How To Become A Teen Model

Learn how to break in to the modelling industry and start your dream career as a model

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Wondering how to become a teen model in the UK? We can help get you started and create a successful modelling portfolio for a strong first impression.

Have you ever thought about a modelling career but don’t know where to start? Well we’ve done the hard work for you – compiling a checklist of tips on how to become a teen model. These tips will point you in the right direction and get you one step closer to getting your modelling career on the right track.

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1. Do proper research

Before deciding whether modelling is something that you enjoy or have what it takes to be one, it is a good idea first to familiarise yourself with the requirements of the industry. It is good to realise that you can do three different types of modelling, such as plus-size, fashion, and commercial and that you might be better suited to some than others. Determine the modelling that you plan to pursue.

  • Fashion models usually pose for editorial photo shoots or do runways at designer fashion shows. They are typically thin, at least 5’8”, and aren’t very curvy.
  • Commercial models pose for everything from catalogues to magazines to print ads. There’s more variety in the look and size in this field of modelling, which means that you can be curvy and shorter than 5’8”.
  • Plus-Size Models are usually at least 5’8”, but typically are a size 10 or higher. They usually model plus-size accessories and clothing.
  • Parts models pose to showcase specific body parts, such as their hair or hands. You don’t necessarily have to have a particular type of body for this kind of modelling as long as the target body part meets the set criteria..

2. Be realistic

Modelling is a highly competitive industry like acting and other careers in the entertainment industry. It is a career that is almost wholly dependent on your physical appearance since if you do not have the required look. It means that if you are 5’2” and have your target set on being a runway model, it is time to reconsider. 

  • You should pursue modelling if you are passionate about it, but you should first finish school and consider other careers that you are also likely to enjoy.
  • If you are still in your early teens and have not yet experienced a significant growth spurt, it can be a good idea to wait to pursue modelling until you are a bit older.
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3. Talk to your parents

If you are under 18, it is essential to seek the permission of your parents to start modelling. Explain to them why you want to be a model. You can help show your parents your level of enthusiasm by sharing the research that you have done, including the modelling that you think you are best suited for. You might also have to reassure them that school will still be a top priority irrespective of what happens to your modelling career.

  • To help make your parents understand why modelling is important to you, consider saying something like, “I believe that modelling can help boost my confidence,” or “I believe that modelling can help me express myself.
  • If your parents are not on board with the idea of you embarking on a modelling career, it’s better not to disagree with them. Give them some time to get used to the idea and then try to talk to them about it again.
  • You might need to set some ground rules with your parents to reassure them that your school work and other activities will not be affected by your modelling. For instance, you can agree that you will only be permitted to pursue modelling if you maintain a particular grade in school.

4. Modelling schools are not necessary

Modelling schools are not necessary for you to become a model. Some of the modelling schools are frauds. Be wary of any school that requires you to pay more money for photos or other add-ons. It is a good idea to search for online reviews of the school that you are considering.

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5. Study Magazines

If you’re not sure about the best way to pose in front of a camera, it can be a good idea to look at other models in action for some inspiration. Look through catalogues, magazines, and print ads to get an idea of the movements and poses that work well in modelling, so that you have a sense of what you are required to do in front of the camera.

It is also advisable to try to recreate some of the looks you see in magazines and other forms of print media in front of the mirror. Practice until you are fully confident and then try to create your moves so that you will feel more natural when it comes to time for posing.

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