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Alec Minaj
Posts: 3
Richardson, Texas, US


I feel like i might be too short to model hmm
Dec 11 12 06:24 pm  Link  Quote 
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Isis22
Posts: 2,499
Muncie, Indiana, US


You aren't done growing at age 17. Hang in there because you have years before you know how tall you will end up being.
Dec 11 12 06:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Natural Body Photo
Posts: 303
Indianapolis, Indiana, US


Isis22 wrote:
You aren't done growing at age 17. Hang in there because you have years before you know how tall you will end up being.

I say go for it! There are plenty of models of all sizes, shapes and skin tones.  You have to be confident that you are special and wonderful.  Keep looking for your interests and combine that with a niche.  YOU CAN DO IT!

Roland (5'8")

Dec 11 12 06:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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AJ_In_Atlanta
Posts: 12,686
Atlanta, Georgia, US


17 for a male doesn't mean your done growing, but even 5'10" would be a little short for most commercial modeling.  Then again its hard without x-rays to really know how much taller you will be.

P.S. No offense to Roland but the industry doesn't care, samples are samples and If you don't fit it's limited work at best.
Dec 11 12 06:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Shiv Sharma
Posts: 5
Bombay, Maharashtra, India


you have lots of catching up to do and little time left.i  would suggest you take up basketball or some form of exercise if you plan to reach a male model height. You can do fitness modeling if you are shorter but being short definitely limits your options
Dec 12 12 04:36 am  Link  Quote 
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angel emily
Posts: 1,020
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Natural Body Photo  wrote:
I say go for it! There are plenty of models of all sizes, shapes and skin tones.  You have to be confident that you are special and wonderful.  Keep looking for your interests and combine that with a niche.  YOU CAN DO IT!

Roland (5'8")

Aww.

Well, this advice might be true -- if you want to pursue other types of modeling besides mainstream industry work (commercial/fashion).

Dec 12 12 05:50 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
ArtistryImage
Posts: 2,731
Washington, District of Columbia, US


Alec Minaj wrote:
5'8"

you may have a shot at it... agencies will allow an inch or so for Asian talent...  your trim build works for you... 145lbs is what agencies are looking for in males...  just maybe don't look to run runway...

Dec 12 12 05:58 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


say your age is 10 - that's pretty tall
Dec 29 12 12:06 am  Link  Quote 
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Julia Francesca
Posts: 2,357
Maumee, Ohio, US


eat your spinach and brussels sprouts and don't smoke or drink coffee!

love,

mom
Dec 29 12 05:46 am  Link  Quote 
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Jon Winkleman Photo
Posts: 89
New York, New York, US


Mark Wahlberg was shot by Herb Ritts for the now iconic Calvin Klein underwear campaign that included a giant billboard in Times Square.

Wahlberg is 5'7"

Andy Warhol actor and muse Joe Dallesandro was shot extensively by Scavullo and many other top fashion photographers. He was considered the sexiest and most beautiful man alive in that late 60's early 70's Warhol era. Many have said he helped redefine male beauty in his generation.

Dallesandro was 5'6"

Quick answer is that not only have some well known models have been on the short side but two of the most iconic male models were incredibly short.

However being 5'8" does create limitation. Wahlberg and Dallesandro's most iconic images did not require tall models. Also both men had those one-in-million superhuman genes that gave them a face, body and complexion that renders an image in the camera that mere mortals cannot.

Both men found success in physique, nude or underwear modeling. What mattered most was their face and body. In spite of their fame and popularity neither achieved stardom modeling men's suits and designer clothing. (Let me appologize in advance for this one) When selling clothes, both male and female fashion models are hired to function as clothes hangers and manikins to best display the beauty of the clothing first and foremost. The beauty of the model is secondary. The prime consideration is how will the clothes drape on that model's body and what kind of silhouette will they create in those clothes? Both women and men with a tall thin frame can create a more desirable silhouette to show off the clothing the client wants to sell.

A second disadvantage is with images with other models, particularly women. Tom Cruise is 5'7" and Nicole Kidman is 5'11". Tom always wore lifts when he was married to her and forbid her to wear heels. When they acted together in film, the production crew went to great lengths to make Tom look taller. However if they were both unrelated and unknown actors no casting director would cast them as a couple. Viewers have height preconceptions that inform them about the relationships between people they see together in print and film. Men are supposed to be taller than the women they are in a relationship with. Older siblings are expected to be taller than their younger sibling. Being short can potentially limit work with other models because taller men can be paired with many more women than short men.

Last, there is a huge market for character models who look like real people. That niche might not pay as well and have the cache as being a high fashion supermodel but character models have longer careers and they aren't as vulnerable to the constantly changing flavor of the month look that drives high fashion.

Be realistic as to your strengths and weakness and let that guide you toward pursuing the career path best suited to the body and look you were born with.
Dec 29 12 03:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jon Winkleman Photo
Posts: 89
New York, New York, US


Mark Wahlberg was shot by Herb Ritts for the now iconic Calvin Klein underwear campaign that included a giant billboard in Times Square.

Wahlberg is 5'7"

Andy Warhol actor and muse Joe Dallesandro was shot extensively by Scavullo and many other top fashion photographers. He was considered the sexiest and most beautiful man alive in that late 60's early 70's Warhol era. Many have said he helped redefine male beauty in his generation.

Dallesandro was 5'6"

Quick answer is that not only have some well known models have been on the short side but two of the most iconic male models were incredibly short.

However being 5'8" does create limitation. Also Wahlberg and Dallesandro's most iconic images did not require tall models. Also both men had those one-in-million superhuman genes that have them a face, body and complexion that renders an image in the camera that mere mortals cannot.

Both men found success in physique, nude or underwear modeling. What mattered most was their face and body. In spite of their fame and popularity neither achieved stardom modeling men's suits and designer clothing. (Let me appologize in advance for this one) When selling clothes, both male and female fashion models are hired to function as clothes hangers and manikins to best display the beauty of the clothing first. Their own beauty is secondary. The prime consideration is how will the clothes drape on that model's body and what kind of silhouette will they create in those clothes? Both women and men with a tall thin frame can create a more desirable silhouette to show off the clothing the client wants to sell.

A second disadvantage is in images with other models, particularly women. Tom Cruise is 5'7" and Nicole Kidman is 5'11". Tom always wore lifts when he was married to her and forbid her to wear heels. When thy acted together, the production crew went to great lengths to make Tom look taller. However if they were both unrelated and unknown actors no casting director would cast them as a couple. Viewers have height preconceptions that inform them about the relationships between people they see together in print and film. Men are supposed to be taller than the women they are in a relationship with. Older siblings are expected to be taller than their younger sibling. Being short can also potentially limit work with other models because taller men can potentially be paired with many more women than short men.

Last, there is a huge market for character models who look like real people. That niche might not pay as well and have the cache as being a high fashion supermodel but character models have longer careers and they aren't as vulnerable to the constantly changing flavor of the month look that drives high fashion.

Be realistic as to your strengths and weakness and let that guide you toward pursuing the career path best suited to the body and look you were born with.
Dec 29 12 03:36 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


ahhh Mark Wahlberg was a celeb when he shot Calvin plus as far as I know,he did only this one very gay centric campaign which his look/build were right for. so OP get your musical career going
Dec 29 12 10:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jon Winkleman Photo
Posts: 89
New York, New York, US


Mark wrote:
ahhh Mark Wahlberg was a celeb when he shot Calvin plus as far as I know,he did only this one very gay centric campaign which his look/build were right for. so OP get your musical career going

Ummmm the Wahlberg\campaign for Calvin Klein did not include shots with other underwear clad men but did include Wahlberg canoodling with a topless Dean Johnson. Not exactly a gay centric campaign.

Wahlberg rode on his brother Donnie's "New Kids On The Block" teen idol fame with Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. They charted, but not spectacularly. He wasn't that big outside of the teeny bopper crowd.

If you look at the CK campaign he was used more as a model rather than a celebrity endorsement. At that time Dean Johnson had equal fame. Does that mean she was no longer a model but a celebrity?

Yes he got hired because his looks and body were right for the ad....
However isn't that the same consideration ALL models are subjected to before getting a job?

Dec 30 12 10:58 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


his look was very  appealing to gay photographers like Ritts and Bruce Webber.  CK was a very gay friendly brand .  Wahlberg wasnt hired due to his good looks but he fit a gay type at the time and had a following and a bad reputation.  I think these points I made can be successful defended. its open to debate though and its not really so important any way right?  But to use him as an example is not practical for an ordinary llama debutant

cheers
Dec 31 12 12:51 am  Link  Quote 
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