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Can Models Have Tattoos and Still Find Work?

As most agencies prefer models without tattoos to showcase their clothing collections effectively, however, some models have taken steps towards finding work regardless of having body art.

Casting calls, runway shows, events, photo shoots, and television appearances models with visible tattoos must cover them during casting calls, runway shows, photo shoots, and television appearances to remain cost-effective, and hire models with visible tattoos require additional post-editing which may incur extra expenses.

Female Models With Tattoos

Tattoos were once frowned upon among models; marking yourself permanently was considered unprofessional and detracting from the designer’s vision. Today, however, more people are becoming comfortable with body art; therefore it is now possible for aspiring models with tattoos to pursue modeling as their career.

Some of the world’s most well-known models, including Cara Delevingne, Lily Aldridge, and Kendall Jenner are well known for their tattoos – Cara Delevingne, Lily Aldridge and Kendall Jenner are three famous female models with tattoos have made successful careers as models. Many male models also sport tattoos including Rick Genest (also known as Zombie Boy). Genest is known for having multiple tattoos all over his body creating an unmistakably distinct look that resonates well among young audiences.

Tattooed models depend on the type of modeling they are doing and client expectations; most prefer an untattooed model but there can be exceptions; small tattoos that can be covered up with makeup are typically acceptable; larger tattoos, however, may prove harder to hide, leading some brands to refuse collaboration with models who sport them.

Most models will need to cover their tattoos before entering runway shows, as designers wish for their models to act as blank canvases and reflect the clothes and products being sold by designers. Furthermore, the fashion industry has its specific code of conduct for how models should dress and behave known as “the look.”

Tattooed models may still qualify as models provided they do not appear prominently. Furthermore, it is vitally important that models maintain a clean and hygienic look at all times; any piercings should be safe from dangling if present; large or showy piercings may distract audiences; general guidelines suggest being respectful to employer requests when modeling.

Commercial Models

Aspiring models may find tattoos an impediment when entering the business. Modeling agencies typically prefer models with flawless skin and it can be challenging to break into the industry without having their tattoos removed or covered up, although some models with tattoos still find work within it.

IMG Models, one of the world’s premier modeling agencies, allows their models to have tattoos. This marks a huge change within the industry as many companies don’t accept models with tattoos – yet IMG understands their presence can add a personal touch and make models even more distinctive.

Tattoos can be beneficial to models in certain circumstances; it all depends on their type and placement. Tattoos that vary in size, color, and style could potentially make or break a model’s career – larger or colored tattoos are unlikely to result in bookings for high-end jobs.

As some tattoos are more visible than others, the industry generally favors models who can cover up any visible tattoos with makeup or are otherwise in a position to get work. This is particularly true for shoots requiring extensive makeup application such as beauty or swimwear shots that require flawless skin – hence why aspiring models with large, colorful tattoos should likely wait until their body art can be hidden by makeup or they are otherwise qualified for specific jobs they desire.

Models may choose to wear piercings as part of their image; if multiple piercings are present, they should remain discrete and not distracting. Furthermore, dermal and ear piercings that exceed traditional lobes of ears should also be avoided.

TattooModels, Envy Model Management, and Dragonfly are among the many agencies that specialize in this form of modeling, catering to tattoo models with alternative or niche looks like gothic or steampunk styles. All three offer services open to both genders. In terms of representation, these agencies also cater to nonbinary models as well as those looking for all-gender representation – many even allow nonbinary representation!

Fashion Models

Fashion models represent brands through their flawless skin, yet some top models still opt for tattoos as an expression of self. Cara Delevingne famously features one on her finger while Jourdan Dunn has one on her shoulder – both models can also use tattoos to add something different and special to their looks for commercial or photo shoot work.

Before beginning to sport tattoos as part of your fashion model career, you must consider their placement and design carefully. Tattoos on highly visible parts such as your arms, hands, or neck could cause bookings to slip through your fingers if they are large and visible; those that can easily be concealed using makeup or concealer may be beneficial, while choosing ink colors that blend in seamlessly with natural skin tones may offer additional advantages.

As part of your efforts to conceal tattoos properly, it’s also wise to bring along a bottle of Dermablend or another similar product when attending casting calls and fashion shows. While Photoshop may allow for some hiding techniques, they’re time-consuming and not always reliable – especially for runway models who must walk without visible tattoos visible during shows.

If you want to become a fashion model with tattoos, the first step should be building your portfolio before approaching agencies. Start by finding a photographer who specializes in fashion photography and’s willing to work with alternative models before scheduling a photo shoot that highlights your best features. When that is complete, apply to modeling agencies who don’t specify whether or not their models may sport tattoos; having a comprehensive portfolio increases your chances of booking modeling gigs! If fashion modeling is something you are serious about pursuing furthermore it is also crucial that fashionistas stay current with current trends as well as learning pose for photos.

Lifestyle Models

Tattooed models were once frowned upon as fashion brands preferred a “blank canvas” to present their new collections; having tattoos would overshadow them and put off potential buyers.

Today’s modeling industry boasts many models who feature tattoos and piercings but still manage to work as models. Some have achieved such feats thanks to celebrity status or large fan bases which help them secure modeling jobs more easily; such as Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid who boast massive followings that help secure modeling work even if covered in tattoos or have piercings.

Similar observations apply to other celebrities with strong social media followings such as Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevingne who both boast multiple tattoos and piercings but still find success as models in the modeling industry. Most brands prefer hiring ink-free models for fashion shoots.

One exception, however, is lifestyle modeling. Lifestyle models promote various products and services on platforms such as television, newspapers, and magazines – these types of models don’t impose strict criteria; so models with tattoos or piercings could still qualify as lifestyle models.

Some of the leading lifestyle models with tattoos or piercings include Ruby Rose, Zombie Boy, and Rick Genest – three male models who all boast significant amounts of body art in terms of tattoo coverage – who have all made it big in the modeling industry.

If you’re thinking about becoming a model, it is wise to wait until you have sufficient experience and know which poses flatter your body shape. Also, practicing in front of a mirror or taking photos will allow you to identify which angles work best with your physique and which don’t.

Do Models Have to Cover Up Tattoos?

When it comes to whether models should showcase or hide their tattoos on certain assignments largely depends on what each project demands from them – each has its own unique requirements that must be met. While some clients prefer unadorned skin without any ink showing at all, many others are happy to embrace this form of body art in all its variety.

Conventionally speaking (i.e., in years gone by), there was a prevailing expectation for models with visible body art to hide it away when appearing in high fashion or classic advertising spaces like magazine placements or prominent billboards; but now more than ever before we’re seeing celebrated brands become more accepting and inclusive of diverse bodies with markings – even seeking out tattooed individuals for their aesthetic exceptionalism alone! Nowadays it’s not unusual at all for inked-up runway runners to strut their stuff down catwalks from Milan t0 New York City! The end decision over how much skin is shown always ultimately depends on what each assignment is asking of both client and model.

Do Modelling Agencies Not Like Tattoos?

Tattoos are viewed differently among modeling agencies across the industry today. While some still prefer models without visible ink, there has been a growing appreciation for individuality and uniqueness brought into portfolios through tattoos in recent years.

Agencies specializing in alternative or tattooed models have emerged as diverse aesthetics increasingly captivate clients throughout fashion circles; these establishments even seek out such individuals on occasion specifically for certain opportunities.

However, traditional high-profile partnerships or runway shows frequently still favor conventional presentation and no visible ink on display.

Models ought to ascertain perspectives beforehand via diligent research before committing and communicating personal interests openly early on when connecting with prospective representation opportunities.


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