How to become a model

How to become a model in India

Be a model with knowledge and spunk

160055530.49Z1gn8OTall, fair, elegant, handsome and much more, this is the normal perception about the modeling industry
that floats in the market, but, surprisingly the industry is much more deeply professional than being a mannequin to walk the ramp. As a fashion photographer I feel that a decade ago, fashion world was more inclined towards glitz and glamour, but with the changing world of fashion, industry growth and raised level of competition, the in and out of models has become tough. Today, it’s not just the looks and the angle, but something more which comprises etiquettes, mannerism and strict professionalism towards the work. As the designers have become more conscious about the theme and their collection, so do they are concerned about the models. The leading fashion shows of India, now conduct proper audition with ace panelists from different walks of life including fashion photography, grooming, designing and choreography. So, today when walking the ramp is no more a cakewalk, I thought to share some key highlights that the aspiring models should pay attention to crack it and make it to the runway and endorsements too.

Foremost you need to decide the medium you wish to work for:


Runway model: For this girls need to be 5’9 and with prefect cat walk training. Boys are mostly considered between 5’11-6’2 with ideal physiques.

Print Model: Editorial shoots call for 5’7 with an appealing personality and photogenic face.

Swimwear model: This calls for well-developed breasts and toned hips and for men broad shoulder with slim waist is preferred.

Promotional Model: Some companies want their customer base to interact directly with models who are generally attractive with like-able personalities to promote their brand. You may see these models in grocery stores, events or clubs promoting things like food, liquor brands or new products.


Knowledge Grooming:

The modeling world is jam-packed with pretty faces. Just because you are good looking does not mean that you can succeed as a model. You need to be socially aware and your knowledge about the fashion world happening is inevitable. In the modeling business, it is not just about looking great. Modeling is only for serious people who carry unique looks and characteristics. Since there are so many agencies and middlemen involved in this sector that at times you might get misguided and misused too. So proper knowledge about the functionality of industry is necessary. Now the scenario is very challenging to get a breakthrough and will only come with patience and perseverance.

Know your vitals:

This is all about knowing your body measurement and personal stats. And it includes:

  • Basic measurements like height, weight, and shoe size
  • Clothing measurements :shoulder, chest, waist, thighs
  • Hair color, eye color, skin tone, skin type


Professional touch and shot:145826776.uwkbSh3s

It is very obvious that getting a portfolio shoot is little expensive, but that does not mean you can skip it. Professional photography, even if it is expensive, will give you a better idea of what kind of look you give off. You may eventually need these photographs to snag an interview, so think of it as a worthwhile investment!

  • Get your portfolio shoot done with a reputed photographer (preferably fashion photographer).
  • If you’ve got enough of these photos, consider putting everything into a portfolio, or “book.” Mail it to the concerned agencies and also carry a portfolio while visiting casting agents.


Get associated with an agency:

Though freelance modeling is very much in trend, but it is preferred to those who have built a name in the industry. If you are a fresher, it is advisable to get associated with an agency, as it exposes you to work in a professional manner at the same time you learn the minutes of the job and professionalism too. When visiting an agency follow the below:

  • Bring your snapshots and/or portfolio. They will often ask you to walk or pose for them. They may take a head shot or take your measurements as well.
  • Be cautious about he charges sharing, it is advisable to keep a tap on the rules and be in touch with someone trust worthy to avoid being cheated


Be professional, polite, and courteous:

Remember that even though you’re not working in an office, you need to be professional. Treat people, you work with respect. You never know who they know or what sort of recommendation they might give of you. You may be a model, but that doesn’t give you the right to be snooty, affected, or pompous.


Be creative:

The fashion and modeling industry is all about being creative. Photographers want to see you pose in various styles and expressions with different props and backdrop. Changeability is the key, so, work for the camera and interact with the world around you.


Author Info

Praveen Bhat is celebrity fashion photographer and director based in New Delhi.

comment (21)

  1. Sajid

    24 Sep 2015 - 7:44 am

    Sir I’m your big fan…….
    Thanks for sharing this knowledge for those people who want to be a model.
    I’m also want to be a model. But I don’t know how to make it.
    Please help me and guide me what should I do?

  2. IKSHwaku

    11 Apr 2016 - 5:51 am

    SIR ,
    MY querry is , which agency should be contacted in delhi to start with

    • admin

      11 Apr 2016 - 5:57 am

      Hi buddy,

      Get in touch with GNG Models Agency in Noida. They are an excellent agency. here:

    • Sandeep

      03 Jan 2017 - 4:21 pm

      Glitz and glamour agency. This is one of the top most agency in delhi and Mumbai with so many branches.

  3. Arpit Bhatnagar

    11 Apr 2016 - 6:41 am

    Hey sir I am a really big fan. I have a question that for becoming an actor in entertainment industry. Do we need a professional portfolio or simple photographs is enough? As I want to become an actor .

    • admin

      13 Apr 2016 - 8:05 am

      Hello Arpit,
      You shall need professional portfolio in most cases. However there are exceptions which I cannot predict.
      Good luck 🙂

  4. Lakshay Singhal

    12 Apr 2016 - 5:17 pm

    Sir,this really helps us

  5. Devayani Kaor

    03 Sep 2016 - 11:08 am

    Hey guys this is awesome posts. I appreciate this post and its seems looking so informative Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Vishal kumar

    29 Dec 2016 - 8:03 am

    Sir mene apka ye post dhyan se pada or mujhe bahut kuch sikhne ko bhi mila mai ek lower class se hu or mai behad mehanga folio bhi nhi karwa sakta mai ek model banna chahta hu meri age 27hai or meri hight 6ft hai. Mai apka abhari rahunga agar ap mujhe sahi rasta dikha sake to. Kafi bar mene koshish ki lekin har bar asafalta hi hath lagi ap mujhe sahi rasta bataye.

    • Sandeep

      03 Jan 2017 - 4:24 pm

      Hi bro,
      Agar aap apne modelling career ko lekar passionate hai to apko ek baar Praveen sir se zarur milna chahiye wo apko right direction denge is field me because he is one of the top most fashion photographer in delhi and provide you all important guidelines and tips to become a successful model

  7. Gaurav

    29 Dec 2016 - 6:24 pm

    Sir I have no money sir plz tell me how to come in modelling line

  8. Sachin Nagar

    05 May 2018 - 5:59 pm

    I want to become a modeling and my Name is Sachin Nagar(Gurjar) and i live in Greater Noida then my hight 6+ and my weight 50 kg and my look handsome than my age 20 years sir i belong to villege and i want to become a modeling and i will do hardwork and sir m abhi ready hu modeling me jane ke liye kyuki abhi se starting hogi to kuch saal bad muje safalta jarur milegi kuch new sikhne ko milega yah meri soch h or sir ap batao ki muje modeling karni chahiye ya nhi please reply me i waiting for you

  9. Sharon

    06 May 2018 - 11:16 pm

    Hi Sir, I want to get into print modelling, and I also like acting, I don’t know which is the best modelling agency in Bangalore, can you please help?

  10. Lee

    24 Jul 2018 - 12:03 pm

    Hi sir, want to be a model but my height is 155cm and I’m not photogenic so how to become please give me some clue

    • Prerna Kalita

      07 Jun 2020 - 9:23 am

      Thanks for the insight. Can you help with some trust worthy agencies in Bangalore?

  11. pranit

    26 Jul 2018 - 5:53 am

    Wonderful and Insightful article! Its really great piece of advice on career in modeling.Its very helpful for a candidate who is aspiring career in modeling. I was looking for it and found very good tips here. Thanks a lot for sharing this valuable article with us!

  12. shivam yadav

    21 Oct 2018 - 12:49 pm

    sir, i’m your big fan. please help me. i have most photogenic face but height is 5.5 feet. can i become model beside runway.

  13. Afolayan Samuel Sunday

    15 Feb 2019 - 12:19 am

    Greetings, I will be happy if you can accept by me. I have been interested in model always because I want to become a model .Thanks

  14. Jyoti Bansal

    13 Dec 2019 - 6:59 pm

    Sir…I want to be a model…but issue is my height is 4’6 inch …is this possible..or not …it is my dream…pls help me sir…koi suggestions de…

  15. Dev

    01 Apr 2020 - 7:25 am

    My height is 5’6 “Can I do commercial modeling?

  16. Soumya singh

    19 Jun 2020 - 6:28 am

    I want to beautiful model suggest me please

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