Realistically, every model is not qualified and can't qualify for every job. There are many unique talents out there, and yours is just one of many.
Knowing what type of model you are or aspire to be, will help you not to waste your time and money in pursuit of an area of modelling that you're not suited for.
At best you're not going to get any work, and at worst, modelling agencies will reject you.
So, here are the types of modelling businesses that you may qualify for:
#1. Fashion Modelling
Fashion modelling is the most exclusive and difficult of all the categories of modelling to get into.
Many models say that it is the hardest part of modelling to succeed in.
You can understand that because it is also the type of modelling that pays the most money for super models.
Here is the reason why it is the hardest part of modelling to get into:
The total packaging for a fashion model, at the bare minimum is that, she MUST be tall, young, and thin.
In addition, she should be at least 5 feet, 9 inches tall with the following measurements:
Around 33 inches around the bust, 23 inches around the waist, and 33 inches around the hips.
Most people are not just cut out like that
For instance, the average U.S. woman is 5'4" tall and weighs 140 pounds. On the other hand, the average model is 5'11" tall and weighs just 117 pounds!
A fashion model uses her appearance, beauty and natural chemistry to market and brand goods or services.
The successful ones are always busy at printed and digital promotional production settings.
You can find such models doing photoshoots, or at video recording studios and venues that feature live fashion shows on runways.
They also work in specialty stores, retail stores, commercial showrooms and custom salons.
Models that can convincingly portray a wide range of ages, styles and personalities can significantly improve their marketability and branding.
In addition to being charismatic and photogenic, a model in this position is required to have strong work ethic and a positive attitude.
Here are the size requirements for fashion modelling:
Female fashion models:
Model height: 5’9” to 6'
Age: 16-21 years old.
Model size requirement: 0-4
Keep weight proportionate to height.
Male fashion models:
Model height: 5’11” to 6' 2”
Weight 140-165 lbs
Measurements: Waist 29” and 32”. 15-15 ½ neck, sleeve 32 and 34. Jacket 40 and 42
Age: 18-25 years old.
If you have the looks and aptitude, it is extremely rewarding both professionally and financially to be a fashion model.
The obvious requirement for this type of modelling is for the model to be photogenic.
What is photogenic?
A photogenic person is someone that usually appears physically attractive, striking or appealing in photographs, regardless of their physical appearance in real life.
Photographic modelling requires a particular set of skills: How to pose or arrange yourself in front of the camera.
Such a skill involves arranging your limbs, features, expressions, even your fingers, to produce attractive images. So, when you see the picture of a photogenic person, you go "wow!!!"
#2. Catwalk Model
Fashion models are chosen to appear in magazines or newspaper editorials or to be in a catwalk show.
Catwalk models promote anything from clothes to accessories.
They also sell the brand to customers, the media and fashion buyers.
In a catwalk show, the fashion models move along the catwalk, deliberately to evoke whatever buying experience and emotions that the fashion designer is marketing.
What an experience!
As they move gingerly and gracefully, they walk and turn, to display clothes in front of a captivated audience.
They also pose for commercial work in a studio or on location.
Models that have a dance background, are at home with catwalk modelling.
As you can imagine, the physical requirements for catwalk modelling is pretty specific.
You must be energetic, tall, slim and then, with striking looks, period.
Only very few make it big time. Be reasonable in your goals.
Self deception is the biggest scam of all.
#3. Lingerie Modelling
Lingerie and Bikini models are another modelling class that tend to have specific measurement requirements.
Typical lingerie measurements are: height 5’7″-6′, bust 32″-35″ C cup, waist 22″-26″, and hips 33″-35.
A bikini model will be similar to a lingerie model but with a slightly larger bust size.
If you get a gig doing this kind of modelling, that means that you are more shapely than your high fashion sisters.
#4. Child Models
Child models are mainly 12 years old or below.
They don't have any specific height or size restrictions.
But even at a young age, they love to pose for the camera.
Modelling agencies like to work with a child with an awesome personality.
That means that the child model is comfortable around strangers that he or she meets while working.
Child models are hired for commercial campaigns. They market products or services to parents or consumers that can identify with such demographics.
Child models or models aged 18 and below need parental approval or the approval of a adult guardian.
#5. Mature Models Or Grey Models
Mature or Grey models are models in their thirties, forties, fifties and beyond who know that their best years in your modelling career is ahead of them.
There has been a high demand for mature models since marketing and advertising executives have discovered the financial benefits of using older models in their campaigns.
Their decision is informed on the fact that the older generations have more disposable income than the younger generations.
So it makes a great business sense to feature images of people your target audience can relate to.
That's why more and more older models are used in banking campaigns like retirement accounts, healthcare campaigns, luxury goods and services.
Mature models can do absolutely anything commercial campaign that's within their age range and ability.
#6. Leg Or Hosiery Modelling
It is what it is. Since leg or hosiery modelling is the subject, the model is always tall and slim.
A lot of times, the models are the same ole runway and photographic models with their shapely, attractive, long legs.
You get the picture.
#7. Plus Size Modelling
Modeling agencies are looking for plus size models who are between 5’9” and 6’0” and wear a size 10/12 to 14/16.
There are exceptions to that rule.
Although many PLUS Model Magazines do not work with models smaller than a size 12, there are brands that use models that are as small as size 6!
Plus Size Fit Modelling Criteria
Fit models are generally 5’7” and size 18, 20 and sometimes a 22.
Where Do Plus Models Work?
Most of the work for plus size models work in catalog, online, print campaigns for specialty brands and designers.
They also work at showrooms, fit, and magazine editorials.
General Information For All Plus Models
An effective plus size model must have good skin, teeth and nails.
If you are aspiring to be a plus size model, you should not have a lot of tattoos/piercings.
In addition, your hair should be healthy and in a natural color.
Plus size models get the same requirements as a fashion model in addition to a larger body size.
#8. Commercial Modelling Is Our Bread And Butter
Our modelling business is commercial, period.
Here's the gist: This type of modelling business is considered photographic or videographic area of modelling.
It is also the type of modelling business where almost anybody with a good attitude can qualify.
We're talking - lifestyle, product advertising, billboards, we're talking using your images to illustrate magazine articles.
You've seen them, average common looking folks like you.
You get the picture.
Commercial models are also used in stories, book covers and to illustrate marketing or branding campaigns.
These models are used to create a visual image of feelings that trigger emotional response from the audience.
Commercial models also demonstrate products. They pose to tell the story that triggers an emotional buying point in the audience.
#9. Glamour Modelling
Glamour models are called photographic models too. Interestingly, many glamour models are also promotion models.
Glamour models tend to have a particular body shape.
Usually, they are shorter and more shapely than their fashion model counterpart.
The hair style, make-up and even the photographic poses are very specific.
The model is not showcasing the clothes, instead the model poses so as to draw attention to the model.
Please get this:
The images of glamour models are always photoshopped almost beyond recognition. Wow!
#10. Promotion Modelling
As a promotion model you are a hired representative of the client.
That's what we call a brand ambassador, here in Nigeria.
What they do range from handing out leaflets, to assisting on a stand at a trade / public show and looking pretty at a variety of events.
Sometimes, just looking pretty with a charming smile may be all that's needed of them.
If you have any of the skills described above, send your pictures to any of these WhatsApp numbers:
234 803 317 5396
234 805 793 7786