A model is a person who promotes, displays, or advertises commercial products (most notably fashion clothing in fashion shows), or who serves as a visual aid for people who are creating works of art or poses for photography. Though female models predominate, male models exist, particularly to model clothing. Models can work both professionally and casually.
Charles Frederick Worth, the "father of haute couture," established modeling as a profession in 1853 when he asked his wife, Marie Vernet Worth, to model the clothes he designed. There were no standard physical measurements for a model, and most designers would use women of various sizes to demonstrate variety in their designs.
Celebrities, such as actors, singers, athletes, and reality television stars, frequently participate in modeling contests, assignments, and contracts in addition to their regular work. Modeling is not always a full-time, primary occupation.
Modeling a runway
Runway models model clothing from fashion designers, fashion media, and fashion consumers. They are self-employed and are also known as "live models." Runway models work in a variety of settings, frequently traveling between fashion capitals such as New York City, London, Paris, and Milan.
Specific height and weight requirements apply to runway models. Models must constantly change their clothes and makeup during runway shows. A runway model can also work in other areas, such as department store fashion shows, and the most successful models may launch their own product lines or enter the acting world.
Modeling for magazines
Modeling clothing in fashion magazines is also a form of fashion modeling. There are various types of fashion magazine models in Japan. Exclusive models are models who appear in a fashion magazine on a regular basis and model exclusively for it.
Plus-size models are typically larger in stature than editorial fashion models. Plus-size models are primarily used in advertising and runway shows for plus-size labels. Plus-size models also work in fields other than selling large-sized clothing, such as stock photography and advertising photography for cosmetics, household and pharmaceutical products, sunglasses, and footwear.
They are also known as "in-between" and "middle models," as they are neither catalogue size (0–2) nor plus-size (10 up). There is some criticism that these models have been left out of the discussion because fashion companies and brands prefer to use the extremes of the spectrum.
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