01Fashion (Editorial) Model
Male fashion models, or what those in the modeling business call, "editorial models" are the high fashion models you see in fashion magazines like Men's Vogue, GQ, Details, and Numero. These models wear clothes well and work for top fashion designers like Giorgio Armani, Prada, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Burberry, and others.
Male editorial models are generally 6' 0" to 6' 2" and wear a 38 or 40 jacket. Asian markets will represent male models from 5'10" and up.
There are always exceptions to these requirements and agencies like to look at the "complete package," so if you are a little outside of the required stats, don't give up. In fact, top editorial agency d' Management in Milan, Italy represents 5' 7" male model Aaron Frew who has booked numerous high fashion jobs and has worked for Calvin Klein.
Male runway/catwalk models are a minimum of 6' 0" - 6' 2" and wear a 38 or 40 jacket.
Runway models must have precise measurements so that they are able to fit the clothes that designers will be showing to their clients.
Designers hire models to fit the clothes they have made for their collections, they don't make the clothes to fit the model—unless, of course, you reach supermodel fame like Tyson Beckford or Sean O'Pry.
Commercial models can be any age, any size, and any height. Commercial models can do everything that isn't normally associated with high-fashion, such as product ads for houseware appliances, food products, the travel industry, tech devices, and so on. Before his acting career launched, Tatum Channing modeled for the J. Crew catalogue.
With respect to plus size male models, most agencies don't have specific divisions for plus size, big and tall, or shorter stature male models the way they do for female models.
Male fitness models are models who are very athletic, fit, and toned. Many fitness models start out as athletes or trainers and then venture into fitness modeling. In addition to working for fitness companies, fitness and exercise magazines, supplement manufacturers and athletic wear companies, fitness models are often commercial models.
Male underwear and swimsuit models, like fitness models, must be very athletic, fit, and toned.
Many of the male underwear and swimsuit models started out as athletes, fitness trainers, or bodybuilders.
They can also be slightly larger than male editorial models because they are usually not required to fit into a standard size 40 jacket.
Not to be confused with fitness models, fit models are models who work behind the scenes in fashion houses—and with garment manufacturers—to make sure the sizing and fit of garments are maintained during the manufacturing process.
Garment manufacturers require a variety of shapes and sizes of fit models in order to fit their garments properly before they are shipped to the consumer.
You may not have the look to be a print model or the height of a runway model, but if you can consistently maintain your measurements then a career as a fit model may be right for you.
Parts models specialize in modeling specific body parts such as hands, feet, legs, and eyes.
A hand model can book jobs for jewelry, watches, health and beauty products, and anywhere else a client requires a perfect hand whether it's in print or on film.
A foot model can book jobs with shoe companies, health and beauty products and anywhere else a client requires perfect feet whether it's in print or on film.
Clients look for well-proportioned body parts and those who can fit sample shoe, glove, and jewelry sizes.
Male promotional models are not as common as female promotional models, but there can be a need for this type of male model.
Promotional models often book jobs to promote products or services at trade shows, conventions, and live events.
Promotional models must be very outgoing, friendly and have a good understanding of the client's product because they may be required to talk about the product or answer questions from potential buyers.
The market for mature models has increased tremendously as the baby boomers enter their later years.
Mature models are generally 30 years of age and over and work well into their 80's.
Mature models are actually considered commercial models and can do everything a commercial model can do.
Did you know CNN's Anderson Cooper was a model with Ford Models from age 10 to 13, modeling clothes for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Macy's
The age range for a child model is generally 12 years and under and child models can be any size and height.
Agents that represent child models want children with personalities who work well with strangers and feel comfortable on set.
The type of bookings for child models are usually more commercial in nature such print work in catalogs, flyers, and magazine ads. However, there are several top designers with children's clothing lines such as Calvin Klein, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Guess.
Learn About the Diverse World of Male Modeling
When most people think of male models they automatically think of male supermodels Tyson Beckford, David Gandy, Marcus Schenkenberg, Gabriel Aubry, and Sean O'Pry. However, there are many other types of models whose names you wouldn't know but who are earning a lucrative income working as commercial, fitness, fit, and parts models. They work with commercial clients, manufacturers, suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, airlines, automobile manufacturers, fitness companies and much more. Even if you can't be the next supermodel you may fit into one of these categories of male models.