In Summary - Fashion Model
The Work - Fashion Model
As a fashion model, you would promote clothing and accessories to fashion buyers, customers and the media. You might model items in fashion shows, or in photographs for catalogues, magazines, newspapers and advertising campaigns.
If you are interested in fashion and you look after your appearance, a job as a model might suit you. In this job you will need to be well groomed. You will also have to have a professional attitude and the ability to get on with a wide range of people.
You don't need any formal qualifications to get into this type of work. It’s important is that you the right ‘look’ for the kind of modelling you wish to do.
You could specialise in various types of modelling, such as:
- photographic, advertising and TV commercials
- fashion and catwalk
- in-house live modelling for designers and clothing wholesalers
- promotional modelling (demonstrating non-fashion items at product launches and trade fairs)
- alternative modelling, if you have piercings, tattoos or an edgy, diverse look.
In fashion show modelling you would walk along a catwalk, turning to display clothes in front of an audience.
In photographic, advertising and commercial modelling you would:
- pose for photographers in a studio or on location
- take directions from photographers
- act or deliver lines in TV commercials.
If you worked as an in-house live model, designers would fit garments onto you in the workshop, and you would show finished clothing to fashion buyers and private customers. You might also have basic reception and secretarial duties when not modelling.
As a photographic or catwalk model, you would work closely with stylists, hair and make-up artists, producers and directors. You would also spend much of your time going to castings for jobs, keeping in contact with your agency, and looking after your appearance.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Pose for artists and photographers.
- Gather information from agents concerning the pay, dates, times, provisions, and lengths of jobs.
- Follow strict routines of diet, sleep, and exercise to maintain appearance.
- Record rates of pay and durations of jobs on vouchers.
- Report job completions to agencies and obtain information about future appointments.
- Assemble and maintain portfolios, print composite cards, and travel to go-sees to obtain jobs.
- Work closely with photographers, fashion coordinators, directors, producers, stylists, make-up artists, other models, and clients to produce the desired looks, and to finish photo shoots on schedule.
- Apply makeup to face and style hair to enhance appearance, considering such factors as color, camera techniques, and facial features.
- Display clothing and merchandise in commercials, advertisements, or fashion shows.
- Promote products and services in television commercials, on film, or in videos.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Interests - Fashion Model
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Good personality, good appearance and good dress sense are very important factors in this career and while no special type of beauty is essential, a Model must be photogenic.
An alert, enthusiastic and adaptable personality is needed, as is a well-developed sense of responsibility towards work and discipline.
Good health is essential, as the work makes heavy demands on the stamina of the Models, who are on their feet most of the day and may frequently have to model out-of-season clothes, e.g. flimsy garments in winter conditions and heavy winter wear in summer.
Entry Requirements - Fashion Model
Pay & Salary - Fashion Model
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 10k - 35k
Models are paid by the job. Job rates and frequency can vary.
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.