually work for stores with plus size divisions. Designers
are starting to do plus size runway shows because it appeals to a
large part of the population, since a lot of women are a size 12 or
above. A plus size model usually has broad shoulders and is big boned
with beautifully classic features.
Dress Size: 12-14
requirements will vary depending on the client. As well as the
proportions of the model.
division of modeling you will most likely be doing commercial print
work and catalogue; there is other work, like high fashion, if you
fit the height and weight requirements, but catalogue and print work
make up most of the demographic of work received in this division of modeling.
You will see a
lot of mature models in print and commercial advertisements.
Companies like Viagra and Bayer will tend to use mature models
because that's the age group that uses their product the most.
Modeling (hand, foot, neck modeling, etc.)
modeling is a specialty division. You model your foot, hand, leg,
neck, etc. You have to have a perfect body part; that means no veins
showing, perfect nails if hand or foot, no scars, no wrinkles, it
needs to be clean, without blemishes. With hand models, agencies
usually look for hands with long slender fingers.
Models in this
division will also follow the same path as a regular model in the
terms of finding an agency, building a portfolio and comp card.
can do anything from commercial modeling to high fashion. Male models
have a very competitive industry as most male models have to be
perfectly fit to get hired on most jobs and because there are so many
guys out there competing for the same roles, you have to be able to
stand out in front of all them to get the role.
teens into late twenties.
Suit Size: 40
(This is standard size for male models, this size may vary depending
"Real People" modeling
This is also
known as commercial modeling. In this part of the industry there are
no requirements, just that you fit what the client is looking for.
This part of the industry can include commercials, print, just about anything.
modeling is very competitive because it gives models a lot of
exposure; Mostly brands like Dolce
and Gabbana, Armani,
Victoria's Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch. Because it's so
competitive, it is hard to sustain a fulltime income. Catalogue
modeling is also specific to where you live, it's very regional. If
you live in city where the home office of that brand is located, they
will most likely use you depending on the demands of advertising and
if they like your look.
There is a lot
of catalogue work out there. You might be working a lot for companies
like Macys, Robinsons May, etc, but it's there.
modeling can be a runway show in a local boutique introducing a new
collection, also could be standing and showing their clothing at a
fashion party. This kind of modeling you need to have contacts with
local boutiques and local fashion designers.
need to look good on you. Mosty calls for women who wear dress sizes 2-6.
you are competing with a lot of fitness stars who are very particular
about their body. You really have to be in GREAT shape to be in this
division. Girls that's right, you got to have a totally flat stomach
or forget about this division. You can't be really skinny either; you
have to have muscle on you. Normally this is for very athletic boys
particular height requirement (depends on client or print publication)
must be extremely fit and height/weight propotionate.
(Trade Show) Modeling
modeling you will go to conventions and trade shows. You will be
standing at a merchant's booth greeting customers, handing out
product samples like designer
clothes and designer
handbags and talking to them about the products. Some
promotional models travel with the company at their expense from show
to show. This can be a great opportunity for a beginning model as you
will meet some of the directors and marketing personnel within that
company, and that can lead to print work later down the road.
There are no
specific requirements for this field.
(Magazine and Newspaper) Modeling
Models are the best of the best. They are the supermodels you know
and love, like Tyra, Rebecca, Giselle and Cindy. They know exactly
how to pose in front of a camera, and do just the right expressions
for every shot. Editorial models also have the chance to be a little
more creative with their work. This is something to strive for.
Women Dress: 0-5
Men Height: 5.11"-6.1"
Men Size: 32-36