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What is Magazine Modeling? How to Become a Model for Magazines?

What is Magazine Modeling? How to Become a Model for Magazines?

Becoming any type of model isn’t easy to do, it takes a lot of time, dedication, and drives to succeed in the fashion and modeling industry. Even though it might be a hard industry to get noticed in, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Firstly, there are so many different types of modeling available including magazine modeling, so it all depends on what exactly you want to do.

In this article, we’re going to focus on magazine modeling, what it is, how to prepare yourself for the modeling world and jobs and how to become a magazine model. The guidance provided will help you to get your name and face in front of booking editors, for magazines.

The Types of Modeling

Within the modeling and fashion industry, there are so many different types of modeling jobs available. Before committing to modeling, you want to learn about each type of modeling, to know exactly which one you want to work in. They are all quite different from each other and some may require specific looks and styles, so you want to make sure you do your research on it and pick one that is best suited to you. Below, are some of the types of modeling available:

Runway Modeling

As a runway model, you advertise clothes and creations of designers whilst walking on a catwalk in a fashion show. You can work with various types of fashion brands to showcase their work, but this is all done walking on the runway.

Commercial Modeling

Commercial models are used more to reflect every man and woman in everyday life. There are often fewer restrictions when it comes to commercial modeling as they want more of a more realistic model to show off. This type of modeling is often used for marketing purposes to promote products for a brand or company.

Parts Modeling

Parts modeling is modeling a certain area of the body. This could be the face, eyes, hair, arms, legs, hands, feet, and other parts of the body too. This type of modeling would mainly be used for marketing a product. For example, a hand model would be used to show off nail varnish or jewelry.

Fashion Modeling

Fashion modeling is where you are used for posing for artistic photos or on the runway to show off clothing or accessories on a fashion brand. The modeling can be a variety of photo shoots or fashion shows, but it’s always for fashion brands’ items and to showcase them. This includes being a magazine model and the photos from shoots being used for magazine covers.

What is Magazine Modeling?

Fashion and editorial modeling are normally what you see in magazines, with the goal being that a story is told through images. Magazine models can also be used to advertise products for brands, in magazines such as Vogue. Magazine modeling falls under the editorial and fashion industry, within modeling.

The main job of a magazine model is that you pose for photos, during a photo shoot, and these are then published for use in a magazine, often a fashion magazine. So, if you’re wanting to be a model that is mainly used for photo shoots and wants to see your face on the covers of magazines, this is the best type of modeling for you.

How to Prepare for Magazine Modeling

Just like with any type of modeling, you need to be prepared for it. Although no qualification is needed when it comes to modeling, you’ll get a lot further if you have knowledge and experience within the industry. Of course, it’s not quite as easy as that especially when it comes to experience, but below, are some tips and guidance to help you in preparation for becoming a magazine model.

Put Together a Portfolio

One of the best things you can do when it comes to the modeling industry is to create your portfolio, to show off yourself and all your work. No matter what modeling job it is, you will always need a portfolio to be able to show people what you can do and what you have done in the past. A portfolio is just like a book that is put together with all your photos, including head shots and full body shots.

Creating a portfolio can be easy and it doesn’t need to cost a lot. You can easily create a portfolio yourself at home. When it comes to photos, these can be taken on your phone or camera by a family or friend, it doesn’t have to be professional to start with. Just make sure that head shots, full body shots, and different locations and styles are used throughout. You can also include photos from any modeling work you’ve done previously too.

Practice Your Skills

Practice makes perfect and especially when it comes to modeling. Even if you don’t have any experience behind you, you can take an online modeling class and practice at home. This will also help to build your confidence when it comes to modeling, making you stand out even more.

As well as practicing at home, make sure to look out for any opportunities too. It may be hard to find any magazine modeling opportunities at first, but you can get experience and practice through other things too. This may be modeling for a local fashion show or being a hair and makeup model for a local salon that is needing help. There are plenty of chances out there to get some experience, you just need to be willing to go and find them and make the most of them.

TFP Shoots for Magazine Modeling

TFP means to trade for print and these shoots are excellent for those starting in the modeling industry, where money may be a bit tight too. Many photographers are also in the same position of needing experience and photos for a portfolio, so you can both help each other out. These shoots are where no one is paid to be there, but in return you both get the photos from the shoot, to be able to use for your portfolio and experience work. These are great chances at being able to practice, gain some experience and use in your portfolio too, so make sure you take on as many of these as possible.

Use social media

One of the best things you can do nowadays is use the power of social media, to build yourself a platform and name for yourself. By doing this, you’re likely to get more noticed by people, especially agencies and editors, which will help you in getting jobs in the future. Some jobs may also look at your social media, to see more of what you’re like and what you can do, so this is a great tool to make use of. You can not only show off things in your personal life but also make sure to show off your modeling too.

Create a Contact List

Have a look at booking editors of magazines and start to create a contact list of them all. One thing you can do is send the booking editors pictures and if they catch their eyes enough, they may give you a shot at a job. Also look out for model calls and auditions too that they may post about, as you can also use these to try and get yourself a job.

Modeling Agency

Finally, to help you in preparation for becoming a magazine model and to also help with getting jobs, you can sign up for a modeling agency. Agencies will require you to have an interview and show your portfolio, but once you’re signed up for one, they can help you in getting work.

They’re the experts when it comes to modeling roles, so they know exactly what to look for and what you will be good at. It helps to save a lot of time when it comes to finding jobs, so they’re worth signing up for. Just make sure to check out each modeling agency and see which ones are best for the type of modeling, you’re wanting to do.

What Kind of Work Do You Get?

When it comes to magazine modeling, you’re quite simply a model for magazines! In this type of job within the modeling industry, you’ll be used as a model for photo shoots, which are all taken to go in a magazine. They will often be fashion magazines and the model will be advertising products for the magazine.

There are so many different magazines out there that you can feature in, with a lot of models’ goals being to be on the cover of a major magazine. They may be different purposes for the shoots, depending on the brand and magazine, but a lot will be focused on the model-wearing products that will then be advertised in the magazine.

How to Become a Magazine Model?

If you take note of the guidance provided within this article, then you’ve already got a head start when it comes to modeling. Although qualification isn’t needed for modeling, you can attend modeling schools, to help you get started with modeling and provide you with all the knowledge and information you need for modeling. However, this isn’t required and many models don’t have this behind them.

The best things you can do to become a magazine model are to practice, grab any opportunities that come your way, use the power of social media to your advantage, and to get signed up with a modeling agency. These simple things will help you in being prepared for modeling, but to also build a name and face for yourself. When it comes to magazine modeling, the editors will be looking for someone who is confident, but also someone who matches their image.


By using your portfolio, shoots, and social media, you can help in getting your name out there and getting noticed. There are also modeling agencies that can be used too, to help you in getting the jobs you want. Once you have some experience behind you, you’ll find it much easier to get more and more jobs and start seeing your face on the covers of magazines. It’s not impossible to become a magazine model, so make sure you have the confidence, drive, and ambition to succeed and the results will show.

When you are ready, apply to Fashion Republic Magazine for a chance to be featured! Applications are free.

Remember, the modeling industry is a very competitive world to be in, so you’ve got to be determined and be the best, to succeed. We hope you enjoyed this guide to magazine modeling and found it useful.


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