TYPES OF MODELING
The market usually determines what models are needed but there are market segments so it is important to understand the type of model you want to be.
Your designer clothes, are designed for what fashion designers have coined as “ideal woman.” Someone tall and slender,long neck and very young. In major markets, this is someone who is 5’9″ to 6′ tall and from a size 8 to a size 0 depending on what is in. For men it is at least 6 foot tall and a 40 regular – of course, you have to have that “look” to go with the clothes.
Types of Fashion modeling:
SHOW ROOM MODELING
BATHING SUIT MODELING
BODY PART MODELING
TRADE SHOW MODELING
With such variety at your disposal you should be able to find a niche or a specific area that you can be comfortable in and that promotes your personality. Use the advice of family and friends first and foremost and listen to what people are saying. If you keep hearing you have a gorgeous head, or you have such beautiful hands or legs, you know without a doubt that those areas are what attract people to you so it would be very wise to spend the time and investigate at least the possibility that you as a whole or a specific body part can be used in fashion photography. Talk to a fashion photographer and get to know the market you’re in. As photographers we have connections in the modeling world with various agencies and receive no incentive for referring someone to an agent. Find a photographer that is right for you and explore the possibility of modeling, sometimes without spending a lot of money. If you do not feel comfortable doing something, just don’t do it. Never feel obligated to do something against your beliefs or nature.
I talk to my clients and listen to what they say, everyone has a story, I build relationships this way because most of my work is from repeat customers. I treat everyone with respect an honesty and never promise something that is too good to be true. If someone tells you they can guarantee something in the modeling world, they better be CEO’s of companies or the designers themselves. No one else can.
Build a portfolio and do the legwork because that is what it takes. Listen to the people in the industry and make connections with everyone. Models come to us for our connections and our photography because they are always treated with respect and dignity and we’re always upfront.