New "It" Girl: What it Takes to Become a Model
When you think of some of the most glamorous jobs, modeling is probably one of the first that comes to mind. Modeling is a great career for those seeking a high energy employment with opportunities to travel and meet exciting people. While the fashion industry has a great demand for models, getting started and finding jobs can be tricky.
Prospective models need to meet specific criteria like strict height and body requirements, while also having a certain look which will aid in the quality of photographs they can produce. Modeling isn’t for everyone and to find out if it is an appropriate career path, a little research is necessary. Those interested in this type of industry should educate themselves on not just the industry itself, but also in finding an agency and landing jobs.
One important aspect when considering modeling as a career is whether or not the prospective model has the look that will make her successful in this field. The ideal candidate for fashion modeling should be at least 5’7”, have an oval shape face with symmetrical facial features, prominent cheek bones, a straight and proportionate nose, and almond shaped eyes. Other factors considered by modeling agents are body measurements. Fashion designers create clothing samples that are shaped using measurements they consider being “ideal.” To be competitive in booking runway jobs, models should have 22-25 inch waist with a long torso and 33-36 inch hips.
For those who don’t fit into this measurement category, there are still other options. Plus size modeling and print modeling are generally more flexible and have less requirements needed to book jobs.
If it is decided that modeling is the right career, the prospective model should locate area modeling agents and being working on a portfolio. One of the most important parts of the portfolio is the head shots. Head shots can be expensive, but are the models main tool for showcasing their “look” to prospective clients or other talent agents. Going to casting calls is another way models can land jobs. A modeling agent will be beneficial in helping a model find appropriate casting calls and even give tips on how to secure the job.
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