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Different Types of Modeling


When you think about types of modeling, you might think of tall, slender runway models or the editorial models in Vogue. However, those types of modeling are two of the various modeling genres only.


Here at NVE Agency, we provide you with different types of modeling so you can find which category fits you best.


1. Runway Modeling


Runway models are found on the catwalk wearing designer clothing. It is their job to show the clothes’ movement and the creator’s purpose for the clothing. Due to the designer’s precise measurements and fabric choices, the average runway model height is 5’9” to 5’11”, and sizes 00 to 2, 4 tops. However, the industry is constantly evolving, and depending on the designer’s intent, a plus-size model could be considered for runway modeling as well.


2. Editorial Modeling


Editorial models are the people you commonly see gracing the pages of Vogue, Elle, and Harper Bazaar. These models work with exclusive fashion labels and designers such as PRADA, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton, just to name a few. Editorial as a whole is very selective. Because of this, these models are very slender, tall, and have striking facial features. This type of modeling is also called magazine modeling.


3. Commercial Modeling


Commercial modeling is more lenient and diverse. The requirement to be a commercial model is to have an everyday friendly look.  In addition, these models are in high demand because brands and companies want people to support their products. 


4. Lifestyle Modeling


Lifestyle modeling is vastly different from high fashion sense it is more camera-driven than in-person. A model must exude a friendly character on camera and fit in with what the company or brand is trying to present. Lifestyle modeling is used for local to national campaigns. Any model can fit as a lifestyle model.


5. Catalog Modeling


This subgenre of modeling can be tedious however, it is the model’s job to present the clothing rather than themselves. In comparison to lifestyle, catalog modeling is camera-focused and driven. These photos are used in a brand’s catalog, website, and ad campaigns.


6. Fitness Modeling


Fitness modeling is a highly competitive industry that takes hard work, determination, and dedication. The main requirement is a toned and fit body.


7. Promo Modeling


Promo, also known as promotional models or brand ambassadors. They generally work on assignments by consumer-driven brands. They are part of promotional events, trade shows, digital launches, live shows, and conventions. They must be extroverted and highly interactive as a major part of their job is to drive consumer demand for a specific product or service, by directly interacting with potential customers. 


8. Swimsuit Modeling


Swimsuit modeling is made to generate publicity for swimsuit and summer productions and brands. To become one of the swimsuit models, you need to be comfortable in revealing clothing, have a toned body, and have sunkissed skin. Many businesses look for male and female models with exuberant personalities.


9. Lingerie Modeling


Similar to swimwear modeling, lingerie modeling mostly features fit models. The focus is on attractive underwear and how it matches the model's aesthetic. 


10. Fit Modeling


A fit model helps behind the scenes. They are fitted for clothing before the garment is sent to be manufactured. These models are extremely helpful in the industry since they illustrate how the garment fits and drapes “off the mannequin”. There is a broad spectrum of models who are diverse in body shape to complement each garment size. However, the model needs to be in proportion with his or her measurement sizes.


11. Petite Modeling


If you have unique looks, ooze confidence, sport a signature style, and have the right attitude, petite modeling can be a perfect fit for you. A petite model is generally above 5’ 1’’ and not taller than 5’ 7’’. You must know your characteristic strengths and strong features and use them to your advantage. 


12. Plus Size Modeling


Plus size modeling primarily represents women who are sizes ten to twelve and up. Plus size modeling gives curvy models representation as well as clothing illustrations for curvy women. With increasing demand in the commercial and fashion industry, there are more opportunities for plus-size models. 


13. Expecting Modeling


Advertisements (especially on TV) may feature maternity models for parenthood and baby products. If you are expecting, it’s a good idea to update your photos on casting platforms to book roles for pregnant models.


14. Mature Modeling


It is never too late to start working as a professional mature model. More than experience, you must be comfortable behind the frame, exude grace and a warm personality, and have a professional attitude. A mature model is generally above 35- 40 years of age and is healthy and physically fit. Greys, wrinkles, or age spots are not a concern for a mature model. 


15. Body Parts Modeling


Parts modeling is in the name. A parts model specializes in modeling for specific parts of the body such as hand, leg, feet, and facial features. This type of modeling is focused on very specific visual requirements. For instance, for a jewelry brand endorsement, the model is required to have flawless, smooth even-toned skin, with well-trimmed and shaped nails.


16. Freelance Modeling


Most people don’t do modeling as a full-time job. They apply to projects through casting sites and work part-time if they are booked. It provides freedom and flexibility to models while lacking financial stability. You would need a strong resume and portfolio to get the attention of fashion designers and casting directors when you look for modeling jobs as a freelancer.


17. Child Modeling


Children under 12 are considered for children’s modeling. Some kids have natural talent in front of the camera while some may need more supervision and directions. Countless projects are looking for child models to promote products or services.


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