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Modelling FAQs

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modelling FAQs

We're pretty sure if you're just starting out on the long winding road of modelling you'll have many questions you want answering. We hope here at UK Model agencies we've managed to answer a few in all our other sections, such as our advice and our very own model information, but there could a few more we haven't thought of, so we've added a few more below.


There are a million and one FAQs and if we can help you we can - it's what we're here for after all. Drop us a line if you haven't found what you're looking for and we'll see what we can do. There are the general questions like how to become a model, height and weight restrictions which we've addressed. For questions about different types of models and advice on how to find  agencies by town, to maybe you want agencies by county, then just click on the links and read all about it.


We have sections about male and female models, how to become a plus size model and all about mature model advice. We even have the more obscure sections like ugly, pregnant and mature modelling. Speciality modelling is a subject you don't normally see and our whole section on teenage modelling answers a lot for the youngsters out there wanting to join the gang .

For all your modelling FAQS and figures, have a gander and sit down with a cuppa and explore the whole site. We have modelling FAQs galore




How do I become a model?

Many top models are spotted in the streets by model scouts, but these are very lucky. Failing this you can apply directly to model agencies in your area. Contact them to find out how they prefer applications, but many will now accept new talent over the internet. Good model agencies will only ask for snapshot type photos, not expensive professional photographs. Some models also work freelance and advertise themselves to photographers directly.



What does it take to be a model?

To be a professional model you first need the right attitude and be passionate about modelling. Modelling can be very hard work, so determination and a drive to work hard is essential. For fashion work you do need to meet the minimum requirements, and for other types of modelling you need to have a look that will get you noticed. Models also need to be confident and enjoy performing in front of others. Taking care of your body is a major requirement as fitness, good skin and hair are imperative. Working well with others is also essential; it takes more than just a model and photographer to have a successful photo shoot, such as a team of creatives to create the right look. You'll also need to be able to sell yourself and promote yourself to clients to ensure them that you are available for work and love what you do.



What are the general minimum requirements to being a model?

For Fashion Modelling the requirements are quite strict, with specifications made for height and body measurements. Females should have bust-waist-hip measurements of around 34-24-34 inches (86-61-86cms) and be at least five feet eight inches (1.72m) tall . Males should have a 38-40 inch (97-102cm) chest and a 30-32 inch (76-81cm) waist and be at least six feet (1.83m) tall.

For all types of modelling (boys and girls), unless something different is asked for, you should have a healthy, fit, well-toned, well looked after body, flawless skin, and healthy hair and nails.

For people not meeting the basic requirements for fashion modelling other types of modelling should be considered, such as commercial and promotional modelling.



How do I find the best Model Agency for me?

Take a look at our guide for Finding a Model Agency.



Do I need to have professional photographs taken before I apply to agencies?

No. Any model agency that requires professional photographs from new models should be avoided. Snap shots and even your latest holiday photos will be fine. Make sure that you have at least one good close up of your face and a full length photo of yourself.


What types of modelling are there?

There are various types of modelling including for fashion (for example catalogues) through to clothed glamour (seen magazines such as FHM or Maxim) and glamour (page 3 of the Sun) to catwalk, lingerie and many more. It is worthwhile doing some research to find out exactly which type suits you.


What qualities does a model need to possess?

Much the same as in any other professional job really; modelling is in no way an easy ride. You must be determined, set goals for yourself and be committed to achieving them. Many models will find they cannot attend a shoot for many weeks and will eventually give up, it is important to be flexible and punctual. Always respond to phone calls and e-mails and ensure that you can clear your time to attend a shoot should the need arise.