photographers and magazine editors will all choose their models
from a fashion model agency and
there are agencies set up specifically to cater to the fashion
industry. Most models are self employed and obtain work through
their agents. As a fashion model,
you will need to spend and invest wisely. For many, the work is
irregular, and some models need additional jobs to make a
full-time living. Although work opportunities are increasing,
modelling is highly competitive with many applicants for each job.
The Association of Model Agents (AMA) will provide you with a list
of reputable fashion
Once you have been accepted by a modelling
agency, you will usually be given some training in basic walks,
turns and poses, photographic modelling techniques, diet and
health, skin care and grooming and how to work with agents. Some
model agencies will even provide you with a few test shots
(professional photographs) that will help start your portfolio to
take with you on castings.
Can I Make it as a Fashion Model?
an ideal world we would all be at least six feet tall with slender
bodies and immaculate looks. The fashion model is the depiction of
the fashion designers preference
(tall slim girls and six feet tall muscular or slim toned men) and
therefore will posses physical attributes that are out of the
There are no set entry requirements into fashion
modelling but an excellent appearance and personality are
necessary. There is no set upper age limit however fewer jobs are
available for people over 30.
are many different types of modelling to suit a varied style of
looks, but to be a fashion model the Association of Model Agents
(AMA) recommends that you should have the following measurements:
measurements of no more than 34-24-34 inches (86-61-86cms) and
height of at least least five feet eight inches (1.72m).
inch (97-102cm) chest, 30-32 inch (76-81cm) waist, and height of
at least six feet (1.83m).
to this rule include Kate Moss (five feet six and a half) and
Devon Aoki (five feet five inches), proving that having the right
‘look’ can go a long way towards succeeding in fashion
modelling. Designers and fashion photographers tend to prefer
taller models. This is usually because sample dresses cut for the
runway are usually made to fit a standard size and height and it
is much easier to choose the model to fit the dress than it is to
re-size the clothes to fit the model. Although there are
exceptions to the rule it is more likely that you will have
success as a fashion model if you fit the standard.
the world of fashion modelling working hours are very flexible and
often irregular. The work schedule of a fashion model is likely to
include early starts and late finishes and may also include
weekends. Work is often physically demanding, involving long
periods of standing, walking and holding poses. A fashion
not always work in photographic studios but will also be expected
to perform on outdoor locations in all weathers.
you succeed, a
career in fashion modelling can be highly rewarding with the
chance to meet the best professionals in the industry, with
opportunities to appear on the covers of top fashion magazines and
promote top brands’ products, the possibilities are endless.