How to Model Internationally!

How to become an international model!

Model Jonah Taylor in a Pierre Cardin ad shot in Taipei, Taiwan.

Every model has the dream of traveling and modeling for not only the country they live in, but to eventually travel the world. They dream of modeling in all the major cities for all the high-end names and designers. But how do you get started? The answer may not be what you were thinking. It may not be as hard as it seems.

So how could traveling the world as a model not be that hard? Is there a secret way to get going and bypass much of the headache and pain associated with becoming a successful, professional model? Well, Yes. There are actual agencies that take care of this for you (of course you still need to be a good model to start with). Often times called placement agencies, these agencies have established relationships with agencies in other cities around the world. It usually works like this: a model will apply to one of these placement agencies just like they would apply to any other modeling agency. If accepted (the agency will let you know if you have what it takes or not, check out Characteristics of an International Model), the placement agency will begin to send your info and stats to foreign agencies across the world. It comes down to the foreign agency that needs a model with your build. They have to want your look and not already have someone who fits it. Once and if a foreign agency is interested, they will begin talks with your placement agency (which will later be known as your Mother agency). A model will likely have to send more measurements and perhaps a video so that the foreign agency can decipher if the model is worth spending the time and money on. If all goes well, that model will soon be on their way to a new city for a few weeks, or up to a few months (check out What to expect as an international model). One of my favorite placement agencies is CommenceQuest in New York City.

The best way to get going is to search a few international placement agencies and find out which ones have the best connections. One great aspect to placement agencies is that you typically do not have to live near them (unless they act as a local agency as well). Their job is to place you in cities and industries around the world. You may live in Kansas but have a placement agency in NY. This is unlike regular modeling where you will likely need to be close to your agency for castings/auditions and jobs etc.

How to become an international model? What it takes?

International models shooting for Kappa Sportswear in Beijing.

Of course there is more to understanding what it takes to modeling internationally, but this blog was written for one purpose, to inform models of how to do it. If you are a beginner model or have been modeling for a while, it may be a good idea to try some international modeling. This is a great way to gain experience and exposure as well as connections in the modeling world. Give it a shot and see if you have what it takes to be an international model. You will never know unless you try. Good luck!


  • Masithembe Rawe

    Reply Reply December 29, 2013

    Just wanted to know if the mother agent pays everything for you when you go international

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply December 30, 2013

      In all of my international travel, the mother agency paid for my flights and the signing agency paid for my accommodations. I then worked for however long my contract was for and tried to pay it all off, and hopefully still make some money. But I never had to pay for anything out of pocket. I know some agencies are not willing to take this much risk and will ask that you, the model, provide the flight or up front costs, but I would try to negotiate this so that you can work it off instead!

  • Angie

    Reply Reply August 18, 2014

    I am21years old, from South Africa.i have what is takes to be international model,got a good body,tall,good skin and above all i have good skill of do i get to apply.Thank you in advance

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply August 18, 2014

      Hey Angie, Thanks for commenting on the Blog:) It sounds like you have all of the intangibles necessary to be a model, aside from a little direction. You should start getting some professional pictures taken and start submitting them to local agencies. Ask them about travel? You can also check out this blog: How To Become A Model, Part:1 Enjoy!!!

  • Rebecca Mackert

    Reply Reply September 28, 2014

    I had a agent i lost her contact info a year ago all i know is her first name Shelly

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply September 29, 2014

      There are many good agents around the world, but the best ones are the ones that believe in you.

  • Alexandra

    Reply Reply October 12, 2014

    Hi! I am 17 years old and I have a contract with a model agency. I am tall and have a good body, but lately I~ez_rsquo~m not so sure if I have what it takes, especially because of my face. I know that you must have a beautiful face with a good proportionality. The agency has not sent me anything or contacted me either? Is this normal? What do you think I should do?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply October 13, 2014

      Hey there Alexandra, that~ez_rsquo~s not too abnormal. I have more than one agency and sometimes I do not hear from for months at a time. I would simply call them and ask them what you can do to improve your chances? Is there anything you can do to earn more modeling jobs?

  • Martha

    Reply Reply December 8, 2015

    I have always had the dream to move the world in modelling.I really do hope you can make my dreams come true

  • chrizanne maasdorp

    Reply Reply December 21, 2015

    I really wnt to be a model cause i am very long and knd of skinny but all i wnt is a agency to call me it can even be any famous person our life isint peefect we were rich but now poor and my father is blind thats why he lost his jod my number is 0607207996 i live in africa i will maybe collect the money to go to an agency tht will call me thank u

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply December 21, 2015

      All we can do Chrizanne is give your the tools to make it happen yourself. You see, you got to put the work in if you really want it. If you do, here is the perfect opportunity and guidance in How to Become A Model! God bless you!

  • jharna khadka

    Reply Reply July 22, 2016

    hi john i live in japani am 19 and im really into modeling and i wanna be a good model but i am afraid that i am bit curvy is it necessary for a model to be skinny.And is it goona cost me a lot to be model cuz right now i am just doing part time job and i dont have enough saving to start or get into any kind of you have any advice?
    thank you in advance


    Reply Reply December 30, 2016

    want to be start modellin

  • Elesha Ormsby

    Reply Reply January 4, 2017

    I am 18 years old and I know I have what it takes to be an international model.I have a good height I have unique physical features..

  • Bianca Blanche Pitt

    Reply Reply January 31, 2017

    It sounds amazing, I~ez_rsquo~m so interested

  • SEMPLISSE Benhard

    Reply Reply February 13, 2017

    I would like to try it out. I am a sexy young lady from Namibia.

    • Joy

      Reply Reply July 23, 2018

      I m joy. I starting my career in this field. Where are you from and there is any agency in which i can applied for become a international modal.

  • Keitumetse

    Reply Reply March 30, 2017

    A young inexperienced lady. Natural and willing to unleash fresh potential. If I can imagine it I might as well be it. Lead by potential why fear the outcome. Living in south africa ,pretoria. Would do anything to get a title in modelling currently 17. I want to do this For my family and myself as well not only that but to represent my country. I want to take my family from where we are to somewhere big~ez_hellip~thank you

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  • Major Model

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

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  • fekida

    Reply Reply January 9, 2018

    hi, im a 23 years old young adult living in the caribbean,maybe its already too late for me at this age, people always said to me that i can be a model i have the height,the face etc~ez_hellip~. since i was 17 but i was in the sport domaine but i always had this thoughts in the back of my mind ~ez_ldquo~whats if?~ez_rdquo~

  • Biodun

    Reply Reply April 18, 2018

    hi Taylor
    i would love to become a model but i cannot it. i am Nigerian and striving to make ends meet. i have all it takes. the height, shoulders , stature. and i am not getting any younger even though i don~ez_rsquo~t look my age. lol. whats your advice?

    • Mrs Marcia

      Reply Reply August 20, 2018

      hello biodun get in touch with me, i am a model scout in Nigeria and if all you say is true about you i would love a meet up~ez_hellip~ dont worry am a woman and an ex- model in the industry.. email: or call +2348083574777

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