One of the most popular questions aspiring fashion models have is, how tall are they? A lot of young girls dream of one day becoming a famous fashion model, such as Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, or Oprah Winfrey. However, the truth is that there is no “sure” answer to this question. Each individual’s build, structure, and the proportions are different, making it difficult to give an exact answer. But there are some things you can do to find out how tall you are. Here are several tips:
Determine Your Height Before you even begin to apply for jobs, you need to know your height. This will save you time later. Make sure you are measured by a professional, either at a studio or at home. This is especially important for child models. They often require you to wear a partial sleeve shirt or spaghetti strap to measure your height, which can make measuring very difficult.
Determine Your Body Shape Most models are required to have a certain body shape. The majority of fashion industry professionals use the Inside Line model system, which takes into account the major factors that influence the height of a model, including age, body shape, height, and body size. These measurements are used to create a statistical average of the model’s body shape and recommend changes to help achieve a specific height. The following are the six most common body shapes in the fashion industry:
The Pear is described as having a pear-shaped body, or having shoulders and hips that are approximately the same length. Models with this body shape are advised to maintain their thighs wide apart. Models with a pear shape are most often recommended for petite models. They tend to weigh around fifteen pounds.
The Waiter is defined as having a straight spine and shoulders. It is advised for models to be lean with lean muscles and to add a slender build to their frames. This body type tends to be extremely slim and athletic, which explains why many people identify with editorial models. Waist definition can be seen in fashion magazines and on runway shows.
The Petite girl is described as having small waists, rounded belly, and legs that are close together. They are the smallest among the major body shapes, and they tend to weigh around twelve pounds. To determine your exact average height, divide your height by your waist (or hips, if you prefer). Models with this body shape are usually advised to add an inch to their actual height, to compensate for their smaller height. This is especially true for models that losing weight quickly, as their bodies continue to shrink during that time.
The Plus-Sized Model is defined by their heights, which are generally higher than the normal or regular category height. Models with this body type tend to weigh more than fourteen or fifteen pounds, and they have about an inch and a half between their knees. They have proportionately larger shoulders and busts, and their waists tend to be very large – sometimes touching the floor. Most male models tend to be at least a bit taller than the female plus-sized models appearing on television.
Some people may not think that it is strange for the average model to be underweight, but it is quite common for even though you may look skinny when you are standing, or even though you may be slightly overweight when you are sitting down, when it comes to the models in the modeling industry, you will find that some of them are underweight. For one reason or another, some photographers are unable to take the pictures of those models that are underweight. As a result, there may be a slightly distorted image of those models that are underweight, which is unfair for them, and also poses a risk for them when they are working in a situation where their weight could become problematic. If you are interested in learning more about how models weigh, as well as finding out whether you are naturally an underweight model, then it may well pay to talk to someone who works in the modeling industry, and who can recommend a good agency to sign up with.