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How To Become A Model At 13 Years Old

Robert Marmion

The modeling dream is alive for many teenagers and in this complete guide to becoming a model at 13 years old we will share with you all of our industry tips and secrets to help you stand out and get noticed in the industry.

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It is possible to become a model at 13 years old. When you are in a store looking at promotional pictures or are reading a magazine, look at how many people pictured are in their teens. 13 is the perfect age to start modeling as it will give you time to work on your skills and develop. You will also have ample time to make the right connections in the industry. Modeling is a field where it can take time to grow into a full time career, so the more time you give yourself the better.

Deciding What Type Of Model You Will Be

The type of model you are will be determined to some degree by your genetics. There are many types of modeling roles that have body type requirements and some that do not. At 13 you should have a pretty good idea of how tall you will be and what your weight range is. You should also know your fitness level. These factors will determine some of your modeling options.

The important thing to remember is that nobody will qualify for every type of modeling role, so look at the list and requirements carefully and decide which ones to go for.

9 Types of Modeling Roles For 13 Year Old Models :

Runway Modeling

Print modeling, fitness modeling, fitting modeling, parts modeling, petite modeling, plus size modeling, freelance modeling, influencer modeling, what are the height and weight requirements for a 13 year old model.

The most popular type of modeling is fashion runway modeling, which is when you’ll be walking for a brand label in a fashion show. Think of New York Fashion Week as this type of event. The requirements are mostly height related as female models need to be 5’9″ and male models need to be 5’11”. You’ll also need to have a strong  runway walk  and be able to  pose on the runway .

As a 13 year old, you should know if you’ll have a chance of reaching the minimum height in adulthood. If everyone in your family is only 5’0″ tall and you are that height as well, this is not the one you should be going for.

Runway modeling skills are always in demand though, so any time spent training on how to do this at a basic level is valuable. If you are probably going to meet the height requirements for this, start training now so you have many years to perfect your walk and turns .

How To Be A Teenage Model

Print modeling involves modeling with products or in advertisements for services. For commercial print modeling there is no height requirement. The most important requirements for print modeling are having a great smile and being able to pose with others in a group.

If you don’t know what type of model you are or want to be you should start with print modeling. Of all the modeling types,  print modeling  uses the widest variety of people so it is the easiest type of modeling to break into. It is also the type of modeling you can do the longest.

All types of people are needed for print modeling from babies to senior citizens. 13 year old print models who have a great smile, can work well with others, and are reliable, are in high demand.

How To Be A Teenage Model

Fitness modeling is all about what you look like. The main requirement for fitness modeling is that you need to be in shape and look athletic. Companies will put you in position to use their products so you’ll need to be able to pull off athletic moves. Have someone watch you workout and tell you which of your movements look athletic and which ones need improvement.

Most fitness models in national campaigns are adults, but they started training for the role when they were in their teens. At 13 years old you can’t expect to get as many jobs as a fitness model as you would a print model, but if you meet the requirements and love to workout it is a good one to go for.

How To Be A Teenage Model

Fitting models are like live mannequins for designers and do the final fittings for clothing before they are sent off to be manufactured. The ideal size for a fitting model is size 6 or 8. While being a fitting model is not the most glamorous job in modeling, it still pays the bills.

Parts models only model specific parts of the body like hands, feet or hair. They are used to hold and show off items in advertising campaigns. The requirements for parts modeling are even toned skin and beautiful hair. There is no height requirement for parts modeling so anyone can do it. Parts modeling is a great way to get into the door of modeling, because when you do a good job in this role you’ll get noticed and hired for something bigger.

How To Be A Teenage Model

The requirements for petite modeling are to be under 5’7″ for women. Most  petite models  work in the commercial print field so they’ll also need to have a great smile and be able to pose well with others. Showcasing products is a big aspect of petite modeling, so practice holding and posing with various items in your home like a purse or shoes.

If you already know at 13 years old that you’ll be under 5’7″ this is a great modeling role to shoot for.

Plus Size modeling used to be only for adults, but the age is starting to drift downwards to include teenagers as well.

For women, the requirements for plus size modeling are size 12 to 22 and a great smile. Those who want to work as a runway model should also be 5’9″ or taller. If you poses these characteristics you can go a long way in plus size modeling. Most plus size models work in commercial print roles, but increasingly some are working in fashion and runway roles as well.

As a 13 year old you can’t know your final height and weight yet, but you should have an idea if you’ll fit these requirements when you are older. If so, some runway and posing training might be in order.

A freelance model is someone who manages their own representation and isn’t trying to model full time. In order to be a freelance model, you should have a strong web presence and communication skills. You’ll need to convey what types of jobs you are interested in and what you are capable of.

Many 13 year old models are freelance models as it gives them the freedom to accept only they jobs they want and work on their own schedule. Often teenage freelance models are managed by their parents, who also run the social media and promotional accounts for them.

The requirements to be an influencer model are to have a high social media following. Influencers should have at least 1 million followers on TikTok, 100,000 followers on Instagram or 50,000 subscribers on YouTube to qualify as an influencer. It is certainly possible to get roles with less followers, but the pay will be minimal and you’ll mostly be working for free items from the company.

When you are just 13 and you are starting your social media accounts you can’t know how popular you’ll become. Within the first year though you will have an idea where this is trending and if being an influencer is an option for you.

How To Get Started As A 13 Year Old Model

To get started as a 13 year old model you’ll need to put together a small portfolio of images and start your social media accounts. After you have done that you should start promoting yourself to local photographers and modeling agencies to see if they are interested.

If you don’t know where to go to get pictures done, look for local photographers on Instagram. You can even ask other local models which photographers did their photos. Aspiring models should not have much trouble finding photographers who will do their photos for free. You do not need to pay for photos at this stage.

You need to craft your online identity to show off the fact that you are or want to be a model. You’ll need to make everything look professional and maintain a good online presence.

Here are 5 things you need to do on Instagram before applying to a modeling agency .

You are now expecting agencies and companies to invest time and money into you. They will not do this if your online presence doesn’t reflect what they are to some degree.

How to model at 13 years old

Getting Training As A Model

Most 13 year old models will need extensive training to be able to work as a model. If you live in a major city with a modeling school it would be a good idea to sign up for modeling classes with a school. If you cannot find one or need free classes, you can watch all of our YouTube videos on modeling which will teach you what you need to know.

How To Be A Teenage Model

How Much Do 13 Year Old Models Get Paid

Pay rates for 13 year old models are usually done as a day rate. For commercial print work you can expect to make $200 to $500 per day of work. If you are hired for a major ongoing video advertising campaign, you can get a higher rate, more like what an actor would make. Most teen models start working locally at much lower rates until they get their first big break.

Work Environment Factors

Determining what type of work environment you are comfortable with is a very important step for teenage models. Talking this over with you parents is essential as they will be helping you setup and get to shoots.

Travel Schedule

If you are still in school, your travel schedule will be limited. Many jobs require day long or week long commitments. Almost all local jobs will account for your age and only request you at night or on the weekends, so you should be able to start there.

Working at Events

Various fashion shows and events occur in big cities throughout the year, like New York Fashion Week. It will be challenging to attend one of these unless they coincide with one of your breaks from school. Luckily there are so many of them that you might be able to find one that lines up.

How To Find A Modeling Agency As A 13 Year Old

Our advice about modeling agencies is don’t be in a rush to find one or jump at the first one you find. It is vital that you vet modeling agencies to a high degree. The main thing you want to look for are what types of jobs their other clients are getting.

Most smaller agencies can only get promo modeling jobs for their clients, or jobs you could get for yourself if you just applied. These agencies don’t add value to your brand. While it may feel good to be signed, it really isn’t advancing you at all.

You’ll know you should sign with an agency when you can directly say what jobs you’ll be in line for with them that you couldn’t get for yourself.

Agencies To Avoid

Agencies that are pushing you to take classes or buy picture packages are almost always fake. They do not get clients jobs, so their only way of making money is to charge the models. If they were able to get jobs for their clients they wouldn’t need to be selling them classes, t-shirts, and experiences.

Can I Still Model If I Have Braces

You can model if you have braces. Modeling agencies and casting directors are looking for unique qualities in potential models and your braces are one thing that can give you a special look. Don’t be afraid of anything about yourself that is different from others, as it could be the one thing that gets you hired or signed.

Can I Model If I Have Acne

Modeling agencies and casting directors have scouted thousands of models and are able to look past acne issues when you meet with them. Since acne is a temporary problem that will go away, it will play no part in if they decide to hire or sign you. Potential models should not feel bad at all about attending a modeling audition with acne.

How Can A Teenager Become A Model

As a teenage model who is under 18 you will need your parents permission to sign with a modeling agency or get hired for work. It is important that you let your parents know of your intention to model so you can make decisions about it together. Until you reach the age of 18 everything you do in the modeling world will be supervised by your parents.

Do Models Have To Be Pretty

Modeling is about more than being pretty. At the core of modeling is the ability to sell a product and have something get noticed. Often in modeling it is better to be unique than pretty. There is no one standard or definition of pretty, so don’t get too hung up about being pretty enough to model, in the end it won’t matter.

If you want to see what opportunities are available for you at NGM Modeling, check out our Apply Page .

Robert Marmion

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Here's how to start a 13-year-old modeling career. It's never easy being a teen. It can be tough to satisfy your needs when you have less financial freedom. Given that your pocket money is likely to be far less than you desire, it may be prudent to seek employment.

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Modeling is one of the most fulfilling careers that teenagers may pursue. If you have a passion for the runway or simply enjoy looking nice, this may be the ideal career for you.

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Can I be a model at 13-years-old?

Becoming a fashion model at the age of 13 is quite different from becoming a fashion model as an adult. Thirteen-year-old boys and girls are classified as minors in the workplace and therefore require parental or guardian authorization to work.

While fashion modeling may appear glamorous, it is physically hard, and working hours for kids are limited.

What does a young teenage model do?

As a model, you will be required to perform numerous tasks, including:

  • Utilize a range of advertisements to promote your items.
  • Pose for photographs wearing or utilizing the merchandise in front of cameras.
  • Suits, swimsuits, coats, and dresses are appropriate for a variety of audiences.
  • Accessories such as jewelry, shoes, and handbags should be displayed.
  • Promote cosmetics and scents.
  • Assemble the ideal look in collaboration with clothing stylists, makeup artists, photographers, and clients.
  • Stroll down the runway wearing fancy apparel.
  • Create and maintain a portfolio of your work.
  • Travel to meet prospective clients and participate in castings.
  • Participate in the product's research.
  • Promote products through social media and other channels.

Work environment

Before pursuing a career as a model, it is critical to gain an understanding of the work environment. As a model, you will be required to work in a variety of environments, from runway fashion shows to indoor studios to outdoor locations regardless of the weather. Due to the uncertain nature of the work schedule, many models work part-time. There are also periods of unemployment to consider.

According to The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly rate for a teenage model in 2021 was $13.60. Expect to earn roughly $28,400 per year as a model.

How to get started in teenage modeling

The best part about pursuing a career as a model is that there are no rigid prerequisites. Given that clients are constantly on the lookout for new faces, you should have little difficulty finding work as long as you match the general standards. The client establishes the requirements.

If you wish to be a model, there is no requirement for a formal degree. The only criterion is that you be a specific height, weight, and clothing size. Advertisers, photographers, and fashion designers will determine whether or not you are a good fit for the job.

Certain aspiring models attend modeling school in order to learn how to posture, walk, and apply cosmetics, among other things. Although enrollment in such a school is not required, we strongly advise you to do so.

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Here's how to become a teen model:

1. Get photographs taken

Solicit several photographs of you from a friend or parent. At the outset of your modeling career, you do not need to invest in pricey images. To begin, agents will want to see candid images of your face as well as full-length shots to assess your photographic ability. Ascertain that all photographs portray you in the greatest light possible.

2. Find a modeling agency

Locate a modeling agent who specializes in working with teenagers. Look up "Talent Agencies" or "Modeling Agencies" in your local telephone directory. Additionally, you can conduct an internet search. Call to schedule an appointment. Many will request to see your photographs before your meeting. Do not take offense if they decline to see you. Agents frequently receive hundreds of calls every week from ambitious models, and not all are appropriate.

3. Get a portfolio together

Assemble the components of your sample portfolio. A black case with clear plastic sleeves will protect your photographs from smudging as they are handled. Bring your photographs to your agency appointment. Expect to be questioned about your height, weight, and any relevant experience.

Retail locations that accept teen models

To become a model, you must either sign up with a modeling agency or submit your photograph to apparel merchants.

Abercrombie & Fitch / Hollister

Abercrombie Kids models must be at least 13 years old; however, they are known to use older adolescent models who appear younger, however the average age of Abercrombie Kid models is 13-17.

If you are interested in modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch or Abercrombie Kids, please send an email to [email protected] with your name, city, and photographs.

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Additionally, you may submit an email to [email protected] or [email protected] with your full name, phone number, measurements (height, breast, waist, hip), and a full-length photograph of yourself wearing fitted jeans and a t-shirt.

Fit models under the age of 14 must be accompanied at all times during fit sessions by a parent or legal guardian. You will not be advertised. There is no requirement for prior modeling experience.

You must complete a questionnaire and someone will contact you if you fit their standards. To learn more about becoming a fitness model at the Menomonee Falls corporate office, please click on one of the following links:

Modeling agencies for teens

Here are the top teenage model agencies to connect with. Another way to find a great agency is to connect with other models you admire. And ask for their representation.

Agency Neal Hamil

The Neal Hamil Agency is a full-service public relations firm with departments for fashion, runway, commercial print, broadcast, fitness, plus-size, and children. Neal Hamil was founded in 1984 and is based in Houston. His models have been on the pages of Vogue, GQ, Details, and Marie Claire.

Wilhelmina Children & Adolescents

Wilhelmina Kids & Teens is a New York-based professional modeling agency that represents infants through adolescents for modeling and acting.

Elite Models

Management is a Paris-based chain modeling agency that expanded to New York in 1977. They accept only female submissions between the ages of 14-24 (Miami) and 14-21 (Los Angeles) (Los Angeles). If you are under the age of 15, you must have your parents' consent.

Future Faces NYC

Future Faces is Nina Lubarda Model Management's children and young adult section.

Next Management

Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in New York with divisions in Los Angeles and Miami.

How do I get my 13-year-old daughter into modeling?

Make contact with a reputed modeling agency. Pay individuals who work for a modeling school because they claim to be able to assist your youngster. Collaborate with agencies that compensate models rather than charging them. Enroll in modeling lessons.

Can a model have braces?

Yes. If you are currently wearing braces and intend to pursue modeling, you may face certain challenges. Braced models are not in high demand. While there are print advertisements for dentists and other professionals who perform braces, there is not enough of that type of work to keep the few models with braces employed.

How much do you get paid to be a model at 13-years-old?

Teenage modeling salaries can vary greatly. For example, commercial models earn far more than fashion or fitness models. Talent agencies can assist in determining the appropriate rate that the teen models should charge.

Models can earn between $5 and $250+ per hour. This pay rate changes according to whether you are a child or an adult, a beginner or an experienced model, or if the company pays on a daily basis rather than an hourly basis.

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How to become a model at 13 years: Modeling kids

Become a model at the age of 13 – As you can read in our detailed article on the topic become a model at the age of 14 , it is very important that you have time to model. As long as you are still in school, you are distracted by many other important things and cannot concentrate on modeling. Our recommendation as a model agency, patience! Try that you get good grades and that you are diligent in school. Because the more diligent you are and the better your grades are, the more freedom you get from your school when it comes to graduation. As a model you sometimes have to travel and spend a day or two on the road. During this time you can of course not go to school, so it is very important that you have a good relationship with your school and with your teachers.

Wait until you are 14, 15 or 16 years old

Wait another year and then you can send your first model application. Depending on how long your school lasts, you should only apply to an agency if your schooling does not last longer than 2 years. We recommend: Wait until you are 14, better 15 or 16 years old!

Start anyway? Then here are some tips and addresses: Modelagency for Children

During these two years you can build your modelbook in peace with test shootings from professional photographers. Testshooting are important to make your portfolio as diverse as possible. Ideally, you can show different facets of yourself, so that customers can also imagine you in their clothes. At some point you will also do your first sport shooting, your first family shooting and your first fashion film.

With every single step you become more professional!

Since the setup takes a lot of time, however, you should think carefully about when you start in a Modelagentur . If you start early and then don’t have time or have to cancel often, it won’t be very positive for your model agent and he will prefer other models sooner or later. To prevent this from happening you should not go to a model agency until you are 14 or 15 years old and the school has successfully finished.

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What size do you need as a model?

The measures for models vary depending on whether it is a job in advertising or in fashion. When it comes to fashion, the fashion designers are much stricter, here fashion collections are cut to a certain size and you should ideally have this big one. For women this means a minimum size of 174cm, even better 177 or 178 cm. For men, the minimum size is 185cm, so on average they are ten centimeters taller than women.

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Becoming a teenager is an important life stage for kids. It’s a time when most teens want to be set free from the rules laid down by mum and dad and enjoy some independence. For many, taking on a part time job is a great way to strike out. 

Whilst typical jobs for 14 year olds in the UK are limited to babysitting, car washing and a paper round, there are plenty of opportunities for young people interested in modelling.

There is high demand for healthy, happy teenage girls and boys to feature in catalogues, TV advertising and even fashion. Depending on how far you are prepared to travel and how often you are available for work, you can pick up more than just pocket money, earning anything from a few hundred pounds each year to a few thousand.

Fancy giving modelling a go? Register with us today to take that first step! It’s really easy to apply and someone will be in touch soon after you press send.


What makes a teen model?

Of course you will need to have a great look if you want to get into modelling; however you will need more than a pretty face to be successful. You will also need good clear skin, shiny hair, a healthy body, a positive attitude and confidence. 

What does a teen model do?

The work of a teenage model can vary greatly depending on the model job, however you can expect to spend quite a lot of time going along to castings (where models are ‘auditioned’ for jobs or to get signed by model agencies). 

Going to a casting does not guarantee you will get the modelling job and you could be rejected several times before you get booked so it is important not to take it personally or feel too disappointed if you miss out sometimes.

If you are booked to model for a photo shoot or filming, you will most likely have your hair and make-up done before being given clothing and accessories to wear. You might be working in a studio or out on location. Either way, there are likely to be a few people around such as a photographer, director, stylist, assistant, client and maybe other teen or child models. 


You will probably have to wait around for long periods of time whilst lighting is set up and props are arranged, and you may be asked to pose or say your lines over and over again until it’s perfect. 

Fashion models will also have hair and make-up done and outfits to put on, and will then be expected to walk up and down in front of an audience and show off the clothes you are given. You might need to change outfits several times. Modelling can be very tiring, but you will be able to take regular breaks.

Can my parent/guardian come with me?

It is essential to have the permission of a parent or legal guardian if you want to work as a model, and they will need to accompany you to castings and on jobs. Having the support of your family is also important when it comes to understanding the requirements of signing with a modelling agency, arranging time off school and paying for up front expenses including travel and accommodation costs, model agency fees and your portfolio. 

Industry experts UK Models can offer advice on finding reputable agencies and help you create the professional portfolio of pictures you will need to take to show casting directors.


Taking a parent or relative with you to all modelling jobs will guarantee your safety. Never attend a photoshoot alone or meet up with a person from the Internet that you do not know. Always discuss via professional channels i.e never communicate via social media platforms. Also, be open with your parents as their life experience and wisdom will guide you to accept the correct jobs. 

The types of teen modelling jobs


Brands such as H&M, Marks & Spencers and Next all shoot campaigns to promote their latest designs for in store material, window displays, magazine ads and billboards. The images are aimed at a teen audience and are typically playful, fun poses. Fashion is a big contender yet other industries also need teens for marketing material.  Commercial work is where the majority of model jobs will come from. 


Catalogue modelling:

Similarly, catalogue brands use teens to show how their designs fit or can be used (technical products). The catalogue usually covers the whole family with womenswear, menswear and kidswear sections. The poses will be natural and realistic to reflect their day to day life.

Runway modelling:

Teens have been known to walk for high fashion designers to much controversy; an issue that causes much disapproval. Shopping centres may host a fashion show, which will use teens to promote their the latest trends from teen retailers.

A lot of models are discovered in their teens

Recently there has been a boom in celebrity offspring turning to modelling. Having protection of parents and their carefully nurtured links over the years is definitely an advantage. Parents can guide their teen, knowing who to trust and work with. 

Kaia Gerber


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Inheriting her supermodel mums genes Kaia has modelled for Teen Vogue, Pop Magazine and Paris Vogue. Gracing the runway for Marc Jacobs , the cover of LOVE Magazine and Vogue shot by Mario Testing (alongside Cindy) she is certainly set for stardom. Now her brother, Presley Walker Gerber has followed in her footsteps stepping out for Moschino and Dolce & Gabbana.

“Like her mother, Kaia has a very special gift. The camera really, really loves her. It was a special treat watching Kaia walk in her mother’s footsteps.” claimed Donatella Versace

Anais Gallagher


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Daughter of Oasis frontman, Noel Gallagher, has modelled for the likes of Teen Vogue, LOVE, Wonderland and Dull magazine. Her impressive repertoire boasts collaborations with Mulberry, Tommy Hilfiger, Reebok and YSL Beauty to name a few. The fresh, faced beauty is certainly making waves in the fashion world with her long, blonde locks.

Lottie Moss


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Following in her sisters footsteps – Kate Moss – if you haven’t already guessed – Lottie is making a name for herself in the fashion industry. Scouted at her older siblings wedding, the teen has gone onto model for Calvin Klein, Bulgari and Vogue Paris.

Lily-Rose Depp


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With a supermodel for a mother and actress for a father it was only a matter of time before Lily-Rose began her career in the public eye. In her role as a Chanel ambassador she has modelled for their eyewear line as well as their new fragrance No 5 L’Eau. Featuring in a few films also her acting career is taking off also utilising both her parents connections yet proving her natural talent for the art forms.

Successful models who started in their teens

Karlie kloss:.


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Discovered at a charity fashion show in 2005 at the age of 13, Karlie Kloss has carved a highly successful modelling career. With an extremely supportive family, Kloss was never in danger as either her parents, aunt, uncle or grandmother – and even her teacher – would accompany her to her modelling commitments.

Jourdan Dunn:


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Whilst shopping in the Hammersmith branch of Primark in 2005, a 15 year old Miss Dunn was discovered by a Storm model scout. As a result, she is now a famous supermodel who has graced the cover of countless magazines and walked in and endless amount of catwalk shows.


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At 14, Moss was queuing at the JFK check-in when Storm founder Sarah Doukas spotted her. She is now one of the most famous supermodels in history with a career that has spanned just under 30 years.

Modelling demands maturity at a young age. Therefore, determination and hard work along with a professional attitude is required to be a successful teen model. Also, expectations are high in the modelling world with young hopefuls having to grow up quickly. Making a good first impression is vital to your success as even at a young age competition is high. 

It is important to view your drive for modelling as a hobby until your education is complete. Therefore, never abandon your studies for a modelling opportunity. If the fashion career does not take off you will need for your qualifications to pursue another dream. Ensure you schedule modelling jobs in the holidays and at weekends to successfully balance both. Once you have finished your studies you can embrace your modelling career and see what opportunities arise. A good model agency and brand will understand your situation as they are familiar with working with teens. Many models are found at 14 and are given training, appropriate jobs around their school timetable. The support allows young talent to be ready after graduation. 


Gain Experience

Firstly make sure it’s a career path you want to take. Once your decision is made it is important to find experience to build your portfolio. At first you may have to accept voluntary work to gain valuable experience. Use these opportunities to your advantage to develop your modelling skills and only accept offers that enhance your CV. 

Should teen models feature on the high fashion catwalk and in elite magazines?

As we have distinguished teen modelling is a legit niche within the fashion industry with talent featuring in campaigns targeted their age range. However, the controversy begins when teens from 13-15 grace the runway for top designers and front major fashion campaigns. The ultimate question is are they ready for such a pressure at such a young age thrust into an unknown world unprotected and vulnerable?

Top fashion houses such as Prada and Balenciaga have hired models as young as 13 to walk at fashion weeks and to front their latest campaign. The boyish, waif like image that most designers strive for puts pressure to find the unattainable figure that no woman can possibly sustain. Therefore, teens who can fulfil the brief are plucked from their everyday life putting an immense value on youth. Also, many have no experience of the industry or desire to pursue a modelling career until the scout hands them a business card. It’s a very confusing message from brands aimed at women yet are modelled by innocent teens.

A bad reputation

Successful models who were scouted in their teenage years claim that the high fashion industry is no place for naive girls who cannot cope emotionally. Travelling to unknown countries alone with high expectations is overwhelming and intimidating for such young minds. The industry is asking for barely teens to survive in an adult world with little support. 

For example 15 year old, Swiss-Croatian model, Valerija Sestic, walked 16 shows in 15 days at NYFW. A dream for many young hopefuls yet the reality is demanding, gruelling and very hard work for a teen. Long days, followed by the reality of fashion plus the pressure to impress is no easy task for adolescents. 

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That Dior Show


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When Sofia Mechetner opened the Dior Haute Couture show at 14 wearing a sheer white dress exposing her chest many were horrified! The teen was far too young to be sexualised in such a way yet Paris does not adhere to the laws that England and America have put into place. The British Fashion Council and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have banned models under 16 on the catwalk – and rightly so. 

The strive for everlasting youth

It is worrying that designers are using teen models to promote their womenswear lines. By twenty many models have reached retirement age with the demand for a fresh-faced, innocent look; a look in-between girlhood and womanhood. The designers need to take responsibility by exclusively hiring models over 18. It is their duty to reflect their audience rather than creating an unattainable, fantasy of everlasting youth. 

Young, naive models are at risk with predators preying on their innocence. Working in a new city/country, with little protection and support the teens feel lost and insecure. Their limited life experience may lead to trusting the wrong person. It’s a scary world to be apart of at adolescence. 

How to deal with criticism

Coping with rejection and harsh criticism is difficult for a self assured adult to digest never mind a 14 year old who is still in the process of figuring out their identity. It could have damaging results to a young mind who is not ready for the negativity and blow to their self esteem. In the high fashion world the swooping statements and harsh judgements are more severe with unrealistic ideals at play. The danger of eating disorders and teens desperately trying to loose weight is far too real. 


Gisele Bundchen at 14 was told her nose was too big or her eyes were too small. After 42, yes 42, casting rejections Gisele was hired and her supermodel career  has gone from strength to strength! Her story is one to remember for all the young, aspiring models out there. Everyone has a different opinion and ideas change constantly. Therefore, you may be out one minute and in the next so try not to let their comments stick and believe in yourself. 

Gisele Bundchen states: “I remember some people telling me my nose was too big or my eyes were too small, that I could never be on a magazine cover. It wasn’t easy to be 14 and hear that kind of criticism. It made me feel insecure.”

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