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.

86 Comments

  • archita choudhary

    Reply Reply June 19, 2013

    I really want to became a model. Everyone keeps telling me I look like a model.

  • Maya

    Reply Reply June 22, 2013

    I’m not quite sure if modeling would be something for me, i’ve read your article very attentively, but still very unsure, i think for most part on which kind of model i would like to work towards to. I’m pretty tall 5’10″, 145lb and the age of 18, thought i would still have a lot of work to do to get anywhere near the model type, most worried i am about my weight, this is perfectly fine for my height but i don’t think it would fit in the model profile.

    greetings

  • Mandy

    Reply Reply June 26, 2013

    I dont think I fit into any of these, but I have been told by many people that I should be a model. I am 21, 5’3″ and weigh 120-125 is this going to be a problem with starting my modeling career, or should I even try?

    • admin

      Reply Reply June 26, 2013

      These are all generalities and of course you should try. Don’t ever let something like this stop you from going after your goals and dreams!

  • AE

    Reply Reply June 28, 2013

    Like others, I too for years been asked the same questions. My “problems” are that I am considered short (5′ 8″) and older, yet I have no intention of doing runway. I am actually interested in catalogue, fit and fitness and am looking into the steps of geting into those industries. Thanks again for your blog! it is exteremely helpful!

  • Cats

    Reply Reply July 4, 2013

    hello I’m 17..with bust size 32, waist size 23.5 and hips 32..but the problem is that I’m 5’5 I really don’t know whether I should try or not..any suggestions?

    • admin

      Reply Reply July 4, 2013

      Being that you are 5’5, commercial modeling may be more up your alley. But of course you should give it a try. Never stop trying if you truly want it:)

  • Lauren

    Reply Reply July 7, 2013

    I would love to be a model. People always say that I should be a model and my response is always, “If I grew six inches I would try to be one.” I’m only 5’1 so basically, my chances of being model are nonexistent. But I was wondering if there’s any chance at all that I could become one?

    • admin

      Reply Reply July 8, 2013

      Kathryn and Lauren,
      Everybody in the world should go after their dreams. Don’t let your height or any other single factor be the only reason you stop pursuing something. You never know what can happen along the way. For instance, I had a dear friend who was struggling with modeling, few jobs and not much interest, but after sometime, this same friend established some incredible relationships and is now an aspiring actress (Doing quite well I might add). Remember, God is capable of ALL things, not only some things.

      • Lauren

        Reply Reply July 8, 2013

        Thank you so much! Also, I was wondering if my measurements are okay or not. I weigh 95 pounds. my bust is 32″, waist 24″, and hips 35″

        • admin

          Reply Reply July 8, 2013

          Those measurements are great Lauren!

  • Kathryn

    Reply Reply July 7, 2013

    I am 15, 5’10 and 108 lbs, with 30.5 inch bust, 30.5 inch hips and 25.5 inch waist. I’m told by many people (including a fashion photographer) that I should be a model. I’m thinking about being a runway model but I’m worried that I’m not attractive enough. Should I still go for it? And am I too skinny to be a fashion model?

  • Giselle

    Reply Reply July 15, 2013

    I was wondering if you had any agencies you would recommend to me. I am 13 and I am 5’6”, 95 lbs. and my bust is 30 in. Unfortunately, i don’t know the measurements of my hips or waist but I will find out immediately. I’m looking for an agency that doesn’t have fees I need to pay. My family and I live in Houston, so were looking for a nearby agency, and we don’t have the money for expensive agencies.

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply July 16, 2013

      I do not have any agency recommendations as far as Houston, but my advice is to start searching online for the best agency that fits your needs. This can be done from any personal computer. Once you have discovered this agency, begin to inquire and submit photographs asking for feedback and if they are interested? Do this until you get the answer you want! Let me know if you need more help!

      • Giselle

        Reply Reply July 16, 2013

        Thanks so much! I actually did find that Page Parks Corporation fits my needs the most! I’m submitting photographs as of tomorrow! Thank you!

  • Emma Lockhart

    Reply Reply July 23, 2013

    Hi I’m 115 pounds , 5’11 waist : 26 bust: 32 and hips : 32 how’s that ?!

  • Tia

    Reply Reply July 30, 2013

    Well i meet all the requirements should i do it because i really want to do this badly

  • Faith

    Reply Reply August 4, 2013

    I sorta want to model but I don’t think my waist is the right size. It’s about 26 1/2. I don’t know my other measurements but I’m 16 years old 120lbs and 5’10. So what would be the right kind of modeling for me?

  • Sohail Khan

    Reply Reply August 14, 2013

    Hi myself sohail Khan from banglore.I am 23 years old.Most of the peoples recommend me to go for modelling and my height is 5’12 and i have even done a kannada promo of a movie called “Dayya”.I am very much interested in the field of modelling but i dont know how to get started in the modelling field and i am MCA graduate as well.

  • valerie brouwers

    Reply Reply August 17, 2013

    Hey there!
    I was just wondering what the odds are for me to become a model, since I am only 15 years old and I have to go to school and live in Holland.
    I am 5’8″, 15 years old, I weigh 113 lbs, my bust is 31.5″, my waist is 24.5″ and my hips are 34″.
    Hope to hear from you!
    ps. What do you think the best type of modeling for me would be?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply August 21, 2013

      Hey Valerie! The odds are great for you. At this point, I wouldn’t limit yourself to only one type of modeling, try your hand at the one you aspire to most, and work from there.

      • valerie brouwers

        Reply Reply September 1, 2013

        Thank you so much for your response! That’s a very good tip thank you :) I will soon send some pictures to modeling agency’s and I really wanted to let you know that this website helped me A LOT! keep up the good work!
        Have a great day!
        Greetings from holland ;)

  • Vishal singh jadon

    Reply Reply August 18, 2013

    I wana be a successful model in india so please suggest me hw i do this? my hight is 5″11 and i have a perfect body no much more musule not too less. my body is in average.so pls suggest me.

  • Gracie

    Reply Reply August 21, 2013

    I always wanted to become a model , but I’m only like 5’4 . Is there any chance I could become a model ?

  • Ayomide

    Reply Reply August 24, 2013

    I’m 14yrs and I am soon going to start modeling but I realized my bust may be too big I am a 32dd will that affect any thing

  • tina

    Reply Reply August 26, 2013

    I am 5’10, 25″ round waists 34″ on bust where else do I measure and are these measurements OK to be a fashion model?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply August 27, 2013

      Hey Tina, don’t worry too much about the measurements. Get in touch with some agencies and if they like you, they will make your measurements work;)

  • Jessica

    Reply Reply August 31, 2013

    I do not really want to become a model but I want to know if I meet the requirements. I am 5’9″, 18 years old, 120 lbs, measurements: bust 35, waist 23.5, hips 35.

  • sachin

    Reply Reply September 4, 2013

    hi i am sachin
    height 5’9 .their is any chance for me for becoming fashion model

  • Aady Raj Singh

    Reply Reply September 15, 2013

    Hi,My name is Aady Raj Singh.I love D world of Modeling And I wanna be D Supermodel.But Unfortunately In my City There is no Scope in Modeling Field.So wot steps i should take now?How Should I Start?

  • mohammed.aijaz

    Reply Reply October 7, 2013

    Im good looking

  • holly

    Reply Reply October 8, 2013

    i really really want to become a model. its been a dream of mine since i was little. im 5’8.5-5’9 havn’t measured in a while and im 17. im about 135 pounds and i feel like i could at least be successful in bikini modeling everyone tells me i have a victorias secret model face (idk what that means lol) so maybe..?!

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply October 8, 2013

      Subscribe to the blog soon Holly as Modeling Wisdom is coming out with a How To Become A Model Series shortly!!

  • Ashley

    Reply Reply October 28, 2013

    I’m 5″8′ but I’m 13 :/ I really wanna be a model but people keep saying they can’t imagine me as one

    • Anonymous

      Reply Reply December 15, 2013

      Don’t listen to them!!! Go for it and show them what you got!

  • Ashley

    Reply Reply October 28, 2013

    I got a measuring tape and surprisingly I meet all the requirements except age!

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply October 28, 2013

      Ashley, Then you should definitely give it a try… especially if it is a dream of yours.

  • Claudia

    Reply Reply November 8, 2013

    I am quite short due to my genes. When I wear a bikini at the beach people always ask me if I am a model. Many of my teachers have recommended me to be a model. Ive got skinny legs that make me look tall and a toned body. What should I do?

  • Angela

    Reply Reply November 14, 2013

    I just turned 14 I’m 5’6 and I really want to do modeling I’m worried if I’m to short though. What would be the requirements for my age?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply November 14, 2013

      5″6″ might be perfect if you are 14. I would get started trying out for some agencies. Then hopefully you grow an inch or two and can model on the big stage in a couple years!

  • Cristie

    Reply Reply November 21, 2013

    I’m 5’3 117 or 116 pounds.Losing weight and getting fit I can do but the thing that just says I can’t my height.I dream of becoming a model but my height just doesn’t meet the requirements I try as do as much possibility on reading modeling articles I’m clearing my skin I’m working on being photogenic but my height bummer

    • Cristie

      Reply Reply November 21, 2013

      And I’m 15 years old

      • Jonah Levi Taylor

        Reply Reply November 21, 2013

        There are many different types of modeling Cristie! It doesn’t have to be runway for you to be successful. Take fitness modeling for example! Keep trying

        • Cristie

          Reply Reply November 22, 2013

          Thank you very much I truly appreciate it and if you mind I have 2 more questions if modeling coaches exist and if I have to pay a fee upfront of a modeling agency thank you I really appreciate it you give me hope and then my hope grows even bigger and stronger :)

          • Jonah Levi Taylor

            November 23, 2013

            1) Yes there are modeling coaches, you just have to look for the good ones or simply find an experienced model and learn from them 2)some agencies require a small upfront fee…typically to be added to their modeling database or website. This Shouldn’t be much more than $100:) Hope this answers your questions!

          • Cristie

            December 3, 2013

            I’m kinda late in replying I apologize but thank you sir! last night I had a dream that I was modeling, and if I dream it, I can become it. thank you greatly. truly appreciate it (:

  • sweet

    Reply Reply December 1, 2013

    Hi…. Im 19 years old, female jus want no if i should stop wasting my time trying to be a model, im 5″7 my bust size is 33, b cup, waist 22 and my hips are quite small 29, i am naturally a size zero… What do you think.

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply December 4, 2013

      I think you should GO FOR IT! You should definitely be trying to become a model!

  • Asha pandav

    Reply Reply December 9, 2013

    Ya its a great post and helps lots of the guys and girls who wants to be fashion models

  • Asha pandav

    Reply Reply December 9, 2013

    I dont want to be a model cause i m not that good looking but one of my friends do
    and she is Really good.
    THATS WHY I SEARCH ON THIS WEBSITE THANKS

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply December 15, 2013

    I’m 15
    height: 5’4.
    Weight: 118 Lbs
    waste: 25in.
    hips: 34in
    Bust: 36, c-cup

    Should I consider modeling?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply December 17, 2013

      Absolutely you should, even if you got to try Petite modeling!

      • Anonymous

        Reply Reply December 19, 2013

        Thank you! And do you think my age would be a problem? Where do I begin?

  • tanie lampy obrysowe

    Reply Reply December 19, 2013

    This is my first time visit at here and i am genuinely pleassant to read everthing at
    single place.

  • Jamie

    Reply Reply January 5, 2014

    I’ve been debating about whether or not I’d like to be a model for a while now, and I still have no idea if I should go for it or even where to begin.
    I’m 17
    Weight: 120
    Height: 5’3″
    Bust: 34, B cup
    Waist: 27
    Hips: 34
    Should I bother trying? If so, what type of modeling would you recommend?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply January 6, 2014

      The real question is whether you would enjoy it if you did go for it? If it is something you think you would love to do, then it is absolutely worth trying. If you are doing it because others are, or for any other reason than you want to, you need not bother. Seeing that you are on the shorter side, I would recommend petite modeling, fitness modeling, or even some commercial modeling. Give it a try!

  • Jess

    Reply Reply January 15, 2014

    I fit all of these measurements and im 5’7″ but im 13 -.- what do i do ?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply January 16, 2014

      Hey Jess! You wait. ..Wait until you are least 16 before you begin modeling. Then you hit it with all you got!

  • cilicia

    Reply Reply January 26, 2014

    OK i’m 16 and i want to try modeling but i’m 5’3 and i think i weigh like 115 and i have been told that i look like a model and have the right look and shape but i think i’m short i want to try it but i don’t know how to go about it or where to start or how to talk my mom into letting me try i don’t know if i have what it takes, also i don’t know what type of modeling i should try ?
    should i try what should i try where do i start how do i talk my mom into letting and where can i try that is not going to cost me an arm and a leg

  • ANIL TIWARI

    Reply Reply February 3, 2014

    i m anil .my height is 6’1″. good look, good physic …..i look like a model .i want to make my career in modeling..i am 26 year old………..can i try modelling at this age………what should i do?……….what do u think?………tell me please……..

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply February 3, 2014

      Hello Anil, of course you can try it and of course you should! You have all the necessary tools to make it, so get going!!

  • anil

    Reply Reply February 5, 2014

    thanks for your reply…………..will you please tell me what should i do?…..i mean what is the first step.
    ..?……………

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply February 6, 2014

      The first steps are either getting some professional photographs taken so you can take them to modeling agencies in your areas or show them to prospective clients. If you already have a few professional photos, then the next step is to take them to the agencies and see what they say. If they say the need more, get more. If they say we don’t need you, try another agency. Just be smart and get those photos!

  • Anil tiwari

    Reply Reply February 16, 2014

    hello..i am not much educated . i am only intermediate .i can not speak in English.bit i can read and write…. i want try in modelling. i have good height,good physique for modelling..i want to make my career in modelling……….what should i do?…….please tell me…… .

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply February 16, 2014

      Hello Anil,
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  • Melanie

    Reply Reply February 23, 2014

    I would love to become a model, but I’m not sure i would fit. I’m almost 16, 5’4 and weigh 103-104 pounds.

  • Alannah

    Reply Reply March 5, 2014

    These types of things are why girls suffer so greatly with self esteem… I don’t fit any of these requirements (except perhaps my age, 16) but I still feel beautiful! :) if you are reading this and are like me, be happy! Because it is easier to find good people who will dig deep and love you for who you are, not just because you look good! :) And please be happy you have, for example, legs that work! :D Even if they’re not skinny or have stretchmarks on them (like me!) ;) A great number of people are wheelchair bound and wished, even if they were the ugliest in the entire world, they had legs to walk with. So please don’t feel like you’re not good enough, because your so much more than that! :) lots of love

  • Shalvi Govil

    Reply Reply March 18, 2014

    Hey I am 25 , 5’4 wt 60kgs. i don’t know if my age is gone for modelling or i an still try for it.

  • Jazmine

    Reply Reply April 8, 2014

    if i want to become a modle at my age (16) will i have to drop out of school?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply April 8, 2014

      No Jazmine, that would not be a smart idea. You start off slow and build up your reputation. School is way more important because modeling will not last forever, but your education will. Great question!

  • lyzette

    Reply Reply April 17, 2014

    I truely want to be a model, but the chances are slim. I am just 5’1″ and really want to be one, but is there a chance i could be a petite model. It is all time dream.

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply April 18, 2014

      Hey Lyzette! Petite modeling is always an option for those who are interested in modeling but may be lacking in height. Give it a try!

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