Tips On How You Can Become A Successful Model

Tips on Becoming a successful model

Written by Johnson Temiloluwa

Johnson Temiloluwa is many other things creative but, first a storyteller laced with simplicity. Times when she’s not writing, she is watching movie or thinking of how to get plantain.

July 13, 2021

Have you ever thought of modelling? Do you have the looks? What exactly are the looks? Anyone can become a model, regardless of their shape, size and colour. Yep, you saw that right. Anyone. In this article, I’ll explore who a model is, the types of a model and tips on how to become a successful model. Stay with me.

But first,

Who is a Model?

A model is a person with a role either to promote, display or advertise commercial products or to serve as a visual aid for people who are creating works of art or to pose for photography.

Just like the way anyone can be a model, there’s something for everyone in modelling. There are so many specializations and niches that fit your looks and personality. The question now is, how do you become one?

Before you become a successful model, you have to understand the different types of models you can be.

Types Of Modeling

There are many types of models, and they include the following;

1. Fashion Model

This is a type of model that is used in the fashion aspect of the world. They help advertise and showcase the works of a fashion designer. They are the faces you see in big fashion magazines like Vogue and the faces fashion designers like Prada use.

Oftentimes, they get paid more than the other types of models. Fashion models are however strictly handled, they are to maintain a particular shape and even perfect some mannerism and look. Fashion models are also up to date with all the recent fashion trends in the world.

They are also mostly tall and characterized to have the “perfect shape”

2. Runway Model

This is a type of model where they showcase a designer’s creation or line on the runway. It usually involves people with a height of 5″9 (175.26 cm or 1.7526 m)  and above.

Runway models are to take long strides with elegant mannerisms while wearing the clothes made by the designer.

This is quite fun if you love to be looked at and admired.

3. Commercial Model

This is a diverse type of model, they are not restricted to a particular type of size, age or whatever limit. Celebrities that don’t have the “known” body type for modelling are made to model in some TV commercials.

This type of model advertises products, is shown in campaigns and are showcased in commercials.

4. Fitness Model

This is the type of model that showcases or models fitness routines. They are mostly buff, fit, well-toned, enthusiastic about being fit and have the build that resembles an athlete. Sometimes, real athletes are made to model.

If you are well-toned, fit and have an athletic build, fitness modelling might just be your strong forte.

5. Swimsuit/Lingerie Model

This type of model is often curvier and rounder than fashion models. They advertise lingeries and swimsuits, undergarments and other wears in this category.

6. Parts Model

Just like the title, the model parts of their body. They use their face, hand, eyes, legs or teeth to advertise or model. A part model should have an appropriately cleaned and pleasing part of the body they use.

For a face model, you should have an acne-free face, smooth and unique. The same goes for every other body part.

7. Plus-size Model

This is a recently booming part of modelling. The models are mostly 12/14 and higher. Anyone above 5″5 can fit into this.

Read: I Am Fat, So?

8. Petite Model

If you are shorter than 5″9, you can be a petite model and engage in parts modelling and even commercials. They are called petite models because of their height.

With the knowledge of the types of models, let’s get right back to the question, how do you become a successful model?

How To Become A Succesful Model

1. Understand And Choose The Kind Of Model You Want To Be

While some people fit into all the categories of modelling, you may not be part of them. Moreover, it is wise to specialize in a type and work towards advancement in that category.

A runway model is usually around 5″9 for females and 6″0 for males. Fitness modelling involves you being a health and fitness enthusiast and in commercial modelling, you have to love the camera and be jovial behind it.

Just understand the types and decide on which you’ll be going for.

2. Build A Portfolio

Every professional has a portfolio. It’s a list of your wins and skills. It is what employers look to see what you have to offer. So it’s only wise to invest in a good portfolio- one with professional photography in other to avoid rejections or disrespect. A model’s portfolio is just like a CV, and just like CVs are- must be done rightly.

Your CV should include the pictures and poses that showcase your “strong” body part: your shoulder, waist, neckline, side, face structure, height, smile and a unique part of your body.

Be intentional about it and build a portfolio.

3. Engage In Training

When I say training, I don’t mean formal education as It is not a requirement to being a model. However, there are some kinds of modelling that you need to be not only good but better in some poses or walks. A good example is runway modelling.

There are modelling schools in Nigeria that train models, help teach you how to walk on a runway, take poses and maintain them, be free with the camera. You should also eat healthily, maintain a healthy diet and avoid certain foods that are bad for you.

To become a successful model, after deciding on the kind to be and building a portfolio, it is only right that you make yourself better and get acquainted with the life of a model by training for it.

3. Be Visible

The next step is being visible. After deciding on what kind of model to be, building a portfolio and engaging in training, you have to put yourself out there to be employed as a model.

Build a social media presence with your portfolio, make connections, follow modelling agencies and other models on their social pages, go to events for models- castings and auditions, attend fashion shows, allow yourself to be used by your makeup and designer friends. In Nigeria, most of the fashion shows happen in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

By being visible, you can even get modelling gigs. Just don’t be a runway model in your bedroom, do the work and show yourself.

4. Get Signed To A Modelling Agency

This is the last step but can be the most difficult.

An agency will invest in you and help promote you to promote themselves. You have something to offer and they have the resources to back you up.

In being visible, you’ll come across the social media pages of modelling agencies. Check their pages and watch out for application dates. Take note of the submission guidelines, you can be disqualified for ignoring one.

You can also take a bold step and pitch to model agencies personally and let them know you are interested in representing them.


The different kinds of modelling agencies you can apply to and from Nigeria include IMG Models, Few Models, Elite Model Mgt, Next Models, Model 1 agency, Q management, BETH Models, Zahara Models etc.

Now that you know how to become a successful model, congratulations on starting your journey. Go make it out there. I am rooting for you.

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