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Monday, April 21, 2008

Want to Be a Victoria's Secret Model?

(*Due to the number of comments and questions I get from aspiring models about working for VS, please be sure to read my post on this very carefully. If you don't meet all of these requirements then you cannot become a model for VS. If you are not tall enough, if you are not signed to a top agency, your chances are not good. 

If you don't meet the requirements, please don't be too upset about it. Find another field of modeling you may be good for. There are plenty of other modeling opportunities for models outside of being a VS angel. They may not be as good or as well-known as VS but it's better than nothing.)

I know I’d jump at the chance to be offered a gig modeling for Victoria’s Secret (although I think they’d be irritated by Photoshopping my stretch marks HAHA, yeah, I said it, I’ve got stretch marks!). All silliness aside, the gals of Victoria’s Secret are probably the inspiration for a majority of aspiring models out there. Not only do they get to wear the sexiest, most sought after lingerie, apparel and swimwear in the country (if not the world), they are exotic beauties that actually (gasp!) look fairly healthy. That’s what won points with me.

So how does one go about becoming one of the biggest sex symbols on the planet? Not by conventional means, unfortunately. Is it as simple as going to the Victoria’s Secret headquarters and hoping you’ll catch someone’s eye? Not even close. Do you just have to fill out some application and send a headshot? Nope (they won’t even accept headshots, no matter how wonderful it looks). So what’s an aspiring Victoria’s Secret model to do?

The bad news is that Victoria’s Secret does not select its future Angels from just any modeling agency in the country. They go for the best. Almost every Victoria’s Secret model recruited is already represented by Ford Models or Elite Models in New York--these two are the go-to-agencies for VS. Not signed with either?

Then your only other chance is to be a top model represented by another top modeling agency. But—and there is a but—not all hope is lost. Simply get signed to Elite or Ford in New York (sorry, other Ford and Elite locations most likely don't count). Hmmm…that sounds easier said than done, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. As far-fetched as it may seem, it isn’t impossible. Not easy, but definitely not impossible.

To make things more clear about the requirements you have to meet in order to put you in the VS category, you must:

- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be between 5'8"-6'0" (these days 5'9" is the preferred minimum height at agencies in NYC)
- Have a killer body with curves (not waif thin like most runway models but not exactly plus size, either)
- Be signed to a top modeling agency (preferably Ford or Elite in New York) or another top modeling agency in New York

If you have the height, measurements, exotic looks and drive, you may have what it takes to get signed by Elite or Ford. And even then it isn't automatic consideration by VS. These models have worked their way up the ranks and the more work and exposure you get, the better your chances are of catching VS's eye.

Once that’s in place and you’ve got a contract, it could just be a matter of time before Victoria’s Secret contacts your booking agent and you’ve got just about every model hopeful’s dream job (and every father’s worst nightmare…LOL).

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Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! While there are few exceptions to the rule, I would say it would be unlikely if your goal is to do VS, fashion, runway and editorial work.

Elite has set its minimum height requirement at 5'9". Ford sets its minimum at 5'8" so you might have a shot with them but just know that an agency of Ford's caliber turns away 5'7" models all the time, even though it's just one inch difference.

However, if you're between the ages of 14-16, some agencies may lower the height minimum to include 5'7" models so if you fall under that category, you could have a chance.

Anonymous said...

Hi , I've tried different agencies here in Georgia where I live , and they've turned out to be scams . I'm 24 years old brown hair brown eyes 5'9 ,118 lbs , 34C size 1-3 . I've always wanted to be a Victorias secret model but I've just had no luck ! I need advice or help please! I have some pictures also !

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! If VS is your main goal and you aren't interested in any other type of modeling, you will have to relocate to New York in order to try and get signed with either Ford, Elite or any other top fashion modeling agency in that area. VS only recruits out of the NYC area for models that are not already well-known/established.

I don't know which agencies in Georgia you've already submitted to but below are the ones I came across that didn't raise any red flags for me based on their site:

Click Models of Atlanta, Inc.
http://www.clickmodel.com

Couture Model Agency
http://www.couturemodelagency.com

Element Model Management LLC
http://www.ElementModelMgmt.com

Elite/Factor Women
http://www.eliteatlanta.com

The AMR Agency
http://www.theAMRagency.com

These agencies would be ideal if you want to model locally but if VS is your ultimate goal, you will have to go to NYC.

likeli gvarcedi said...

hi I AM 30 I AM HIGHT 170 AND MY WEIGHT IS 50 I WANT TO BECOME A MODEL IN VICTORIA'S SECRET I LIVE IN ARMENI HOW TO DO IT?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, likeli gvarcedi!

You have to live in New York in order to have a chance so you'd have to move from Armeni to New York and try to get signed to Elite, Ford or another top fashion agency in that area to be considered for VS.

That is currently the only way.

Anonymous said...

What about pink?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

The EXACT same guidelines apply to the VS Pink line. It is no different even though it isn't technically lingerie. You must be 18 and still meet all the other requirements I listed in my post.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I'm 12 and about 5'8 do you think I could get signed to Elite agency or ford agency?

Thanks

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You definitely have the right height, especially for being so young. Elite and Ford, as well as other agencies would be interested in you for modeling since you're very tall but they typically don't sign girls until they are at least 13-14 years of age. So you'll have to wait a year or two.

However, if VS is your goal, you'll have to wait till you're 18. Until then, once you reach the minimum age of 13 or 14, you'll be able to do traditional fashion modeling as well as teen modeling.

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Dania Denise said...

Hi, Laura barrera! I would advise against posting your phone number on the Internet so while I did publish your comment on my blog so that I could answer you, I'll be deleting your comment afterwards to protect your privacy (and so a bunch of weirdos don't end up calling you, lol).

I do not work with VS, nor do I have any connections so I'm not going to be able to help you. If you're interested in modeling for VS, you're going to have to get signed to Elite, Ford or another top fashion agency in NYC like my post states.

jojobear said...

Hey! I'm jojo, Lately I've been wanting to do something different in my life, so i'm thinking of doing some modeling. I'm 5'2, 19, african american and i live in the chicago area. I'm just curious as to where i should start and what are the trustworthy agencies in chicago? Also i don't really think im qualified for fashion because of my height so what should i get into? Thanks!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Jojobear! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #485," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Jessica Naicker said...

Hi my names jess
I'm 17 years old
Always had a dream to.be a model in a top modeling agency Im very enthusiastic nd very competitive
My current weight is 45 kg height is 164 cm

It would be nice to get some advice on modeling or how to reach my goal.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Jessica Naicker! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #494," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

LovePinkScrets said...

Hi! My name is Sierra, and I am 12 years old and 5,5 and sadly have a better body then my two 16 year old sisters!! I have all ways been told I would a VS model by my sisters and should by my friends because of how good a model I am and how my body is. I never wanted to be, but I looked into it and instantly fell inlove! I was wondering how much or how expensive Elite and Ford are because I am going to save up as much money as I can and would like a goal to reach. But my mom and sisters think its dumb that I want to be a model, they dont know its for VS. So Im finding this info out by my self because I am alone :PP

Katie said...

Hi Dania! (:
So I'm 13, 5'11, 34B, and weigh 115 pounds.
I'm confident in myself, and my looks, and I was just wondering what kind of work I could do at my age to build up my experience, since I really have *no* idea where to start.
I live in Canada, so anything in or around New York is out of the question for now.
Thank you! (:

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Sierra! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #502," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Katie! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #503," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi im Sadie im 16 & Want to be a VS Model. Im 5'6 & Trying To Grow Taller My Moms 5'4 & Dads 6'4 Should I Grow Taller ? Ive Be Working Out Im 135lbs Heading to be about 125lbs So I want To Try Ford Models But Will I Have To Move To New York I Live In CA .

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Sadie! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #505," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Yang Crystal said...

Hi, I'm a Asian girl.I live hawaii now.i'm 19years old, 5'8 . I've really wanted to be a model for VS.
how can i do ?
may i send email to you for my question ?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Yang Crystal! To be considered, you'd need to first be signed to either Ford, Elite or another fashion agency in New York like my blog post says. Then you'd have to move to New York in order to work as a model there.

If you have other questions, you can email me at: daniadenise@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hey, Dania. I'm 5'2" and 15. I'm not 100% sure how to become a model with any really important agencies, so if you could give advice? I'm not really material for VS, but I'm really interested in becoming a model. Any advice you give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Sabrina said...

Hi, I am Sabrina
What are the beginning steps to becoming a model? I am 5"7", I weight 135, I am 34 yrs old, and have the required curves.

Anonymous said...

hi my name is quetzalli am 13 years old and i really want to become a vs model i know you have to be 18 and have all the requirements to i just need some help to see how i can get started ñ.ñ

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #515," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Sabrina! You don't meet the requirements to be considered for VS but you are ideal for commercial/print and lifestyle modeling.

So if you want to get started in modeling, you'll want to look for agencies within a 2 hour's drive from where you live that represent commercial/print and/or lifestyle models.

Visit this link to my blog post, which describes the steps that should be taken to get the modeling industry:

http://amodelsdiary.blogspot.com/2007/03/where-do-you-start.html

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Quetzalli!

Until you get to the right age and meet the other requirements, you'll want to look for modeling agencies within a 2 hour's drive from where you live that represent teen models, which is what type of modeling your current age qualifies you for.

I don't know how tall you but if you're 5'8" or taller, then you also qualify for fashion and runway modeling and can submit to agencies in your area that represent those types of models. But if you're shorter, stick to agencies with teen modeling and/or commercial/print divisions.

Here is a link to a blog post I wrote that goes more into detail about how to get into modeling:

http://amodelsdiary.blogspot.com/2007/03/where-do-you-start.html

Logan Martin said...

Hi Dania! My name is Logan Martin. I am 5'8 with long blonde hair and meet all the requirements except for age. As of right now I am 15 years old and I am dying to get into Ford or Elite modeling because its my dream to be in the VS Fashion Show. I was with a small modeling agency last year but before it started I had to quit due to interference with competition cheerleading. Now that im done with cheerleading I want nothing more than to work my way to the top no matter how much hard work it will take. Now I am looking to model but im not sure where to begin my path of trying to become a VS model. PLEASE HELP ME(:

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Logan Martin!

For now (until you reach 18) you should look into submitting to agencies within a 2 hour's drive from where you live that represent fashion and runway models. If there is an Elite or Ford near you, definitely submit to them but also make sure to send your pictures to other fashion agencies as well.

While being signed to Elite or Ford in New York is the fastest way to be considered for VS work, you can still do some good by getting started in modeling with a reputable and legit agency who will help you build your professional portfolio and resume of experience.

Ideally, by the time you turn 18 and are ready to move to New York for modeling, you'll already have tons of experience and a solid portfolio of images to showcase. Even if you have an agent outside of New York by the time you turn 18, you have the option of getting a new agent once you get to New York or you could find out if the current agency you're with would be willing to place you with a NYC agency and help with the process of getting you into that market.

Right now, though, focus on getting good quality digital snapshots to send to agencies in your area and/or bring to open casting calls.

Below is a link with steps towards getting into modeling for those with goals of seeking an agent:

http://amodelsdiary.blogspot.com/2007/03/where-do-you-start.html

Anonymous said...

Hey Dania, I'm 15 and i've always wanted to be a VS model and I understand I don't meet the requirements yet. But I am also African American and I never really see many African American VS models. Does this mean my chances are slim? and could you tell me where I could start right now because i don't live in New York.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

Being African American doesn't necessarily lessen your chances of being considered for VS....as long as you have an incredible look you stand just as much of a chance as anyone else that meets the other criteria.

For now since you are still young and don't live in New York, it would be worth doing an online search for modeling agencies located within a 2 hour's drive from where you live. See what the requirements are, which category of modeling you are eligible for currently and submit yourself for consideration for representation.

Being able to get signed now would be a great way to build experience and a strong portfolio, which you can then take with you to New York once you're of age and ready to make the jump to that market.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I also want to become a VS model but really any kind of model that's my first choice thought (I know how original) but I live in Canada I don't know all of my measurement but im only 5"4 and 13 is there any good modelling agency for my age?
Thanks

Kristine Marks said...

Hi Dania :) I really enjoyed reading all of your postings, and was so impressed to see that you literally respond to each person who posts!

I'm 23 years old, and have the exact measurements that you listed, except I have an extra 1/2 in. around the largest part of my rear. I'm 5'8" and just applied to Ford. Though I've done a shoot to create a portfolio with a local Wisconsin company that wanted to sign me, I did not agree with the terms of their contract. That was when I was 20. Now I'm 23, graduated from college, living in Chicago and at a full time job... and have decided that I need to give this my all one last time! My dream has always been to be a victorias secret model, and my husband and friends have been pushing me to send in this application for a long time. But... what do I do now? Just wait? I literally just sent in the application 2 days ago, but I want to make sure that I'm doing everything that I can. If I don't hear back within a month or so, I intend to go to an open call.

What do you think, any suggestions?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

At your height and age, you'll want to seek modeling agencies in your area (within a 2 hour's drive from where you live) that represent teen models and/or commercial/print models.

You can do this search online, where you find the agency websites, which will contain all the info you need to know about what types of models they represent, what the requirements are and what to submit in order to be considered for representation.

Good luck!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Kristine Marks! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #518," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi are you a model?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! Yes, I am a model. The model in the header image of my blog is me.

nala jiyane said...

Hi dania

I would firstly like to thank you for having such an amazing blog.
I have aspirations of becoming a VS model I'm only 14 right now but I'm turning 15 on the 24th of december which is in a couple of days. I exercise and do kick boxing and yoga and jog and I try eat healthy I don't wear make up at all do you think I'm on the right track?. I read a post from another website that said that told me to wear things that make me feel beautiful and be confident but I'm not the confident type of girl I'm more of the socially awkward girl are they're any tips you can give me to be more confident?. The post also said you must be on the cover of vogue before you're 18 but how do I do that because I live all the way in south africa but I'm moving to new york in 3 years. And lastly I would like to know if NEXT, IMG, Elite and ford agencies have open casting calls.
Thank you I hope I didn't ask to many questions.

Nala.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Nala! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #522," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi dania,
You really helped me with your comments, im Viktoria (with a k) and im ten years old ,I really want to be a model when I grow up , and I have almost all the requirements. Im smart(gifted student) ,the tallest in my class,but not a teen . The problem is that I weigh 115 POUNDS do you have any tips on losing weight, not getting fat again ,and how to get accepted into elite and Ford?
P.s. I live in Rockford Illinois thx write back

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Viktoria! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #528," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Quinn Clemonte said...

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*hi I am 14 I am 6'2 I weigh 135-140 34-30-36 I honestly have big hips but also honestly i am soooo tall that I don’t think you notice because I’m soooo stretched out!!!! i dance 5-6 hours 5 days a week im very fit with lean muscle (not a body builder!!!) I have long blonde hair , bluish green eyes really really really long legs long but not really long torso. I am willing to do any modeling. I have done a few wedding dress and bridesmaid shows with a bridal company. and with dancing i am really comfortable with being on stage.... is there anything out there for me !!! please tell me yes!!!!i really need help in knowing if i can pursue and strive in this career I will not tell you exactly where I live but it’s out there and there aren’t any close agencies with in like 300-400miles!!!! So I don’t get an opportunity to see if agents and casters like my body. Basically I’m just asking if there is anything out there or models like me that hold a good job!? thanks
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Quinn Clemonte! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #537," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Most of the contracted Victoria's Secret Angels are signed to IMG Models, not Ford or Elite.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

The majority of VS models started with Ford or Elite as their agents early in their career and then went on to sign to IMG. Many top models like VS have more than one agent and/or has changed agencies throughout their career.

Other VS models that weren't originally signed with Elite or Ford that were chosen for VS were allowed to be with other fashion agencies because of their exceptional look and reputation.

But for newbie models trying to be considered for VS, the company contracts first out of Elite and Ford in New York before considering models from other agencies.

Olivia Oden said...

My Name is Olivia Oden I was born on March 17th 1994 , I am 5 foot 11 inches , I am slender I have a very pretty face (angelic almost) never wear makeup but have beatuful eyes and eyelashes I am almost 19 years old I live in ontario canada in the Niagara region I weigh 130 lbs 59 kg, I am quite slender , small stomach, I am exactly 34 (chest) -24 (waist) -34 (hips) my hair is african american which I have very pretty curls, people would describe me as stylish, and they like to say "I hate you you are so pretty!" (or)your so slender but curvy how do you do it!." etc, bujt I am half black quarter native quarter white , my skins, I am a warm beige colour, I have a heart shaped face, light brown somewhaty golden eyes nicely shaped, I almost have a fully symmetrical face. People always say I should be a model, and many people are jealous of me , thats usually why some people dont like me, lol, anyways what do u think?....?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Olivia!

You're the right age, height and measurements so I don't see why you shouldn't give modeling a shot. Make sure to do a search online for modeling agencies within a 2 hour drive from where you live in Canada.

If VS is your goal, however, you'd have to get an agent (preferably Ford or Elite) in New York, which means you would have to move there in order to be considered for any VS casting calls.

So you have a few different options to pursue. But you'll want to do it fast...although you're about to turn 19 soon, fashion agencies set their age maximum requirements at 21 (some at 22) so you don't want to risk being "too old" to start your modeling career (there is more to modeling than VS and if you end up not working as a VS model, you could risk being too old for traditional runway and fashion work).

Most fashion models start at 14 or 15 but at least you're old enough for VS so that's good but if you're going to do modeling or any sort, you need to jump on it now.

alondra vargas said...

Hi, my name is Alondra, i'm 16, im skinny but I've been told that its not an ugly type of skinny because I have a nice body like big boobs and a butt for a skinny girl and curves, i've been wanting to be a model since forever but I have one major problem, i'm 5'0. Ive always dreamed of becoming a Victorias Secret model, but my height really stands it. Is it possible for me to become a Victorias Secret model?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Alondra!

As my post says, the requirements are very strict and if you don't meet all of them, then you cannot be considered for VS.

If you aren't able to grow to at least 5'8" (preferably 5'9") by the time you are 18, VS modeling will not be a reality for you, unfortunately.

Nicole said...

Hi Dania,

My name is Nicole and first i want to thank you for giving us advice. I have also always wanted to be a VS model and a runway model but my dreams were crushed when I was laughed at by a talent agency and told that it would never happen because I was too short. Got over it since then lol (I was probably a freshman in hs) but I still have the desire to model. I am over 5'4 but a little smidget under 5'5 so I normally round my height to 5'5 and I know that runway is out the way but I would like to do print work. I have done some modeling when i was younger but not really professionally. it was mainly for family who were advertising or local fashion shows that the schools would hold and I was always told that I had great presence and a great walk. I was wondering does the height requirement for VS apply for their print work as well or just for the runway shows? Why are there even height requirement for modeling? Shouldn't the focus be based on skills instead of height? This is going to sound funny but isn't that sort of like discrimination against short models? (Are there ways to make yourself taller? Lbs.. Just a little) Lol. I always felt if the skills were right then the height should be an exception.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Nicole! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #567," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

North said...

Hello, I've always dreamed of modeling for VS but it was never possible because of my height. But, recently I went through a growth spurt, I'm 5'9" and 15 years old. Facial structure and attributes are not an issue. However my body measurements are 36-27-37, are there any tips, diets, or exercises to help decrease my size HEALTHILY? Also are VS models expected to be tan brunettes with straight/wavy hair? because I would hate to have my ivory skin and wavy/curly white blonde hair set me back in this industry.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, North! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #569," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

I live in California, and I was wondering, do they have any agencies they look at out here?

Anonymous said...

Hello Diana! I'm Megan. I'm 13 now but I am looking into modeling in the future. My main target is VS. I live in LA, and I was thinking if applying for ford and elite out here in LA. Would they ever consider me in LA?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

Unfortunately, at this time VS focuses its efforts into recruiting models that are agency represented and working in New York.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Megan!

VS recruits out of the Elite and Ford agencies in the New York market only, as well as other high fashion agencies in that market.

However, if you were to get signed to Elite or Ford in LA, what you would then want to do is communicate to your agent about the possibility of working with the Elite or Ford office in New York.

If they feel you would do well in New York, they'll make the arrangements for you to relocate to that market and work with the people in their New York offices.

At that time, you'd be in a better position to be possibly considered and sent to castings for VS.

Anonymous said...

Hello :) First off your blog is awesome and incredibly helpful :D I'm so grateful that you take out the time to help all of the aspiring models out there (including me!)My name is Marie and I am an aspiring model. I am 15 1/2 years old and 5' 8". I weigh 120 lbs and my measurements are 35"-23"-36". I am African-American with a bit of French and Native American mixed in as well (with a skin tone similar to Gabrielle Union). My hair is very curly and a little past my shoulders in its natural state but about three inches from my elbows when straightened. I have always wanted to be a model from as far back as I can remember. I want to take a chance and move out to New York when I graduate at 17 and try to apply for Ford and Elite, but my parents want me to go to college. My idea was to go to college in New York and try to model at the same time but is that even possible? Do I even have a chance? Also I would like to lose about 10 pounds to increase my chances of getting chosen for modeling jobs. Do you have any tips?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Marie! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #580," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Actually those of you saying you have to be 18 is halfway true, Barbara Palvin has it all was only 17 years old when she walked the runway and got signed with VS. So don't say you HAVE to be 18, yes that is the most common age, but if you have a body like VS, are driven, good looking and interesting then there is a chance.

Dania Denise said...

Hey, Anonymous!

Barbara is a very rare exception to the rule but for legality sake, VS has to publish that it requires its lingerie models in the US to be at least 18 years of age.

So while it is possible to model for VS at 17 (alongside meeting other incredibly stringent requirements), it isn't commonplace to the point where I feel comfortable stating otherwise when it comes to the age factor.

Anonymous said...

Hey Dania! I'm Kaitlyn! I wanted to know if you think I could be a model... I'm currently 5'8 and 13,14 in a month... I have blonde hair, green eyes, and tan skin... People say I'm pretty but I don't know... Do you have any suggestions for modeling agencies? I just saw this website and I have been recently thinking about being a model... Please help!

Anonymous said...

Are those requirement only for angels or also for VS Pink teen line?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Kaitlyn! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #620," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #621," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I am 18 years old and 5'7 or taller idk. My measurements are 33.5-26-32. Do I have a chance?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

Please read the post...it specifically states the height and other basic requirement info. If you don't fall within the height ranges I posted then you likely won't qualify. If you don't know your exact height get measured so you know for sure. The ideal measurements are 34-24-35. You can be smaller but no larger than 1 inch in any of those areas.

Jessica Jann said...

Awesome blog!!! :D Great tips...

Lil_lindsayy said...

Hi I'm Lindsay! It's my absolute dream to model for vs! Many people and modeling scoots for smaller angency have said you can be a model. And I pretty much believe them . I'm 14 years old . I'm 5'6 ... Hopefully still growing! And I've been told I have an exotic face . I'm not super skinny or fat either. I have curves my measurements are 32-25-35 . My mom wants to put me in modeling school but I don't think that it's a good idea . Right now I'm working on my portfolio so I can get pics to send to people I guess. So anyways I have 4 questions
1. Do I seem like I have a good chance of being a vs model?
2. Should I go to modeling school or should I try to "get discovered?
3.do you think I will be at least 5'8 by the time I'm 18?
Is there any like ways I can grow taller ?
4. How do I convince my mom that I'm serious about modeling ?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Lindsay! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #644," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Bob Pardue Photography said...

I'm glad you cleared up that models need to go through one of the major agencies to get "discovered" by VS.

I've been asked this question a thousand times at least.

Great tips for Victoria's Secret model wannabees!

Bob Pardue

Anonymous said...

Hey I've wanted to be a Victoria secret model every since I can remember. When I see those girls on the runway, I cant help but feel like that's where I belong. I'm 15 but I have no idea where to start. Any suggestions?

hannah

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Hannah!

Until you turn 18 and are old enough to do lingerie modeling, the best place to start is by looking for local agencies to sign with so that you can get your foot in the door and start modeling early.

That way, by the time you turn 18, you'll already know the industry and may be better positioned to submit to a larger agency in New York City (if you live outside of the NYC area currently) and see where things go from there as far as getting submitted for future VS castings.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania,
I just turned 17 and I want to began a career in modeling. My questions sounds silly but, when I go to a photoshoot, send face shots, or go to an open casting should I keep in the extensions that I have ? My hair isn't healthy anymore so I don't know what to do.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #700," which can be found on my new blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Kara Villarosa said...

Hi Dania! My name's Kara and i'm wondering if you're still answering questions?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Kara!

I'm definitely still answering questions from readers. All you have to do is post a comment on any of my blog posts with your questions and I'll respond with a link to my other blog (that's just for answering reader questions) and you'll be able to view your answer there.

If you don't see your comment on my blog with your questions right after you submit it, don't worry--I have to review and approve all comments that get published to my blog so it will be posted after I approve it. :-)

Looking forward to your questions!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania! So i'm 13 and i'm 5'4 my measurements are 29-24-33 so i think i still have a chance if my boobs grow i guess. I live in the Philippines, but I asked my mom if she can help me make my dream come true and then she said when i'm older we can go to New York. Do you have any tips so I can get into VS when I'm older?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

To be quite honest, the only way you'll know if you have a shot at VS is if you manage to reach 5'8" (preferably 5'9") by the time you turn 18.

Many New York fashion agencies are raising the minimum height to 5'9" so in a lot of cases, being 5'8" wouldn't be enough unless you have a great look they can't pass up.

If you're not at that height by the time you turn 18, then it wouldn't be wise to go to New York to try and sign with an agency that works with VS because they won't be able to accept you.

Since you've got a few years until that happens, what you can do now is try to get modeling experience by signing with a modeling agency in the Philippines. You'll want to focus on teen modeling or print modeling.

By getting into modeling while you're still pretty young, you'll have the opportunity to build work experience, a portfolio of professional photos and by the time you turn 18 (and hopefully are tall enough), you'll be able to go to New York with a career of previous experience to back you up.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania! I want to be a VS angel but also want to go through vogue. Here in my country those who model in magazines are usually celebrities so I don't know what to do to help please.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

You do know that the models who do VS also model for other things, right? :-) You don't have to stick to just one type of modeling...you can do fashion modeling that would get you into a publication like Vogue and VS if you get lucky enough to be hired for that kind of modeling.

So don't feel like you have to choose between one or the other. Do both!

Anonymous said...

Do VS models have moles? I have 2 small moles. Will it lessen my chances? Do you think they'd accept an asian? I'm not like chinky eyed asian but filipino and they say I have long legs also and they say I have a unique color. But I have 2 small moles that's what worries me. And by the way if I went to one of the VS castings and got chosen as a VS Model will I get the chance to be a VS angel after that or no?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

2 small moles isn't going to put you out of the running for VS. The VS models I'm sure have moles, too, as well as other "regular folk" skin issues...you have to remember that the final images you see of the VS models are all airbrushed and Photoshopped to appear flawless and perfect.

So don't feel like you have to be naturally flawless...there is no such thing as "perfect" and in real life even the VS gals wouldn't fit this term because it doesn't exist in real life.

If you have an exotic look and meet all of the physical requirements, then I don't see why you couldn't have a shot at this type of modeling, regardless of what kind of Asian ethnicity you are. Of course that final decision is up to a few important people within the VS company so no one can really say who would make it and who wouldn't because we can't read their minds you know?

The only way to find out if you have what it takes is to try and get signed to a top fashion agency in New York (preferably Elite or Ford) and see if you would qualify to attend a VS casting.

If chosen for VS, you wouldn't automatically become a VS Angel. That's something all new VS models have to work their way up to. It takes time and also depends on how popular you become. The more popular and in demand VS models are the ones who get upgraded to Angel status.

Kara Villarosa said...

Which do you prefer? Elite or Ford?

Anonymous said...

Those who went to the VS casting, were they chosen? Or they just went there because they wanted to audition?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Kara!

To be honest, both are equally prestigious and big players in the game so I would recommend submitting to both instead of picking one over the other.

If you had to choose between who to sign with if you got an invite from both, I would say go with the agency you feel the most comfortable with when you meet the people that work there. You don't want an agent you feel intimidated by or who has staff that are snobby and treat you badly (these kinds of agencies do exist, sadly).

When you go in for an open call or interview, observe how you are treated. If you feel genuinely welcomed and if they talk to you in an engaging way, that's likely going to be an agency you'll be happy working with.

Reputation-wise, both Elite and Ford are pretty good. According to the most recent agency rankings on the site Models.com, Elite is currently #2, followed by Ford at #3. They base their rankings on which agencies have the most "top models" on their rosters.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

Only a select few get chosen to attend VS castings and VS goes through agencies to find their new faces so it's not like just any model can attend and the casting info isn't something publicized for everyone to know about.

Not every model who gets to go to a casting for VS is chosen. They are super picky when it comes to the final decisions. I'm pretty sure there are far more models who go to the castings than who actually get chosen.

The number of new models VS hires isn't public info so I don't know how many new faces they bring on board each year.

VS tends to keep their inner workings pretty hush hush.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania, In youtube I saw Lily Aldrige's "Before I was a supermodel" video. She said she wanted to live her dream so she went to the casting. She said it like she went there because she wanted to. Was she chosen to go there?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

Lily Aldrige has been modeling professionally since age 16 so between her agent and her already established, success career, that's probably why she was able to attend the VS casting and was chosen.

The average working model doesn't just decide they are going to go to a VS casting UNLESS they have an agent that has the connections to make this happen. The VS models who are where they are now with the company and who were chosen would not be considered the average working model so it's important to keep that in perspective.

Already established, successful models can make their own moves and get results. A model that is in the industry but hasn't quite achieved that level of success would have a more challenging time doing so but if they have an agent in NYC, that certainly helps to boost their odds.

Anonymous said...

How tall were the VS models and angels when they were 13? Just to give me some hope. :)

Anonymous said...

Can you sign to elite or ford in any location? Like it doesn't have to be in New York? Will they transfer you to New York when you're good enough?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous (#1)!

I don't know that info, unfortunately, and I don't know if their fan sites would list the height they were when the VS models were younger. The height they list is usually what they currently are now.

However, many 13-year-olds that have a shot at high fashion modeling tend to already be 5'8" or taller. I've met 13-year-old models who were 5'10" and even 6'0" in bare feet without heels!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous (#2)!

You can be signed to any Ford or Elite office BUT if VS is your goal, then you'll want to make sure whatever location you're signed to Ford or Elite at will send you to work in the New York market specifically so that you'll be available for any upcoming VS castings.

As long as you let your agent know that VS is one of your goals for modeling, they'll do what they can to position you so that you can attend the castings in New York if they feel you have the right look for it.

Anonymous said...

What kind of agent should I get so that they'll get me to VS?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

If you're not in New York, then you'll want to target Ford and Elite first because they have a direct connection with VS in New York when it comes to casting for new faces.

If Ford or Elite where you are doesn't end up signing you, then your only other alternative would be to get signed to a high fashion agency that also has offices in New York.

Aside from Ford and Elite in New York, VS will consider models signed to top fashion agencies in New York so you'll need that connection in order to have a chance at working in New York.

Anonymous said...

Will I need an agent to get signed to elite or ford?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

Elite and Ford are already agencies so you could just apply to them directly.

I don't know where you live but if you got an agent outside of New York that isn't Elite or Ford, you would have to see if they'd be willing to let you have Elite or Ford as an additional agent if they allowed you to work in the New York area.

If the agent you get is already in New York, then you wouldn't be allowed to sign with Elite or Ford in that same city because it would cause a conflict of interest.

Anonymous said...

Can I just send a pic to either elite or ford to get in? Do you need a lot of experience to get in elite or ford?

Dania Denise said...

Hey, Anonymous!

Below are the links to the Ford and Elite websites. Go to their sites and you'll get step by step instructions on what you need to do to submit yourself and what kinds of photos they want you to send.

http://models.fordmodels.com/

http://www.elitemodel.com/

These are 2 top agencies in the modeling industry but you don't need to have experience or previous training to be considered. Fashion agencies sign inexperienced/new models all the time because they know they'll be easier to train and mold into what they want.

So you can certainly submit to them even if you don't have experience.

Anonymous said...

If ford or elite pick you, and you live somewhere else from where they are located, will they spend their money so that you can meet with them face to face or something else?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

If you don't live in New York but submit to Elite or Ford in NYC and they are interested in inviting you for an interview, they will not cover the expenses for that trip.

You will be responsible for airfare/travel, transportation and accommodations. Agencies don't cover these costs for models they haven't offered a contract to yet.

If you got signed and had to live in NYC, they would help arrange for housing for you. Many fashion agencies offer places for their new models to live until they are able to afford their own place.

Anonymous said...

How do you join elite or ford? And how tall do you have to be to join?

Dania Denise said...

Hey, Anonymous!

Below are the links to the Ford and Elite websites. Go to their sites and you'll get step by step instructions on what you need to do to submit yourself and what kinds of photos they want you to send.

http://models.fordmodels.com/

http://www.elitemodel.com/

Anonymous said...

How talk do you have to be to join for? Also elite? And are there age requirements?

Dania Denise said...

Hi Anonymous!

Please visit the link to the Elite and Ford websites I already posted. It has all of that info you're asking about and more so that you don't have to keep asking the same questions here.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania, can you please help me look for ways to grow taller with stretches or exercises? I'm 13 and right now I'm 5'3 or 5'4 I'm not sure yet but I want to grow taller fast. Please help

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

Sadly, you can't beat genetics. Far as I know, there is no solid proof that certain stretches or exercises will make a person grow taller. Some people swear it works for them but I personally am not a believer of it.

If getting taller was as easy as doing stretches, trust me, many more of us would be doing it and hitting the runways, lol.

The best thing you can do is make an appointment with your doctor to see if he/she can determine how tall you could potentially be as you get older.

Also look at your immediate family. Does height run in your family? Are your parents, siblings, grandparents pretty tall or is everybody kinda on the shorter side? Your family and genetics are what ultimately determine how tall you'll get.

For now don't stress out about how to get taller right now (stress will stunt your growth! lol)...instead, use this time to look into trying to get into teen modeling, which you are the right age and height for.

Anonymous said...

Well, in my dad's side my all of them are tall but in my mom's side they're pretty short but they said I got my dad's height because as a Filipino 5'4 is tall for a 13 year old. Thanks anyway :)

Anonymous said...

Can you also join storm? Because behati and cara still got to walk the runway even if they weren't signed with elite or ford and does storm have a height requirement?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

Behati and Cara aren't signed to Elite or Ford in New York BUT they ARE signed to Women Management and the Marilyn Agency, both of which are high fashion agencies in New York.

So like my post says, if you aren't signed to Elite or Ford in New York, you'll have to be signed to another top fashion agency also in the New York area to have a shot at being considered for VS.

Many of the VS models have several agencies that represent them throughout the world so as long as one of those agencies was in New York, then you'd have a shot.

Getting signed to Storm would definitely be a good start to a modeling career and could open the doors to work in New York and get an agent there.

Storm is a high fashion agency so they'll likely expect you to be tall (5'8"-5'9"). As long as you're at least 5'8", you'd have a chance at submitting yourself to Storm. Visit their official website and see what the instructions are you sending in your snapshots and give it a shot.

Anonymous said...

So, could you still be a VS model but only be 5'9 with high heels?

Karrie said...

In order to be any type of model, to you have to have a certain type of body type and/or a certain measurement of your shoulders and legs?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Karrie! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #739," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous (the one who posted above Karrie)!

You would have to be 5'8" (ideally 5'9" these days for the New York Market) in bare feet without the heels to be considered for VS modeling.

Being 5'9" after putting on high heels doesn't count, unfortunately, and the high fashion agencies like Elite and Ford will measure models without heels so there's no getting around the height issue in that sense.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I've wanted to be a VS model for a while now (even though I'm not old enough yet) but the tallest I'm supposed to be is around 5'6. Does this mean I will definitely never be able to model for VS? Is there a way to get around the hight? If you could respond I would appreciate that so much!! Thank you!!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

Unfortunately, there is no getting around height when it comes to VS and high fashion modeling in general, especially in New York.

If 5'6" is the tallest you'll get, you will still be eligible to pursue commercial/print modeling so definitely check out agencies with that division and you'll be able to get into modeling that way.

Darkvue said...

Idk about her any more, I was on Darkvue the other day looking at some of her photos and she just don't seem to be as sexy as she was in How to lose a guy in 10 days..Kinda disappointing :( She does remind me a lot of Alexandra Tillmann tho, She is a model on the Darkvue site. But anyway yes, She's still hot but she's getting a bit old if you ask me

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I have question i washoping you could answer. I read somewhere that you have to be from america to be a vs model. Im currently living in canada, but im hoping to move to new york when i turn 18. Is it true that you have to be born there or could you just have a citizenship?

Thanks :)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #769," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Seo Ninja said...

nice post

Anonymous said...

Could I be son type of vs model I am only 5'4 I think I am not sure.

Teresa Jiang said...

Hi I'm 15 and I'm considering modelling as a job of my future (not my only job of course!) but lately I've been wanting a belly piercing followed by another two ear piercings, one on either ear (totalling 2 on each ear). But I am hesitant to get these piercings because I'm so worried it will cost me my modelling career (my ultimate goal is VS). So do you think I can get them?

I know Adriana and Alessandra had belly piercings but in late photos I don't see them? Thank you I hope you can answer these two questions Xx P.S. I love this page thank you for sharing all your experiences and giving such good advice :)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

The post says the height requirements is 5'8" and taller so at this time you wouldn't be able to be considered a VS model.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Teresa! You'll find the answer to your questions in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #776," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

Hi Danise! Would like to ask, does VS judge your looks as well? Because of my nationality, my bone structure particularly my face, is not exotic nor do I have obvious sharp cheekbones or jawline. It's worrying me, so I want to know would it be okay if my looks were mediocre but have a good body? (Another insecurity of mine are my sparse-ish eyebrows!) Thanks for your help!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

In terms of modeling for VS, they don't always stick to the traditional high fashion standards of what a model's face should look like.

These days a lot of the VS models that appear in the catalogs are a mixture of different "looks": some have the exotic look, others have a somewhat fashion type face with strong jaw lines and high cheekbones, while I've seen a handful lately that look (in my opinion) rather plain.

Don't over analyze your looks to the point where it makes you believe that you may not be suitable for a certain type of modeling. You've got nothing to lose by submitting so I say go for it...it's the only way you'll know! -)

Anonymous said...

Hi I was wondering how old you have to be to be in Victoria's Secret Pink modeling?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! All of the same age, height and size requirements are the same for models that want to do PINK as well as regular Victoria's Secret work. So you have to be at least 18 years of age.

Anonymous said...

Hi!
I've just gone into a modeling school and I'm almost finished. I don't like close to New York but I'd like to sign with agencies there like ford, elite, or IMG. I'm a little taller than 5'8 and my measurements are 33-26-34. I heard VS only takes women with a waist 24 or maybe 1 inch bigger but I'm already as skinny as I can be and can't make my waist smaller. Will they really not take me if I'm over an inch or two? Plus how do I sign with agencies in NY when I live in TX?

Anonymous said...

Hello, I am 22, 5'8" and I have a small tattoo under my lower left arm. I have a killer body and an awesome personality. However, regarding the tattoo, what are my chances of being a VS model? Would I even be selected because of the tattoo?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous (from April 2, 2015 at 2:21 PM),

NYC agencies that represent VS models are extremely picky and set the standard pretty high for their models, especially in the measurements department.

Does this mean you can't submit? No, you should definitely still submit yourself because that is the only way to find out if any of them would be interested in signing you, even if it was to do other types of modeling work other than VS.

Since you live in Texas, there are two ways to submit to agencies in NYC: either on your own by submitting your snapshots and info via email, their website or by going in person to attend open calls OR by signing to an agency local to you that has experience with placing models in larger markets like NYC.

These kinds of agencies typically operate as "mother agencies." Sometimes they'll say on the website if they place models in other markets but not always so submit to local agencies and if you get invited to an interview, let them know that working in a place like NYC is one of your goals. If they think you have what it takes and if they have the experience to make that happen, they'll guide you through that process.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous (from April 13, 2015 at 12:09 PM)

If the tattoo is small and easy to conceal with makeup, especially if it's in an area that isn't always super visible, then I doubt you'll have any problems.

These days many models, including the VS gals, have small tats in areas like their ankles, wrists and even along their fingers.

So there are exceptions for things like that. :-)

Anonymous said...

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Morgan said...

Hi Dania,
I've been reading all of these comments and decided to ask a question myself. I'm just 17 years old, am 5'7.5" and strangely am still growing. My measurements are 34-24.5-34 and I have been dying to be a VS angel for years. I've had experience in modelling, recently have entered a modelling competition and have gone through to the grand final. I'm constantly told I could be a VS model and this is my dream. However, I wanted to ask if my height will really work too much against me. Thank you for any advice you can give :)

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Morgan! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #817," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Anonymous said...

hi dania im 13 yrs old and live in london its my goal to become a vs model im 5'2 and still growing do i need to move to NYC and if so at what age do you recommend it? also what age should i start focusing on measurements and workning out for a vs body.
from alice.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Alice!

You can't do VS modeling until you turn 18 so you've got a couple more years to go. You also have to reach the ideal 5'8"/5'9" height minimum. So for now there really isn't much you can do until you actually grow taller. VS (and fashion agencies in general) can't consider you until you are the actual height so if you're still growing, you're going to need to wait to see how tall you end up becoming.

That being said, you're still young and growing and should just focus on eating properly and staying physically active. Don't think about trying to diet and lose a bunch of weight. At this stage in your life, you don't want to do anything that will interrupt Mother Nature's process of you development and growth.

So be patient, have fun being young and cross your fingers that you'll get tall enough. Come back around to the VS situation and possibility of relocating to NYC when you're a bit older...see where you're at height-wise at 16 and that'll give you some idea of what to expect in the next year or two.

In the mean time, there's nothing wrong with submitting to London agencies to see about starting modeling now as a teen model, which doesn't typically have strict height requirements to meet. That way you would already have experience by the time you're old enough to consider modeling in the NYC market, which could make you more appealing to agencies there. Just some food for thought. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey! I'm Elise, I am 15 years old,5'8", and with body measurements of 34-24-34. I know I am still young, I am turning 16 soon, and I have always wanted to become a VS model! I already know my chances are slim, but what do you recommend I do to be able to pursue a career as a VS model. I am not signed with a modeling agency, and I know most girls are discovered in New York, but I live in California. Is there any possible way I could still become a Victoria Secret model? I also have curly hair, and all of the models have straight hair, so would I even have a chance of becoming a VS model?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Elise!

With your height, age and measurements, you should be looking at submitting yourself and attending open calls at fashion agencies in California. If you're within at least a 2 hour's drive from Los Angeles that would be ideal since that's the largest market in CA for that type of modeling work.

Once you get signed to an agency in California, you'll be able to start gaining professional experience and building your portfolio until you turn 18 and can be considered for VS work. If you communicate with your agent that you're interested in pursuing VS when you're older, they'll do their best to see what your options are and if they are a mother agent or have an office in NYC, they'll do what they can to arrange for you to work as a model in the New York market to have a shot at eventually being submitted for any VS casting calls that are coming up.

Hope that helps!

Dania Denise said...

Elise:

I forgot to mention that your curly hair wouldn't prevent you from modeling for VS. They would simply straighten it or if they like it curly, that won't ask you to change it. So don't worry, your hair won't make any difference in your chances. :-)

Ashleigh said...

Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me if you think I should go to a ford/rba open call? I have recently turned 14 and I am about 5"6 1/2 (Im supposed to be 5"8ish) my measurements are 32"25"35.

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Ashleigh!

That fact that you're already 5'6" 1/2 at age 14 is definitely a good sign that you should attend the open call for Ford. Those types of agencies often have lower minimum height requirements for younger models because they know there's a good chance that the model will grow taller as they get older and that seems to be just the category you would fall under.

So I say go for it and see what happens. Best of luck to you!

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard of test modeling for VS, or heard of a lady called Kelly Kress Director,Talent Acquisitions- Victoria's Secret-

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous!

I did an online search and Kelly Kress is a real person in that position within Victoria's Secret. There isn't much more detail other than that, as far as what she does specifically or if she works directly with VS models.

The general definition of a Talent Acquisitions Director is as follows:

The definition of talent acquisition and the accompanying profession simply refers to the job and process of sourcing, attracting, recruiting, interviewing, and on-boarding employees to an organization. It is a function of corporate recruiting and is usually housed within the Human Resources department.

I don't believe this means she works with the VS models, however, since models are not considered "employees." They tend to have a separate division for that type of "talent" so I don't think Ms. Kress would be directly involved with casting calls, recruiting models or making final decisions on which models get to do which VS jobs. I could be wrong but that's just my gut feeling based on the research I've done.

If you've been asked to do test modeling for Ms. Kress, I would recommend emailing her to find out if the offer you were given/told about is legitimate and that it did come from her or someone at her company. LinkedIn lists her email address as: kkress@limitedbrands.com

Anonymous said...

Hi I am a tall, thin, tan girl with long legs, but the thing that is keeping me back from sending things to agencies to get signed is that I have a small scar on my face. Would any agencies ever consider me?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #928," which can be found on my other blog: "Modeling 101 - Answering Readers Questions."

Please visit this link: http://amodelsdiary-readerquestions.blogspot.com/ and you can view your post there. Thanks for reading!

Kia-ra Diamouangana said...

Hey I'm Kiara I have always wanted to be a VS model its my dream...and I will do what ever it takes to do it I'm 16 years old and 5'7 do u think I will grow enough to make it

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Kiara!

Unfortunately, I couldn't tell you whether or not you'd be able to be a VS model based on height alone. That's determined by your genetics so if you're curious about how tall you could potentially become, I would recommend making an appointment with your family doctor who would be familiar enough with your family's medical history to predict what your full height may be.

Also, if height runs in your family, there is a chance you could get a couple inches taller as you get older.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am 14 years old and 5'3. My dream is to be a VS model. I have had some modelling jobs so far and i love it. Im scared i wont reach 5'8. Do u think i have a chance to be the right height for a VS model when im 18?

Dania Denise said...

Hi Anonymous!

Since your question is the same as Kiara's, I have to give you the same answer:

Unfortunately, I couldn't tell you whether or not you'd be able to be a VS model based on height alone. That's determined by your genetics so if you're curious about how tall you could potentially become, I would recommend making an appointment with your family doctor who would be familiar enough with your family's medical history to predict what your full height may be.

Also, if height runs in your family, there is a chance you could get a couple inches taller as you get older.

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