Do Models Become Famous?

By Tiara Ogabang

Why exactly do models become famous? This article will discuss how (and when) certain models become world-famous.

What is modeling?

By definition, a model is an individual who models. While a picture may be worth a thousand words, a good model has the capability to say so much more.

A model has the capability of rendering herself completely motionless and striking a pose that leaves onlookers gasping for air with wonder. Models are those individuals with exceptional quality who can captivate audiences on the runway and the catwalk.

They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They make up a full spectrum of female figures.

It has been proven that most top models are selected for their bone structure, beauty, figure, and face shape. However, other factors also play a key role in modeling.

Modeling experience

Modeling experience
  • Attributes: talent, striking face shape, hair, and eye color, and body
  • Handling criticism: whether they cope well with both criticism and rejection
  • Good performance: physical ability, consistency of application
  • Excellent communication skills

What are modeling contract terms?

The legal framework to what is known as modeling is by far the most intriguing aspect. Models' contracts are in the form of written agreements that stipulate the following:

  • Specific terms about the individual's commitment to the modeling profession, which includes an agreement to specific modeling terms and conditions
  • A percentage of the model's income, which must be paid to her
  • The amount of money must be available on the first day of a modeling job and paid to the model at the end of the job.
  • A no-poaching clause that bans the signing of a contract for an existing model by another modeling agency
  • A no-disclosure clause that limits how much money the model can disclose regarding her modeling engagements

How is a model selected?

A model is usually selected in one of three ways:

Through personal acquaintances

Once a model acquires the acquaintance of the person responsible for introducing the model into the world of modeling, it is a good idea to initiate a chat with this person to establish a working relationship.

The acquaintance can help by introducing the model to various organizations that can provide her with exposure.

This can be used to gather the right kind of modeling gigs for her, which can eventually boost her self-confidence and give her the courage to showcase her public talent.

Through friends or acquaintances

People who know and trust a model well enough are the people that can pass along a message to the casting director or agency responsible for selecting a new model to be hired.

The friend or acquaintance can say to the casting director, "I know a model I know who might be a good fit for this project."

Through networking

Those in the modeling industry who are ready to make a significant mark in their careers often make a point to know influential people in their fields. This can be done by, for instance, interacting with professional athletes in a way that can turn into a networking opportunity.

For instance, if a model becomes a celebrity-juggling ambassador for a famous athletic brand, it would be a good idea for her to keep in touch with someone from this company involved in the creative direction.

After all, the key is to keep in touch with influential people to acquire the right jobs.


First off, models tend to appear young (in their early 20s). Additionally, being famous in your early 20s is a little more difficult than at the end of your 20s.

A big part of this is because models are constantly competing with each other.

This means that if a model has a bad year, it could really hurt their career. So as a model, it's critical to maintain your work ethics to stay relevant.

At the same time, as models get older (in their 30s and up), they can really capitalize on their relationship with media.


Now, modeling isn't all glamour. In fact, many models struggle with the scrutiny that comes with the job.

Sure, anyone can work in front of a camera, but there are also many hard-working, beautiful people out there who are in search of a job that pays well. Just because someone can model doesn't mean they can succeed in the industry.

While some people happen to have the beauty, talent, and charisma that catapults them into becoming a model, it isn't something that happens overnight. As with any profession, hard work is necessary.

That's why some models can make it in the business while others fail.

Famous models in this generation

Famous models in this generation

With that being said, these four girls have managed to become popular models in a relatively short period of time. These aren't the only models that you should be looking out for.

Kendall Jenner

Not only does this stunning young woman model (although she's also a social media maven), she's also a popular actress.

But her true calling is modeling, and she's been successful in the business for several years. Not only is she a household name, but she's a powerful figure in the world of fashion.

Kendall Jenner is best known for her work with top brands such as Estee Lauder, Fendi, Alexander Wang, and Calvin Klein.

Bella Hadid

The younger Hadid sister is a model and a celebrity in her own right.

Although she's relatively new in the modeling scene, Bella is well-known and successful.

She's represented by IMG Models and V Magazine and has been in numerous publications such as Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Sports Illustrated.

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford is the ultimate mother of all models. When people think of models, they think of her.

That's why she's one of the most successful models ever.

In her early days, she posed for Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren and made a name for herself in music videos. She made her first big splash in 1991 when she was named Pepsi's face and soon became the face of Swarovski.

In 1998, she was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and her career skyrocketed.

Joan Smalls

Smalls is a famous Latina model who has appeared on Vogue, Glamour, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar.

She was first discovered in a mall by stylist Carine Roitfeld.

"When I was growing up, my mom was my biggest role model and my inspiration," she said. "It was the classic moms who worked and set an example.

She drove us to school, but we would also go to the mall a lot, like when I was really young and would run around pretending to be Joan Smalls. I was always intrigued with the idea of wanting to be a supermodel."

Who can model?

  • Women (age 15 years and above)
  • Men (ages 15 years and above)
  • Boys (ages 7 years and below)
  • Girls (ages 10 years and above)

The physical requirements that must be met before a person is considered to be a model are:

  • The person must be young and very pretty.
  • He or she must have a great personality.
  • He or she must have the ability to handle criticism.
  • He or she must have no health issues.
  • He or she must have a strong sense of humor.
  • He or she must be polite and have a beautiful smile.

Women over the age of 15 and men who are over the age of 21 are eligible to be hired as a model, provided that they meet the other requirements.

How can model agreements be obtained?

How can model agreements be obtained?

Once the right kind of talent has been identified, the talent is usually signed on a contract with the model's agency. The model's agency will be responsible for negotiating the contract's terms between the talent and the agency, and ultimately the model.

Once a model is signed on as a client, the model will usually be required to sign on a Modeling Agreement (MA). This MA will usually include the following:

  • An indication that the modeling agency has a right to distribute the pictures taken by the talent to all of its clients
  • A release that allows the talent to market his or her identity and image. In this way, the model's identity and image are protected from unauthorized use.
  • The talent's right to do anything as requested by the agency in exchange for the payment that the talent receives for modeling engagements. In other words, the talent has a right to promote the modeling agency.
  • The right of the talent to ask for and receive future modeling assignments, should the talent not be scheduled for any more modeling engagements for at least three months after signing the MA. The agency can revoke this right if the talent has not given adequate notice.

Many models ask for a fee to be collected to obtain their rights under this agreement.

What does a model's agent do?

An agent represents the talent and negotiates the terms of a contract between the talent and the agency. The agent will also oversee the process of modeling contracts.

An agent will make sure that the agency's client has access to the appropriate modeling opportunities.

Additionally, the agent will be responsible for managing the talent's time, handling the agency's client's needs, and helping the talent to create an overall image.

The agent will also have the responsibility for interviewing new talent to come onto the agency's books.