There is a popular term in the fashion industry that defines the glamor, beauty, and success of the lucrative business but what do you know about it. Well, it's time to model down history’s runway for some interestingly overlooked facts.
The term 'model' is a close cousin to the French word 'model' used descriptively to describe an individual posing for a portrait. Yes, the art of posing also started way back before the camera took on the red carpet to becoming an iconic invention. As such, the portraits were brought to life through artistic paintings that later led to the growth of the modeling industry.
Finding Your Modeling Chi
If your interests and passion are in the modeling industry, then you have realized by now that the art of modeling draws its roots way back in time and that it is not just a single branch but a branch of branches. The network keeps growing, and it is not stopping for a commercial break anytime soon.
Modeling is just a container that hosts multiple modeling types. The variability is meant to accommodate all the models with potential prospects in the industry as some models only fit in a particular category while others can co-exist in multiple categories. Thus, it would have been a damaging mistake if the modeling industry only existed as a single solid unit without any flexibility in mind. That said, let us link some popular modeling types with their best relational jobs.
Amongst all the modeling categories, fashion modeling stands out as the most exclusive and difficult to get into due to its stringent requirements. The fashion model agency assesses its prospect candidates based on height, age, and size requirements. Based on gender, the requirements vary as follows:
Estimated Traits For Female Fashion Models
5'9'' to 6'' height requirement
16 to 21 years old age requirement
0 to 4 size requirement
105 to 130 lbs weight requirement
34-24-34 measurement requirement
Estimated Traits For Male Fashion Models
5'11'' to 6'2'' height requirement
18 to 25 years old age requirement
140 to 165 lbs weight requirement
40 to 42 jacket size, 30 to 34 sleeve size, 15 to 151/2 neck shirt size, and 29'' to 32'' waist measurement requirement.
Editorial Fashion Model
If you are a fun of the editorial spread of pages like Glamour, Vogue, and Elle, then you are well familiar with these models. To be shortlisted in this category requires you also to meet the Fashion Model requirements. New York is the home ground for the editorial fashion agencies, but its career applicability is viable in major cities like Chicago and Los Angeles and also overseas.
Fashion Catalogue Model
The requirements here are slightly less restrictive, but its standards remain rigid nonetheless and therefore not a short cut into the modeling industry. They are mostly involved in Clothing catalogs and mainly pose in outfits.
They expertise in walking the catwalk or the runway. They are mostly hired for their body types so as to display a specific clothing designer's fashion garments. They mostly insist on height, slenderness, and measurements compatible with a standard clothing size. Most importantly, the model must know his/her way on the runway.
Their job requirements involve trade shows, magazines, television shows, campaigns, catalogs, and print advertisements. Neither height nor weight requirements apply in the field of a commercial model. It is the perfect jackpot to venture your modeling career.
The main focus here is primarily on the model's beauty and appeal. All you have to do to survive in this agency is just to be pretty, attractive, have a beautiful body, and some 'sex appeal' but you must be at least 18 years old. They are very applicable in calendars, music videos, and magazines.
Plus Size Model
They are the full figured models as a result of not meeting the size requirements that fits the mainstream modeling agencies. They have pretty faces, fuller figures, and weigh more. They function well as catalog models for designers with plus-sized clothing brands. They also fit very well as commercial models, and thus they job opportunities are limitless.