Male Models Can Make Modeling a Long-Term Career

Article Image
Modeling may be the only industry in the world in which women routinely make more than men. Female models can command two to three times the rate of their male counterparts for the same work. But while most female models are considered ready for retirement by the time they turn 25, males tend to start later and are more likely to make modeling a long-term career.

Requirements for runway shows, commercial catalogs, advertising campaigns, and editorial opportunities vary, but men who start a modeling career between the ages of 15 and 25 can continue well into their 40s or 50s.

Height can range between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 2 inches, but most male models are at least 5 feet 11 or 6 feet. Preferred weight is less than 175 pounds, with a waist of 30–35 inches and a chest measurement of 36–40 inches. Standard jacket size-one of the most stringent requirements, because the industry standard for clothing samples will only fit a small range-is usually 40 regular to 42 long. Shoe size should be between 9 and 12. Models must have smooth, clean skin as well as well-groomed hair and nails. They should be in top physical condition, but tone is more important than muscle.