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Model Weight & Height Requirements for Runway Modeling

Learn the weight and height requirements to be a magazine, catalog, or runway model from model scout Trudi Tapscott in this Howcast video.


Hi. My name is Trudi Tapscott, and fashion modeling has some very specific physical requirements. And I say that, that you do have to be a certain height, and you do have to be, I would not necessarily say weight, but I would say a certain measurement shape. You need to fit clothes that are designed by a designer, and modeling is a job, so there are specifics. Just like sports, just like anything else, there is a physical form that you need in order to sell designer clothes.

The requirements are preferably 5'9" and taller. Measurements, 34 or 35 hip, sample size, which is changing. Sometimes it's a little smaller than it should be, depending upon the brand and the designer. So, you need to have measurements that are pretty much 34-24-34. That varies. A girl who is 5'9" is going to have a different sizing, different shape, different proportions than a girl who is 5'11". But, the range is between 5'9" up to 6 feet.

There are girls who are taller than 6 feet. It does make it more difficult. Sleeves are shorter, pants are shorter, but that's pretty much it. There are exceptions to every single rule, and those kinds of requirements are for New York, Paris, Milan, London, big markets were modeling is a career.

Sometimes in smaller markets, there is a generosity and a little bit of leeway in terms of what clients are looking for, because it's a different kind of modeling. And when I say there are exceptions to every rule, there are models who have modeled and have had great careers who are 5'7", 5'8", but your best chances are 5'9" and taller.

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