Introduction to Modeling

If you are an aspiring model, it is important that you thoroughly understand the industry prior to signing up with an agency. For example, if you are striving to become a fashion model, the criteria is not going to be the same as someone who is pursuing a career as a bikini fitness model or glamour model. Moreover, you should not only be familiar with the industry standards, but with investment expectations and location requirements as well.

Industry Divisions

What kind of model do you want to become? There are many kinds of models in the industry today, however if you want to make a living at it, there are really only two divisions to consider, fashion models and glamour models.

The Fashion Model

Fashion models, otherwise known as editorial fashion models, represent the strictest set of physical criteria in the business. Fashion models are known for being beautiful or interesting, none of which are necessarily pretty. Becoming a fashion model gives you the opportunity to appear on some of the nation’s top magazines and national ad campaigns. Anyone who is considered a “supermodel” represents this division of the modeling industry.

The Glamour Model

Glamour models are NOT the models you see on the cover of Glamour magazine, those are fashion models. Unlike fashion models, glamour models must be pretty and highly attractive. When you see hot models in swimsuits, nude exotic models and bikini fitness models, they are all representative of glamour models. There are not strict guidelines to becoming a glamour model. Any highly attractive woman with a hot body qualifies automatically.

In order to make a living as a glamour model, you will generally have to flaunt your body and pose nude for various male oriented magazines, events and artists. Glamour models are most commonly represented by photographers and self-promotion techniques.

Location, Location, Location

We have all heard the saying “location, location, location”, and if you are considering a career in the modeling industry this saying is perhaps more important than anything else. If you do not live, or refuse to move to a major metropolitan area such as New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago, the chances of your success, particularly as a fashion model are nil. There is some room for flexibility, especially for glamour models thanks to the use of the internet, but your best shot at fame and fortune in this line of work will always reside in the fashion and entertainment capitals of this country.

Investment Expectations

If you want to create a name for yourself, it is going to take time, effort and money, just like any other business. There are several things you will need not only to get started, but to promote yourself along the way. This includes but is not limited to pictures, comp cards and headshots, money to relocate if necessary, and money for advertising (usually paid to an agency on a per year fee basis). It is also important that models acquire makeup and hair styling skills and purchase the necessary materials to create the look that is needed for casting calls and auditions.

If you are an aspiring glamour model, bikini fitness model or a nude exotic model, our agency may have opportunities for you. Please contact us today for agency information.

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