Height, Age, and Measurement Requirements of Modeling.

what are the model measurements and requirements to be a modelHeight, Age, and Measurement Requirements of Modeling. So exactly how tall do you need to be to become a successful model? Likewise, how old does one need to be? What kind of body type is required? These are all important questions one will need to ask themselves if they are going to pursue modeling as a hobby or furthermore, a career. The ranges that will be specified are typical client requirements. That doesn’t mean you cannot succeed if you do not fit them. It also depends on which type of modeling you are pursuing. Keep these as guidelines and remember, there are always exceptions. (Experienceproject.com also has a nice little breakdown of some Modeling Measurements and Requirements).

Women – Because it is the most restrictive of all the modeling genres, let’s start with fashion models (high-end models typically shooting for editorials, high-end designers, runway and fashion campaigns). Fashion models have very particular age, height, and measurement standards. The typical age is 16-21. Models can be younger than this, but many agencies will require models to be at least 16. Likewise, models can be older but agencies and clients tend to like their models looking younger and more youthful. Height is typically between 5’9″-6″, bust is between 32″-36″, waist is between 22″-26″, and hips should be between 33″-35″. Of course most woman do not meet these standards and that is why fashion models generally get paid the most and work the most. If you do not meet these requirements, don’t worry, most women don’t.

Catalogue modeling is another lucrative modeling genre that is slightly less restrictive than fashion modeling. Height is generally between 5’8″ and 5’11” and typical measurements are as follows: Bust 32″-35″, hips 33″-35″, and waist 22″-26″. Catalogue and fashion are the two most specific modeling genres. That is why they are the most profitable.

Lingerie and Bikini models also tend to have specific measurement requirements. Typical lingerie measurements are: height 5’7″-6′, bust 32″-35″ C cup, waist 22″-26″, and hips 33″-35″. A bikini model will be similar to a lingerie model but with a slightly larger bust size.

There are also fields like fitness modeling, glamour, and plus-size modeling that do not require such specific measurements (check out Plus Size Modeling Requirements!)

On the other hand, whether it be fashion or catalogue, Men are pretty straight forward. Height is typically between 5’11”- 6’2″ and men should be able to fit into a 40″- 42″ Regular Jacket. Men should be fit and lean without too much muscle. The goal should be to look ripped with your shirt off, but lean in clothing (unless you are pursuing fitness modeling, then go on with those squats and deadlifts). Men’s standards are less specific and many men meet these guidelines. That is part of the reason why they often times get paid less than their women counterpart. If you are a male with a unique look, stand between 5’11”- 6’2″ and fit into a 40″- 42″ Regular Jacket, you have a great chance at becoming a model.

Now that you know the measurements I bet you are wondering “How Do I Get Started? Well, if this is you… check out How to Get Started Modeling!!

And if you find that you do not meet some of the required measurements and are still wondering, “Do I Have What It Takes To Be A Model? check out the many different types of modeling and see which one fits you best!!

You may find that the genre of modeling you like most is not the best fit, but that another fits you just perfect! So Get checking!!!

P.S. Modeling Wisdom is only an informational blog. It is NOT a modeling agency and cannot tell you whether you have what it takes to model or not. Modeling Wisdom CAN, however, provide you with the necessary steps to give modeling a try if you would still like to give modeling a shot! In the end, the only person who can tell you that you don’t have a shot is yourself. Believe in yourself and don’t stop until you have achieved your goal, no matter what they say!!


  • Kaicey Allison

    Reply Reply July 7, 2014

    I really want to break into the industry, I’ve had some experience before doing small fashion shows but i live in a small town in a small country and i cant see many opportunities for me. Is my dream too far fetched?

    • Your dream is not too far fetched Kaicey, You simply need to keep gaining experience and when you are ready, take your talents to a larger market! The other option is to ask foreign markets about “direct bookings”, these are jobs awarded to you without a casting!!!

  • Hannah Sanders

    Reply Reply July 18, 2014

    Hello I’m 16 with bust size 34, waist size 25, and hip size 32.5 but I’m 5’6. Is my height ok? What kind of modeling should I do?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply July 18, 2014

      Hello Hannah! Since you are 16, you may just need to grow a bit:) Everything looks good, but another inch or two in height would help. Otherwise, you can still do commercial, petite, and or fitness modeling! There are always ways to make it work.

  • Brooklyn Elizabeth

    Reply Reply July 20, 2014

    I would love to model. I’m 5’9-5’10, and only 15 years old. I’m very lean but I have strong legs from playing club soccer for 7 years. I have a flat stomach and very small arms though. Should I consider it still or? I don’t even know where to start. Please help!

  • Hannah

    Reply Reply July 21, 2014

    Hi im 13 5’7 and 128 pounds do you think ill grow taller and maybe be able to become one?

  • Shakera Calhoun

    Reply Reply August 10, 2014

    I’m 5’9 and weight 137lb. Can I Be A Successful Model?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply August 13, 2014

      Dear Shakera, Of course you can become a successful model!!!!! You just have to start getting some pictures taken and submitting them to local agencies!

  • Alexa

    Reply Reply August 13, 2014

    Hi, I am 5’9-5’10 and 130 lbs, my measurements are 35-26-37, is there any chance of being a fashion model or are my hips to wide for it?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply August 13, 2014

      Hey Alexa! I think you can. If not fashion, some other wonderful type of modeling. All you have to do is stick with it, maintain good faith and pray hard:)

  • Elizabeth Lee

    Reply Reply August 14, 2014

    I am looking into becoming a model but I am only 14. I am 5’7″ (and a half) and my measurements are 34-26-35. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply August 15, 2014

      Hey Elizabeth, I would say… try to get some professional photos and submit them to local agencies. Do this and see what they say!! God Bless!

  • Deanaira

    Reply Reply August 14, 2014

    I’m 5’3″ but I’m really interested in modeling. I haven’t measured yet but I’m sure I fit the rest of the requirements.

  • Deanaira

    Reply Reply August 14, 2014

    How do I get into petite modeling? I’m 18 years old 5’3″ I weigh 110 and wear size 0 in jeans. I don’t think I could do any other modeling because of my height but I’m very interested!

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply August 15, 2014

      Hey Deanaira! This is what I would do… I would do some research and find all of the local agencies that represent petite models. Once you do this, find out what they require from you… Then get them these things!!

      • Deanaira

        Reply Reply August 15, 2014

        Thank you! I will do everything I can 🙂

  • zaccheaus sarah

    Reply Reply August 17, 2014

    I want to be a model everyone keep telling me I look like one.

  • Mukesh Verma

    Reply Reply August 19, 2014

    My hight 6:2 inch west size 34 and good looking

  • Blue

    Reply Reply August 27, 2014

    Can I start working as a model of I’m 5’7 and 110lbs? I feel I’m too skinny but people keep telling me I could be a model in the USA
    My exact measurements are:
    bust 34.7
    waist 25
    Hips 34.6
    What do you think?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply August 28, 2014

      Hey Blue! Those measurements sounds great! I would say get a few photos taken and start submitting them to local agencies in your area and see what happens!!

  • Rebekka

    Reply Reply August 29, 2014

    Wow, i fit almost everything except the height! LOL
    I’m 18 years old
    Hips: 33″
    Waist: 25″
    Bust: 36″
    Height: 5′ 4″ (I’m petite 🙂

  • vijay rawat

    Reply Reply August 30, 2014

    Hello sir I m Vijay
    I m good looking and smart at the age of 16 I m 5’6
    So what do you think which type of model I can be

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply August 31, 2014

      Hello Vijay, I would say you should think about becoming a male fitness model! This is a great option for those who are under 5’11! Give it a try! Here is a link to a helpful article Male Fitness Modeling
      And if you are really serious about doing this and are not afraid to take action and spend a little money, The Ultimate Fitness Modeling Guide which covers every single step a new fitness model will encounter.

  • parul

    Reply Reply September 2, 2014

    Hello sir, i am parul from india my age is 24 year but i look so much young according to my age i looks like 20 year old my height is 5.11 feet is there any chance for me in paris or in new york…. i am so much passionate about modelling, and need your guidance eagerly please guide me what measurements are required for male fashion modelling, and what agency should i contact to i am thankful to you for thus really helpful article. Thank you

  • unknown

    Reply Reply September 6, 2014

    Well truth be told I’m not at all tall 🙁 I’m just 16 but I’m 4’11 so bummer, but I always wanted to see if I could. Is there any chance? :/

  • Rebecca

    Reply Reply September 7, 2014

    Hey, I was hoping someone could tell me if I have a shot at this modeling thing. I’m 15 years old and I’m only 5’6 and I’m a bit overweight for modeling (110 pounds), but I’m on a diet that will get me to 105. My measurements for bust, waist and hips are 31″, 24″ and 32″.

  • ankit

    Reply Reply September 10, 2014

    i m 23 year old and 5.9 inchese boy i want to be a modle what type of modle i can be plz plz plz give me the answer

  • Mika

    Reply Reply September 19, 2014

    Hi. I’m thirteen. I have loads of problems like how I’m short and I don’t fall into those requirements but I really want to become a model. Do you think I should go for it someday? And I can’t do it right now since I have next to no clue about how to be a model. Almost everything I read seems to be in battles or circles. Hope you could help me somehow and I’m also very shy. Oh well, I guess modeling is not for me in the first place after. Shouldn’t have bothered.

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply September 22, 2014

      Hey Mika, I do not give this type of information out frequently, typically it is paid for, but you may be able to use it. Here is one of our featured articles on How To Become A Model. Enjoy!

  • Anna

    Reply Reply September 19, 2014

    21 yrs old
    5’8 or maybe 5’9
    waist : 24in
    hips: 33.5

    Thank you gym!

  • kakul shekhawat

    Reply Reply October 5, 2014

    I want to become c model but my hight is 5 feet 4inch….I am look wise like a model but my problem is I cant found a good intitute for modeling….suggest me some reputable n safe model againcies

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply October 5, 2014

      Hello Kakul, it all depends on where you live. Your best bet is to do some research and find out some local agencies that you can submit some photos to!

  • GYAN

    Reply Reply October 10, 2014

    hi! i m 23 nd hav alwayzz wanted to b a super model.
    weight-152 lbs
    do i hav a chance to live the dream? also i m nt sure wer to start from!

  • Sri

    Reply Reply October 13, 2014

    Hey Jonah,

    Height: 6.1
    Weight: 69
    Lean Muscle
    Location: Bangalore, India

    Can I try at 28 age or only younger people can try?

  • alice

    Reply Reply October 14, 2014

    i am sexy, witty and a very loving human being.
    i am a size 0, and i am skinny and have good sized breasts. i dont eat anything bad. i love animals and i am totally for world peace. i am toned and fit.

  • Hayden

    Reply Reply October 20, 2014

    I’m interested in modeling, but my measurements aren’t perfect 🙁 are they close enough?
    Height: 6’0″
    Weight: 133-135lb normally
    Bust: 32D (29″)
    Waist: 27″
    Hips: 34″

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply October 20, 2014

      Hello Hayden, They should work just fine!! Contact some agencies in your area to see what they require from their models, then get that criteria to them!! You can do this!

  • Selena Nguyen

    Reply Reply October 25, 2014

    Hey! I’m 15 (almost 16), 5’6, 34 bust, 25 waist, 34 hips… 127 lbs. I really want to be a model but don’t know where to start.

  • Gianna

    Reply Reply November 8, 2014

    Hi! (: very interested in modeling, not sure if I meet the requirements though..
    Age: 14
    Height: 5’1″
    Weight: 122.3
    Bust size: 34
    Waist size: 32″
    Hip size: 31″
    If I somewhat meet all the requirements, could you list what type of model I could be?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply November 8, 2014

      Hey Gianna, Thanks for reaching out! Go to the homepage and on the right side, enter your email and we will send you the different modeling measurements for the different modeling types!

  • Muse.1997

    Reply Reply November 16, 2014

    I am franco-american and have a height of 5’10.5. My weight is of 125 lbs and my waist measurements are of 26 inches. I am most interested in high-end fashion and runway walking. What to do ?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply November 16, 2014

      Hey Franco!
      The best thing to do now is get some photos and submit them to some local modeling agencies… If you already have some professional photos, then submit them asap to some of the better agencies that you know of. And if you do not know of any, research “modeling agencies” in your area! I hope this helps you find your way!!

  • lokesh rana

    Reply Reply November 20, 2014

    I m 5’6 ..and his is the only prblm about me.except thisi look quiet muscular and hadsome…so i go for modelling..

  • S

    Reply Reply November 22, 2014

    I’m 13 and 5′ 6″ but still growing! Most people think I’m gonna get to about 5′ 9″ – 5′ 11″ because of my dad and moms height. I’m mature for my age and absolutely interested in modeling. Any helpful tips or articles? Thanks~

  • Lauren

    Reply Reply December 14, 2014

    I am 15 years old and have been wanting to get into modelling for a long time now. My current height is 5″5.5-5″6. I weigh 125 pounds. My waist is 25 inches, my bust is 31 inches and my hips are 31 inches. My cup size is a 30DD :/. Do you think I could be a model with my height and measurements..? If so what types would you reccommend?? I really want to be taller could there be a chance of me still growing? ? Sorry for all the questions. Thank you for your time xx

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply December 15, 2014

      Hey Lauren, since you are on the more petite side of modeling, I would recommend petite modeling! This is much like regular modeling but on a smaller scale. Check out this article on Petite Modeling!

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