Whenever you see the tall and lean models that walk the runways and editorials for the leading fashion brands and designers, these are the high fashion models. They are generally between 5”8 to 5”11, with a dress size of 4-6 US, with a typical bust size of 34. For guys the age range is more flexible and they can start from the age of 16 until their early 30’s. They need to be between 5”11 to 6”2, with an excellent physique and a chest size of 37” to 42” and 30” to 34 waist. This is probably the sizes you have thought about when considering a chance in modeling.Most people though are unaware of the height requirements for fashion modeling. When they find you attractive, they tell you you could be a model. Which may not be far from the truth. You see, there are many other areas that you can work in successfully as a model. The modeling industry needs all different shapes and sizes. It ranges from the models who are required for the runways as well as those being seen in the backgrounds of commercials. Here is a list of the different types of modeling work that’s available.Commercial Print-This can range from magazine advertising to billboards. The benefit of Commercial Print as a model is that the target audience of the advertisers varies considerably. Naturally the brands attract and represent the people that will buy their products, so there are many opportunities here if you are not the fashion model type.Catalog – Companies create catalogs to sell their latest clothing lines or various others products. Here you will find many opportunities for different model types, as the model is chosen depending on the target audience of the different companies. Most people are already familiar with Victoria’s Secret Catalog and there is also Lane Bryant that sells plus size clothing. With the increase of websites that require models to promote their clothing, this is a very lucrative opportunity for many models.Plus Size – Modeling for the larger body type, this type of modeling is on the increase. If you’re confident, with great attributes and you are between the sizes of 12-16 US then you could be a plus size model. More advertisers are using plus size models to promote their clothing in in order to attract a broader demographic. As a plus size model you will still need to have great skin, teeth and hair and have that something special about you. For high fashion plus sized models, the height requirements remain at a minimum of 5”8.Glamour – Is modeling that emphasizes a models sexuality. Glamour Modeling can range from lingerie and swimwear shoots, to artistic/nude photography to men’s magazines such as FHM and Maxim. You will need to be beautiful, sexy and confident, with an extremely outgoing personality. Height restrictions tend not to apply, which is the great attraction to many models. If you are thinking about this type of modeling, take care as there are many creepy people that try to take advantage of the “Art” genre of modeling.
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- I envision a shoot as an art, not just taking a photo. I am able to create art that can tell a story as well as look beautiful in print.