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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Parts Modeling


If you've ever been complimented on how lovely your hands are or how cute your tootsies are (that's toes/feet in case you're not following...lol), then you may be able to use that to your advantage by being a body parts model. No, I'm serious!

Ever notice the ads where all you see is the person's hand, foot or even their ears or neck? That is the prime example of parts modeling. Not all models have great hands, fingers or toes and in many cases, parts models are used almost as body doubles to make sure that the product looks good.

This relates to gigs that have to do with jewelry, footwear, watches, etc. and can include legs, arms and any other part of the body that needs to be specifically shot without the need for the model's face.

While it's rare, there are modeling agencies that have a specialized division of parts models on their roster. Parts Models is actually a very well-known agency that only specializes in representing models for body parts. If this sounds like something you wouldn't mind giving a try (hey, it's still technically modeling and you still get a fat paycheck!) you can go to the agency's website: www.partsmodels.com.

Parts modeling includes high fashion, commercial and editorial work so this is one of the few parts of the modeling industry that welcomes all types of models. Of course that doesn't mean that they'll take just anyone. Sure we all have the same appendages, but to be a parts model, you've got to have the following:

- Clear, smooth skin without blemishes or discoloration.

- Clean and neatly trimmed nails/toenails and cuticles.

- No unsightly hair, wrinkles or funky pores.

- No tattoos or crazy piercings.

- No visible skin damage, such as sunburns, age spots, etc.

Not only do you have to meet the general requirements listed above, but you have to learn how to pose, too. There is an elegant art to showing off a hand draped in glamorous rings or kicking up your feet to show off a stunning pair of heels. What's appealing about a hand that's just flopped over on a table?

This goes for all body parts that are modeled. A parts model needs to know how to gracefully and skillfully pose his/her body part in ways that is both natural and creative, while obviously showcasing the product.

Parts modeling is generally open in terms of ethnicities and ages, although the Parts Models Agency only signs models who are 18+. To go about becoming a parts model, you would still follow the same steps as a regular model, except apply to agencies that either specialize in parts modeling or have a parts modeling division.

You'll still develop a portfolio and/or comp card that your agent will be able to submit to potential clients. And you don't have to just focus on one body part. If you've got great legs, feet and hands, then by all means, let your agent know and that will hopefully result in more work for you!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know that your blog was posted in 2007, but I am hoping that your still may check it from time to time. I found the information to be extremely helpful, but i have a few questions.....I have great feet and a great torso and wanted to send my pictures into partsmodels.com as you suggested, but am unsure as to whether or not i should have the photos done professionally or not and if so most of the studios i have been looking at specialize in portraits or weddings and stuff like that. Are there specific photographers that shoot body parts?? Please help!!!

Dania Denise said...

Hello! Yes, I do make sure to check my older blog posts and thanks for your comment/question! I actually answered your comment in detail in a separate post. Be sure to check the most current posts on my blog and you'll find your answers there "Answering a Reader Question #4"! Hope it helps. :)

Lulu said...

Hi Dania,

I see you talk about Parts Models in NYC, but I live in Los Angeles. Does it make sense to send any photos to them?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Lulu,
You'll find your answer in its own post titled, "Answering a Reader Question #27."

Thanks for reading!

~Dania

Anonymous said...

Hi Dania,

I need to know if this just for girls. I´m interested.

Thanks in advance.

WR

Dania Denise said...

Hi, WR! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #374," 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!

who cares said...

Hello. I'm 5'4, 38 years old,and have been told I look at least ten years younger, with no wrinkles. I'd love to do parts modeling, focusing on my lips. But, my question is: do I have a chance?

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Anonymous! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #378," 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!