Is body parts modeling for you? When someone hears the word "model" they tend to think of a woman who stands over 5'11, has a perfect, slim figure, and graces magazine covers worldwide.
However, there is more to modeling than traditional catalog or runway modeling. Parts modeling is another aspect of the career and it has different qualifications than traditional modeling. In fact, a person's height is of very little importance when it comes to body parts modeling.
Parts modeling refers to modeling specific body parts, such as the hands, legs, feet, abs, torso, buttocks, lips, arms, hair, neck, shoulders, and ears.
It's important to realize that when dealing with parts modeling you will be classified as a specialty model and will deal with specific divisions of modeling agencies that focus on this type of modeling.
One of the largest agencies that specialize in parts models is the New York City based, Parts Models.
There are many avenues in which parts models can find work. Though parts models aren't required for runway work, they are used in print and television ads frequently. In fact, parts models often are paid a greater rate for television work than typical models.
Hair models are used for shampoo, conditioner, and hair coloring ads, hand models are needed for lotion, dishwashing liquid, jewelry, and nail polish commercials.
Leg models are used frequently for commercials or print ads marketing nylons, lotions, hair removal treatments, and more.
It's also important to understand that you must be just as committed to a career in parts modeling as any model is about his or her career.
Parts modeling is a competitive field and it isn't as glamorous as being a supermodel, and doesn't involve traveling to exotic locations for extended modeling work or photo shoots.
However, it can be quite profitable for those who have what it takes to be successful; determination, dedication, commitment, and well cared for body parts. There are many aspects to consider when it comes to taking care of your body parts.
If you are seeking a career in parts modeling, you will need to be prepared for a lifelong commitment to health and maintaining your physical assets.
Legs will need to be free of veins, scars, marks, and cellulite. Though you might be born with long, shapely legs you'll need to ensure that you watch your weight and protect your legs from developing any blemishes.
Hand models will need to make certain that their nails are well cared for and that their hands are free of bulging veins, scars, or discoloration.
Aging can wreak havoc on a parts model's best features so it is important to stay up to date on the latest health advice and recommendations in order to prolong your career as long as possible.
Most successful parts models take diligent care and steps to ensure that they protect their body parts as efficiently as possible.
Most models agree that a successful parts model can enjoy stable, steady work as compared to other modeling careers.
Though it is also important to realize that parts modeling can also be painful at times. A parts model is often required to hold their hands, feet, or legs in extreme or awkward positions for several hours, without movement until the photo is taken.
For those who are willing to make the commitment, body parts modeling is an excellent career choice.
Author: Tanna Mayer
Updated: November 07 06 2014