Can i short guy make it into the Modeling Industry?

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    Nov 23, 2013 7:01 PM GMT
    So a friend of mine who recently took my photos, stated i should build a portfolio and pursue something of this sort for a while. As fun as that sounds im a short dude, and i know that most agencies prefer taller men. But she then stated that their are different looks out in this world and some prefer short.

    Any ideas comments or idk.. just curious on thoughts and such.. i think it be fun and would like it to pay off some of my bills lol but i just dont know if im cut out for it.
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    Nov 23, 2013 8:27 PM GMT
    If your in a magazine..by yourself..no one will know your height
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    Nov 23, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
    We need to see more photos to know for sure. Lots more.
  • Fable

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    Nov 23, 2013 8:33 PM GMT
    no.
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    Nov 23, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    There are literally dozens of threads by RJ members under 6'0" asking us inexperts about (and sometimes disregarding) height with respect to whether they should model so let me save me, you and everyone else a lot of time:

    1) Specify whether you mean modeling for runway, print, swimwear/underwear or porn.

    2) Review some of those threads at these links:

    I might become an Elite model but I need help:
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    What does it take to become a model?:
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    modeling...
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/433352

    Modeling Agents Look for Handsome and Not Cute Men:
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    Nov 23, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    No, but, you can find work doing some of it... just not the major ones.
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    Nov 24, 2013 5:22 AM GMT
    I spoke to a professional model, I'm only 2" taller than you so i'm sure her advice for me would fit you too, she said that print modeling is the most you can expect, but not so much runway.
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    Nov 24, 2013 5:41 AM GMT
    In print, you likely can work, it's just a matter of finding it.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Nov 24, 2013 5:51 AM GMT
    Never know til you give it a go
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    Nov 24, 2013 5:51 AM GMT
    In print modeling but not runway.
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    Nov 24, 2013 9:04 AM GMT
    High fashion run way! No, they want guys to be at least 5'11 or 6'0 and above. Plus they want guys who look unique, tall skinny, tan or pale, androgynous and hot! (Sorry to sound harsh, I don't see you as any of those things).

    Print Magazine modeling! Maybe! But then again, it depends on the product they're selling! I think you're a regular cute guy, not male model material though! But I can be wrong, give it a shot and see what the agencies say! Just send in some photos. (Try LA Models, they accept photos via their website).





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    Nov 24, 2013 9:24 AM GMT
    Coming from a fellow pocket gay....no, sweetie,no....
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    Nov 24, 2013 11:09 PM GMT
    You can't do runway. Maybe some print work but it will still be limited due to your height, unfortunately, since a lot of people look for specific proportions
  • Timbales

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    Nov 24, 2013 11:31 PM GMT
    Depending on your look and build, you can do fitness, catalog and commercial work. It all really depends on how you look on film.
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    Nov 24, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    From what I observe the shortest male models are 6", and even those are rare to see because considered midgets.

    The norm height for male models is well above 6". The height factor for males is way stricter than for female models, the latter whom can be forgiven if outstandingly beautiful.

    I guess it's because there are so many tall good looking guys out there, that agencies don't have to settle for shorter ones.
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    Nov 25, 2013 12:29 AM GMT
    The shortest model I can think of was Mark Wahlberg when he modeled underwear for Calvin Klein and he's 5'8. But I think models his height are rare though. I would imagine the ideal height would be someone like Josh Duhamel, who was a runway model and he's 6'4.
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    Nov 27, 2013 9:05 PM GMT
    It's rare but possible.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Sayers
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    Nov 28, 2013 12:01 AM GMT
    Draper saidIt's rare but possible.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Sayers

    But basically that guy is an underwear model. Height's pretty much irrelevant re the way a speedo drapes. (We all know what is.)

    Though maybe OP means he wants to be a swimsuit/underwear model, he never specified (they rarely do).
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    Nov 28, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    I'm 6' and I'm considered a little short.
    Except during fashion week. I'm 6'1 during fashion week. *wink wink*

    In a nutshell the real categories in modeling are fashion and commercial.
    Fashion is very very strict on measurements because you wear samples especially during runway, showrooms and fittings (as in you're a human mannequin at the designer's studio). Even on editorials height is important because of the proportions.

    The most insane story is when I worked with a fashion photographer who told me the first thing he does on a 5'11 girl with 6" heels is photoshop her legs so she would look taller. I mean...

    Commercial is less strict. Agents like guys at least 5'10, but since there's a lot of "talent" people such as actors and dancers, there can be shorter guys.

    But to be honest, 5'5 is .... short.
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    Dec 26, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    Why do you want to be model? lmfao. Male models are paid extremely little compared to their female counterparts and are not respected in the fashion industry and society at large.

    Last year the top female model earned 42 MILLION DOLLARS while the top male model earned 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS.


    The only two industries where the women are paid (MUCH) more than the men are modeling and porn.
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    Dec 26, 2013 4:59 AM GMT
    venue35 saidI think your'e the same height as kylie minogue and prince. Maybe you could become a pop star instead. Even though you are not tall you are still very good looking and photogenic.


    Ummm, Kylie Minogue and Prince are popular because they have talent.
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    Dec 26, 2013 9:48 AM GMT
    it ain't gonna be easy to find yourself a spot in there you gotta have alot of connections and acquaintances especially that you're short the effort should be doubled
    Good luck icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 26, 2013 1:45 PM GMT
    as others mentioned above you can find your place in commercial modeling, which is just pictures, but it will be really difficult to be on runway, because you need to be tall to show off the clothes. You're basically a walking mannequin. But, Good luck on your endeavors!