When most people think of models, they are mentally transported to a place where tall, thin, unreasonably beautiful women elegantly lope down a runway wearing designer fashions. Although this is the glamorous definition that our culture has propagated, it is less than 10% of the modeling work available. More specialized still are the markets where this type of modeling (fashion runway) is done. For the 5’8-5’11 female with minimal curves, fashion runway is ideal. Given that the average female height is slightly above 5’0”, most of us can identify ourselves as something other than a fashion model. The fashion mecca is New York City – but we all knew that, right? Other major metropolises around the world are beckoning the fashionista as well as the great designers, but most models start by working in the secondary fashion hubs – Australia, Japan, etc. From there, they can grow into Paris, Milan, London, and eventually make it to NYC if they’re lucky.
(Note: Don’t starve yourself. Your goal to become the next Kate Moss isn’t realistic if you can’t eat enough to be healthy. And if you do starve yourself, the effects will be visible in the grotesque shape of your muscle tone and skin color, which means you’ll never be booked anyway. Do yourself a favor – eat healthy and be aware of who you are. Most people will not fit in this category.)
If you fit the requirements to become a fashion model, let me know! These girls are few and far between . . . and usually find fitting into the everyday world uncomfortable due to being uncomfortable in their gangly bodies. But embracing that self -conscious figure could actually be doing you a favor. I’ll let you know if you’re headed down the right path! Leave a comment with your name, height, age, weight, and city of residence!