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!!

666 Comments

  • Ravi sadhu

    Reply Reply September 16, 2015

    I also want to became a model…everyone ask me that mii face cut is like model..so plzz prefer me some modeling

  • Aaliya

    Reply Reply September 17, 2015

    I m 18 year
    Height 5`1

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply September 17, 2015

      Aaliya and Ravi, The modeling road is not easy, but I have provided the steps above if you seriously have what it takes to do it:) May God bless your efforts and persistence!

  • Sree lakshmi

    Reply Reply September 19, 2015

    My biggest dream is to be a model

  • Pepito

    Reply Reply September 19, 2015

    I’m about to turn 18 and my measurements are:
    Height: 181cm
    Weight: 63kg
    Chest: 83cm
    Hips: 83cm
    Percent Body Fat: 11%
    Eye Colour: Brown

  • Pepito

    Reply Reply September 19, 2015

    I’m about to turn 18 and my measurements are:
    Height: 181cm
    Weight: 63kg
    Chest: 83cm
    Hips: 83cm
    Percent Body Fat: 11%
    Eye Colour: Brown
    Hair Colour: Black

    Many people told me to give it a shot at modeling. Do my measurements fit the criteria to be one or should I improve somewhere before I try?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply September 20, 2015

      The only thing I can tell you Pepito and Sree is to, give it a try:) Check out the link above to begin the steps if you are serious about modeling. God bless!!

  • Deborah Amankwah Beausoleil

    Reply Reply October 18, 2015

    I’m 15 years and a Ghanaian . I really want to be a model but my dad does not agree . What should I do?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply October 19, 2015

      Deborah, you should listen to your father. Perhaps you will win his thoughts in time, but you do not want to disrespect your father. As the bible tells us, we are to “honor our father and mother.” Try showing him how modeling can be a good and educational thing!

  • Dimpho Dire

    Reply Reply November 5, 2015

    I’m 16 i want be a model but my parents dont want me to ,is ot possible to start at the age of 20?coz I’m good at modeling 🙂

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply November 7, 2015

      Hey Dimpho! It is very possible to start at 20:) God bless and give it a try!

  • Ilsa

    Reply Reply November 7, 2015

    I’m 13 I’m 5’3″ and 75lbs my waist is 19″ I’m told by everyone I should be a model. But my parents won’t let me what should I do

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply November 7, 2015

      You gotto listen to your parents Ilsa, there is not alternative. The best thing you can do is pray and hope they begin to understand your passion. God bless!

  • Ntokozo

    Reply Reply November 7, 2015

    I want to be a model,evry1 keep saying i mst do modelling my body is suitable 4 modeling.i really wanna be a model

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply November 11, 2015

      You never know until you try Ntokozo! Try following the steps provided in the article if you are really serious about modeling! Many blessings my friend:)

  • Reagan Haynes

    Reply Reply November 9, 2015

    Hello! I am seventeen years old, 5’8″ and I weigh anywhere from 130-35 lbs! I would love to get in contact with models and or model agencies and I am looking for a place to help me with that. If possible,, I would take any help you may have to offer. Thank you!

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply November 11, 2015

      Hey Reagan, try following the steps provided in the article on “how to get started.” That ought to help guide you! God bless you Reagan!

  • Musab Shaikh

    Reply Reply November 11, 2015

    please can u give me the exact measurements for male model.

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply November 11, 2015

      There is no exact measurements Musab, you must simple give it a try if you are really serious about modeling. May God bless you along the way!

  • aashi cathlin

    Reply Reply November 12, 2015

    I want to be a model… please guide me… m fair complexed…hazel eyes… blackish brown waist lenght hair..approx 5’7″

  • Seby Roy ferns

    Reply Reply November 20, 2015

    Suggestion plz

  • Tiffany

    Reply Reply November 21, 2015

    I’m 40 years old, 5ft 5 inches tall, 113 lbs, and I’m shooting a very high fashion editorial for Vogue Italia tomorrow. Don’t ever give up!

  • Angel

    Reply Reply November 24, 2015

    Hi, 1st I am a Female. I have been told All my life I look like a model and when I was 2 year old I was modeling for the Camera my mother saids and have proof. I have that Seductive look to my face, lips, deep eyes, porcelain skin and lastly but, not least Brains!. been told personally and when I take self/photography pictures of myself I have been told also of my looks and how I should go Model. However, I have normal butt, No big boobs like most those tall skinny Models…except I’m 5’6″ my body is sorta to an Antique shape of Marilyn Monroe’s body kinda Hard to explain, unless seen. I also just turned 30 and everyone tells me I look like 18-22 the limit and look more younger than most girls those ages. Point here is I feel I am losing my years and is causing me depression. So, if somehow there’s some hope for me me please contact me to the Email I provided on here or LJCROX7@GMAIL.COM – Thank you!

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply November 30, 2015

      There is always hope Angel if you trust in yourself and pray hard. The only thing holding you back is you. Get started trying with the link in the blog above and see what God has in store for you!

  • sapna

    Reply Reply November 29, 2015

    I m 6 feet tall…everyone suggest me to go for modeling…. Mine is a orthodox family…. I doubt they allow me to wear bikjni n all … What should I do?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply November 30, 2015

      Sapna! Keep your morals and ethics close to your heart and give it a try! Hold fast to your faith and standards and God will guide you!

  • omaatla

    Reply Reply December 2, 2015

    I really want to a model but but people tell me that I can’t be one becouse am short they even call me dwarf…..I need assistance with one of the good agencies

    • Gary

      Reply Reply December 14, 2015

      We are looking for new and existing models for print and general advertising photo-shoot projects …models should be 18 years or older to apply contact me garyseewaldshows@gmail.com

  • Citlaly Cruz

    Reply Reply December 22, 2015

    My aunt told me “you would be perfect , to be a model” and I said “I am ugly ” and she said “you’re not and you’re skinny so you would be perfect for one” so I guess I should be a good one 🙂

  • Isaiah Middlewood

    Reply Reply January 1, 2016

    I am 6’1 Male that has a six pack and wants to become a male model! It’s always been my dream!

  • Isaiah Middlewood

    Reply Reply January 1, 2016

    I am 6’1 Male that has a six pack and wants to become a male model! It’s always been my dream! I am Asian and whit and have dimples!

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply January 2, 2016

      If you are interested in modeling Isaiah then Follow the How To Be A Model Guide listed at the end of the article. It is the great and basic tool used to make future models! God bless!

  • Jonas

    Reply Reply January 2, 2016

    Hi. I’m Jonas and I really want to be a high end fashion model! I am male, I’m 6’2″ I have a 24″ waist and I am very skinny. Like I wear size 000 jeans in women’s… I am lean, I have muscle, but I’m not ripped at all.. I am blond with blue eyes and I have really long eyelashes. I was just wondering if I would come close to meeting the requirements for a fashion model that a girl would normally be.. (I know guys aren’t supposed to be Victoria Secret models or anything but still I wanna be that type of model) Thanks! xx

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply January 2, 2016

      You never know unless you try Jonas. So get to work on the link at the end of the article and see if you have what it takes! God bless you Jonas!

  • Carolyn

    Reply Reply January 10, 2016

    I have an 10 year old daughter that’s 80 pounds has a slim waist and a size 5 in shoes a size 10-12 in pants and tops and has curly brown hair can she model?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply January 10, 2016

      Hard to say but give it a try Carolyn. The answer is always No until you try, so God bless and I would say go for it!

  • Amanda edwards

    Reply Reply January 16, 2016

    do you have to be 5’7″-6″ because i want to be a model and i fit everything except for the height

  • Srinivas

    Reply Reply January 24, 2016

    I have completed my 2nd puc. And Iam looking for modeling and I want to start my career .

  • Anne

    Reply Reply February 7, 2016

    People always tell me I am beautiful wnough to be a model. I turn 16 this year (2016) in August and I fit pretty closely into all of the female modelling requirements. I’m just not sure about the whole modelling agency stuff.

  • Andrea

    Reply Reply March 2, 2016

    I am 5’5″ and 13 years old. I am a girl, and I’m pretty sure my weight is 110-115. I don’t know my waist measurements or hip measurements are, but am I talk and fit enough to become a model?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply March 7, 2016

      Hi Andrea, though height may be against you, you never know until you try. So give it a try!

  • Makayla

    Reply Reply March 4, 2016

    Hi my name is Makayla I’m 19 years old will be 20 soon and I have loved the whole idea of modeling since my early teens years but my height has disgraced me and made me wonder if I’ll even be considerable because of my 5 to 5’2 in height and weighing in at 122 a size C cup in bras and despite my short height my legs don’t give the illusion that I’m this height I have rather long legs unfortunately I don’t know my waist measurement and I’m not quite sure I’m a size C cup in all bras every bra fits different for me but for the most part I am a C cup so if any one has any suggestion please email at makaylafarley@hotmail.com

  • Ladylopper

    Reply Reply March 4, 2016

    Am 17 years old and i want to be a model i dont know how to start am tall but i have bigger butt but not that much

  • Andrew

    Reply Reply March 7, 2016

    Looking to get into modeling. I’m male. I’m about 5’10” (175.5cm) and I have a 36″ chest measurement which means I’m just a little bit smaller than the size standard listed here. Is that a big enough difference that it would hurt my chances?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply March 7, 2016

      Hey Andrew, LadyLopper, Makayla, and Andrea,
      Very few people fit modeling measurements perfectly, but that is okay. The truthful answer is you will never know if you have what it takes to be a model unless you give it a try and see what the majority of agencies say. So get after it and say your prayers. There is a link in the article to get started and if you actually want it bad enough, you might be able to overcome some of the obstacles that each of you face:) God Bless you all!

  • nosiphelele dipa

    Reply Reply March 22, 2016

    Hi iwant to be a model and am 22 years old aim wearing size 32 can you help me what’s steps must I follow to be a model and this is my dream iam a female

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply March 22, 2016

      Hey Nosiphelele! Check out the How to start your own modeling journey link in the blog:)

  • Riah

    Reply Reply March 31, 2016

    Hi there thanks for this amazing blog..everyone tells me i look like a model and I’ve been truly dreaming of it since 6 yrs old. Modeling is truly what i love and I’m passionate about it. My body stats are 32-22-34 but the big problem is my height I’m only 5’3 and a half and it sucks cos i know this might be my downfall. Tho i really wanne be into fashion especially runway. I even dream to be VS Model and was even motivated further when i learned their shortest was around 5’4 5’5 Leticia Casta…again thanksss love

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