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Model FAQ: Could I Be A Model?

This must be the most frequently asked question of all: “Do you think I could be a model?” Girls send me snapshots and statistics, descriptions of their faces, how much they think they might grow by their sixteenth birthday; there’s only one real way to find out if you could be a model, and that’s to approach a model agency.

Model agencies (reputable ones) have certain times of the week when you can just pop in – like an open casting call – and they’ll give you the once over. Model agents have usually been doing their job for years and they can spot a potential model from a mile off – sometimes they’ll get it wrong and an amazing girl will slip through the net, but generally they will be able to give you a big old ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

If this all sounds far too harsh and real, then prepare yourselves: that’s what it’s like! There’s no point hanging on to a dream with modelling – if you’re not going to work then there’s no point doing it. Unless of course you have a huge trust fund and you don’t need to make a living – in which case, lucky you!

You have to be extremely realistic if you want to be a model, it’s very competitive; new girls come in all the time and very few girls keep on working for years and years. If you go and see three or four agencies and they politely tell you that you’re just not right, then it’s best to take a bit of expert advice: you’re probably just not right. As I mentioned, girls do slip through the net and agents later admit that they hadn’t quite picked up on the ‘star quality’ that a girl had, but more often than not they know what they’re talking about.

So, sorry to start on a rather disheartening subject, but rather than obsessing over your measurements or whether your nose is too curved or your eyes look too startled – why not just go and see? You have nothing to lose – there are plenty of agencies out there to try, and the worst that can happen is that they say no. If they say no and you want desperately to be a model, then consider that ‘no’ to be your first practice rejection, because modelling is all about rejection and you have to be really thick-skinned!

Now onto the more positive note (not that this has so far been negative – it’s just very realistic!) – there are thousands of girls modelling, and each agency might have a slightly different market. Some may take very editorial-looking girls (quirky, edgy, strong features) and some may prefer commercial girls (classically beautiful or simply ‘pretty girl next door’). Until you try a few agencies, you won’t know where you fit in, so make sure that you do try a few! A nice booker will tell you where you may be best off going to next, but my advice would be to stick to agencies who are part of the AMA (Association of Model Agencies). These agencies abide by certain codes of conduct and I really would give these ones a try for an honest answer and good, solid advice.

Click here for a list of AMA Member agencies – you’ll see that all the top ones are members, Storm, FM, Models 1, Select and so on.

I shall be back with another post about how to act, dress, groom and prepare yourself for an agency visit as well as a post with a list of ‘features’ generally perceived to be the physical requirements of a model.


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  1. Fab and honest post Ruth. Love it.
    Btw you blog is my newest obsession…

  2. Thanks for this post it is really interesting. I would love to model but in reality from looking through magazines im not pretty enough :)

  3. I’ve tried the whol agency thing, and it didn’t work out for me. I tried many and they all turned me down. But then again, i was 15 back then so i looked completely different than i do now. So recently, i’ve decided to go a different rout. I’ve been doing little fashion shows here and there, my friends who are models have been recommending me for photographers who need models for photo shoots, and it’s been going up hill :)

  4. Thank you Ruth for such a great post about this. I receintly stepped onto the ground of scouting for an agency. That’s quite specific too.. And after trying to be a model myself it’s quite a great experience to see it from the different angle!

  5. Excellent post! This was very interesting to read!

  6. YAY! I love that you’re branching out and telling us about this too! I’m always curious what to wear for go sees and stuff, and am so looking forward to this!

  7. Do you consider yourself to be a girl-next door?
    How did you start modelling?

  8. This is a fantastic post! Can’t wait to read more about the ins of modeling!

  9. Hi Ruth, love your blog. I absolutely adore all things beauty and was just wondering if you knew anything about beauty work experience or internships either at magazines or in the industry? I just don’t know the best way to approach it as there’s so many girls desperate for an internship opportunity, so I was just wondering if you had any insiders tips? Thanks, Emily.xx

  10. Thanks Ruth, I’ve just Tweeted you (I think), only really just getting used to Twitter so hopefully you can see what I’ve written. I would really appreciate it if you could retweet it for me? Thanks again :) Emily.xx

  11. I definitely look forward to the next post about modeling! Do tell; how were you discovered as a model? I’m dying to know! :)

  12. hi Ruth loving your comments but what about us mature chaps/
    There must be a market for us too? Every age must have a demograhic?

  13. My mum keeps going on about how I should model, but I’m too small to model (5ft4) she is living in a dreamworld haha she thinks I could just do photograph modelling or something.

  14. PLEASE do a post of what you wrote : “how to act, dress, groom and prepare yourself for an agency visit as well as a post with a list of ‘features’ generally perceived to be the physical requirements of a model.” PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

  15. Love this post!
    it’s really helpfull.

  16. Hi ruth
    I would love to model its been my dream forever. I would love to turn it into a reality but I don’t know how. I have checked loads of websites and agencies but everything costs. Got any advice?
    Love your blog by the way

  17. thx ruth keep doing your blogs I love taking your tips and advice

  18. thx ruth I took your advice and I will approach some the agencies when I feel ready. Thx for the tips. Good idea about model faq

  19. Hiya Ruth,

    Did you ever get your gorgeous Chanel leather jacket fixed? Xxx I love it btw

    • @Freya it was Coccinelle, not Chanel – think it was the way I said it! Still expensive though, so VERY pleased to say that yes, tis fixed! xxx

  20. Hahaha lol Good xxx

  21. Hi Ruth
    You r so lucky you getcto go to so many places I would love to do that

  22. What’s your best cure? Mines chocolate :)

  23. I’ve always wondered if I could model. I have super short hair (I shaved it for a friend going through chemo)and since them people have been telling me I look androgynous, which I guess is in? I’, 5’1″ so I never really thought I could be a model. This is very good advise though, thanks! :]

  24. Thing with modelling casting is that if you’re tall and fit you’d more than likely be accepted “somewhere”, but don’t just give up after a few initial no’s. I’ve heard about so many big time models that say they were rejected so many times but they had to develop a thick skin and take whatever they say as constructive criticism and don’t take it to heart. My sister s a model, and she had so many agencies turning her down but she kept at it and now she’s with a very reputable agency.

    My sister keeps telling me I should do it because I’m 5′ 10 and fit, but I really don’t have a thick skin and I think I have a bit of an ego and too much pride. :D haha, I would never ever do good as a model.

  25. I am constantly being told that I should model (and I’m not the ‘popular-everyone-loves-me-commercially-pretty-type’) – adults approach me and ask if I am a model and, if not, say I should be. I have very low self esteem due to what I shudder to call “bullying” when I was young, so I’ve not taken then seriously until recently. I’ve never undermined a career in modeling by any means, but I’ve never had a desire to be photographed or have people constantly looking at me. I mean, I have boy-short hair and wear no makeup, for gods sake – I couldn’t be a model! But recently I’ve been pondering the idea of heading to one agency and seeing what they have to say, as potentially making money definitely wouldn’t be a problem with me. Thanks for the informative posts, as always, and the list of AMA agencies is super helpful.

  26. Hi ruth, I know this blog post went up months ago but I was wondering about cheek-bones. I know almost all high-fashion models (Well, almost all models really) have reasonably high cheek bones. I am desperate to be a model. I dont know why that is but I just cant help the fact that I wish I was a VS model. I have a good body, Im not going to lie and I have a reasonably nice face (Id say Im more of the ‘girl next door’ type model). Im constantly being told that I have great skin and pretty hair and stuff and I always just breeze it off modestly. But recently I have been feeling like I really want to model. My problm is that I am worried that my cheek-bones aren’t high enough. They are not plain invisible but I feel like they are holding me back in some way. I am desperate to be a model and I always dream that one day Illbe scouted on the streets.. I know this whole comment probably sounds incredibly self centered/obsessed but I feel like you’re the only one I can really talk too. Please help. xo

    P.S Just to let you know I am 5″7 and Im 13 xxxx I really love your videos, your my inspiration

  27. Can I model with braced and dyed hair (although I’ve been told my hair looks natural)? I’m 13 years old and have fairly long legs and am pretty thin, thanks x

    • hey im thinking of being a model im 12 going onto 13 this year really wanted to be a model since a young age

      • What. The. Heck.
        First of all, why do you want to model at 13?!
        I’m sorry, but this honestly just sounds like a poorly veiled ‘I want to model so i can brag to the school about how i’m pretty enough to be a model’ thing. Why don’t you finish puberty and you know…SCHOOL first before even considering this hmmm?

    • stop voting for yourself.

  28. Everyone says that i should be a model when i was younger and i didn’t care but now i’m older i would love to be one i’m just really shy but thanks i will try

  29. Hello Ruth! Thanks for the information! I live in the U.S. Is there an association that you know of like the AMA here that covers agencies in the U.S.? Thanks!! -Brooke

  30. May be it will help me in future .. Thanx 4 d advice :-)

  31. Everyone is always telling me how pretty I look or how great my body is, but… I want to know if I am pretty enough or have good enough body to start modeling. I am a 19 years old and I’m mixed with black and white. I have long legs and a long torso..

  32. I have always been extremely self-conscious of my height, I am 5’10/11 and I feel that my height is made more obvious by the fact that I have always been naturally thin. I mean, no matter what I eat I stay looking thin. However I feel that one way to appreciate my height is by modelling. I also have vey long legs, but I want to know if you need big boobs to model? Cos being so naturally skinny means I have practically none :(

    • Nope. Agencies don’t want girls with big boobs. They want thin, tall girls without curves. Some models have managed to be successfull with big boobs, but it’s way harder to get jobs with big boobs. Try modeling!

  33. I’m 4″11 and stopped growing, seems no agency will take me :/ I’m not even attractive at all :(

  34. My Grandma said I should go into plus size modeling because I’m a heavier set girl, but I don’t know if it would be a good idea. But I like to think that I have a pretty face. I have a few scars and my skin has all these funky things on them and I was wondering if anyone knows any ways to clear up your skin. Not on my face but on my body, I was told it might be dehydration but I don’t know. Please I would love to talk to someone with a little knowledge/experience on the subject.

    My Email: cochranliana@gmail.com

  35. Lately some people that i know have been mentioning that i should pursue a modeling career. I am 15 years old, 5’9, i weigh 121 lbs and i think i’m in decent shape. However in my own opinion I cannot tell if i have the face for modeling. I have taken some pictures of myself, but really that’s just for fun. I believe that people cannot judge themselves fairly…so i came to this site to get an opinion.. I realize that if i do indeed pursue this line of work i need to start now… so have a look at my insta > @maggiepurrr

  36. Can I start working as a model of I’m 5’7 and 110lbs? I feel I’m too skinny but people keep telling me I could be a model in the USA
    My exact measurements are bust 34.7 – waist 25 – Hips 34.6
    What do you guys think?

  37. I’ve been told I’m beautiful by lots of ppl. I’ve had random ppl compliment me in the grocery store. I’m white with green eyes and long dirty dish natural blonde hair. I’m currently 14 and weigh 108 lbs and I’m short ( 5″ feet tall short) I’m just wondering if I would be model material because my dad was a model too so I’m curious..:p

  38. I’m 13 years old and I’m about 5’7 and I’ve always been told I should be a model. My neck is really long (five inches exactly) and I have good posture and am naturally thin. I weigh about 110 pounds and people (even total strangers) say that I should go into modeling. I don’t think I’m pretty enough (I have a bad complexion) but everyone says th

  39. I’m 14, nearly 5’7 and 108 pounds (really darn skinny :() and it’s always been something I’ve been insecure about. Like Carmen mentioned, I feel like modelling is something I could do to help me eventually appreciate myself. I feel like I have got a genuinely decent face, but I may not be tall enough. However I and my parents have gotten a lot of comments regarding my body… legs in particular, along the lines of “you/your daughter should be a model”. A designer had even requested me once but I was 12 and not particularly interested xD

    I guess it would be cool if I ever got into an agency

  40. I’m 13 years old and I’m always like being complemented my people and things but I’m like really pale. I’m also ginger but idk if people would accept that for me? And I’m 5’5 but my hips are wide compared to other people my age, even tho I swim so much and I am skinny. I’m also not sure if modelling agency’s want people like that

  41. I’m only 12 years of age and I’ve been told by my friends that i can be a model. I want to try but i dont know what agency would take me. I am only 5’3 and i weigh about 103 pounds. I don’t know my exact measurements but i don’t have wide hips. I do dance and I’m really active so i think I’m thin. I don’t have long legs but i have a long torso, and i believe i look like a normal girl. So i don’t know if i should try modeling.

  42. I really want to be a model (im 11) but my mum says no, and plus im scared if i applied for a modelling agency they would reject me. Im blonde with blue eyes and my face is very symmectrical. I weigh about 5.75 stone and i think im about 5″1. I wouldnt say im skinny but i have visible stomach muscles because i do a lot of dance and gymnastics. The top of my ribs are also visible.
    Please get back to me,
    Abi x

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