The word “modeling” usually conjures up images of teens and young adults of similar height and build showing off the latest fashions on a runway in New York or Paris. While this is one type of modeling, the majority of modeling isn’t done anywhere near a catwalk and is much more inclusive as far as age and body type. In this article, we’ll briefly touch on the different types of modeling, then we’ll talk about each one in more detail in future articles.
As we mentioned above, runway modeling is a fairly exclusive field requiring certain physical attributes. Females are generally expected to be at least 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and males should be at least 6 feet. There are specific bust, waist, and hip measurements as well, and the desired age range is between 16 and 21. That being said, there is nothing quite like walking the catwalk if you fit the requirements and are willing to dedicate yourself to making a name for yourself.
Commercial models represent a company or brand. The physical requirements are generally less stringent and are determined by the company being represented. Commercial models may be asked to do photo shoots for print ads or magazines, TV commercials, personal appearances, and more. Because you are essentially an ambassador for the brand, it helps if you believe in the products or services the company sells.
Also considered “glamour modeling,” swimwear modeling is all about a person’s physical attributes and if they are appealing in a swimsuit. Unlike runway modeling, there is not a certain body type required, but models do generally need to be 18 or older.
Print models can be featured in anything from fashion magazines and parenting brochures to billboards and calendars, so there is a need for a wide range of ages and appearances. Getting into print modeling can be accomplished by working with an agency or as a freelancer. Having quality photographs is definitely a requirement for this type of modeling.
If your child likes being in the spotlight or getting their picture taken and is willing to take directions from adults other than you, they may also enjoy modeling. Most child modeling is done for print or TV rather than the runway, which relieves the pressure of having to be perfect on the first try. Photo or video shoots are generally brief, especially for infants or very young children, since their attention spans are short.
As the desire for realistic body types in marketing and advertising increases, so does the need for plus-size models. In fact, plus-size models is the fastest growing modeling industry. Specific body measurements aren’t required, other than being a size 12 or larger. What is required is self-confidence, a healthy look, and good teeth, skin, hair, and nails.
Similar to swimsuit modeling, rather than having specific measurement requirements, models in this industry need to appear fit and healthy. Fitness models are used for print and TV ads to promote workout clothes, fitness equipment, healthy foods, and more.
Sometimes all you need is one great part to enter the world of modeling. These models are used in advertising that focuses on one part of the body such as the hands, feet, arms, or legs. Not only should the part to be modeled be attractive and blemish-free, it may also need to be a standard size. For example, a hand model would need to fit into a standard size glove or be able to wear standard size jewelry, and a foot model should have average size feet to be more marketable.
Whatever type of modeling you choose, know that making it in this industry often requires a lot of hard work and commitment, but it can also be very rewarding.