Types of Modeling
High fashion modeling (also known as editorial modeling)
High fashion modeling is the modeling done in fashion magazines, couture ads, and it is typically what comes to mind when we think of modeling. High Fashion Models are the types of models (or supermodels) you most often see in magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Elle and who walk the runway for major fashion designers such as Calvin Klein, Versace, Gucci, Chanel and others.
Fashion models are generally a minimum of 5' 9" - 6' 0" and start their modeling careers before the age of 21. Their measurements are in the range of 34 - 24 - 34.
Male fashion models are generally 6' 0" - 6' 2" and wear a 40 Regular jacket. These male models should have their careers started before the age of 23 - 25 at the most.
Runway / fashion show modeling
Runway models used to be exotic with long necks and limbs and could have unique facial characteristics whereas print models had perfect facial features and rarely had unique characteristics; they were beautiful in a standard way. In the early 80's, The industry changed forever when the designer Versace began using print models like Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour and others for their runway shows. This was the beginning of the Supermodel Era. Supermodels were models who did it all, from print to runway to television and film. Today to become a Supermodel or a fashion model that earns a substantial income you need to be able to do runway modeling as well as print modeling.
Glamour modeling is modeling for photos with a sexual theme, including bikini, sexy outfits and lingerie modeling. This includes photos for calendars, posters, and other pin-up girl products and pictures for the adult entertainment industry with high-end men's magazines like Playboy and then on down to the lower end magazines. These shots are also becoming very popular on the Internet. The glamour industry is huge and top glamour models can make as much as top fashion models. There are no height or size requirements as in fashion modeling. While fashion modeling often requires a very specific thin body type, glamour modeling prefers curves. Fashion often looks for a special or different look while glamour modeling wants traditional drop dead gorgeous; and while fashion really only happens in New York, glamour can happen anywhere.
This field is easy to get started in as there plenty of photographers who would love to do test shoots. Getting into the high paying work can take as much effort as becoming a high fashion model.
Petite modeling / Plus size modeling
It is rare to see petite sized or plus size women in fashion modeling but there are still many opportunities for models in this field. Many stores that focus on petit or plus size clothing want models with that particular body type. Also as in glamour modeling, body size is less important but still requires a pretty face. Plus size models range from a size 10 and up and are generally
5' 8" to 5' 10". Petite models are generally 5' 2" to 5' 6" with good body proportions.
For products targeting teenagers, companies will want to use teenagers in their ads. There are also many magazines that target teenage girls and that use younger women as their models (typically 13-16 years old). Sometimes older teenagers will make it into fashion or runway modeling. All respectable photographers and magazines will require parental permission prior to working with anyone under the age of 18.
There are certain products that target certain markets and if that product is for older customers, the company often wants a model that fits this niche market. Mature models are not usually used for fashion or glamour but jobs are available in most other forms of modeling.
Children are used in many types of modeling but primarily for commercial or catalog modeling. It can be difficult for children to do the demanding work that modeling often requires and usually photographers that work with models have to be patient and understanding that children may not be able to express the emotions that are needed for certain shots on demand.
Body part modeling (hair, hand modeling, etc.)
Body part modeling is a special category that belongs in both fashion and commercial modeling. This is the use of just part of the body in a photograph. Sometimes models that look great in full-length shots or headshots don't have nice hands or feet so body part models are used to fix this problem. In such cases, photographers will shoot using the standard model's face but the body part model's hands or feet and make it look as though they are from one person. Usually body part models will specialize in just one part of the body like hands, feet, legs, ears, or neck.
Hand models are the most requested of body part modeling. For women hand models, long slender graceful hand and fingers with smooth, wrinkle-free, clear skin, and very good nails. The ability to pose the hand in a relaxed graceful fashion is also very important.
Commercial modeling represents everything that isn't fashion and isn't glamour. It is vast, diverse and the physical requirements can vary greatly. The purpose is to sell a product, service, or idea.
Models for catalogs can be anyone depending on the look and products of the catalog. Often they include mature models and children as well as petit and full sized models.
Showroom modeling / Promotional modeling (trade shows)
Some exhibitors at trade shows may hire models to hand out literature at their booths. The idea is that attractive people will sell an idea about the product.
Depending on the product or service being sold in the advertisement, different types of models will be needed.
This type of modeling is specific to magazines and ads that focus on health, fitness or nutrition. Models for fitness modeling require strong, toned bodies.
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