What are the basic must have traits for any mainstream model?
It all sounds pretty shallow because it is. In the end models are clothes hangers and their role in the fashion industry is to make clothes look good so that they will sell. It is an industry heavily influenced by physical appearances. To recap, making it as a model requires the following traits and skills:
A slim build
A height somewhere between 5'8" and 5'11" (there are exceptions)
Good bone structure with a symmetrical and angular face
Being naturally photogenic and/or a good knowledge of ones angles
Good posture and a strong runway walk (learned or natural)
Do you have what it takes to be a model? So you want to be a model? Do you have what it takes? Many pretty-in-person girls make terrible models and sometimes the plain Jane's just take your breath away on film. It takes much more than just a pretty face and a slim figure to make it as a mainstream model. You need to have the total package, a mix of genetics and personality, in order to thrive in the modelling industry. So what traits does a successful model need to have? Some of the qualities of a mainstream model are obvious but the others may surprise you.