How to become a model in USA – Measurements, agencys and the competition

Every country has its modelling hotspots. In USA it is definitely New York and Los Angeles. It is always good to live in one of those cities because it is easier for the clients to book a model who is nearby. But everybody know models are always travelling, so for good jobs it will be no problem for a client to book a model who does not live in one of those hotspots. Also we as a Europe based agency always look for models in the U.S.A.

If you want to become a Model in the U.S, you have to have the right Measurements. Especially in the big markets they are very strict when it comes to height and measurements.

Measurements

For women in Los Angeles / New York / Chicago / …

  • Height: 174-181cm
  • Slim figure
  • You have to be a special type

For men in Los Angeles / New York / …

  • Height: 185-195 cm
  • Slim to athletic figure

If you are ready to become a model, apply now! The United States and cites like New York, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles are the biggest model markets in the U.S. Big brands have their office in LA, NY and on. We have a little guide to help you understand what it takes to become a model in one of the biggest markets in the modeling industry.

Do it yourself: Bust, Waist, Hips and Height

These are the measurements points for your first modeling agency application. Take care, that you are totally honest. More about: Take your own measurements for agencies, castings and jobs.

Why are model dimensions so important to get jobs?

Why are the measurements so important for models? You always have to imagine, there are many models. Whether a designer has his presentation in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Cape Town or even New York and Berlin, fashion collections are cut to a certain size, especially if they have been tailored for the next season and initially only on a few sample pieces to customers Fashion shows or showrooms are shown. These collection pieces are usually cut to a standard size, this standard size corresponds z.b. in high fashion a height of female models of 178 cm and usually a clothing size of 34 or 34, 36 (EU). Women should not be taller than 181 cm. For men, it is especially important that your body should not be over-trained. Why? So normal men can identify less with you. Men’s models should have a minimum size of 185 cm and a maximum height of 195 cm. If female models then wear high heels, the biggest differences are not too extreme. At a fashion show, all models are about the same size and nothing distracts from the fashion pieces.

The same is of course true for online shops, especially when it comes to the first parts of a collection, standard sizes are published. Whether it’s clothing, size S or M (US) or women’s footwear with a standard size of 36 to 38 (EU) for women and 42 and 43 (EU) for men.

Measurements for models for advertising

Those who only want to work in advertising, that is not in the field of high fashion fashion, for the dimensions are no longer so crucial. Here women can also succeed with a height of 170 cm or with a height of 183 cm. Even for men models, the dimensions are more flexible, advertising no longer requires the “absolute ideal dimensions” and the figure may also differ a little.

Requirements for Plus Size Models

Plus Size Models are really trendy. More and more fashion designers and creative arts directors are turning to curvy women in advertising. There is still a small difference between Plus Size Models and Curvy Models. Plus Size Models are models that are a little above the “normal” fashion model sizes, ie Plus Size Model are women who have a dress size of 38 or 40 (EU). Plus Size Models are great at working because more women can identify with them than they do with high fashion models. As a plus size model you can not only work for fashion customers, but also in advertising. This makes the job opportunities varied and so you can earn good money as a plus size model in the industry. You want to become a Plus Size Model? Then send us your application!

Curvy Models: Measurements and confection

Curvy models in women with a dress size between 42 and 44. Also, the cup size is much larger and can quite go to a G-Cup. Curvy models are just as popular as Plus Size Models because they appeal the most to the average woman. The average woman in Europe has a clothing size of 44. This means that even Curvy Models are only in average cut with an average dress size of 42 to 44. Even as a curvy model, we are very pleased about your application in our modeling agency.

People Models

The last section of the model revolves around those who have very special features. Extremely wild hair, tattoos, best agers and many more. As a People Model, you work mainly in the field of advertising, whether it is for a cereal commercial or for a comfortable mattress. People Models correspond to the normal look of everyday people. They have a special tooth gap, especially many curls or a striking and distinctive nose. Anyone who wants to work as a people model should not apply to a modeling agency, but to a special people agency. Where is the difference? People agencies work in advertising as well, the only thing they use less is fashion. As a People Mode you can also get hold of jobs in advertising, for online shops or classic advertising materials such as image brochures and catalogs.

Model measurements are as diverse as the job. There is a suitable agency for each area.

Competition! Advantages and Disadvantages for Models in the U.S.A

Advantages of a Big Markets:

  1. Exposure
    You simply will not receive the same degree of exposure to other prospective future employers in a small market. Generally, smaller markets only offer commercial modeling opportunities. If you want to make a name for yourself, your only real option is to work in a big market.
  2. Opportunity
    This one is fairly intuitive. A larger market has a larger demand for the same services. Working in a big market will simply provide more job opportunities in gross. The sheer number of advertising, editorial, and other marketing or content producing agencies in a big market create a larger demand for models.
  3. Money
    This follows the previous two. Now, keep in mind, there are plenty of low-paying modeling gigs at every level and market. However, with so much demand and wider-reaching platforms, big markets are likely to have the biggest compensating jobs available.

Disadvantages of a Big Market:

  1. Competition
    Not only will you have to compete for the same jobs with more people, many of them will have traveled to big markets for the same reason as you—better modeling gigs. This means that not only is the number of competition inflated, the QUALITY of the competition is also tougher as well.
  2. Scams
    In smaller markets, where there are fewer opportunities for models to find work, there are subsequently fewer scams. Moreover, once an organization is discovered to be a scam, it is far harder to hide that fact in a small market. Unfortunately, with so many opportunities abound, it is easier for scammers to hide amongst the bustle and target naïve or new potential models.
  3. Criteria
    With a glut of potential models, employers in big markets are able to have their “pick of the litter,” so to speak. This means that the standards for potential models become inflated with the inclusion of more competition. Thus, someone who may be a great candidate for modeling in a small market may not find the same opportunity in a bigger one.

If you want to know more about becoming a model check out our blog > Modeling – Become a Model and Steps to becoming a Model in Big Markets.

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