If you are considering a career in modelling, you have more opportunities today than ever to enter this field. Opportunities exist to work in Fashion Modelling editorial modelling, fashion print catalogue modelling, and even showroom modelling. The woman (or man) with a “non-traditional” body type also has more options than ever to work. There is an incredible array of model work available, and if you know which model niches are right for your look and body type, you can focus your hard work where you have the best opportunities for getting the work.
PLUS SIZE FASHION MODELLING
Plus size modelling is one of the hottest growth areas in modelling. If you have what it takes to be a plus size model, you could make a great career in fashion Modelling and/or commercial modelling. Many of the top modelling agencies have added plus size modelling as a niche that they serve. There are also plus size model agencies focused exclusively on serving the needs of clients who sell plus size clothing either exclusively or as part of their clothing selection. Perhaps you could be the next plus size supermodels, like Whitney Thompson or Chloe Marshall. Unlike traditional fashion modelling, plus size models are generally determined by size rather than narrow measurements. Plus sizes start at size 14. If you want to become a plus size model, you should be between 5’9” and 6’0” and wear at least a size 10 or 12. Size 12 is more commonly sought than size 10 it is where the fashion world starts to use models to showcase clothing for the plus size woman.
While runway work is still rare for the plus size model, there are lots of opportunities to model for catalogues, speciality clothing brands, print and showroom. You don’t need to be runway thin to be a plus size model, but you will still need great skin and teeth.
Yes. There is model work available for women under 5’9.” Petite modelling generally starts at less than 5’7” in height. Petite models are in high demand for body parts modelling, and with smaller hands and feet are in great demand for hands modelling and foot modelling. Smaller models don’t usually get runway modelling jobs, but since body parts modelling, fashion bathing suit and fashion lingerie modelling don’t require the height needed for runway work, a great petite model can find success in many opportunities to work in these niches.
If you have a beautiful face, a curvy body, and sex appeal, your modelling niche might be glamour modelling. Glamour modelling is more open about sexuality and sensuousness than you will find in fashion modelling, so it is no surprise that it is normally targeted toward men rather than women. Glamour models are featured in men’s magazines like Maxim, Playboy and Nuts and in calendars, posters and pinups targeted to men. Although Glamour modelling does not have height and weight requirements, due to the sexual themes involved, you must be at least 18 of age to work in this niche. The most popular glamour models can make as much money as top fashion models and unlike fashion modelling, you can work in Glamour modelling well into your 30’s and beyond.
If you have perfect proportions for a specific clothing size, you could find lots of work as a Fit model. Fit models are used to help fashion designers to visualise how their clothing on a real person. Designers and garment makers use fit models to visualise how their clothing fits and moves on a person. Fitness models must maintain their size as even minor fluctuations can mean they get dropped, but for those who can, some companies will hire them on a more or less permanent basis. Fit modelling is not glamorous and is really a behind the scenes type of modelling. You spend most of your time just trying on clothes for the client, but if your measurements remain consistent you could find steady, long-term opportunities in this niche.
As you can see, there are many different ways to slice the modelling pie. The most important thing to do is to figure out your niche and work hard to meet the standards of that niche. Signing with a reputable modelling agency or online modelling platform will help you get noticed and get jobs in your niche.
FASHION FITNESS MODEL
The demand for Fitness Fashion Modelling has grown along with the public’s interest in maintaining good health and physical fitness. Fitness attire has also become popular as everyday attire and more fashionable, creating demand within the fashion Modelling industry for models that have athletic, well-toned and more muscular bodies. It is not uncommon for fitness models to begin their careers as athletes and fitness trainers first. If you have the right body type for this niche you could become a fitness model working in ads for fitness centres, fitness magazines, supplement manufacturers and athletic wear catalogues.