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Useful Tips and Pointers for Models in Beginning a Modelling Career

Updated on May 20, 2012

Do you dream of becoming Claudia Schiffer or Tyra Banks? Does your heart tell you that you ought to be featured on a billboard or magazine? Do you always imagine yourself in four-inch heels and fancy clothes while walking the ramp? Are you up for long standing photo shoots and spotlights? Then maybe modelling is just the right occupation for you! However, you stop for a moment because you have no freaking idea how to get started and become one. Need some help?

I am the one in the middle (sleeveless tank top).
I am the one in the middle (sleeveless tank top). | Source

According to Word Web, modelling is the act of representing something. Nowadays, it is often associated with fashion and beauty. The person who is in charge of providing such representation is called a model. There are different types of models. Such variations are categorized according to the mode of representation they provide. As an aspiring model, you may choose to become one among all of the following model types:

A runway model walking the ramp.
A runway model walking the ramp. | Source

1. Runway Models

This is by far the most commonly known type of models. Such commonality has provided the stereotypical perspective of the general public that models are supposed to be found on catwalks or runways. A runway model is someone who has to satisfy certain criteria set by designers that hire him, paying particular attention to his vital statistics and height. They are often slender in shape which are usually toned and skinny. They are expected to have great facial features, healthy hair, beautiful face, and flawless skin. According to the BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF MODEL AGENTS, a female model is supposed to stand at least 5’8 tall with vital statistics of 34-24-34 inches. On the other hand, male models should be at least 5’11 to 6’3 feet tall and should have waist and chest measurements of 30–35 inches (76.20–88.90 cm) and 36–40 inches (91.44–101.60 cm), respectively. More often than not, these types of models travel on different countries to attend various fashion shows.

2. Supermodels

They are those who are considered as first-tiered, high-profiled, and highly paid models. They are usually female celebrities seen doing Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, or Covergirl. Their presence is driven mainly by their high advertising potential to attract more revenues for a certain premiere brand or collection they represent.

Here's Drew doing the Covergirl.
Here's Drew doing the Covergirl. | Source
Who says the fashion industry is just for the slender and skinny?
Who says the fashion industry is just for the slender and skinny? | Source

3. Plus-sized Models

They are known as “full-figured”, ""extended-size," and "outsize" models. These models are those who engage in modelling plus-size clothing. Aside from that, they can work on some other forms of representation involving products in various industries such as pharmaceutical, stock photography, cosmetics, watches, or footwear. Plus-size modelling is an emerging industry nowadays which gives hope for aspiring models that cannot fit to certain standardized requirements set by most fashion designers. These types of models are viewed as “real persons” in the modelling industry who are somewhat dispelling the stereotypical notion of tall and skinny models and are considered in touch with the real representation of average-sized women.

A model of sensuality...
A model of sensuality... | Source

4. Glamour Models

In contrast with other types of models who are employed in order to “give way” to capitalize more on the product they represent, glamour models do modelling that emphasizes more on their sexuality. This is aimed to make the product they represent more attractive. These models are often found posing for year-round calendars and men’s magazines.

5. Body Part Models

Body part modelling showcases a model’s special and attractive body feature. Have you seen print or television advertisements of nail polish products lately? That is one type of project these models are being paid for.

An example of a body part model. This features the model's picture-perfect nails and fingers.
An example of a body part model. This features the model's picture-perfect nails and fingers. | Source

6. Art Models

These types of models pose in front of sculptors, painters, and photographers. They are included to actual works of art these artists create. They also model in front of art or painting students. Some endeavors which involve their modelling skills are figure painting, sculpture, or photography.

Art work models are the main subject of works of art.
Art work models are the main subject of works of art. | Source

7. Alternative Models

These models do not usually fit in common standards. However, they are employed for modelling jobs because they possess certain rare or remarkable attributes. They are models who are often hired to do punk or gothic photography. These model types include goth, punk, fetish, and tattooed individuals.

An Apnea Fetish Model.
An Apnea Fetish Model. | Source

8. Other Types of Models

Bikini Models

The primary requirement for these types of models is a physically fit body. With regards to height requirement, these models often stand at least 5’5 feet tall.

Fitness Models

Athletic features are primarily required for someone to qualify as a fitness model. He or she has to be in great body build with lean muscle tone.

By now, you are pretty sure where to go and what to become. But before you begin your career as a model, there are certain tips and pointers you may want to know to further maximize your potentials and improve your chances of becoming one. And you may get surprised that some of them need only a bit of hard work and some common sense.

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

The modelling industry could be the most extravagant and fabulous thing ever created by humankind. However, it can also be the most frustrating and destructive field to venture on. Rejection is prevalent within circles of models and agencies. There are lots of situations wherein you may just not be the one the designers are looking for. Nevertheless, do not deprive yourself with love and self-respect. Every person has a unique beauty within. It just depends on the perceptive capability of the one who looks at it. If you ever get rejected, do not take it seriously. Most of the time, designers and producers are keen of what they want to find in a model. So in turn, they set rigid and particular set of standards relevant to the type of creation or project (i.e. clothes line) they are working on. Since you are unique and special in your own way, there would be times that you might not fit in to some of these set of requirements. But that does not mean that you are not beautiful, because YOU ARE.

BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO

Before you go attending every go-see you find in town, you should first have to possess an ample amount of pictures to represent your works. And that’s were your photo portfolio is held indispensable. This collection of pictures should feature you in various poses, themes, and angles. Usually, a starter model should at least have a head shot, whole-body shot, half-frame shot, or several creative shots in his portfolio. They are used by agencies and designers to gauge whether the model they are going to choose looks good on photos in various themes and angles. If you are clueless on what types of pictures to include in your portfolio, you may seek services from a professional photographer or a friend who studies photography to help you with building a set of beautiful and strong photos. Another option is to attend open photo shoots.

BUILD AND ENHANCE YOUR MODEL RESUME.

Just like the ones you submit to companies when applying for jobs, model resumes are made to showcase your qualifications, abilities, and experiences as a model. It should highlight your vital statistics and distinct facial, hair, and body features. It should also include your educational attainment and special trainings or workshops you have attended in the past, apart from including a special category of your modelling experiences. At the end of the process, you should be able to come up with a model resume that provides the designers or agencies the comprehensive view of why they should hire you. And the good news is, there are various samples found online which can serve as your guide or template.

ATTEND GO-SEES.

These are the modelling versions of acting auditions. During go-sees, you are expected to submit your model resume and show your portfolio. Every go-see is a chance to land on a modelling job with fashion designers so make sure you are well-equipped and prepared. Always remember that these designers or product-line owners are looking for a model that would serve as their ‘blank template’ to clothe, dress or paint on. So, it is very important to wear minimal make-up and properly fitting clothes during this event. Along with your resume and portfolio, you should also bring with you some extra clothes (like tube tank-tops or shorts), high-heeled shoes, (at least four inches) and flats. You might need them during the entire day of casting. Make sure that you show your true vibrant self in order to spark the designer’s attention. However, don’t overdo it to the point that you may annoy the go-see staff.

PRACTICE AND PRACTICE MORE!

Designers and product owners are looking for models who have unique beauty and self-control. And these should show as you walk the ramp or in every photograph you produce. In order to get strong and interesting pictures, you have to learn various poses and facial expressions. You can look for inspiration everywhere – magazines, catalogues, internet, fashion and modelling sitcoms. Practice yourself in front of the mirror exhibiting different types of poses. As you practice more and attend more go-sees and castings, you’d be able to build and fortify your signature look.

Here's Something You Can Emulate:

When it comes to walking, make sure to practice on your high-heels at least two weeks before the go-see. There are tons of tutorial videos found on the internet that you can watch and learn from. Always observe proper posture when trying on any walking style. Do your warm-up exercises first before rehearsals because the entire process of wearing high heels all throughout is really painful. Similarly, provide enough time for rest or breaks. Make sure you rehearse on a secured area that is free from obstructions. It is also advisable to practice on a flat and smooth floor or platform that is wide enough and not too slippery. It would be helpful to have company while you practice your walk routines for the purposes of assistance and affirmation. And lastly, always be careful walking with those stilettos.

EAT AND LIVE HEALTHY.

Becoming physically fit is an investment every aspiring and professional model should engage upon. Trying out fad or crash diets are NOT recommended in order to do this. When you’re a model, you are expected to exude beauty and physical fitness. You have to make your facial and body skin smooth; grow bouncy and voluminous hair; and flash a bright smile in order to gain and show confidence. You can only achieve those by doing proper exercise, eating a BALANCED diet, maintaining good hygiene, and keeping a positive outlook in life.

Eat healthy and you'll see!
Eat healthy and you'll see! | Source

Becoming a model is more than just having a pretty face or beautiful cheekbones. It’s about showing the real you. You may take your modelling endeavour seriously, but not so that you end up jeopardizing your health and lifestyle as well as your self-esteem. Just have fun and feel your inner beauty. When you do, people will always notice.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Great intro to the profession and good tips as well. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you alocsin! I am glad you find those tips and ideas useful since my inspiration in writing this hub are the newbies of modelling. It's hard starting out in such industry and I myself became a witness to that. :D

      Have a great day!

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Great useful article! I always had a dream of becoming a catalogue model. I didn't go through with it though. I always loved taking pictures. Your article was very helpful on starting out in modeling. Thanks for sharing!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      I am glad you find this hub useful caroline! I think you should pursue it. You are a very beautiful woman. Thank you for taking the time to read. It's always a pleasure to share what I have learned and been through in my short-lived modelling career. :D

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Your article is most excellent. I enjoyed reading it and I learned from it. Maybe I will start a new career as a manly model. :D

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Come on! Give it a try. I am pretty sure you have what it takes.

      Thank you for taking the time to read Sir James. :D I was inspired to write this hub to help out those models who are still starting out in their respective careers in modelling. Even though mine's a short-lived one (by choice), I think I have some insightful tips to impart to them. :D

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      Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      What a great hub on modeling! Excellent article for anyone looking to start out along the road to a modeling career!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you very much for reading Cassy! I've had my fair share of struggles when I did my modelling for the first time so I thought of sharing some useful and simple tips for fellow and aspiring models alike. :D

      Take care!

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      lovekv 5 years ago

      art model suuuper ,,,

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      jane 5 years ago

      What if ur height is only five four but you know how to be a model?u know how to walk?have a nyc pic?

      is there a chance to be a model?

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Hi Jane! There are lots of opportunities to become a model. Would you believe that I only stand 5'5? And yet I get to become a cover girl and an image model. :D

      However, if you are below the 5'8 height requirement, it could be a little difficult to land on a runway modelling gig. Nonetheless, just like what I discussed in this hub, there are so many other avenues to become a model. You may try lingerie modelling or print ads. Usually in those types of modelling, they don't require a certain height, so long as you take beautiful pictures.

      Hope that helps. :D If you have other questions, just let me know. Maybe I could create another hub to answer it. :D Take care!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Hello there lovekv! Thank you very much for stopping by. :)

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      You obviously know the industry well! You've given some really great tips here, and it's sure to help out aspiring models who are just getting started. Props girl!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you very much for dropping by Pinkchic18! Nah... I just shared some information from modelling experiences I had in the past. I am very glad that you find all these tips useful. :) Take care and stay beautiful. :)

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      RunningDeer 4 years ago from Iowa

      These are some really great tips. I watch America's Next Top Model sometimes on TV, and it was very interesting to get an inside insight to this world of modeling. Thanks for sharing! This was really interesting. Voted up!

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      thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you for dropping by RunningDeer! I know how hard it is to become a model. I even developed a new form of respect for those in the industry. Behind all the beauty and glamour is painstaking hard work. This hub is my way of helping out those who would like to venture in modelling; that it is never easy to enter the industry. However, each individual who would like to give it a try can always do something to get in.

      Cheers!

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      digee 3 years ago

      This is great, thanks and God bless!

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      thesingernurse 3 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you, digee! Hope this hub helped you in some way. God speed!

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      Best kells 2 years ago

      all nice

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