Slender frames in atrociously high heels walking the ramp. Lanky figures with placid faces, those people are models. The fashion industry is not just an archetype as perceived by the ones not a part of it. Modeling today has many genres with new ones being added now and then. Models are not dolls and if you are planning to become one, do not be disheartened because of some physical requirements. Choose the kind that suits your body type the best. Just because one kind of modeling is more hyped about than the others does not mean that is the only one. The industry is a vast expanse with work for everyone and if you are willing to put in the necessary hard work you will find your fit.
High Fashion/Editorial modeling
The models spanning across the glossy pages of high-end fashion magazines. Working for designers and displaying their creations in print. These models get to work with top-notch brands and designers like Gucci, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Dior, they get to wear the astounding and rather super expensive creations (don’t get to keep them though!). Might not be just haute couture, but also perfumes or accessories. Bragging everything fashion in huge fashion mags.
The requirements are rather stringent. The models strictly need to be above 5’9” and have a thin body frame. The measurements should be somewhat around 34-24-34. A cm here and there is all right but the difference cannot go in inches. So if you are looking forward to seeing yourself in the shiny sheets, this has got to be your pick.
Of course, there comes the runway modeling, one of the oldest and the most sort-out kinds of modeling there ever is. The one which is the imagery of all kinds of things related to fashion. One where models catwalk down the runway exhibiting the latest designer collections. Gigi, Bella, Kendall those famous supermodels, yup those are the ones who majorly walk the ramp apart from the other things that go along.
The measurements are again quite strict because you need to fit the clothes and not the other way round. They prefer slim and tall bodies. Generally for most aspiring models who want to become runway models height becomes an issue. The designers need taller frames that accentuate the look of the overall attire.
Defying all the norms and requirements, commercial models can be of any height, weight, or size. Commercial models work for many different kinds of jobs. You get to play various roles for advertisements for products on television commercials, short videos, or even prints. It is all based on the requirements of the ad agency. You have to market their products and play out the roles they assign be it the girl next door or that unique interesting face. It just doesn’t include high-end fashion modeling. But you still stand a solid chance for advertising for huge names like Prada or Dior. The advertisements for the latest perfume line, yes they need models to showcase their best.
The only thing that comes to mind at the mere mention of modeling is that you have to be thin, skinny, slim slender or else there is no place for you in the fashion world. That is a big misconception, with the coming of age models have crossed all barriers and standard industry norms making a place for themselves. Creating their own space and stand.
Brands these days have a whole line for plus-size clothes and designer shave become more sensitive and have a more realistic approach. Making clothes for real women hence you will need “real women” to model them. But just because you have a bigger body structure does not mean you can bag the job. You still need to healthy, eat right, and exercise. You need to know the rules of the trade. Just being curvy is not going to help you nag jobs that easily, even in the plus-size genre. And yes you still need to keep up with the height requirements. You have to be tall, and generally, a size 12 to 16. The key is to give it your all, the requirements of the companies constantly keep changing so you should be ready to adapt and improvise.
Swimsuit & Lingerie Modeling
As the name suggests this type of modeling focuses on showcasing lingerie and swimsuits. The models need to be a bit curvier or rather voluptuous so that the beauty of the designer inner wears can be accentuated. A general misconception regarding this type of modeling is that the models need to pose nude or do provocative shoots. This is not the case. It is always at the will of the person doing the shoot as to what he or she is comfortable doing. The aim is not to show off naked body parts but rather the expensive innerwear the designers create. You need to showcase the bra or the underwear in a subtle, sexy way.
Lingerie modeling is not just limited to calendar shoots or photographic shoots, you can be a lingerie model walking the ramp. Victoria’s Secret angels are exemplars of the lingerie models walking the runway. That is the ultimate dream and to get there requires a lot of hard work and resilience. Lingerie models need to have a different kind of body, they cannot be very slim or an athletic body might not be the right fit for the inner wears. They need to have a fuller bust and perkier buttocks so that the clothes fit them better. For swimsuits as well you need to give your sizes and you get work accordingly.
The models who are of a shorter height can pursue this type of modeling. The usual height cut for models is 5’7” and above but the models coming under the 5’4”, fall in this category. They are preferred for their smaller frames which can get them to work in prints or commercial or glamour categories. They are well in demand for their small hands and feet. Well yes, the industry does have a little something for everybody out there. Maybe not even overall but even in parts there is a lot that can be utilized and honed for better opportunities.
The decade has seen a tremendous surge of fitness models all over the world. So much so that it is a new kind of modeling that you can very well pursue and yes it gets you paid as well, that too more than the other regular kinds of modeling. Those fit toned bodies that you put in so much effort to achieve are not just to be lauded by friends and families. These athletes or trainers are coming-of-age fitness models. Because they set a bar and they deserve more than just compliments, these fitness models have made a living out of it.
They collaborate with companies selling fitness products like supplements or training equipment and other such stuff. The major requirement is not age, height, or size, you need to be fit. You worked on your body and you should be able to motivate others to do that as well.
Modeling where the primary focus is on the overall personality of the model, his or her appeal, body posture, expressions, and beauty more than any other thing. The models need to have an overall holistic personality so that they can fit in and do any job that is required of them. The models with an exquisite charm about them that would catch the eye in an instant. They can be doing photo shoots for magazines or calendars or even be cast for music videos or advertisements.
They should be more than 18 years of age because no matter how subtly you try to put it, they book jobs based on their sex appeal. How enchanting they are and how they can bring about that charm while modeling for brands or designers.
As surprising as it sounds, but yes it is a kind of modeling where the reason you are getting paid might be those hands of yours. They are a piece of art being utilized to adorn some other piece of art. Modeling with a part of their body only such as legs or hands or stomach or even neck. For showcasing different products. You do not expect that they hand over Dior’s handbag to just anybody and put it up on display for the fall collection! In such cases when all eyes are on maybe your hand that is going to hold that piece so rare.
Hand models, foot models, leg models, and many more. You can make your pick and start with what the situation demands.
If you have an outgoing extrovert kind of personality then this should be your pick. You go around promoting various things and not just some lingerie. You need to be outspoken and learn to engage with people you meet at the places you are promoting. Such as conventions, expos, or live events.
The main aim is to sell the product and use a little bit of leverage of beauty. You need to convince more than just one person whom you are talking to and try and make a sale.
The list is endless and new ones keep adding every day. The fact is if you are determined about it the industry there is work for every other person. All you need is to sagaciously categorize which suits you best. After that, all you need to do is to practice and make sure that you are the best at what you do.