A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising .
Modeling is distinguished from other types of public performance, such as an acting, dancing or mime artistry, although the boundary is not well defined. Appearing in a movie or a play is generally not considered to be modeling, regardless of the nature of the role. However, many models have also described themselves as actors. The models have to express an emotion and feeling in their photographs. Types of models include glamour, fashion, fitness, bikini, fine-art, and body-part models.
Fashion models are used mainly to promote apparel, accessories, and cosmetics. There are two types of fashion models: high fashion and commercial. High fashion modeling is an art form of fashion. The photographer photographs the model in artistic themes that relate to the clothing promoted. The model uses their face and body to express different emotions required. High fashion is typical for work on campaigns, collections and magazine editorials for high fashion designers. These models are featured in high fashion magazines such as Vogue , W , Vanity Fair and ELLE . Clothing designers traditionally show their new collections in an annual fashion show, for buyers, the fashion industry, and the general public. Fashion models walk the runway, and pose to display clothing. High fashion models have strong, unique and distinctive features. “Runway modeling,” also known as catwalk modeling,” is displaying fashion, and is generally performed by “high fashion models.”
Commercial modeling is less prestigious than high fashion ( haute couture ) modeling, but very well paid. There are different forms of commercial modeling: catalogue, cosmetics, commercial print, product, and swimsuit. Catalogue models vary from height and weight, compared to high fashion models. Unlike high fashion models, commercial models include plus-size models . The size of the model depends on the clothing. i.e. Plus sized models model for plus sized clothing. These models appear in catalogues. Cosmetics models model for makeup companies such as Revlon and Maybelline . Cosmetics models work for television commercials, magazine advertisements, newspaper advertisements, and billboards. Commercial print models promote clothing/products on billboards, buses, magazines and newspapers.
The Association of Model Agents (AMA) says that female models should be around 34-24-34 inches (86-61-86 cm) and at least five feet eight inches (1.72 m) tall and 108 pounds on average. Currently, the height required to do fashion shows has increased. During the last fashion shows in Europe, the average height was 1.79 m, the average weight was 50 kg, with bust between 85 to 90 cm, waist under 62 cm, and hips under 90 cm, to fit the 34/36 size of haute Couture prototypes. Average dimensions for a male model are a height of 180-187 cm (5’11”- 6’2″) and a weight of 64-75 kg (140-165 lbs). Male models are also toned and fit as opposed to bulging with muscle.
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