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From Runway to Glamour: The Possibilities of Modeling

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Post From Runway to Glamour: The Possibilities of Modeling   Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:30 pm

Though it is a competitive industry in every aspect, a fashion design college will teach you that there are several different approaches to a professional career in the fashion industry. Aside from accessories and apparel designers, there are people that specialize in merchandising, marketing, public relations, event coordinating, brand development, trend prediction, editing and fashion journalism, photography and of course, modeling. Though modeling is just one niche in the larger-than-life fashion industry, the inner-workings of the modeling world have proven to be complex, with multiple specialized niches of their own. There are several different types of models, and different purposes of modeling. Listed below are several examples of the varying types of of modeling, what the requirements are and if you can meet them.

High Fashion Modeling: This fashion modeling is often the basis for the stereotypical view of a model that most people have in their heads. Fashion models usually work with elite, fashion designers, or very upscale makeup and beauty companies. Perhaps what has created the stereotype is that these fashion models have a very specific look which top-labels consider the "ideal woman". They are usually a minimum of 5'9 and are extremely thin (size 0's are not uncommon). They model the most expensive, well-made clothes and beauty products, and top designers often design clothes with the specific high fashion model's body in mind. High fashion modeling is cutthroat and competitive, however these models make the most money out of all models in the industry, and some even revolutionize the fashion world to the point where they become studied subjects in fashion school classrooms.

Runway Modeling: Runway modeling often coincides with high fashion modeling, though the focus is obviously on the model's ability to travel gracefully down a runway, rather than just to pose in still photos. Once again, runway models are almost always tall, leggy and extremely slender. They also must feel comfortable walking, dancing (or even running) and just moving in general in very high heels and in all types of clothes, often including lingerie. During their runway shows, designers rely heavily on their runway models' ability to showcase their garments, so models working for top designers are also extremely well-paid for their work.

Glamour Modeling: Glamour modeling differs from high fashion modeling because it has an entirely different emphasis. There are no strict height and weight requirements for glamour models, and their work usually showcases a sexual theme. For instance, the models you see in Playboy Magazine are a good example of glamour models, or pin-up girls in calendars, or often swimsuit or lingerie models can fall under that category. Glamour models are used to sell ideas of sexuality and desire in order to endorse a product, rather than acting as a canvas to showcase high fashion apparel which sells itself based on a designer's reputation and skill.

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