Why is the modeling industry so exclusive?

I mean speaking for women you have to be 5’8-5’11 for a modeling agency to even look at you. I’m short 5’1 and always wanted to model but I have tried with local agencies and they all say the same thing that I am to short and no one will book me because I am not tall. What do you think of this?
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Superb Opinion

  • If any mediocre/ugly woman could do it, it would hold no value at all. Hell, I go on Instagram sometimes and even Instagram "models" are only like 1-5% of women. The only difference is, they are 5'11" *plus-sized* women, as opposed to 5'11", size 0 women.

    And honestly, that's how it should be. Even women admit they wouldn't buy clothing that ugly or obese women were wearing. Models are based off of what people WANT to be, not what they ARE. We don't need short (under 5'7"), ugly, and obese people being professional models. And there is now a niche market for that on Instagram, for the ones who want to do that anyway (although it's still not that lucrative and most people still don't aspire to look *less* attractive than they already are).

    I'm not even a woman and I get why women don't want ugly, short, or obese women modeling clothes for them. Fashion is literally based on nothing more than being "cool and attractive." That's it. There's no other reason to wear clothing that isn't comfortable and does what it's supposed to do. Trying to change things just because a few people are insecure and entitled (not necessarily you, OP) is stupid.

Most Helpful Guy

  • In any given year, there are probably 100,000+ girls who would be a model if they could, all fighting for maybe 10 open positions. That means 10,000 girls fighting for every available position. They can afford to be EXTREMELY picky, and the fashion industry prefers women who are extremely tall and extremely thin, because they believe those women photograph the best. They are essentially hiring human clothes hangers to show off their clothes, and tall and thin is what they want. And with such a huge supply-to-demand ratio, they'll have no trouble getting what they want.

    No one ever said that life was fair.

Most Helpful Girls

  • Because fashion designers like women who are tall enough to fit into their samples sizes which are made a little large to begin with. Also Sports Illustrated Swim and Victoria Secret like their woman tall, curvy and with long legs because it’s a sexy features.

  • Don’t give up on your dream. There are all types of models.. They aren’t all tall, either. Get some headshots, build a portfolio, gain a following in social media. It’s definitely not impossible! Best of luck, girlie! 😘❤️

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What Girls & Guys Said

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  • Yeah I hear what you're saying it kind of sucks that you have to be tall what you ought to do is in every city there is an agency did those commercial for the your local TV stations and they hire people and you don't have to have hi there you can do can you put a commercial out there once you too so if you're photogenic and you look really good I bet you you would get called if you submitted some photos you should try it where there's a will there's always a way

  • Most modeling agencies won't bat an eye. They have endless amounts of women trying to get in. Just because you can't doesn't mean you're not worth as much as them.

    My advice? Find local photographers. Get a social media following. I do nude photography in Maryland and have connected with many models; most of which would never be considered for those agencies, and a good number of them make decent money just booking shoots.

  • The NBA is the same way.

  • You can be a photomodel :)

  • Only fans is your friend.

  • You could do alternative modeling like car modeling, adult entertainment, or brand marketing

  • It's true, also if you have large boobs they won't hire you either.

  • umm, because you have to be the best option available at a job to get that job. Why can't weak people be champion weightlifters? Women of that height are more desirable so...

    Why can't women with yellow teeth be models...

  • no different than any other industry

  • They all damnnn... than you be a sex model. I am sure you are so beautiful and sexy.

    • No thanks I’d rather have a normal job than that lol

    • I didn't said you stop your job. This can your hobby for your pleasure and for being celebrity.

  • I think they need models that look like you, I'm sure you would be a great model :)

  • Because they are obsessed with beauty which means tall women with long legs, curves, facial beauty etc. They only find attractiveness in women who are tall for some reason. But it’s been that way for decades so don’t expect it to change.

  • If I were you I wouldn’t even waste my time trying to model. It’s a short lived job and the chances of you becoming a super model are slim to none. You are better off having a regular career.

    • Your time*

  • Because tall people rule the world.