Few Things to Know About Modelling in Nigeria in 2020

Modelling is considered to be different from other types of public performance, such as acting or dancing. Although the difference between modelling and performing is not always clear, appearing in a film or a play is not generally considered to be “modelling”.

Few things to know about modelling

Modelling is considered to be different from other types of public performance, such as acting or dancing. Although the difference between modelling and performing is not always clear, appearing in a film or a play is not generally considered to be “modelling”.

Who is a model?

A model is a person with a role either to promote, display or advertise commercial product (notably fashion clothing in fashion shows), or to serve as a visual aid for people who are creating works of art or to pose for photography.

Types of Modelling. 

Types of modelling include: fashion, glamour, fitness, bikini, fine art, body-part, promotional, and commercial print models. Models are featured in a variety of media formats including: books, magazines, films, newspapers, internet and television. Fashion models are sometimes featured in films


1. Runway Model. 

These models are found on the catwalk and are hired to showcase a designer’s clothing line. Due to the precise sizes of the designer’s clothing, runway models are often a certain height and size. If you are at least over 5’9 then this type of modeling could be for you.

2. Fashion (Editorial) Model. 

These models are the faces you see in high fashion magazines such as Vogue and Elle. Editorial models also usually work for top fashion designers such as Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Gucci. As a whole, editorial modeling tends to be the most selective. Most Editorial models are incredibly tall, slim, and usually are the ‘complete package.

3. Swimsuit & Lingerie Model. 

These models specialize in showing off either swimsuits or lingerie. This model type is usually someone a bit more voluptuous and curvy. These models also tend to model sleepwear, summer wear, and other forms of undergarments.

4. Commercial Model. 

Commercial Models are not restricted by age, height, or size. Therefore, this modeling type is the most open to diverse and new talent. Commercial models advertise a wide range of products in catalogs, campaigns, and commercials.

5. Parts Model. 

Parts Models specialize in modeling their hands, arms, feet, and legs. A hand model can book a job involving jewelry, where as a foot model can book a job with a shoe company. Both can book a job involving nail and beauty care. As a whole, clients look for a parts model who has well-proportioned body parts that fit standard shoes and jewelry.

6. Fitness Model. 

These models tend to be the most fit, toned, and athletically built. This of course makes sense as these models are tasked with wearing fitness attire. Fitness models are also found in commercials that involve demonstrating fitness routines.

7. Promotional Model. 

This type of model books jobs that help sell or promote a certain commodity. Promotional models are often found at trade shows and other live events. As a whole, these models must be personable, outgoing, and have a strong knowledge of the product they are representing.

8. Fit Model. 

A fit model is a model who works behind the scenes and helps fashion houses get the sizing and fit right before the garment is sent off to be manufactured. Fit models are a diverse group in terms of body shape since there’s a need for fit models to represent every size a garment comes in.

9. Print Model. 

Print models are often found in magazines, billboards, campaigns, booklets, flyers, and posters. These models usually have clear skin and a nice smile. While some of these models are selling a product, others are simply photographed based on the needs of the client.

10.Glamour Model. 

Glamour modeling is centered on appearance, including facial beauty and body shape. These models are usually curvier than editorial models and often book swimsuit and lingerie photoshoots. Glamour models tend to pose more suggestively than typical editorial or commercial models.

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The general consensus is that there is no such thing as “too young” to start modelling. However, the ideal age is for both male and female fashion modelling is sixteen. This is because the model is considered a young adult at this stage. Starting young is also looked upon favourably because a modelling career can take a while to pick up momentum. Furthermore, the modelling industry supports education and feels that below the age of sixteen is too young to be balancing modelling and school.

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There isn’t a real difference between the genders when it come to the best age to start modelling. For both male and female models, sixteen is considered the ideal age. This being said, female models may find themselves more popular than their male counterparts at a younger age. This is because male models are considered to get better with age, and have more success well into their thirties and even forties.

Do you have dreams of becoming a model but have no idea how to get your foot in the door? Even the greatest supermodels all began modelling with no experience. Whether they were scouted or consistently rejected by agencies until they made their big break, every model worked from the ground up.

Many jobs require some element of experience, yet how does an aspiring model gain experience if no one is willing to give them a chance? When there is a will, there’s a way — fight for your position in the spotlight

Although, if you want to truly impress — studio photographs can capture your best looks in the more attention-grabbing manner. Professional photographers know how to photograph your best angles, they also know exactly what agencies are looking for. Many modelling agencies will ask for more images, so it’s good to have a variety to choose from.

Photographs with natural makeup, styling and lighting, but also some with versatility to show your ability as a model.

Whether you’ve got 20 followers or 200, social media is the perfect place to get your images out there and your talents noticed.

There are respectful ways to gain the attention of agencies through platforms such as Instagram. Using appropriate hashtags and occasionally tagging companies in your posts can give you a step up on the competition.

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