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 icons, and their names are synonymous with beauty and style. However, male models have also carved out a place in the modeling world, and many of them have become icons themselves. If you're wondering if you have what it takes, find out here what you should know to start as a male model.
You don't need professional photographs.
Simple snapshots are all you need to grab the attention of top model agencies. If you're interested in modeling, make sure your pictures, or what the industry calls "digitals" or polaroids, include a clear headshot (one smiling and one non-smiling) and some full-body shots with and without a shirt.
If you're more interested in commercial modeling, in addition to the above-mentioned photos, you should also take some pictures that display different emotions, such as happy, excited, angry, sad, etc.
You don't need modeling courses.
Becoming a model doesn't require modeling courses, as most agencies are willing to provide you with the necessary education you need to start. It's always recommended that both fashion and commercial models attend some introductory acting or casting 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 advertising to fashion modeling, there's a market for male models of all ages. Brands often want to appeal to a broad market, and models representing different generations are a great way to achieve this.
You don't have to be tall.
The height requirements for male models generally range from 1.70m to 1.80m, but that's typically for men working as fashion and runway models. Even then, it's not a strict rule. There are different types of modeling, and a tall and slender man isn't required for all of them. It's not only okay to be taller or shorter than traditional standards, but the modeling industry is also open to male models of various sizes. For example, Target booked its first male plus-size model in 2015, and since then, the image of a male full-size model has become more common.
Being different is good.
More than ever, the modeling industry values the things that make models unique. Standout features are seen as advantages rather than flaws. Male top model Shaun Ross has had a successful career, and he happens to have albinism. This hasn't hindered his career; in fact, it has made him a star and increased his recognizability.
You need a great agent.
Being part of a major modeling agency can make a significant difference for any model. As there might be fewer modeling jobs for men, it's important to have an agent who is actively seeking work for you so you don't miss out on opportunities. They'll help you book jobs and determine the market where you'll be most successful.