Friday, February 12, 2010

Six differences of a fashion model and short model

Fashion Model: Over 5'7"
Short Model: Petite is considered under 5'5" in modeling being under 5'7" is considered short.

Fashion Model: Goes to open calls or is discovered by a model scout from a fashion modeling agency. Or mails snapshots in the snail mail.
Short Model: A short model should strive to work within commercial print modeling. A shorter model will have better luck making her model compcard and mailing it to a commercial print modeling agency by snail mail.

Fashion Model: Usually is not booked for a modeling job because of her personality, or uses her personality at modeling jobs. She might jump, smile, and model products but her photos are more about attitude, less about smiles.
Shorter Model: Her photos are more about personality and modeling lifestyle products, her photos are less about mega makeup and more about being natural.

Fashion Model: Gets a portfolio and compcard made for her and the price for these are deducted from her paychecks.
Short Model: Will create her own marketing material, comp card and portfolio, herself. She will use her comp card as a main marketing tool to get a modeling agency, and a comp card will be created FOR getting the agency, for mailed submissions. Once you have an agency that wants to work with you, then you give the agency your comp cards to use to market you with. Sometimes a print modeling agency will advise you, and give you tips on making a compcard but you should always have your own marketing tools, your own compcard.

Fashion Model: Works exclusively with one agency for a 2-3 year contract.
Short Model: Typically she will freelance often with a few commercial print modeling agencies or talent agencies and exclusive representation isn't the end all because in print modeling it is typical to work with many agencies non-exclusively.
Fashion Model: Usually is 16-22 years old.
Short Model: A commercial print model can model until she is 86.

Many fashion models think that modeling is over when they get to a certain age but they should consider commercial print modeling because it has no age, no matter how tall or short you are. If you have personality, energy, and can be expressive modeling a product naturally, commercial print modeling is your area.


Anonymous said...

Love the photo!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if I could still be a model for make up lines such as chanel or clinque or mac even tough i'm not a giant.

Unknown said...

There is nothing wrong with aiming high and dreaming big, but also being realistically ambitious is a major attitude towards getting opportunities. Yes you can still model for beauty if you are short, (not a giant or giraffe) but having the right type of beauty shots on your comp card is a good idea.
Even though cosmetics and beauty ads are not about the models height often for high fashion cosmetic brands, taller models are still used. Many times these high fashion brands will go to the fashion agency and book a girl for the clothing and a girl for the beauty ads. A taller girl. However beauty brands are not just stemming from high fashion brands, and not all beauty models are tall, and these days there are MANY beauty brands, hair care brands, nail care, skincare, that use models of all types, age, ethnicity and size. The goal for an aspiring model that wants to work within beauty is to create a professional beauty shot. Here are some tips on creating a beauty shot that I think will inspire you.
A beauty shot is a close up of your face, and it can be created in many styles but an all natural (not too much makeup) beauty shot close up that looks like the beauty ads you see for lifestyle beauty brands is best to create. If you are shorter it is best to use lifestyle brands (think Dove, St. Ives, Avon, Mary Kay, Wet n Wild,) as examples when creating your photos, not high fashion beauty brands, skip Dior, Mac, Chanel, --because you’re most likely, as a shorter girl, going to get hired to model for a lifestyle beauty brand or product than one that has a high fashion background.
Also a beauty shot is something that all models should have on their comp card, and it can involve a smile, personality, but it is a close up of your face, similar to a headshot but with more of a beauty product ad feeling. The focus could be your lips, your eyes, your skin, your profile, your lashes, but don’t over-do the makeup, commercial print modeling agencies want to see your face. Commercial print modeling agencies want to see your personality glow.

Anonymous said...

I'm a fashion model and I'm 5'4" and 17...

Anonymous said...

are you really a fashion model if ur 5'4 n 17? n how did u do it? cuz i also want to be a fashion model like kate moss