How to become a fashion model
You can get into this job through:
- applying directly
You could develop your skills as a model by helping out with charity fashion shows.
You'll usually start your career by going to a model agency in person or sending photographs and details of your measurements to them.
You'll need a good appearance and the right 'look' for the area of modelling you want to go into.
You should usually be well-proportioned for fashion modelling, with regular features and healthy skin, teeth and hair. For other types of modelling you would need to fit in with the look that modelling agencies want.
You don't need to do a modelling course or have an expensive portfolio of pictures. The British Fashion Model Agents Association has advice on what to expect from reputable agencies and how to avoid rogue ones.
There's a lot of competition for modelling jobs. You'll improve your chances of finding work if you build up a good portfolio and get experience and contacts.
Model agencies are not allowed to charge an up-front fee for you to join them.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join Equity for professional advice and to make industry contacts.