Fashion model

Hairdressing and beauty

Career outlook for fashion model

Average UK salary


Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would wear clothing and accessories to promote them to fashion buyers, customers and the media. You might model items in live fashion shows or in photographs for catalogues, magazines, newspapers and advertising campaigns.

You could specialise in various types of modelling, such as:

  • Photographic, advertising and TV commercials
  • Fashion and catwalk
  • In-house live modelling for designers and clothing wholesalers
  • Promotional modelling demonstrating non-fashion items at product launches and trade fairs

You’ll need to have the right ‘look’ for the kind of modelling you wish to do. It’s important that you take care of your appearance.

You’ll also need to be confident, patient and disciplined. You’d need to be able to cope with criticism and rejection. Long, irregular hours are common and you may spend a lot of time travelling.

In fashion show modelling you would walk along a catwalk, turning to display clothes in front of an audience.

In photographic, advertising and commercial modelling you would:

  • Pose for photographers in a studio or on location
  • Take directions from photographers
  • Act in TV commercials, including saying lines

If you worked as an in-house live model, designers would fit garments on to you in the workshop to see how they look. You would display the finished clothes to fashion buyers and private customers. When you’re not modelling you might do basic reception and secretarial duties.

You would work closely with stylists, hair and make-up artists, producers and directors.

You would also spend much of your time going to castings for jobs and looking after your appearance.

Working conditions


Working hours could be long and irregular, depending on the type and amount of work you had.


The job can involve a lot of travel in the UK and overseas to cities such as Paris, Milan and Madrid to attend castings, fashion shows and photo shoots.

UK employment status





Self employed


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To become a fashion model, physical appearance and fitness is more important than educational qualifications.

To work as a model you need a good appearance and the right ‘look’ for the branch of modelling you wish to go into. 

You will also need

For fashion modelling, you should be tall and well-proportioned with regular features and healthy skin, teeth and hair.

The Association of Model Agents (AMA) recommends that you should have the following body measurements:

  • females: bust-waist-hip measurements of no more than 34-24-34 inches (86-61-86cms) and height of at least five feet eight inches (1.72m)
  • males: 40-inch (97 to 102cm) chest, 33-inch (84cm) inside leg and height of at least six feet (1.83m)

For other types of modelling you would need to fit in with the look that modelling agencies want.