Modeling, much like other fields, is made up of a variety of genres, or types. Some types are big, while others are more niche, but they’re all types of modeling nonetheless. Let’s run them down. (This isn’t as much of a breakdown of each category, but rather a list of the main modeling types to give you an idea of what kind of modeling you may want to pursue!)
- I think when people talk of modeling, this is one of the first two things that comes to their minds. Glossy magazine editorials, ads for the top designer brands, gigs at top designers’ shows—this is high fashion
- In general, female models start early in this field, with requirements like 5’9" to 6′ for height and around 34-24-34 in terms of measurements. Males typically go from 20-25 years of age, with heights of 6′ to 6’2"
- This is the second of two things that come to people’s minds when you mention the term modeling. It involves fashion shows, walking on the catwalk to display designer clothes and showcasing items from a particular brand or theme
- Much as the same measurements as above, the main requirements involve being tall and slender, with a good grasp of the runway walk
- This category covers many subcategories across various media, from print to TV to live events
- Physical requirements aren’t as strict here, depending of course on the actual gig
- The emphasis is more on appeal and ability to showcase the product
- The model will still need to be somewhat tall and slender
- More focused on the physical appearance of the model, and thus the models here need to conform to a certain aesthetic standard
- Can cover nude and non-nude assignments
- Freelancers may do well in this area
- Much like the genres mentioned above, except only for print media
- Could include modeling for publications’ special features or articles, as well as print ads
- Coverage depends on the kind of catalog, but it’s mostly modeling for various products in different industries, from apparel to hardware
- Variety means there’s room for different types of models
- Usually long days due to lots of clothes
- Needed to better market products geared toward the teen/child demographics
- Requires permission from the parents (for models aged 18 and below)
- Basically anyone under the age of 18 can be considered a teen model and under 12 being considered a child model.
- Based on plus-size body type to cater to that market
- Needs size 10 and above, around 5’8" through 5’10"
- Another body-type-based niche
- Requires shorter but well-proportioned women (around 5’2" to 5’6")
- Great for those who truly desire to model but do not meet the standard height requirements of runway or fashion
- For health and sports magazines, mostly
- Could also include modeling for nutrition-related materials
- Needs toned, well-built physiques
- For advertisements and other items that require specific body parts like hands, eyes, feet, abs, et cetera
- Hand models are the most prominent and frequently required of the lot
- Whichever part a model chooses to ‘specialize’ in needs to look exceptional, of course
Booyeah! There you have it. Modeling indeed comes in many different types, so there are multiple options for aspiring models in case you’re targeting specific niches or roles. Even if you’re already doing some modeling, you can always try out other types to broaden your horizons and diversify your portfolio. Who knows, you might find one you truly like after trying out a few of these types!