Written by: Sofia Davis - Fashion Avenue News
All models are not tall and thin, Short Models ROCK TOO! I’m not just saying this, I’m talking for experience, here is the story; back in 2012 a model contacted me to submit some photos taken in Times Square. I did not know the model or designer, but one look at those photos and YES, YES, YES I would love to publish them. The photos were submitted and published. We loved them so much we gave the model a cover. Fast forward to a year and a half later, at a fashion show, a petite models runs up to me and hugs me; (I don’t know the model, but ok) and thanks me for publishing her almost 2 years ago on the cover. I look at the model and she is SHORT 5’3” tall, but that did not matter in the photos she SHOT tall.
This is a lesson in presentation, it’s all how you present yourself and how you work with your photographer. Short models can have the same advantages as tall models, they just have to go out there and get it.
Here is a list of SHORT MODELS that made it big, Your Altitude is determined by your Attitude.
17 Short Models Who Made It Big
Laetitia Casta. Laetitia Casta has had a tremendously successful
career in spite of her 5’6″ height
Lily-Rose Depp. Lily-Rose Depp may only be 5’3″,
but she looms large in Karl Lagerfeld’s mind
Here is some great reading on how to prepare and make it in the Short Model World
Women and men who are 5’5″ and under can be signed with an agency as long they know their strengths. The tall and skinny models dominate the high fashion world, but there are plenty of other opportunities out there. If you work where your strengths play out then you can be more successful.
- Connect with a photographer. Before getting out there as a model, you should research available photographers in your area. It is best to find a photographer that does fashion shoots and can handle makeup.
You might also have luck finding a good photographer through an agency or ask models that have great pictures, who shot them.
- Pay for a photo shoot. Yes, you will need to pay for a good photographer to do your photo shoot. It is a vulnerable part of the process, but being a model is a vulnerable job. You want the highest quality you can afford. It is best if your photographer can recommend a make up artists and stylists.
A good photographer will take several photos, sometimes up to a hundred. Then they’ll communicate to you which one you’d like to use. Some photos are taken outside, and others are shot indoors at a studio. Both of these can be effective, if done by the right photographer.
- Research modeling agencies. Talk to friends in the modeling world to find out if they have any connections to a modeling agency. If not, go online and research nearby modeling agency. It is better to pick an agency that is close to you as opposed to commuting from state to state.
- Contact a modeling agency. Go into the modeling agency if it is convenient. It is best to make physical contact with a modeling agency. Go into their office with your photos in hand. Be confident, but open for what type of advice they may give you. Send a few emails as well to agencies you think might sign you to do a few gigs.
Seek out an agency that is known for parts modeling or other types of modeling that are more open to different body types. Be professional when contacting the agency. If you are drafting an email, be sure to include an attachment of your photo. Include any relevant information about previous jobs or something associated with acting/theater. It doesn’t hurt to contact multiple agencies.
- Create an online model profile. There several websites that act as databases for models and businesses looking for models. You can join one of these websites, usually for free. All you need to provide is some basic information about what your modeling goals are and physical descriptors. Be honest about your height and proportions when creating a profile.
You might feel as though you are limiting yourself by including information about your height, but this agencies will appreciate your honesty. There is always work to be done for a variety of body types.
- Take any job in the beginning, including working for FREE, whether it be for exposure, photos, garments etc. While you’re first starting out, it is important to take modeling jobs to add to your portfolio. Unless the job offends your moral outlook on life, you should take the job. Having modeling experience will also show future employers that you know what it means to be a model.
- Get a Mentor in the Fashion Industry, adopt an experienced industry professional and learn from them, the knowledge you acquire will be better than any modeling school can teach you because they lived it.
It might be easiest for you to start as a parts model. Parts modelling focuses on a zoom in of a part of your body like your hands.
Another popular form of modeling that is open for different models is catalog work. Catalog modeling is becoming more popular to represent multiple body sizes to represent the common person flipping through a clothing catalog.