Many of the models dream of walking the runway of Milan while many others dream of having their faces in magazines and commercials. Although hard work and determination are the key factors to make your dreams come true, it is also very important to know if you are putting your time and energy into the best places for your success. One of challenging thing in the world of fashion is that, the nature of your body may limit your success, no matter how hard your work at it.
However, one great thing about modeling is that you can succeed with focus and determination once you start working towards the areas of the industry that accepts the assets you bring. Therefore, it is imperative to know your body type to figure out which modeling type you perfectly fit into. With this in mind, we thought to outline the most popular modeling types and what it takes, physically, to succeed in these areas.
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Female runway models are usually a minimum of 5 feet, 9 inches tall, but taller is usually better. Runway models must have precise measurements, so they are able to fit the clothes that designers are going to be showing to their clients. The models need to fit very strict requirements and put a lot of work and practice into their walk. Their measurements are usually no greater than 34 inches around the bust, 23 inches around the waist, and 34 inches around the hips.
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Editorial models are the high-fashion models that you see in magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and usually work for top fashion labels. These models are generally 5 feet, 9 inches tall and are very slim, with measurements that are usually around 33 inches around the bust, 23 inches around the waist, and 33 inches around the hips. These are not the fixed measurements as modeling agencies look at the complete package that the model presents.
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Fitness models are models who are athletic, fit, and toned. Many fitness models started out as athletes or trainers and then added fitness modeling to their careers. In addition to working for fitness companies, supplement manufacturers, and athletic wear companies, fitness models are often commercial models as well. To be a fitness model, you need to have high muscle mass and lean-to minimal body fat. Generally, there is no height or measurement requirement, but a body fat mass less than 15% is standard.
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The plus-size model market has become an important part of the fashion and commercial modeling industry. Several of the top fashion agencies now have plus-size divisions, and we have seen more plus-size supermodels over the past few years. They are generally determined by size rather than exact measurements. These models can find a lot of work in plus size catalogs, runway, commercial, and lingerie.
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Commercial models can be any age, size, and height because they are needed for a variety of purposes. They can do everything that is not normally associated with high fashion, including ads for products and services, such as housewares, food, travel, tech, etc. This opens the door for a lot more people, however, there are still a lot of specific requirements like acting ability.
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These models are generally 5 feet, 7 inches tall and under. While petite models do not generally do runway work, they are often booked for swimsuit, lingerie, and parts modeling. Since petite models usually have smaller shoe sizes and glove sizes, they are popular as foot and hand models.
Modeling indeed comes in many different types, so there are multiple options for aspiring models in case you are targeting specific niches or roles. Even if you are already doing some modeling, you can always try out other types to broaden your horizons and diversify your portfolio. No matter what your height, age or size, there is a place for everyone in the modeling business.
All you need to do is determine what type of modeling you are best suited for and then go for it. The most in-demand models know this, and they become masters of many different types of modeling. Who knows, you might find one you truly like after trying out a few of these types. We hope you have garnered some valuable insight as to the types of modeling in the modeling industry. Do let us know if we have missed any and share your thoughts in the comment section below.