It can be difficult when you break into the modeling industry to know where to turn and which avenue you want to pursue. Sometimes it can feel like you’re in it alone and haven’t anyone to advise you on the best way to start. How do you know what type of model to be? What is the difference between an editorial model and a catwalk model? What about commercial? Fear not, because Fourwall Magazine have the answers for you, right here.
These are models often seen working for the fashion labels and will be often seen in fashion and model magazines like Fourwall. This type of modeling is usually quite specialized – most models are classically ‘slim’ and at least 5ft 9 inches. Don’t be disheartened if you get rejected because stats are quite selective for this category of model.
A commercial model will model for a wide variety of brands, but these will not be high fashion. Modeling jobs range from general campaigns, magazine features and commercials. This category is the most varied in looks and scouts widely for new talent.
Quite self-explanatory from the label – these are models who showcase a fashion designer’s clothing line on the catwalk. Sizes are precise and specific so models cast are generally over 5ft 7 inches, with other selective measurements. Designers hire models to fit the clothes they’ve made for their collections; they don’t usually make the clothes to fit the model.
Depending on the brand, this could be a category suitable for any body shape and type. From underwear to lingerie to swimsuits and nightwear, there’s a LOT of work in this field.
These models will tend to have toned and athletic builds as they will mostly be modeling for fitness brands and being photographed in athletic wear. Some fitness models have previously worked in the field professionally so have experience in that environment but not all, and many jobs can include commercial shoots and promoting supplements.
NOT a fitness model, but someone who helps to make sure the fit of the clothing and sizes are maintained behind the scenes. If you’re not sure the other model categories are for you, then being a fit model may be more suitable as garment manufacturers need a variety of fit models to try on the clothes when they’re being made for fashion houses before they’re shipped.
Like the name, a parts model models parts of the body specific to the brand’s need, whether that’s their legs, feet, hands or arms. A foot model may be cast to model shoes whereas a hand model may model jewellery. Brands usually look for models with well-proportioned body parts.
Promotional models or ‘promo’ models are often booked to promote or sell products or services whether that’s online or in person at events and trade shows. Often promotional models will need to explain in detail about the products they’re selling and be comfortable answering questions so clients expect someone who is bubbly and outgoing.
Models working for magazines such as Playboy or Nuts Magazine or similar are usually considered glamour models. This usually refers to modelling involving swimsuit or lingerie but sometimes in a more sexually suggestive manner.
Which type of model do you want to become?