Beyond the Runway

Models-Female-And-Adriana-Lima-Smile-Model-132568Models are more than high-fashion.

When you think of the world “model”, what do you picture? Probably a tall, thin woman. Well, that’s only partly right. While it’s true that high-fashion models indeed are tall and thin, most models don’t work in high-fashion, walking the runways of New York or Milan. In fact, most of them don’t work in fashion at all. Here is a brief break down of what the makeup of the modeling industry actually looks like:

Modeling Industry Makeup

  • 10% High-fashion
  • 10% Specialty size
  • 80% Commercial print/ acting for TV or film

So as you can see only 10-percent of the modeling industry is dedicated to high fashion modeling. On the other hand, the vast majority of the industry revolves around commercial print/ acting for TV or film at 80-percent. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get or find high fashion modeling jobs if that’s what you’re interested in.

How to Qualify for High-Fashion (Aka Runway) Modeling Jobs

If you’re someone who has the dream of becoming a high fashion model and joining the other 10% of models in this part of the industry you must first meet certain standards. It’s not as simple as being beautiful and thin, as talent agencies and casting directors are looking for so much more. Listed below are just a few things that are expected out of male and female high fashion model.


Height: 5’9-6’

Hips Size: 36 inches or less

Dress Size: 0-6

Typical Salary: $250/hour

Typical Career Length: 2-3 years


Height: 5’11 to 6’3

Jacket Size: 40R-42L

Typical Salary: $250.00/per hour

Typical Career Length: 2-3 years


If you’re able to meet these basic requirements you may have what it takes to land a job as a high fashion model. The only other things you will need is the experience and talent to excel in this industry which you can easily get from work various modeling gigs.

What is Specialty Size Modeling?


The next type of modeling mentioned was specialty size models, which are typically models who are categorized as plus size or petite models. These are both two popular forms of modeling that people aspire to get into, and depending on your skills and appearance you may be a great prospect for this part of the industry. Below is a list and description of these two forms of specialty size modeling:

Plus Size

This subcategory of fashion is for larger, more full-figured women. As more and more consumers insist they want models who wear larger sizes, there is an increasing demand for plus size models.

Height: 5’8 to 6’

Dress Size: 10

Typical Salary: $500-$1,000/day

Typical Career Length: 3-6 years


Another subcategory of fashion, petite is for a select few who are extremely good-looking yet smaller in stature.

Height: 5’3-5’5

Waist: 34 inches or less

Dress Size: 0-4

Typical Salary: $500.00/per day

Typical Career Length: 3-6 years

What to Expect from Commercial Print Modeling/Acting for TV or Film

If you’re someone who really wants to get started in the modeling the industry the easiest and fastest way to do so is through commercial print modeling or some type of acting. These two avenues are much more open to choosing a wider variety of people with less specifications. The best part is that these types of modeling jobs and acting auditions pay extremely well. Here is just a brief price breakdown of what you could earn by taking this route

Editorial: $200.00/ per day

Catalog: $1,200-$3,500 per day

Fashion Print: $1,200.00-$2,400/ per day

Commercial Print: $400.00-$950.00/per day

Swimwear/Bikini Modeling: $500-$2500/per day

Lingerie/Underwear Print: $400 day rate editorial/ $2,400-$7,000 day rate and up catalog

Nude Modeling: $600.00 day rate editorial/ $3600.00-$9,500/day rate catalog

So if you’re really interested in becoming a model and finding success in this industry you can now see that you have plenty of options to choose from. All you have to do is sign up with us today and we will go through the process of finding the best modeling situations for you.

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  1. Hi my name is Andre Barcus. I am 34 years old and I am 160 pound and my height is 5/5. I all ways wanted to try out for modeling and acting I think. I will be a good can date for modeling. I love to work out at the gym and go swimming and ride my bike and work out at home and take walks and run. I like to keep fit I am vary active.

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