How to boost your modeling career strategy by becoming a ‘Parts model.’
Modeling by Cristina DeHart
Has anyone ever told you that you have great hands or feet, a buff stomach, or beautiful eyes? If so, you may be a good candidate for the specialty known in the business as “Parts modeling.” While I model in the Fashion, Commercial, and Beauty categories, I fell into Parts modeling years ago while doing print work for a cosmetics company. They noticed my hands, and I started hand modeling for them in addition to my other Beauty work. Later, I expanded into modeling some of my other parts as well: eyes, torso, and lips.
Most agencies represent those with great “parts.” You will want to call around and inquire in your area. You can also call local photographers and inquire if they are ever in need of parts models. They may book you directly, since that type of work can be plentiful and good parts models are harder to come by in smaller cities.
What are the requirements for a “Parts” model?
Hand models – Hands should have flawless, smooth skin with evenly shaped nails. The shape of the hands is important. Men’s hands should not be too hairy.
Leg models – Legs should be smooth, long, and shapely. Skin should be free of veins, scars, and blemishes.
Feet – should have smooth skin tone with evenly shaped toes and nails. Skin should be free of veins, corns, or other foot blemishes. Shoe size can range from size 6-10 for women, and from 7-12 for men.
Torso – for men and women, even skin tone and a well-shaped body.
Are there “Parts” assignments for ethnic models?
Yes. Models of any ethnic and racial background should be able to find opportunities for their specific features.
What should I do to be considered?
You should mail two or three professional photographs of the “parts” you model to a reputable modeling agency in your area...
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