What Is Runway Modeling? Measurements and Requirements?

Measurements and Requirements of Runway Modeling – Capturing the Catwalk

measurements and requirements of runway models and modelingMore often than not, aspiring models dream of walking up and down the catwalk, strutting in style with all the eyes in the crowd staring up at them. Runway modeling has long been held in great fascination by most outside observers, especially with the popularity of shows like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model, which have provided an inside look at the modeling industry. However, runway modeling holds an even bigger and more special place in the hearts of models aspiring to strut their stuff on the catwalk.

Sometimes, there’s very little to distinguish high-fashion modeling from runway modeling; both aspects involve wearing the fancy stuff and doing shows on the catwalk. There are some subtle differences, though. Runway modeling doesn’t always involve high fashion pieces, for one, and sometimes certain shows will allow for runway models that don’t fit the typical measurement requirements because of the kinds of clothing that are being modeled.

Measurements for runway models

In addition, the requirements for models vary. Below are the prescribed measurements for those who want to make it as runway models:

~ Height: Females need to be at least 5’9" with slight builds, small busts (cup A – B), and narrow hips; males should be at least 6 feet tall, up to 6’2", with lean builds
~ Weight: Around 110 to 125 lbs for women and 140 to 155 lbs for men, though sometimes there’s more importance put on the build instead of the actual weight

Work hard, play hard

Runway modeling can be pretty demanding from a number of standpoints, so it’s important to go into it with the understanding that there’s a lot of hard work and a good deal of professionalism required. Fashion shows are slated for specific dates and times, so it’s important to know these and show up on time. In addition, fittings and rehearsals are also part of the job, so being in attendance for these is also a must. Discipline is also a big part of it, as this will help you maintain the necessary figure as well as your health.

You will surely be in for a whole lot of events and afterparties once you’re a runway model, so there are plenty of chances to play and party hard once you’ve got work out of the way. These are great opportunities to make the most out of your work, while also affording you a chance to build on your existing network by mingling with other people involved in the business.

In case you’ve tried your hardest, pulled out all the stops and still don’t make it, never fret—there are always other routes you can take for your modeling career. God’s path is often not our first choice. Runway modeling may be one of the more illustrious types of modeling, but there are also many others that can be just as fulfilling—and they could be better suited to what you have or with what you want to do. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you gave your dream a go regardless of the outcome. God bless!


  • Ella Putigna

    Reply Reply July 9, 2016

    Hi! I would really love to be a runway model. I have really long legs and a shorter torso. I am 14 and as of now my height is 5’6, I have a waist of 25″, I am 125 lbs., I have a bust of 32″ and a hip length of 32″ as well. I am supposed to be about 5’9 once I am 16, and I really want to start runway modeling then. The only thing that frightens me is that I have toned arms and leg muscles. They are not huge at all but I know that in that specific type of modeling the people only want extremely skinny girls. Is there a chance that I could still be a runway model? I have all the other requirements like extremely clear skin and natural beauty, but I am just afraid my muscles will interfere.

    • Raylee Reed Pack

      Reply Reply January 24, 2018

      I’m 15 and i’m 5"11 ( long legs, long torso, high cheek bones, almond eyes and not to sound self involved but pretty and i have the face for modeling) and 125 lbs, everyone tells me i should model, even random people walking down the street. i just don’t know how to get started… any advice?

  • Magi Michael

    Reply Reply August 8, 2016

    There is nothing wrong with the tone of your muscles, as long as you have what it takes to be a model.You must be related to Tina Turner. lol.
    Your facial features is key before the toned muscles.Your carriage and confidence and the whaoand the vava voomyou were able to leave behind during the audition or casting.
    Now to the toned muscles, you will have to stop right now all your exercises if you are an exercise freaks this wil give you the image that is different from what you want.
    Above all ensure your skin is healthy and you are passionate about your desire. Your dedication and desire to be a model will take care of it all

  • Natalie Turner

    Reply Reply April 30, 2017

    I am 19 years old. I am 5’7″. My waist is 24″, bust 30″, my hips 34″. I weigh about 107 right now. I would be interested in runway modeling. I know I’m a little short but otherwise I meet the requirements.

  • Ella Putigna

    Reply Reply July 10, 2017

    Hello! I am now 5’8
    Waist 24
    Bust 32A
    Hips 34

    I still have extremely clear skin and natural beauty, and just got my portfolio. But, I have noticed that my bone structure is bigger than what you would normally see in a runway show. It’s not like I’m big boned, but I am a mesomoph/ ectomorph so yeah I’m not like naturally extremely thin. I still want to model, I’m just hoping that the fact that I am just not super small boned with interfere with my goals. Thanks.

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