Model Requirements

 

Fashion model requirements are dictated not by the fashion trade, but by the clients of model agencies that require a certain build, at a certain height, with a certain "look" for their advertisement, or to sell their clothing.

So just what are the fashion model requirements for a model generally?

A model must be almost perfect.........and almost perfect can come in many different shapes and sizes.

Underneath we listed the requirements for the most popular types of modelling you would find under the three main categories:

  • Fashion Modelling

  • Commercial Modelling

  • Glamour Modelling

These requirements is a mere guideline and is not cast in concrete. Fashion houses change their "look" (requirements) from time to time.....

Type of Modelling: EDITORIAL MODELLING
Model Category: Fashion
Category Description:
Editorial assignments can include major international fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, etc. or the Fashion section in major newspapers.
Appearance and Physical features:

Tall, thin build, narrow hips, smaller bust, and usually young. Strong and distinctive features such as high cheekbones, square jaw line and long necks

Age Group:

14 - 24 yrs

Length:

5’8” – 6’0”   →   1.75 - 1.84m

Weight:

113 - 128 lbs  →  51 - 58 kg

Bust Size:

32"- 34"   →  81 - 86 cm

Cup Size: A & B or sometimes C
Waist Size:

26"  →66 cm

Hip Size:

35½"

90 cm

Dress Size:

4 - 6

 

Type of Modelling : RUNWAY/RAMP MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion
Category Description : The purpose on the runway model, is to display the designers clothes. Clothing designers traditionally show their new collections twice a year (Fall and Spring) to perspective (store) buyers. How well a model brings the clothes to life and shows important features of the garments can determine how well they sell. So it is worth it to a designer to have the most ideal models show these collections.
Appearance and Physical features :

Young, very tall, slender and move very well in clothes. (Very thin, narrow hips, small bust)

Age Group :

Usually young: can be as young as fourteen to the early twenties.

Length : 5'9" and taller 180 cm
Weight :

110 - 125 lbs

50 - 57 kg

Bust Size :

32” - 34”

81 - 86 cm

Cup Size :

A or B

Waist Size :

22” – 25”

56 - 63.5 cm

Hip Size :

33”- 35”

84 - 89 cm

Dress Size :

0 - 6

 

Type of Modelling : CATALOGUE MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion
Category Description :

Catalogue models are hired to wear clothes or demonstrate products for various print publications and store catalogues.  These models typically don’t have supermodel proportions, and look more like everyday people.  However, they still need to meet certain physical requirements and have a certain ‘look’ to be selected by a casting agency or company. 

Appearance and Physical features :

Young, very tall, slender and move very well in clothes. (Very thin, narrow hips, small bust)

Age Group :

14 - 25 yrs

Length :

5’7” or taller

1.70 m or taller
Weight :

110 - 125 lbs

50 - 57 kg

Bust Size :

32" - 35”

81 - 89 cm

Waist Size :

22" – 25”

56 - 64 cm

Hip Size :

33" - 36"

84 - 92 cm

Dress Size :

4 - 6

 

Type of Modelling : PRINT MODELLING
Model Category :

Fashion

Category Description :

Fashion Print models are seen in printed advertisements and billboards, wearing fashion clothing. It can be display ads or collateral print materials. This is the most demanding work to get but pays the best because of usage and exclusives. These are the ads that can make or break a designer's reputation. With these ads it is very important that the concept, photo, and model work perfectly to convey the 'image' that is wanted.

Appearance and Physical features :

Print Models must be tall with a slender figure & attractive

Age Group :

14 - 25 yrs

Length :

5'7" - 5'9"

1.70 m or taller
Weight :

110 - 130 lbs

50 - 59 kg

Bust Size : 34" 86 cm
Waist Size : 24" 61 cm
Hip Size : 34" 86 cm
Dress Size :

4 - 6

 

Type of Modelling : SHOWROOM MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion
Category Description : Showroom modelling can include runway shows in local boutiques introducing a new collection or in conventions or other retail stores for products. Showroom models can also showcase a fashion designer’s clothing line. Models for showroom modelling jobs are usually hired through contacts with local boutiques and fashion designers and cater to local clients.
Appearance and Physical features :

These models are typically taller, but there is quite a bit of flexibility in this category. No strict requirements, sizes vary from designer to designer.

Age Group :

14 - 25 yrs

Length :

5'2" to 5'7" tall

1.62 - 1.70m

Weight :

93 - 117 lbs

 42 - 53 kg
Bust Size :

32" - 35”

81 - 89 cm

Waist Size :

22" – 25”

56 - 64 cm

Hip Size :

33" - 36"

84 - 92 cm

Dress Size :

2 - 6

 

Type of Modelling : LINGERIE MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion / Glamour
Category Description : Lingerie models are curvy  models displaying designer underwear and sleepwear at Fashion shows or alternatively posing for photographs which will feature in fashion catalogues
Appearance and Physical features :

This type of modelling may be more revealing it therefore  requires very good body tone and proportions. No cellulite or excessive muscles, thin waist, narrow hips, fuller bust. Flawless skin, not much body hair, very few moles, scars, or freckles. Models with naturally darker skin or a light tan colour (not overly tan, and certainly no tan lines) are preferred. 

Age Group :

 18 - 28 yrs

Length : 5'6" - 6' 1.70 - 1.83 m
Weight : 90-140 lbs 41 - 63.5 kg
Bust Size : 32"-36" 81 - 91.5 cm
Cup Size :

C - Cup

Waist Size : 22"-26" 56 - 66 cm
Hip Size : 34"-35" 86 - 89 cm

 

Type of Modelling : SWIMWEAR MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion
Category Description : Most swimsuit modelling jobs have very specific physical requirements since swimsuit models must have great bodies. Almost all swimsuit models have long legs, small waists, great curves and nice tanned skin.
Appearance and Physical features :

Lean fit body fit, strong, firm, well-proportioned and healthy at all times. This might require regular work-outs at a gym, Beautiful skin, teeth and hair.

Age Group :

18 - 28 yrs

Length :

5'6"-6'0"

1.70 - 1.83 m

Weight :

100-130 lbs

45 - 59 kg

Bust Size :

34" - 36"

86 - 91.5 cm

Cup Size  

B to D - Cup

Waist Size : 24"- 26"

61 - 66 cm

Hip Size : 34" - 36"

86 - 91 cm

 

Type of Modelling : SPORT/FITNESS MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion / Commercial
Category Description : Fitness modelling centres on displaying an athletic physique. Fitness models usually have defined muscles like bodybuilders, but with less emphasis on muscle size. Their body weight is usually similar to (or heavier than) fashion models, but they have a lower body fat percentage due to increased muscle mass relative to fat mass.
Appearance and Physical features : You need to be trim, strong and look great in active wear and swimwear. Avoid too much muscle definition; you still need to look pretty and feminine
Age Group :

18 - 35 yrs

Length :

5'5" to 6'

1.68 - 1.83m

Weight :

110 - 140 lbs

50 - 63.5 kg

Bust Size :

32" - 36"

81 - 91.5 cm

Cup Size :

B - D Cup

Waist Size : 22" - 26"

56 - 66 cm

Hip Size : 30" - 36"

76 - 92 cm

 

Type of Modelling : FIT MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion
Category Description : Fashion designers and apparel manufacturers need models to test the size specifications of their clothing before the production phase. The measurements of a fit model vary with the clothing line, designer and customer base. Fit models include children, men and plus size women. This modelling specialty pays well and requires only a few hours of work a week.
Appearance and Physical features : Stay in shape. A fit model needs to maintain certain measurements to gain consistent work, so eat right, exercise and keep your body fit.
Age Group :

No specific age restriction

Length : No particular height or weight requirement (depends on client or print publication)
Weight :
Bust Size : 30" - 40"

76 - 102 cm

Waist Size : 20" - 30"

51 - 76 cm

Hip Size : 30 " - 42"

76 - 107 cm

Dress Size : All sizes
Suit Size : All sizes
Shirt Size : All sizes

 

Type of Modelling :  PRODUCT MODELLING
Model Category : Commercial
Category Description : Product Models appear in newspapers, catalogues, magazines, editorials, (photos shown in conjunction with a product in a magazine), brochures, on posters, billboards, sides of buses, packages of food items, household products, games, etc. These models are the silent salesperson promoting a product or company.
Appearance and Physical features : In commercial modelling people of all heights, weights, sizes, ages, and races are used to promote articles/products .

Olga Michailova model commercial  photo

 

Type of Modelling : LIFESTYLE MODELLING
Model Category : Commercial
Category Description : Models photographed during certain life activities in order to advertise and promote a specific Lifestyle. Lifestyle models are used to act out some concept or idea of life. These photographs might be of a middle aged couple walking in the park and it will for example be used to advertise a new retirement resort, or maybe a photo of a young couple playing in a park with their children which will be used in an ad for a life insurance company.
Appearance and Physical features : Depending on the theme of the advertisement, but irrespective of the age group or gender, it will be very attractive "normal" people.

 

Type of Modelling : BODY PART MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion / Commercial
Category Description : Body part modelling is a special category that belongs in both fashion and commercial modelling. This is the use of just part of the body in a photograph. Sometimes standard models that look great in full-length shots or headshots don't look so good close up. Their hands or feet might not look good enough for the specific setting...this is where the Body Part Model comes into play. They will set up a shoot using the standard model's face but the body part model's hands and it looks like it is just one person. Usually body part models will specialize in just one part of the body like hands, feet, legs, ears, or neck

Appearance and Physical features

leg model

Leg/Foot Models : Legs should be long and slender and free of any visible veins, scars, stretch marks, or other blemishes. The skin should be smooth and flawless with an even skin tone.
Hand Models : Long slender graceful hand and fingers. We also look for smooth (no wrinkles, hair or large pours), clear (no blemishes or irregular colour) skin, and very good nails. The ability to pose the hand in a relaxed graceful fashion is very important.
Body Models : It could be Neck, bust , torso or even the butt.  The body part should be free of any visible veins, scars, stretch marks, or other blemishes. The skin should be smooth and flawless with an even skin tone.

 

Type of Modelling : CORPORATE MODEL
Model Category : Commercial
Category Description :
Corporate modelling is like Lifestyle but it always has a business theme. Again physical requirements can vary greatly, but usually attractive people are used - although sometimes character models are used.

 

Type of Modelling : PRODUCT DEMO MODEL
Model Category : Commercial
Category Description :
In smaller markets this seems to be a favourite area to start models. Models stand in front of, or in a store or mall, and hand out free samples of something. The idea is they want someone attractive that people will be drawn to and will work for just a few hours or a few days. When you are young and starting out this pays better then any regular job and it can really build your confidence around people.
Appearance and Physical features : No age and gender restrictions. Demo models to be attractive with outgoing personalities.

 

Type of Modelling : TRADE SHOW MODELLING
Model Category : Commercial
Category Description :
Once again attractive people are attention getters. When a trade show comes to town some exhibitors may hire models to hand out literature at their booths. One of the classics examples of this is the auto show. Again, it gives some income when you are starting out and gets you in front of the public. Next step could be Catalogue or Print Modelling
Appearance and Physical features : Attractive and well toned body, with a outgoing personality
Age Group :

18 - 26 yrs

Length :

5'7" - 5'9"

1.70 m or taller
Weight :

110 - 130 lbs

50 - 59 kg

Bust Size : 32" - 34" 81 - 86 cm
Cup Size :

B - D

Waist Size : 24"- 26" 61 - 66 cm
Hip Size : 32" - 34" 81 - 86 cm
Dress Size  

4 - 6

 

Type of Modelling : HOBBY/CASUAL MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion/Commercial
Category Description : This is modelling for the fun of it...maybe to help out with a fundraiser Fashion show, or to get exposure to modelling before you start a career. Some Models may never make a living at modelling but enjoy being in front of the camera or being on the runway. There have also been cases where someone may start modelling just for fun and then end up making a career of it.
Appearance and Physical features

Attractive with a well toned body. Not to strict requirements if done for free, but if a potential career in Modelling is the objective, then requirements (as noted elsewhere on this page) will be a determining factor.

 

Type of Modelling : ALTERNATIVE MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion / Commercial / Glamour
Category Description :
Alternative modelling is a branch of the modelling industry that features models who do not conform to mainstream ideals of beauty. Alternative models are often niche-specific, with a personal style that represents subcultures like Goth, burlesque, latex and fetishism. An alternative model may for example be tattooed, pierced, or have distinctively sub-cultural hair (shaved, dyed a distinctively unnatural colour, or in dreadlocks).
Appearance and Physical features

The term 'alternative' suggests that alternative modelling is classed as any model with a look which doesn't fit into mainstream modelling, so height, size, and even what would be considered 'beautiful' are all up for tradition-smashing, but whilst it's true that there's a wide variety of alt model looks, it's not quite that open a term these days. With the rise of social networks, mass marketing with sites like suicide girls and god girls, the term 'alt model' has definitely become associated - at least in the world of online media, with body art, burlesque, retro pinup, gothic and fetish looks. Many of the girls do sit outside of what would be considered 'high-fashion' proportions, but the look has definitely become more and more recognisable as 'alt' in recent years, as its popularity has spread.

 

Type of Modelling : GLAMOUR MODELLING
Model Category : Glamour
Category Description : Glamour Modelling is one of the only kinds of modelling that is not used to promote a product or service. The main aim of glamour modelling is to advertise the model herself and sell the sexualised images that she creates. Glamour Modelling does not have the same demands as Catwalk and Fashion Modelling, with the lack of height requirements being a great selling point to those looking at the glamour industry. Models still need to have good skin, teeth and hair and are often 'persuaded' to increase their breast size artificially, although it is not demanded. Many woman will increase their breast size believing that this will enhance their career, but this is not always the case. A Glamour Model must also have a fun personality and be very outgoing, as the type of work involved requires someone with a high degree of confidence.
There are different types of Glamour Modelling that involve the models wearing a different amount of clothes, from bikini and lingerie shot to topless and nude poses. There are opportunities in all of these fields and many photographers that specialise in each area.
Appearance and Physical features :  
Age Group :

 18 - 28 yrs

Length : 5'6" - 6' 1.70 - 1.83 m
Weight : 90-140 lbs 41 - 63.5 kg
Bust Size : 32"-36" 81 - 91.5 cm
Cup Size :

C - D

Waist Size : 22"-26" 56 - 66 cm
Hip Size : 34"-35" 86 - 89 cm

 

 

Type of Modelling : BIKINI MODELLING
Model Category : Glamour
Category Description : Most swimsuit modelling jobs have very specific physical requirements since swimsuit models must have great bodies. Almost all swimsuit models have long legs, small waists, great curves and nice tanned skin.
Appearance and Physical features :

Lean fit body fit, strong, firm, well-proportioned and healthy at all times. This might require regular work-outs at a gym, Beautiful skin, teeth and hair.

Age Group :

18 - 28 yrs

Length :

5'6"-6'0"

1.70 - 1.83 m

Weight :

100-130 lbs

45 - 59 kg

Bust Size :

34" - 36"

86 - 91.5 cm

Cup Size  

B to D - Cup

Waist Size : 24"- 26"

61 - 66 cm

Hip Size : 34" - 36"

86 - 91 cm

 

Type of Modelling : BOUDOIR MODELLING
Model Category : Glamour
Category Description :
A great deal of "boudoir" is now created in the photographer's studio, where it has become very fashionable to create a set of sensual images for ladies of all ages, shapes, and sizes in the "boudoir style". This often takes the shape of partly clothed images or images in lingerie, and has become more than just a passing fad for brides to surprise their future husbands. Although in the past there were many negative connotations associated with boudoir photography in recent years the trend has begun to gain momentum, and the entire look of boudoir photography has begun to change. Brought about by Sex In The City and various other leaps.
Appearance and Physical features

Female, generally over the age of eighteen, tight, toned body, no cellulite or excessive muscles, thin waist, narrow hips, fuller bust. Flawless skin, not much body hair, very few moles, scars, or freckles. Models with naturally darker skin or a light tan colour (not overly tan, and certainly no tan lines) are preferred. 

 

 

Type of Modelling : FINE ART/ FIGURE MODELLING
Model Category : Glamour
Category Description : Art models are models who pose for photographers, painters, sculptors, and other artists as part of their work of art. Models are frequently used for training art students, but are also employed by accomplished artists. The most common types of art created using models are figure drawing, figure painting, sculpture and photography. Although commercial motives dominate over the aesthetics in advertising, its 'artwork' commonly employs models.

Appearance and Physical features

Model must be in good physical condition with measurements proportional to their height

 

Type of Modelling : GRAVURE IDOL MODELLING
Model Category : Glamour
Category Description : A gravure idol is a Japanese female model who primarily models on magazines, especially those marketed to men, photo books or DVDs. Gravure idols, in most cases, emphasize their sexual attractiveness and often model in swimsuits. Gravure idols appear in a wide range of photography styles and genres. Their photos are largely aimed at male audiences. Contrary to popular foreign belief, gravure idols never appear fully nude in their photos but their poses often can be labelled as semi-provocative. In addition to appearing in mainstream magazines, gravure idols often release their own professional photo books and DVDs for their fans. Many popular female idols in Japan launched their careers by starting out as gravure idols. Gravure models are commonly photographed wearing bikinis or lingerie, but may also appear wearing schoolgirl uniforms, Japanese street fashion, and kimonos
Appearance and Physical features : Firm, well-proportioned , trim and well toned body.
Age Group :

14 - 26 yrs

Length :

5'2" - 5'8"

1.58 - 1.77m

Weight :

100 - 115 lbs

45  - 52 kg

Bust Size :

33" - 35"

84 - 90cm

Cup Size :

B - C

Waist Size : 22" - 26"

56 - 66 cm

Hip Size :

33" - 35"

84 - 90cm

 

Type of Modelling : CHILDREN MODELS
Model Category : Fashion / Commercial
Category Description : The visible success of child models who became media celebrities has led numerous children (and their parents) to pursue modelling as a part-time career. In practice, most modelling jobs go to children who have already worked as models and have developed a working relationship with a modelling agency. For prospective models, the challenge is to land the first job. This usually happens through referrals by people already involved in modelling. It is also possible to land jobs by contacting modelling agencies directly. Occasionally, a child may be "discovered" in a public place or through other grassroots means, such as:
  • Competing in local and national beauty contests
  • Working with local retailers for small-scale modelling
  • Entering mall fashion shows
  • Entering photo contests
Appearance and Physical features

Child Models must be pretty much average to thin in weight, astoundingly cute, and have an outgoing personality.

Some children light up for the camera. If your child is like this, you may want to consider a career in modelling for them.

 

 

Type of Modelling : JUNIOR MODELLING (Teen Models)
Model Category : Fashion
Category Description : If you are a teen you can work in many areas of modelling and are not usually limited to types with the exception of some glamour and/or body modelling work.

Appearance and Physical features

Good teeth, hair and skin complexion & toned body

Age Group :

12 - 17 years

Length :

5' 6" - 5' 8"

1.70 - 1.77 cm

Weight :

100 - 115 lbs

45  - 52 kg

Bust Size :

32" - 34"(Varies)

81 - 86 cm

Cup Size :

A - C

Waist Size : 21" - 25" (Varies)

53 - 63.5 cm

Hip Size : 32" - 34" (Varies)

81 - 86 cm

Dress Size   2 - 6

 

Type of Modelling : PLUS-SIZE MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion
Category Description : As a plus size model you will advertise clothes, accessories and products for the larger woman. Therefore, it is necessary that you represent this look so must be at least a UK size 12 to qualify. Ideally, you will be a UK dress size 12, 14 or 16. Although, sizes 10 and 18/20 are also used, it is far less common. You will be required to look full figured but may also still model for swimwear, lingerie or fitness gear. Finally, you should be in proportion. Your bust, waist and hips should be about ten inches apart in size (i.e. 42-32-42) or very close. Your figure should be well balanced and you should not appear top or bottom heavy.

Pus-size model is "full-figured model," "extended-sizes model," and "outsize model". Plus size modelling has become an expanding industry because it appeals to a large part of the population.  More designers are catering to women who are size 12 or above.  Plus size models are hired for modelling jobs just like fashion, catalogue, print, and lingerie models. They do runway shows for brand-name designers and work for an increasing number of national retailers and department stores, and local boutiques who sell plus-size clothing.

Appearance and Physical features

Models must have good body lines, excellent legs are also important, good classic, contemporary look there is no room for too funky looks. Hair length should be just to shoulder or longer with lots of body for fullness. Plus size models must pay particular attention to skin, hair, nails, smooth legs and many of the plus girls do lingerie - so perfect measurements help. You should have a well-toned, curvy body to become a plus size model.

Age Group :

14 - 30 yrs

Length :

5'9" - 6'1"

1.80 - 1.86 m

Weight :

Proportional to Height

Bust Size :

34" - 44"

86 - 112 cm

Cup Size :

C - FF

Waist Size : 24" - 34"

61 - 86 cm

Hip Size : 34" - 44"

86 - 112 cm

Dress Size   10 - 18

 

Type of Modelling : MALE MODELLING
Model Category : Fashion
Category Description :

Just as with female modelling, there are various types of male modelling (body part, face, petite, teen, adult etc.). Therefore, it doesn't matter what your height is, you are sure to find something suitable for yourself.

Appearance and Physical features

Male models must have a good body as well. Muscle and tone with strong abs is surely a great advantage and in some cases a necessity, but the model must also have a smooth skin. Any male model must work out; it's very helpful for their career. You are surely more likely to have better offers if you have a muscular body. Skin care is one of the most important things if you want to become a model. Basic care is surely not enough. Male models must forget standards that concern hairy body. Your body must be hairless and your skin has to be smooth. There are no special requirements concerning hairdos. Yet, if you have fashionable hair style, it's a great advantage. Don't forget that hair is a very important part of your body and style. Take care of it, use a conditioner. Beautiful hair may be key to getting into the industry.

Age Group :

18 -50 yrs

male model

Length :

5'10" - 6'2"

1.81 -1.89 cm

Weight :

165 - 175 lbs

75 - 80 kg

Bust Size :

38" -  42”

96.5 - 106.6 kg

Waist Size : 32" - 34”

81 - 86 cm

Inseam Size : 32" - 34”

81 - 86 cm

Clothing size : 40 regular - 42 long