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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #271

Bramz Wrote:

hello!! interesting topic! may I ask, can I be a model if I lack in height? I'm 19 years old, and just 5 feet 10 tall. 

Hey, Bramz! I'm going to assume that you're a male since 5'10" is definitely perfect for female models but is on the shorter side for male models. :-) The quick answer to your question is, yes, you can still be a model. 5'10" is ideal for commercial/print. As to whether you can do fashion/runway, that will depend on a couple of factors:
  • The market/location you live in (sometimes smaller to medium market agencies will sign fashion models that are 5'10" but 5'11" is usually the minimum for larger markets)
  • Your look...just like with female models, there are rare exceptions to the height rule for fashion agencies if they know they can sell your look.
While most agencies that represent fashion/runway models set the minimum at 5'11", I have seen agency websites where the minimum height was 5'10" but again that all depends on where you live. To cover all your bases, you'll want to submit yourself to agencies that represent commercial/print models as well as those with a slightly lowered height requirement that represent fashion male models.

Good luck to you and I hope that helps!

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