Modeling Types

Modelling Types

Commercial modeling is more concerned with real people. In terms of print, product and lifestyle fall into this category. The audience consists of mass consumers who read, for example, travel magazines. The mediums used for this kind of modelling are showroom, promotional, retail, informal, mall shows, non-profit fashion shows, television commercials, corporate videos, music videos, reality shows, and the internet. The look encompasses a soft, classically pretty/handsome, fresh, wholesome, and older persona. Women start at age 18 and can go into their 30s, while men begin at 18 and can go as late as their 50s. The earnings for this category are high compared to editorial modeling, but the prestige is low.
The easiest way to distinguish between editorial and commercial models is the height of the model. Editorial fashion models are tall (usually 5’9″ minimum) and uniquely attractive, on trend. These models are "fashion" models so not just pretty faces but beautiful and different looking, too. Most editorial models are scouted young at age 16 or 17 years old they are the fresh new faces. The earnings for this category are not high, but the prestige is high. Editorial models are thin- an example is Miranda Kerr, Aussie super model. See below her updated measurements. Miranda Kerr: Height-175 cm, Weight-54 kg, Body Statistics 34–24–34, Bra Size -32B. Miranda-Kerr You may wait tables or something else part time to pay the rent when you start, but you still model as much as possible. Furthermore, keep in mind that when you start you’ll have some jobs and work with certain photographers for little or no pay—simply because these assignments or connections might build your name later on and give you exposure. I can think of no other career where the “prestige” jobs pay so little. Most in this field would be stunned to learn how little a model is paid for the cover of Vogue or Elle, or for the purely editorial layouts inside those magazines. So why do it? Because that all helps to builds a name. Then, when an advertiser calls the agency, they are not asking for a “type” (brunette, athletic, Asian, bald, etc.), they are asking for Gisele, Adriana, or Kate. There may be a thousand beautiful blondes, but there is only one Karolina because of all of her magazine layouts and covers (not ads, but editorial layouts: the ad work comes later, after your name is established). Once your name and image are established, you go to the bank big time doing fashion ad work (commercial modelling). Why? Because the ad agency or designer wants Karolina, not a thin, busty blonde (lots of blondes, only one Karolina, and you pay to shoot Karolina). Every editorial model spends some time in the trenches: go here, go there, shoot with this guy, cut your hair, lose some weight, go to the agency, etc. Had a bad night? Tough. Went on six go-sees yesterday with no bookings? Too bad, here are four more. Live the life. Models do not “try” editorial fashion modelling; fashion tries you. It is hard, but it’s supposed to be hard. It’s great because it’s hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it.
Think dramatic and ultra-sexy. Glamour modelling (as we know it) was first unveiled on the covers of Playboy magazine featuring such glamorous icons as Marilyn Monroe in 1959. Playboy lead the way for subsequent magazines in the market and in doing so, launched an industry for many glamour models and photographers to break through. Glamour modelling is a form of modelling that emphasises a models sexuality. Glamour Modelling can range from lingerie and swimwear shoots, to artistic and nude photography to men’s magazines. 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. Loyal Models can advise you on the many different types of glamour modelling within the glamour industry. There are numerous and varying types of jobs from lingerie to nude. Glamour modelling focuses on the model rather than a product being advertised or endorsed. Glamour modelling is about the sensuality and sexiness of the model, and the photographer creates sexually provocative images. It is about the attitude, the eroticism, the mood, and is sometimes nothing more than a particular look in a models eye. Nudity is not always required.
Body Parts Modelling is an area not usually thought about for newcomers, but it is a very relevant sector of the industry. The most common body parts tend to be hair, eyes, lips, hands, legs and feet, which are used to promote many products in print and TV. You will need to have exceptionally well proportioned body parts and know how to look after them. This is definitely an area within modelling that’s worth considering as it can prove to be surprisingly profitable.
When you see the incredibly tall and lean figures that grace the runways and editorials for the leading fashion houses and designers, these are the High Fashion models. They are generally required to be between 172cm to 180cm (5”8 to 5”11), with a dress size of 4-6 US (6-8 UK), with a typical bust size of 34. The age range can be from 14 to 25. For guys the age range is more flexible and they can start from the age of 16 until their late 40’s. They need to be between 180cm to 188cm (5”11 to 6”2), with an excellent physique and a chest size of 94cm to 106cm (37” to 42”) and 76cm to 81cm (30” to 32”) waist. Guys tend to have longer careers if they look after themselves.
Modelling for the larger body type, this type of modeling is on the increase and a relatively new phenomenon. If you’re confident, with great attributes and you are between the sizes of 12-16 US (14-18 UK) then this could be for you. More and more advertisers are using Plus Size Models to promote their products in a bid to appeal to 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 172cm (5”8). So, if you’re curvy in all the right places, have a look at our top requirements and suggestions for making it as a plus size model – Firstly, 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. Secondly, as with any other style of modelling, height plays an important roll. You must be at least 5’6”, however, it is recommended that you are between 5′8″ and 6′0″tall. Thirdly, you must be toned. Even though you are plus sized, you should represent an idealised plus sized form, think Rubenesque. 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. Fortunately for all wannabe plus size models today, there are many new and emerging brands in the market for the fuller figured customer. For example, Evans, Apple Bottoms & Baby Phat have widened the market for the plus size consumer and in so doing have generated an increased rate of work and demand for plus size models. Taking inspiration from successful plus size models such as Kate Dillon (who walked into the offices of Wilhelmina Models in NY and was signed), Models Connect have been promoting aspiring plus size models, helping them on their journey to become the next big thing.
pinup model

A pin-up model (known as a pin-up girl for a female and less commonly male pin-up for a male) is a model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as popular culture. Pin-ups are intended for informal display, i.e. meant to be "pinned-up" on a wall. Pin-up models may be glamour models, fashion models, or actors. These pictures are also sometimes known as cheesecake photos. blackpinupgirl

The term pin-up may refer to drawings, paintings, and other illustrations as well as photographs (see the list of pin-up artists). The term was first attested to in English in 1941 however, the practice is documented back at least to the 1890s.

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The pin-up images could be cut out of magazines or newspapers, or on a postcard or lithograph. Such pictures often appear on wall or desk calendars. Posters of pin-ups were mass-produced and became popular from the mid 20th century.

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