Model Measurements – Height, Bust, Hips, And Waist sizes of Runway Models

What are the model measurements and height for runway models?

How Tall Are Runway Models?

Model Measurements – Discover the Height, Bust, Hips, And Waist sizes of Female Runway Models!

Last time, we tackled the measurements commonly required of male runway models and some of the other Types of Modeling!  Now, let’s check out what measurements you’ll need if you’re considering a career as a female runway model. These aren’t by any means the absolute requirements for high fashion runway models, but these are good numbers to consider helping you better frame your expectations and calculate your chances.

Height:

  • According to the British AMA (Association of Model Agents), the minimum height for a female model should be 5’8”. The safe range commonly stands at 5’9” to 5’11”. Keep in mind that, as with males, sometimes candidates can still get signed even if they’re an inch shorter or taller than the designated range as long as they show they have the looks and the flair to make it work on the runway.

Weight and Build

  • Being between 115-130 lbs. would be a good range for female runway models’ weight. Do note that, as we’ve mentioned in the male runway model measurements article above (Model Measurements), weight can look different depending on the individual.
  • A thin and slender build is generally what’s being required for the runway (If you’re that tall and that light, you’re likely very slender already). While the industry is still perceived as fielding models that are too thin, and runway modeling is still associated with eating disorders and unhealthy habits, many firms are now going with curvy models to keep things balanced and promote better eating habits.

Average Model Measurements

  • The British AMA lists 34-24-34 as the ideal model measurements for runway models, while other sources provide ranges of 32-34 inches for the bust around 26 inches for the waist, and around 35-36 inches for the hips. Again, the particulars will depend on the agency you’re going to audition for as well as the suitability to a particular gig or niche.
  • Numbers can be fickle, and there are times when the measurements don’t really translate into body proportions as they appear in the real world. Sometimes, these prescribed numbers change from time to time, too. The numbers above just happen to be the current set agencies are going with today.

Beyond the Numbers

  • You’ve probably heard about the rest of the package—clear skin, good looks, striking facial features, and nice hair, among others. These things can’t be encapsulated by numbers, so you be the judge. Better yet, have your friends or even your agent be the judge.

There you have it—a quick rundown of the measurements you need to have if you’re eyeing a successful career on the runway. Are your measurements within the prescribed numbers? Good for you, and good luck on your tryouts.

Should you find that the runway is simply not for you, there are still other markets you may decide to explore.  If you love the job and know you have what it takes, don’t be afraid to try other avenues.  If your body doesn’t adhere to the model measurements mentioned above, you can still see if you have the X-factor needed to overcome the physical mismatch. God Bless.

Respectfully,

Jonah Taylor, May God Bless your modeling journey!

33 Comments

  • Divya maharjan

    Reply Reply May 19, 2014

    I am of 17years old, my height is 5’8 i want to be a runway model but the problem is that i don’t hav d good figure my bust is 32 waist is 28 n hip is 37 so should i try modeling or not???

    • Hello Divya! You have good height and are of the right age:) plus! There are many fields of modeling outside of just fashion! I would say you should absolutely get involved with a local modeling agency and give modeling a try!!

      Check out The Many Different Types Of Modeling!

  • Olivia Lumsdaine

    Reply Reply June 12, 2014

    Hi Jonah,
    I’m 16, 6’2″ and I weigh 158 lb, I was wondering if there was any point me losing weight and fitting the standards better or does my height stop me? My bust is 34″, waist is 30″ and hips are 38″. Does my height limit the amount of modelling I could do because I’m way taller than everyone else or does it give me an advantage in a way?
    Thanks, Olivia x

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply June 12, 2014

      Your height could be your “X Factor”! Every model should try to differentiate themselves as to stand out from the crowd. Your height may do exactly this. So as I see it, it is a good thing:)

  • Kesha

    Reply Reply August 3, 2014

    Hi Jonah!
    I’m 21 years old. My size is 32-26.5-37, height is 5’6, and weight is 112 lbs. Am I too skinny or little too short to be a model?

  • celaste clark

    Reply Reply August 31, 2014

    Hi jonah,
    I’m 13 years old I’m 5’7 and my weight is 121lbs my measurements are 32 hips,
    34 waist,and my bust is 31. I want to be a model when i grow up but should i start start at 14? many people say i should be a model and photographers says I’m photo genetic so what should i do

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply September 1, 2014

      Hey Celaste! This is what I would recommend.. being that you are still very young, I would wait a little while longer until you are maybe 17 or so. In the mean time I would start getting some professional pictures and start building your portfolio so that when that time comes, you are ready to start submitting your pictures to local agencies and get your self a modeling agency:) I hope this helps you:)

  • ayushi khare

    Reply Reply September 12, 2014

    Hi. .myslf ayushi my age is 16 the problem iz that my chest is 28 so please help to tell how to increase

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply September 12, 2014

      Hello Ayushi! Thanks for commenting! The best way to increase your chest size is to strength train. I would recommend strength training the chest (flat becnh press, dumbell press, dips, etc.) and using the Sample modeling exercise program.

  • Sofia C

    Reply Reply September 17, 2014

    Hi, i’m 14 years old, 5’7, and my measurments are 37 and a half at the bust, 25 at the waist, and 37 at the hips, i am always asked if i am a model, and i am always told to be one, and i was wondering if there was any way that would help me get started?

    Thanks :)

  • JJ

    Reply Reply September 27, 2014

    Hi Jonah!
    I am 19 years old and am 5’10” and I weigh 148 pounds. My chest is 34 inches, my waist 29″, and my hips are 38.5″. I am a college soccer player, but have always dreamed of modeling. Am I too big? If I did modeling what type would be best for me in your opinion?
    Thank you in advance!!!
    JJ

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply September 27, 2014

      Hey JJ, You are NOT too big. You can certainly do this! You might try to get in with a local modeling agency and you can specialize in more of their “athletic or sports” modeling. Get some professional pictures taken and start submitting them to local agencies. God Bless!

  • Whitney

    Reply Reply October 9, 2014

    Hey hey from 14 to 15 I was approached by 2 different agencies to start modeling, unfortunately my parents wanted me to finish college first. Now that I am 22 I fear it maybe too late. I now live in Dallas, Texas and have found a few agencies. My measurements are 34- 26- 35 at 128lbs 5’11. My parents and I thought that this modeling dream would die out overtime, but it’s actually grown more intense! I have so many personalities that come alive in front of people, however many agencies want only photos first. Is there a way to get around this and sorry for so many questions!!! Thanks for your time!

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply October 9, 2014

      Great question Whitney and thanks for commenting! Truthfully, even if you get signed with an agency first, they are going to require you to get some photos right after, so putting it off doesn’t do you any favors as it only makes you look less experienced anyhow. You see, this is how clients book models for their jobs, off of your pictures. So you if have few or no photos, you will not be considered for many jobs at all.

      There is nothing to be afraid of with getting these photos. Think of it much like your college education, you paid for it all first, so that you will make much much more in the end. The photos that you need will help you land modeling jobs that will hopefully pay you back. Also, consider it an investment and just know, the better the photos you get, the more likely you will get modeling jobs! So save up and get those photos and submit them to the agencies until they say YES! We Want You!

  • Nora Adele

    Reply Reply October 16, 2014

    Hey Jonah :)
    I am 17, 5’8 , 130 lbs, and my measures are 31-25-35, I would love to be a model but the problem is that I am not living in a place where you can become a model, I live in a country where there is no modeling agencies, I will be traveling to the UK to continue my studies but that would be after 5-6 years from now, can I start modeling in such a late age?
    Thank you :)

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply October 16, 2014

      Hey there Nora, Of course you can!! You see, many famous models do in fact get their start while they are young, but this does not mean that all models are young. Designers need models of all shapes and sizes in order to promote their clothes. So this means you will still be able to pursue your dreams of modeling even as you are traveling. Great question and I hope this helps you!!!

  • Carly

    Reply Reply October 22, 2014

    Hi, I am 5’7 and my waist is 26 inches and hips are 35. I weigh 97 pounds. Is there any chance I could possibly become a model?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply October 22, 2014

      Of course there is a chance for you Carly!!! The very first steps I would recommend you take would be to contact some local modeling agencies and see what they require from their models. Then get some professional photographs taken so you can submit these to your local agencies! Let us know if you need anything else!

  • Aaliyah

    Reply Reply October 31, 2014

    Hi Jonah,

    I am 27 years old, but look 21 (or so I am told). I am 5’8 and my measurements are 34 bust – 25 waist – 36 hips. I have always heard that a models career is finished at around 25. However, my thought process is: if I still protray a very youthful look and have the right measurements I can still appeal to top agencies. But I do feel that when they find out my age this will hold me back. I was wondering what your thoughts were on this subject.

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply October 31, 2014

      Hey Aaliyah, thanks for commenting! Modeling is more about what you look like, so if you look young, you will likely have a longer career. This should not hold you back one bit. Go for it!!

  • Tayler Anne

    Reply Reply November 4, 2014

    Hey Jonah I am 15 years old, and I am already signed with an agency, but I have noticed since I first started I added an inch onto my waist. my measurements are 34″, 26″, and 36″ is this bad? or is it ok and just work on getting my waist back to where it was? I am also 5’9″ and my weight is 120. Are these ok? or should I work on it all, and get back down?? PLEASE HELP!!!!

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply November 5, 2014

      Hello Taylor Anne! Thanks for commenting:) My question to you would be, are you getting modeling jobs in your current state?? I would follow that up with if not, what does your agency think you should do to get more modeling work? You see, the agency knows the types of clients that would suit you best and what you could be doing to land more modeling jobs. So contact them and find out what they think you could improve to land more modeling gigs!

      Hope this helps:)

  • Kiersten

    Reply Reply November 30, 2014

    Hey! I am curious if I should try and make my measurements smaller. I am 16 and 5’9″ and 123lbs. My measurements are 32-25-36. I really want to go far in modeling but I heard that I should try and lower my hip size to 34 instead of 36 in order to go to new York.

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply December 1, 2014

      Hey Kiersten! You have some great measurements to start out with and getting it to 34 probably couldn’t hurt. Check with some local modeling agencies in your areas and see if this would make a difference for you. If so, do it. If not, then don’t even worry about it:)

  • Isabela

    Reply Reply December 5, 2014

    Hi, I’m 15 years old and extremely interested in high fashion runway modeling. I’m 5’8 and still growing, 29 waist,35 hips and my bust is 37… Could that prevent me from being able to go far? I know my waist is a bit large but that’s easier to fix than my breasts..which I was wondering are too large? If it’s not. Would you be able to tell me a tip on starting modeling? Thank you so much and I’m sorry this is so long!xx

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply December 8, 2014

      Hey Isabela!! Good to hear from you:) It all depends on the market you find yourself in, some agencies require thinner, smaller models while some actually prefer more realistic models and sizes. You can apply to some agencies and see what they have to say as far as measurements go!!

      If you are feeling too large for some modeling jobs, a solid exercise program can take care of all of that, because it sounds like you have everything else to get going;) Here is a special article that may help you get started as a model. God bless and enjoy Isabela!

      • Isabela

        Reply Reply December 8, 2014

        Thank you so much! You are a great help:)x

  • Elena

    Reply Reply December 8, 2014

    Hello! I am 6′ tall with striking features and measurements of 32-23.5-36. Is that acceptable for runway?

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply December 10, 2014

      Hello Elena,
      It is very close to the standard measurements. You should be fine:)

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