By Calynn M. Lawrence

If you are wondering what the typical physical characteristics of a fashion model are, then you have come to the right place. This article will break down the average things that each type of model requires.


High fashion models indeed go through the most stress because their look is the hardest to achieve or maintain for many people. Because they are modeling live and in person, it is recommended that they be as tall and as thin as possible so that the clothes can lay flat and long like an artistic canvas. This does look quite beautiful, especially on the runway.

The average high fashion – editorial model stands at 5 foot 10, ranging from usually 5 foot 8 to 6 feet for women. Their weight is dependant upon body type, however, many fashion models have reported only weighing around 125 pounds. The deal is more about measurements. Exaggerated body types are not typically for high fashion. Therefore, many models have a modest chest size, B cup or smaller, a very slim waist, 24 inches about, and a maximum 11 inch waist to hip ratio.


Commercial models are not asked to be very tall. They typically start off at about 5 foot 5 and up. Because they are selling a product, they are required to have a definite personality and sometimes an acting background so that they can be most efficient for the commercial. Although they are not usually heavy set, they are seldom very thin. They tend to be about average size so that the average person can relate better to them. Also, their bodies tend to be more modest so that it does not distract from the message of the advertisement. In America, the average size for a woman is between a 10 and 12, yet commercial models typically start at a size 6 to 8. They are often times required to smile so having nice teeth is a must as well.


Plus sized models are typically made out to be very strong and sexy so casters want people to fit this category. Having a strong attitude and a love about yourself is key when it comes to making strides in this industry. Believe it or not because the camera adds weight, plus size modeling starts at a size 10 in many places. However, the average plus sized model is a minimum of a size 12 to 14. This is one field of modeling where exaggerated body types are encouraged and embraced! The more voluptuous the better!

As you can see, different field of modeling require different things. However, it is about you and what you are comfortable with. Going in with prior knowledge as to what they are expecting will be much beneficial.