Many guys wonder what it takes to be a male model. Besides the obvious need for good looks and good physique, the male models most in demand have a look that they have cultivated to fit into a specific niche.

The most popular categories of male models include the sports/college guy made most popular by Abercrombie & Fitch, the emaciated runway guys (not unlike their female counterparts), and the professional businessmen. Unlike the female models, men have a greater age range that is typical for females. The younger guys that are in great shape are in high demand.

Seems like there is an endless need for photographing these guys in their underwear. But also there is room in the fashion business for the older guys to be models even those above the age of 50 are welcome if they are spectacular specimens.

Male models can work for fashion magazine shots, television commercials, and as presenters at conferences. The thing that makes a particular male model stand out from the crowd in not just a fantastic look, but a look where their remarkable personality shows through. There is a difference between having a look and selling a look. There is the brightness in the eyes, a vibrancy in the smile, and a robust energy that comes through in the photographs of the top male models.

For those aspiring to give a try at the male modeling business, the first thing to do is recognize some of the limitations, to make sure you qualify. Most male models that are selected for work are normally right around 6 feet tall within an inch and wear either a 40 or 42L suit size.

This is the height that designers have chosen for the "standard" look. Shorter men don't seem to command the presence that the taller men do, especially on the runway. At the same time unless you are also a major sport star there is not a high demand for giant guys either.

Anything above 6'2" and you may be too tall to be selected as most of the fashion designers wish to have a uniform height for ease of preparing the clothes for a fashion show and so that all the guys look the same height if they are walking down the fashion runway one behind the other.

If you met the general requirements, are handsome and are in extremely good shape you have a good chance to earn a nice living as a male model. First you need get a portfolio of photographs together. This is rather easy nowadays with all the digital cameras available and the ability enhance the photographs by using computer software. You will need the basic shots of your full face, showing off your body in swimsuit or shorts and especially for the older guys a nice business casual look.

Besides being a male runway model there are jobs where guys get commercial work as the spokesperson for a brand and these are some of the most desired and lucrative contracts. If you think you have what it takes, get going, and give it a try as agencies are always looking for new talent to add to their rosters.

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