How to Become an Amateur Fashion Model

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Amateur fashion models are new to the modeling industry. They may be pursuing modeling as a hobby or hoping to become a professional model. Although amateur fashion models may lack expertise, they are often able to get modeling jobs because they work for low pay or for free.

Amateur fashion models must be attractive, in great shape and poised.

If you meet the physical standards of a fashion model and are photogenic you may be able to become an amateur fashion model. Working as an amateur fashion model can help you build up your portfolio and may help you get future modeling jobs.

Consider size requirements.
  • Wardrobe
  • Photographer
  • Portfolio
  • Modeling course
  • Website
  • Business cards

1 Consider the size and age requirements

Consider the size and age requirements needed to become an amateur fashion model. Amateur fashion models have the same strict height and weight requirements as professional models. Female runway models are usually a minimum of 5 foot 8 inches tall with a slim build and male models a minimum of 5 foot 11 inches. Women should weigh between 108 to 125 pounds while men should weigh 140 to 165 pounds. Most female fashion models are between the ages of 15 to 22 and the ideal age for male models is between 18 and 25.

Stay fit.

2 Take care of your appearance

Take care of your appearance. An amateur fashion model not only has to have well defined facial features but also needs to be impeccably groomed. As an amateur fashion model you will have to be in top physical shape. You will need to have clear skin, healthy hair and a great smile. Eat healthy foods, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep so you will look your best. Visit a dentist or orthodontist to find out how you can achieve a perfect smile.

Learn modeling basics.

3 Take a basic modeling course

Take a basic modeling course that will teach you how to pose for photographs, walk on the runway and how to apply make-up. There are also instructional modeling DVDs which offer tips for beginners.

Create a portfolio.

4 Put together a fashion model portfolio

Put together a fashion model portfolio. Hire a professional photographer to take pictures of you in a variety of different outfits, poses and settings. Your portfolio shows potential clients how well you model, so make sure to showcase your best photographs.

Promote yourself.

5 Begin to promote yourself

Begin to promote yourself as an amateur fashion model by joining a modeling agency or attending modeling contests, trade shows and conventions. Beauty pageants are a great way to get noticed while you improve your modeling skills. Create a promotional website and make up business cards.

  • Fashion models should be aware of fraudulent modeling agencies and sexual predators. Research any company or client you deal with to find out if they are legitimate. Have someone escort you to meetings and photo shoots.
  • Amateur fashion models should be prepared to take criticism and rejection. Modeling is a tough industry. Those who suffer from body image troubles or low self esteem may not be able to handle the competitive nature of the modeling business.
  • Minors need to have permission of a parent or guardian in order to be an amateur fashion model.

Christy Zutautas has been working as a freelance writer for five years. She has published numerous articles, short stories, and poems in both online and print publications. You can find her work in "True Real Estate Stories," "WT Blue Sky Region Literary Magazine," "Better Budgeting" and more. She has studied creative writing at the Granton Institute of Technology.