What Are The Different Types Of Models?

There are many different types of models who will all work in different settings, with different products, and different people. Figuring out which type of modeling is best suited for you and your personality can take some patience, but often the type of modeling you are best suited for will choose you. In other words, some aspiring models just have a look and presence that is naturally best suited for a certain style of modeling.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the different types of models:

Fashion/Editorial Model

Probably the first type of model that comes to mind when you think of a model, fashion models are most often used in magazine photoshoots for fashion magazines like Vogue. You’ll also often see fashion models in advertising campaigns for luxury brands like Gucci and Valentino, for example.

Swimsuit/Lingerie Models

Swimsuit and lingerie models specialize in—you guessed it—lingerie and swimwear. For example, Victoria’s Secret models would fall into this type of modeling.

Keep in mind, there’s often crossover between these different types of models. For example, we’re sure you can think of a handful of Victoria’s Secret models who started off their careers as lingerie models and worked their way into fashion and editorial modeling.

Commercial Model

Commercial models work on a variety of campaigns and are generally not restricted to one type of modeling. Commercial models’ main objective is to help sell a product/merchandise through advertising campaigns.

Fitness Model

Whether it be modeling a new pair of workout leggings or being featured in a workout video, fitness models almost always have a physically fit body. They can be employed for advertising campaigns, but they can also participate in a more active form of modeling where they demonstrate various exercises.

Parts Models

In this type of modeling, you generally have one part of your body that is used in campaigns, like hands, feet, legs, arms, etc.

For example, you could be a hand model for a jewelry company advertising engagement rings or a foot model for a new nail salon advertising their premium pedicure services.

Fit Model

Don’t get fitness model and fit model confused. They are two different things.

Use of the word “fit” here is not necessarily a reference to the model’s body type. Instead, the word “fit” is used to describe a model who helps fashion houses improve the fit of their garments.

In other words, a fit model works behind the scenes and can really be any size depending on what sizing the brand specializes in.

Promotional Model

Not all modeling requires you to be good behind a camera. Promotional modeling more so relies on being personable, outgoing, and easy to talk to.

Promotional models are most often hired for events and trade shows in order to help promote/sell a product.

Glamor Model

Similar to the editorial and fashion model, a glamor model specializes in taking photos and promoting products/merchandise through advertising campaigns.

The main difference between an editorial model and a glamor model is the body type and photoshoot style. Fashion models typically tend to have a more slim figure and striking appearance. They take photos that can be considered more artistic and avant-garde, whereas the glamor model is more traditionally attractive, can sometimes have a curvier figure, and might work on campaigns that are less luxury-based.

Print Models

Again, this style of model specializes in taking photos. Most models are—to some extent—considered print models, but for those who exclusively specialize in print modeling, they usually work on a variety of campaigns, don’t necessarily specialize in one style of photoshoot, and instead work based on the needs of a client.

Models Based on Appearance

Keep in mind that there are also different types of models that can be classified based exclusively on appearance.

Some examples of models that are exclusively based on appearance include:

  • Plus-size models
  • Mature models
  • Male models
  • Child models
  • Petite models

As mentioned, there often tends to be a lot of crossover with these different types of models, and on occasion, some models might start off their career specializing in one type of modeling and then advance into another style as they gain experience.

Unlike some other artistic pursuits where having a niche you focus on might be important, modeling more so relies on you putting yourself out there and seeing where your talents are needed/wanted by clients.

For instance, you might not think of yourself as a hand model, but if you can start by booking hand modeling jobs that can help you get your foot in the door, that’s a great place to start! From there, you might make connections and be able to start booking some glamor jobs, which could even lead to some editorial campaigns as you gain experience.

Don’t let yourself be pigeon-holed into one style of modeling. Get out there and see what type of modeling is best for you by gaining experience.

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