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Are you an aspiring male model? If so, it’s likely you’ve measured your height and are wondering what the average is within the fashion industry. Well, we’ve done the research for you.
It’s not all about height; looks and build also play a part. A handsome and chiselled face will definitely get more work and modelling agencies interested. But it is also how you move, pose and ability to follow direction.
Before we start, let’s talk about what the Office of National Statistics says is the average height of men in the UK. The typical man in England is 5ft 9in (175.3cm) tall and weighs 13.16 stone (83.6kg).
What are male models?
The definition of a fashion male model is someone who poses for a photographer or videographer, either as an amateur or professional. These could be lifestyle product shots, and the look of the model will vary from brand style and genre.
A male model use their look and physique to sell a product or service. In the case of high fashion models, this could be on the runway to sell a collection, or in product shots for the website and promo material.
What are the average height requirements for male models?
The average height for a male model is between 5ft 10″ and 6 foot 2 inches, but runway requirements will be a lot stricter than streetwear. In general, agencies and brands prefer toned and slim physiques although imperfections can be a unique selling point and help the model standout from the crowd.
A fashion industry standard for males in high fashion is around 6 feet tall but it varies from agency to agency and the needs of the clothing brand. Swimwear and underwear shoots will require a very toned body. Any athleisure or gymwear will need a sporty physique. Streetwear brands embrace the tattooed male model, and may be a good option for the less traditional clean look.
How do agencies decide what height is right for their model?
In recent years, there has been a push for more diversity within the fashion industry and agencies have made adjustments to their scouting criteria. But ultimately it comes down to supply and demand. There is no point being on an agencies books if no-one is interested in hiring you.
What are some challenges of being short or tall in the fashion industry?
Being shorter than the average does not close the door on being a male model, but perhaps will limit runway opportunities. On most fashion shoots the product is not fully manufactured so the samples are often medium. And the clothes fitting is the biggest deciding factor for brands when selecting models.
With the push to selling on social media, lifestyle shots can be taken on models of all sizes, so for those wanting to be a fashion model there will always be a path which is enhanced for those already in the influencer space.