Because modeling is all about your body, there are certain physical requirements you should be aware of when you’re considering whether not you want to become a model. First of all we’re going to tell you the classic body requirements or a fashion model. We do not want you to become discouraged. In fact we can guarantee that 9 out of 10 people will not fit into these basic physical requirements.

If these do not apply to most models, why should you know these?
Because we want you to first become aware of the classic requirements and demonstrate to you how limited these requirements are for most people. After that, we want to show you the huge variety of modeling opportunities available to people who do not fit into that stringent definition.

Aspiring models often think very narrowly. If their only measure of success is walking the runway in Fashion weeks, they are almost always doomed to failure. In the same sense, it would be like an aspiring movie director saying that he or she will stand for nothing less than becoming the next Steven Spielberg. A nice goal to shoot for, yes, but one must be open to other possibilities.

The 60/20/20 Rule
The 60/20/20 Rule is quite simple. 20% of aspiring models go on to become models. Of that 20%, only 10% will reach that noteworthy level of modeling on the catwalks of Cape town & Joburg fashion week, South African Fashion Week, and Africa Fashion week, for top designers such as Craig Port or Terrence Bray. Aim for the top. But understand that modeling, just like all other professions on Earth, have varying levels of success.

A Model Height
Taller is better. 1.78 inches tall for girls & 1.80 inches for guys is about the minimum height than a model can have for top fashion modeling careers in Jo’burg Fashion week, South African fashion week or Cape town fashion week. In reality, supermodels are taller than at—6 feet or more. No, there is no discrimination at work here. The simple fact of the matter is that taller models display clothes better than shorter models. Fashion designers can cut larger articles of clothing for larger people, resulting in a better display of their product on the small screen or in small magazine pictures.

Body Types the Modeling Industry Prefers
Weight is a very touchy subject for most models. In general, models need to be quite slim in proportion to their height in order to fit into the types of clothing that designers want them to wear. Think: about 5 or 15 kg less than recommended weight for your height. 35 inches is about the maximum for hip measurements, and then take it down another 10 inches for waist measurement. For adult females, breasts also not large, unless the type of modeling you are intending to do depends on an ample bosom. Do not go out and begin to lose weight to become a model.

Ultra-Skinny? The Tide is Turning
For decades, “the skinnier, the better” was the motto. Aspiring models would do anything to lose weight—even endangering their health with extreme dieting, bulimia, or anorexia. But slowly attitudes are changing. The fashion industry has begun to come to grips with the notion that not all women are 6 feet tall and 102 pounds. Not only that, but in 2006 Spain made the shocking declaration that it would no longer allow overly thin models on the catwalk. The pronouncement from the government of Spain caused the modeling industry to re-examine its direction and its goals. Now, “ultra skinny” is no longer the exclusive body type preferred in the fashion world.

Preferred Model Clothing Sizes
Fashion models should be no less than a women’s size two to no larger than women’s size six.

Model Age Range
For high fashion (i.e., the “catwalk ” type of fashion), the typical age range for fashion models tends to be from age 16 to 28, with the majority of the models being around 16 are 22 years old.

Model Hair and Skin
The two most important aspects for any model—supermodel or not—is the hair and skin.
It is hard for us to overstate this fact. In case you aren’t understanding us, let us repeat: Hair and skin! Your hair must be flawless and impeccable. Your skin must be flawless and impeccable. No, there is no preferred skin type or color. But whatever your type and color, your skin must be smooth, dry, free of flaws, and taut. Hair must be shiny, healthy-looking, and not overly long.

by Justiné Keletsaletswe Pooe

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