How to Find Out What Type of Model You Can Be (Female)

by Tricia Chaves; Updated September 26, 2017
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Page Parkes-Eveleth, talent agent and co-star of the E! channel’s modeling show “Scouted,” says the best way to determine what kind of modeling you are best cut out for is to get an evaluation of your potential by a professional. At her Texas agencies, the first step is an in-person interview to assess an aspiring model’s appearance and recommend any training necessary to prepare for visiting clients. After a successful audition for agency representation, models are placed in age groups, such as young girls, teens and adults.

Body Type

Female print and runway models generally range in weight from 100 to 125 pounds, and wear between a size 0 and size 4 dress. Ranging between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet, female runway models do tend to be slightly taller than print models. Demand for muscular models is low, since added bulk can tug on seams affecting the overall look of a garment. Petite-size models call for women of a shorter stature -- between 5 feet and 5 feet 5 inches -- and the plus-size market has opened a niche for women between sizes 10 and 18.

Facial Attributes

A clean complexion, healthy hair and attractive teeth are prerequisites for all modeling opportunities. Commercial models are often sought for symmetrical, pretty faces, whereas high fashion models are frequently more edgy with prominent bone structure and angular faces.

Regional Needs

Whether the modeling assignment is for a commercial, high fashion, runway, print or as a spokesperson, your looks and strengths in front of the camera will be weighed against the particular demands of your area. Los Angeles-based Sam Russell, a former male model who is now a celebrity wardrobe stylist, says current trends in your city will also play a role in dictating what type of modeling is best for you.

Tips

According to Russell, you should be wary of companies that try to charge a lot of money up front to get you started in the modeling business. With the exception of an optional model training program, the only money you should invest in the beginning is for head shots, your first few test shoots and travel expenses that aren’t picked up by the client.

About the Author

Tricia Chaves began her writing career after working in advertising and promotions for entertainment publisher "The New Times." In 2005, she earned her real-estate salesperson license from the state of Ohio and certification for leasing and property management from the Northeast Ohio Apartment Association. She was certified as a life and weight-loss coach and master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming in 2011.

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