Women seem to have dominated the modeling industry for a long time. When you think of fashion models, it’s likely women that come to mind. From Cindy Crawford to Cara Delevingne, models from different generations have become iconic, and their names are synonymous with beauty and style. However, male models are carving a larger spot in the modeling world, and many of them are becoming icons in their own right. If you’re wondering if you have what it takes, here’s what you should know to get started as a male model.
You Don't Need Professional Photographs
Basic snapshots are all you need to get the attention of top modeling agencies. If you are interested in fashion modeling, be sure your pictures, or what the industry refers to as "digitals" or Polaroids, include a clear face shot (one smiling and one not smiling) and some full-length body shots with and without your shirt on.
If commercial modeling is more your style, then in addition to the type of photos mentioned above, be sure to include some images that show a range of emotions, such as happy, excited, angry, sad, etc.
You Don't Need Modeling Classes
Modeling classes are not required to become a fashion model as most agencies are willing to provide the necessary training you need to get started. It is always recommended that both fashion and commercial models take some introductory acting or auditioning workshops.
It’s Not Just for Young Men
Men of all ages can be successful models. The idea that only men in their late teens or early twenties can model is not true. From commercial to fashion modeling, there’s a market for male models of all ages. Brands are often looking to appeal to a broad market, and having models that represent different generations is a great way to do that.
You Don't Need to Be Tall
Height standards for male models are generally between 5’ 11" and 6’ 2", but that is usually applied to men working as fashion and runway models. Even then, it’s not a hard and fast rule. There are different types of modeling, and they don’t all call for the long and lean man. Not only is it okay to be taller or shorter than traditional standards, but the modeling industry is also welcoming to male models of different sizes. For example, Target booked their first “plus-size” male model in 2015, and since, the image of a full-size male model has increasingly become more common.
Different Is Good
Now more than ever, the modeling industry is embracing the things that make models unique. Features that stand out are considered advantages, rather than flaws. Top male model Shaun Ross has had a successful career, and he also happens to have albinism. This has not hindered his career; instead, it has propelled him to stardom and made him more recognizable.
You’ll Need a Great Agent
Being part of a great modeling agency can mean a world of difference for any model. Because there may be fewer modeling jobs available for men, it’s critical you have an agent keeping their eye out for work for you, so something doesn’t pass you by. They’ll help you book jobs along with determining the market in which you’ll be most successful.