Not long ago, while in the gym, I gave my business card to a very beautiful, very fit lady. She was about five foot, eight inches tall. She had a nice figure; she was not rail thin. Without being gross, I will say that she looked like a real woman! I explained that I was a local photographer and I would be more than happy to do a free photo shoot with her; I would get to expand my portfolio; she could start a portfolio or just use the photos any way she wanted. She thanked me for my compliment but refused my offer for the photo shoot. “I am too short to be a model,” was the reason.
She knew the “ideal” stats for a model; you had to be at least six feet tall and look like you never had a cheeseburger in your life. She could never break into the modeling world. I told her that she was right that she would never been a high fashion model nor would she do runway work. But, I told her, there are other types of modeling and she would be an excellent candidate for fitness modeling. I told her of a friend, who looked remarkably similar to her, who started a fitness and nutrition blog. She wrote about using the various weight machines at her gym; she bought some personal fitness equipment and began blogging about its positive effects on her; the equipment manufacturer learned of her blog (they monitor things like that!) and became one of her sponsors. She shared her blog on Facebook and had many “friends”. After a while, the local television and radio stations asked her on when they did fitness segments; she was even invited on one of the network morning programs as a fitness consultant.
What’s the point? My friend knew she would never make it as a fashion model, but she is earning a good living (and gaining notoriety) as a fitness model/expert! She was too short to be a model, but that didn’t stop her! Nor does it need to stop you! Do you have a passion (or even just an interest!)? How can you turn that into a modeling opportunity? If you think about it and develop a strategy to maximize your potential, you can be a successful model. And even if it doesn’t “work” you can have a ton of fun doing something you enjoy doing!
Will you make the cover of “Elle”? No (but how many high fashion models do?). But you can be a model, and a successful one at that.
Too short to be a model? Never!
Jim the Photographer