Everyone has probably had that moment where you fantasized about being a fashion model and gracing the covers of world-renowned magazines. However, you could actually be one of those people that has exactly what it takes to be a fashion model. So exactly what is the criteria?

The reality of the situation is that in order to be a fashion model, you will need to meet the physical requirements. One of those requirements is that you need to be at least 175 cm tall and have a waist size anywhere between 24 and 32.

There are no joining fees however you will pay for your initial test shoot, portfolio, prints and Z cards.

If you’re trying to break into the fashion modeling industry, one of the best ways is to contact an agency. The preferred method of communication would be to send an email to the agency and include your height, measurements, and pictures of a clear face and body photograph. You should have a minimum amount of makeup, and your hair should also be pulled back so that your facial features are clearly visible. If you have any special skills such as dancing, singing or athletic abilities, you should make mention of this as well. These can become useful assets in TV commercial castings.

So when it comes to making a good first impression with the agency, you should be punctual, friendly and humble. You should also invest a reasonable amount of time in personal hygiene to ensure that you are smelling good and have clean skin, hair, and nails. You will most probably be asked to do Polaroid shots on your first visit, and this is great to gauge your photogenic capabilities. Ensure that you wear a vest, skinny jeans and heels as this ensures that you look groomed yet natural. Your hair should be tied back in a ponytail, and you should have a minimal amount of makeup. Wearing a bit of concealer, blush, lipgloss and mascara are acceptable.

If you’re considering embarking on a modeling career, ensure that you start investing in a portfolio well in advance. Your portfolio is something that you will never waste money on and it is also a long time investment which shows that you are fully prepared and know exactly what you want out of life. Once you have this sorted out, you can approach companies such as Cosmopolitan model management and similar companies. You will never know what opportunities are available to you unless to take a leap of faith and start asking around.