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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #143

Cass Wrote:

so i am interested in trying to become a runway or fit model in ny. I know a person that works in the fashion industry in ny so she could help me get in.
but my question is
am i what they look for?
i am 15 (16 in 2 months :D)
i am 5'7 or 5'8 (not sure)
i weigh 103 lbs
i wear a size 00 or 0 in most clothes
any advice would be lovely cause i really am inspired and admire you! 

Hi, Cass! Thanks for the kind words...you're so awesome! =)

Your age and height are ideal (5'8" is the minimum height requirement but there are some fashion agencies that lower it to 5'7" if you are between the ages of 13-16). To do runway modeling, there are specific measurements that agencies will want you to meet. The ideal numbers are 34-24-34...that's bust, waist and hips in inches. You can be smaller but no larger than one inch in any of those three areas. So it is important to know your measurements because agencies will always ask for them. Your weight and size sound good, too, so I don't think you should have a problem meeting agency requirements, depending on how your measurements are.

Fit modeling is a totally different category. Modeling agencies do represent fit models and if your stats meet what clothing companies are looking for, then the agency you're signed with will submit you for those assignments. Fit modeling is very strict about measurements, compared to modeling agencies. If you do get hired to do fit modeling for a client, you'll have to be able to maintain your size--if you lose or gain weight and it changes the clothing sizes you wear, you won't be able to work for that particular client until you get back to the size they need. So keep that in mind.

Other than that, it seems you're good to go so definitely tap into your friend's network and hopefully she'll be able to get you in front of legit agencies that can help you jump start your modeling career. Good luck to you!!!

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