Who gets signed to a top modeling agency?
Fashion model agencies are attracted to two types of models:
- Young new talent with perfect ingredients (15 – 18 years old is the best age range).
- Experienced models already booming a lot of work with an up to date model portfolio.
We will only focus on the first type in this since it’s in the beginner section.
The key word above is “qualified”. You need to be at least 5’8” in most markets – 5’9” or taller in New York. Your hips should have a max measurement of about 35” and your bust size should be less than 36 with a max cup size of a small C. You also need to be near freakishly beautiful, or have enticing unique characteristics to your appearance.
What’s just as important are things you don’t do and having a big modeling portfolio can actually work against you, especially if most the images in it come from amateur modeling websites like Model Mayhem and similar websites. Agencies dislike those types of images, and models that are actively shooting them.
Many aspiring models believe that getting exposure is helpful, but that’s untrue. Top model agencies only care about exposure when it’s the wrong type, which is obviously unhelpful.
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