Like other professions, modeling has a lot of genres and sub-categories. The list below will describe different types of modeling jobs in the industry. Some models will only be suitable for one category, while other models may fit into multiple.
It may be your dream to become a model, but you have to be realistic and not set yourself up for disappointment. So, know about the different categories for modeling.
Here is a brief overview of what each category is and what they require.
This is the holy grail of the industry. It’s the most exclusive and most difficult to get into and even harder to succeed in. Generally, fashion models need to be tall, young, and thin. There are size requirements and they rarely make exceptions in terms of their standards. There is no official guide to the fashion world’s size standard, but they are typically as follows:
For Female Fashion Models
Model Height Requirement: 5’7” to 6”
Model Measurement Requirement: 34-24-34. (They can make exceptions within one or two inches of this standard but anything beyond that is not likely to be considered.)
Model Age Requirement: 16-21 years old
Model Size Requirement: 0-4
Model Weight Requirement: 105-130 lbs, directly proportional to height
For Male Fashion Models
Model Height Requirement: 5’10” to 6’2”.
Model Weight Requirement: 140-165 lbs, directly proportional to height.
Model Measurement Requirement: Waist between 29” and 32”. Shirt size between 15-15 ½ neck, sleeve size between 32 and 34. Jacket size between 40 and 42.
Model Age Requirement: 18-25 years old.
Editorial Fashion Modeling
These are the models you will find in magazines. This is print modeling for high fashion. Zee Lifestyle Magazine features Cebuano models for their editorial shoots.
Fashion Catalog Modeling
This caters to a wide variety of models. The models can be petite, regular size, or plus size because designers will need variety for their catalogs.
Slightly less restrictive than fashion modeling in terms of requirements, catalog modeling still has rigid standards nonetheless, and is also difficult to get into. Catalog models are the ones you see in the clothing catalogs, posing in a variety of outfits. Typically, only female models between 5’8” and 6’1” will find work here. Male models should be between 5’10” and 6’2”.
Models walk the runway to showcase designer collections to potential buyers. Local brands like Island Souvenirs do yearly fashion shows. The agency that you sign up with will send their models to audition for these shows.
A lot of agencies work with this category of models. They can be used for print, advertising, television shows, trade shows, and more. To become a commercial model, you need to be well proportioned, attractive, and able to play different roles. This category can include many types of looks from girl-next-door to mature men, and more.
Local brands like Loalde, Penshoppe, and Island Souvenirs have a lot of billboards and ads. Island Souvenirs frequently feature prominent Cebuanos for their billboards.
Print models appear in magazines, billboards, booklets, banners, brochures, and ads. They must be attractive with good skin and great smile. Print ads can be done for Penshoppe, Bench, and other Philippine brands, but they frequently feature the more well-known personalities and models.
This type of modeling focuses on sex appeal, beauty, and body than other aspects. These models tend to be curvy and pretty. They can do lingerie or swimwear ads, calendars, music videos, and men’s magazines.
A promo model is hired to represent a brand, product, or service. They do not have any height or weight requirements, which makes it easier to get into than other types of modeling. This type of job is used to raise customer awareness of a product or brand.
Work can range from handing out samples in a shopping mall or promoting an alcohol brand at a bar. A promo model needs to have a great outgoing personality. You can find a lot of these jobs just by looking at job ads online. This is not part of the glamorous side of modeling but you can get a decent wage. You will be handing out flyers and doing a lot of standing in the malls for this type of assignment.
These models are under 5’4″ in height. They do not fit the requirement for fashion models, but they can find work in print, commercial, glamour, or promotional modeling.
A freelancer is not signed exclusive to a modeling agency. They do not have a manager or agent and find their own work. They are the only person responsible for promoting, networking, and spreading the word about their talent as a model. It’s rare, but with the Internet as their source, freelance models can make a name for themselves without the help of an agency.
Since the market for Cebu is quite small, it’s better that you sign to an agency. You can send in your portfolios to agencies like AD Models Philippines, OZAR Models Philippines, Prestige Modeling Agency, and Models Association of Cebu. They can help develop your skills as a model and find you jobs.
Fitness models are toned, healthy, and good looking, with great bodies. This category has no size or height requirements, as long as the model is in great physical shape.
These models are known for their hands, feet, legs, or other body parts. There are some agencies that represent parts models and for this type of modeling work, it’s recommended to get an agent rather than attempt to get work as a freelancer.
- Hair: Hair models are needed for shampoos and other hair products. They need to have gorgeous healthy hair.
- Legs: Leg models can be used for stockings, pantyhose, or other things that need the image of good legs. Their legs should be long and shapely.
- Hands: Hand models should have long, graceful hands, and impeccably clean nails. Hand models can be used in jewelry ads and other campaigns that need nice hands.
Full-figured models do not fit the size requirement of mainstream modeling. Plus-size brands require catalog models to represent them. These models may have curvier figures, but they are still quite beautiful.
Art models work with visual artists. They are required to pose, while the artist creates a piece of art. The model is the real life visual aid. Models can be used for paintings, illustrations, sculptures, and photography.
This type of modeling first gained popularity in the 1940s and 1950s. The term pin-up refers to the physical photo of an attractive model that can be pinned to the wall. This type of modeling work is more risque than other print ad modeling jobs. Modern pin-ups wear classic one piece bathing suits, while glamour models wear the barely there bikinis.
Alt models do not fit the typical modeling standards. They can be punk, gothic, covered with tattoos, and have piercings. They can work for websites and niche magazines. These types of models aren’t normally used for fashion magazines, because they don’t fit the aesthetic requirements of the general public.
As a model you need to be aware of what you’re capable of and which categories are best suited for you. You will have more success in finding a lot of modeling jobs when you are aware of the market or demographic that is looking for your kind of appeal. This is the best way to go about finding the right kind of modeling career for you.
A Complete List of Modeling Jobs You Can Find in Cebu by Holly Bissonnette