The modern age of modeling is changing, and a lot of the information circulating in the past has gone wrong. We reveal five modeling myths so you can be more informed and more confident in moving forward as a model.
You must be a size, 0 people. This may have been true in the past when it was often associated with models. Today, the industry is changing, and there is a great market for plus-size models and a wide range of accepted sizes. Many top modeling agencies have acknowledged that curvy models are in demand and are attracting the market.
- It would be best if you were extremely tall.
There may be strict height requirements for runway and high fashion modeling that still apply, but most other categories ranging from commercials, catalogs, print, and many other forms are more open to short heights. There’s even a modeling category called “petite modeling” these days. It’s not impossible to break into high fashion. Looking at the example of Kate Moss, who was one of the first models to enter the supermodel scene at around 5’6″ or 1.67m, the industry, you can see the incredible success of being a model.
- You are too old to be a model.
Have you ever heard of senior or adult modeling? Yes, age is not a barrier to being a model! Anyone can be a model. As long as you have the energy and dedication to take part and have a life that matters, modeling is for you.
- You have to take a professional photo first.
If you have the time and money for it, go for it, but it’s not a must. The agency doesn’t expect you to be a ready-made model with all the photos and professional experience in place. They are mostly looking for a fresh face who has the right attitude to develop into a professional model who will sign with the agency for as long as possible. For starters, your smartphone’s high-quality camera will suffice to register. Professional photos will be taken by the agency, as required.
- It’s easy to be rich and famous.
This is a very common misconception. People watch Victoria’s Secret runways or read fashion magazines and believe it’s a model. Yes, but reaching that standard won’t be an overnight phenomenon. Often, in the beginning, you have to put aside profits and invest time and energy to build a good reputation and track record first. Once clients start to recognize you and the agency believes in your potential, that’s when you will have a stable and good source of income and start to become popular.
With that, we hope to dispel some of the doubts and rumors about modeling.