Modelmode :: my journey through fashion modeling

{May 12, 2008}   Have what it takes to be a fashion model?

So do you? here is an article I found about becoming a successful fashion model and the physical requirements needed to get the job.

Now remember, the following are guidelines for fashion and runway modeling. There are many other types of modeling such as promotional modeling, parts modeling, hair and makeup modeling and commercial modeling. The height requirement does not always apply to those. Also, check out the casting calls modeling sections.

Either way and regardless of height and body type, if you want to be a model of any kind you should probably be in the best possible shape you can.

But here is a short checklist I found for fashion modeling.

Virtual physical exam for models

Once you begin to see yourself as a successful model you’ll start doing the things to make it happen. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, it does require work but so does working a 9-5 job.

So, now that you’re visualizing yourself as a successful model, let’s get to some basics you must know …

The Physical Requirements of Modeling

If you plan to model, especially as a high fashion or runway model, you need the following physical attributes …

a) You need to be at least 5’8″ tall or taller

b) Your body weight and proportions need to flatter your height

c) You need to have a good skin complexion without lots of pimples or blemishes

d) Your hair should be in good shape (no excessive split-ends or over-dying damage)

e) Your teeth should be well taken care of, straight and white (a dynamite smile)
Look closely in the mirror and be honest with yourself. We all have limitations. Some of these things listed above you can work to improve and some (like height) you were born with.

Even if you don’t have all these model attributes. There are other opportunities in modeling not mentioned in this article by Bob Pardue ( So Don’t Give up Hope!


Meghan says:

I am currently a model through a agency. I just haven’t been getting any auditions or calls. What does this mean?

Anna says:

Depends on how long you have been with them, if only a short time, maybe you just need to be patient, if its been months, you may want to call your agency and talk to them. Not all agencies actually go out and find work for models, there are many unscrupulous agencies that take money for promo and portfolios and never even try to get any work. If you are talking about a well known agency, then call them and explain the situation and ask them what you can do to expedite the process.

You also do not need to always wait around for an agency to get you work. You can find your own work if you are looking for promotional or commercial modeling. The right hand side of this site even has a feed for modeling jobs offered.

Sophia says:

When I started modelling, it took 3 months before I got a first job, but it was because I joined wrong agency for me.. then I joined different agency and I started to get jobs straight away..

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