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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Answering a Reader Question #173
Hello Dania! I'm a 14 year old girl and just have a few questions just out of curiosity!
What are the chances of being a successful model....Honestly...?
What measurements do you have to have?
And does being full Chinese/Asian lessen chances since Asians have similar features?
Hi, Anonymous! Honestly, the chances of being a successful model in the sense of becoming a "supermodel" is very slim. The career span of a model is very short in most cases and there are much higher numbers of models than there are modeling jobs. So the competition is very tough. Becoming a regular "working" model who does it part-time is much easier to accomplish but typically doesn't mean making millions of dollars a year or becoming a household name. The average model in the USA makes around $30,000/year, which is pretty much the same for the average person working a 9-5 job. That's the reality, although there are exceptions to the rule and a small handful of models who manage to make a living off of this career choice. It's definitely a game of numbers so while it isn't impossible to be successful in this field, it is very difficult so it's important to know that upfront. It's a fact that I'll never sugarcoat.
For fashion/runway/editorial modeling, the ideal measurements are 34-24-34, which are the bust, waist and hips in inches. You can be smaller but no larger than one inch in any of these areas. Commercial/print model requirements are more flexible--as long as you are healthy in appearance and proportional, that is what matters for this particular field of modeling.
I wouldn't say being Asian would lessen your chances any because there are many agencies that seek a unique look from models of various Asian ethnicities. So definitely look into modeling if you have the confidence, outgoing personality and height/body type that agencies look for. You'll never know unless you try!