Model

A model wears and displays the latest fashion designs and cosmetics. Models may be male or female of any age group including children who are used to advertise products for companies.


Models specialise in live or photographic modelling. Live models appear in front of audiences (potential customers) wearing the latest styles of designers, manufacturers or retail shops while a compère describes the garments. Photographic models work in front of the camera wearing the garments or cosmetics being promoted. Models may also appear in television commercials, demonstrate new products or services at exhibitions or trade shows, or pose for artists making drawings to be used in advertisements. 

Some satisfying aspects of this career include:

  • wearing the latest styles
  • variety of work
  • possibility of earning very high fees
  • opportunities to travel and meet interesting
    people
  • opportunity to purchase clothes at wholesale
    prices

Some demanding aspects may include:

  • working under pressure
  • fierce competition
  • having to maintain body in peak condition,
  • including strict diets
  • difficulty in finding employment until established
  • having to change career once you are no longer
    physically at your peak


Personal Requirements

  • photogenic
  • natural attractiveness and charm
  • excellent health and good physical stamina
  • enjoy working together with people
  • imaginative and creative
  • work well under pressure
  • initiative and self-confidence
  • poise and a sense of style
  • meet the required height for female and male models, females should be between 1,7 and 1,82 metres, while male models should not be shorter than 1,75m


Employment

  • modelling agencies
  • clothing manufacturers
  • advertising agencies
  • retail shops
  • public relations firms
  • magazines
  • photographers
  • freelance fashion artists or illustrators
  • self-employment, own business such as a clothing shop or own modelling school or modelling agency


Getting Started

  • take part in activities that promote self- confidence in front of large audiences
  • practise activities such as dancing, gymnastics or figure skating that teach you to move gracefully
  • try to find work in a departmental store to learn about fashions and retail
  • arrange to speak to models about this type of career and watch them at work


Programmes

Boston City Campus and Business College does not offer a programme that leads directly to this occupation. Please take a look at the related occupations below to see whether any of these appeal to you. Alternately, please send an email to taryn@boston.co.za and a Student Advisor will call you back.


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