If you know the requirements, specifications and demands of the female modelling industry, we can help you take the first steps into your dream career. We will advise you on your model potential, the types of modelling you will be perfect for, and help you create and build your professional model portfolio.
The very first step is finding out if you have what it takes to be a model and then to start approaching agencies with evidence to show that you are perfect for a career as a female model. The best way to do this is to approach agencies with an impressive professional portfolio demonstrating your modelling potential.
It’s no secret that fashion modelling is a difficult career to get into as many candidates won’t meet the expectation of potential modelling agents, however, there are many industry tips and tried and tested methods that we at Model Central can help you out with.
While having the right look and style is important to becoming a female model, there are many more requirements that you will need to succeed in the industry.
Let’s have a look at what you need to become a female model.
First impressions are everything, and if you haven’t put together a professional portfolio with a fashion stylist and photographer, then you still won’t know if a career as a female model is for you.
Your professional portfolio needs show that you stand out from the competition; for this, quality is everything. Your portfolio needs to show how much of a versatile model you are and capture your unique and individual look and style. Trying to model without a portfolio is like trying to find a job without a proper CV. Your professional portfolio needs to show agencies that you are proactive as a model and that you have the drive and determination to succeed as a fashion model.
If you have what it takes to be a model but don’t have a professional portfolio then we can help you put together a portfolio of professional photographs that demonstrates your full model potential.
For a career in female modelling, a professional personality will go a long way. You need to be able to work with a whole array of professionals, such as hair stylists and photographers, but also be positive as there will always be a certain amount of rejection in a model’s career.
To be a successful female model, you need to be motivated, determined, mature and patient. The modelling world can be very busy and stressful but you need to stay grounded and calm. The support of a good agent and your family will help you as the more in demand you become, there more you will be travelling away from home.
Commercial modelling is used to advertise a particular product or service. Unlike many other types of modelling, commercial modelling rarely has specific requirements for models in terms of physical appearance and agencies are often looking for a model to have a more attainable look than high fashion models.
It goes without saying that the commercial market may not be as glamorous as high fashion, but commercial models often gave a longer and more successful careers than high fashion models.
Commercial models are chosen to be the face of particular products because they reflect the ideal customer who is being targeted for the product, therefore the customer can relate to the model which encourages them to buy the product.
There is always a high demand for catalogue modelling. There are literally thousands of clothing companies that use catalogues to sell their ranges, and this number has grown substantially over the years with online shopping and companies setting up online stores.
Catalogue collections can also be restyled online much easier than they can in print, which means that when new products come in, companies will look for models to advertise them on their websites.
Much like commercial modelling, an agency will be looking for catalogue models that reflect the personality of the brand and its target market.
Catalogue models often have longer careers than high fashion models and are likely to get on-going work as a company will often employ the same models for a whole season and shoot many different shoots over a few days or weeks.
In modelling, age is just a number these days. With people living longer than they did 30 years ago, advertisers are realising that there is a market out there for classic female models; a market that has otherwise been ignored.
With this, not only are we living longer, but we are also healthier and older generations have money to spend. By using older models to represent products, services and clothes, companies can target their particular market and people can relate to the model; therefore they are more likely to purchase the product. Over the past few years, classic female models have been seen in many beauty and fashion campaigns, selling luxury goods and services and even walking down the catwalks.
As we said for petit models, more and more high street retailers understand that woman are not all the same shape and size and now also create collections to tailor for more curvaceous women.
It’s not just high street either; more and more high-end model agencies are signing plus-sized models to handle the demand. Some brands have even created their own plus-size divisions with models appearing in both magazines and major campaigns.
When you see models walking the runway and advertising top brands in magazines, these are high fashion models.
To make it as a successful high fashion model, you firstly need to fit the industry standards height requirements which are normally over 5 foot 7 (although different agencies differ in exact requirements). This is because many designers feel that their clothes hang better and therefore look better on taller models. Working with models over a certain height also allows them to make sure their runway shows are consistent.
More and more high street brands have recognised the fact that people come in all shapes and sizes and that by only providing sleeves and trouser legs in only a few standard sizes they are missing out on a large amount of their audience.
High street brands and online retailers now know that by using petite models to advertise their shorter sizes they are giving a truer representation of what an outfit will really look like.
Model Central are the leading model support service in the UK, as part of our service, we can work with you to find out and advise you on your model potential, the types of modelling you are suited to and if modelling is something you are serious about.
What’s more, we will do all the work for you! And we guarantee all successful models will be signed to an agency.
So get in touch today and let’s take your dreams of a modelling career and make them a reality.