Types of Modelling

Modeling has become a trending career among many, an occurrence that took years to be. It is ideal to note that the modelling industry is dated as far as 1853 with Fredrick houte know as the “Father of Houte Culture” one of the foremost fashion houses in 80’s and early 90’s with his wife being the first model at that time.

Modelling refers to the practice of displaying trends in costume, beauty and grooming using human subjects or human forms and a model is a person with a role either to promote, display or advertise commercial products , to pose for photographers or to serve as a visual aid for people who create works of art.

Modelling is a diverse industry, with each unit having its own requirements and functions. The different types of modelling are but not limited to;

  1. Fashion/editorial model: This are models that feature in magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar,and Elle. They are usually 5’9″ and above in height 
    and very slim with specific body requirements of 33 inches around the bust, 23 inches around the waist, and 33 inches around the hips and in most cases they usually have high cheekbones, long necks or square jaws. High fashion models are one of the highest paid in the modeling industry.
  • Runway or Catwalk Model : this are models who walk the catwalk. They are usually tall with height range from 5’9 inches and above with specific body measurement  but recent time’s shows that petite and plus-size models are breaking catwalk rules by also  gracing the runways. Here models are meant to fit the clothes designers make have made for their collections. Designers don’t usually make the clothes to fit the model.
  • Child model: they are generally 12 years and below and can be of any age and size. This niche require children with attitudes and personality who are able to work well on set and with strangers.
  • Swimsuit/lingerie. They are curvier and more voluptuous than editorial models and their height are not specified. They can model lingerie, undergarments, sleepwear, and summer wear, and they can also be showroom and fit models.
  • Glamour Model : they are usually curvy and voluptuous and are sexually suggestive or alluring. Pinup models and models who feature in magazines like playboy, maxim and stuff are regarded as glamour models as you would see them doing lot of implied shoots as well as lot of lingerie. They often work as swimsuit and lingerie models as well. A lot of glamour models also participate in promotional tradeshows as well as car events.
  • Fit Model : they work behind the scene in fashion houses to make sure the size and fit are maintained in clothing manufacturing process. Can be of any shape and size. Here model’s body statistics varies they are meant fit consumers garments properly before they’re shipped to the consumer. 
  • Parts Model : Here models are specialized in modeling body parts such as hands, feet, legs, and face. Models interested in this niche requires no specific body measurement but are required to have a perfect body part which means they need to be without blemishes, no showing veins, perfect nails if hand or foot, no scars or wrinkles . You have to have a perfect body part; that means, it needs to be clean, without blemishes
  • Petite Model : they are 5’7″ or shorter and can work as commercial and lingerie models. Petite models often find work as part models due to their smaller shoe sizes and body parts.
  • Commercial Model : they have no body requirements and they are needed for variety of functions  including ads for product and services such as foods, tech, travels, cosmetic. Commercial models can do everything that isn’t normally associated with high fashion.
  • Plus-Size Model: They are usually size 12 and above and had become an important part of the fashion and commercial modelling. They can also do the work of a commercial model and of recent they are found becoming runway models for designers because it appeals to a large part of the population, since a lot of women are a size 12 or above.
  • Fitness Model : they are physically fit, tone and athletic. They work for varieties including modelling athletic wares and supplements. They can also work as commercial models.
  • Promotional Model : they are booked to promote products and services at trade shows, conventions and live event. They must be friendly and outgoing with good understanding of the client’s product are they are required to stand at the booth greeting customers, handing out product samples and talking about the product or answer questions from potential buyers.
  • Mature Model : Mature models are generally 30 years of age and over, and they can work well into their 80s and 90s. They can also grace the runway or became a part model but mostly they perform the role of a commercial model and appear in print.

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