Glamour modeling (also known as “body modeling”) is modeling with a sexual or mature subject matter, including swimwear, sexy outfits and lingerie. Most nude photography also falls into this category. Glamour modeling is a very big industry and is becoming increasingly hard to define because the boundaries of this category are constantly being pushed. Glamour modeling includes but is not limited to photos for calendars, posters and men’s magazines like Maxim and Smooth. Many industry professionals believe it is the internet dominating this field of modeling as these type of images are becoming very popular on the web.
Unlike fashion modeling, standards for glamour modeling are more flexible. There are no height and size requirements however, it is critical to have a well-shaped, curvaceous physique and – because of the nature of this type of modeling – you MUST be 18 years old or over. Glamour models must be exceptionally attractive. Another advantage to this field of modeling is that you can find a market for it just about anywhere.
Hourly rates for glamour models are often higher than other types of models. Pay rates can be very good and usually doubles if the model is posing nude. This type of modeling can be very lucrative and top glamour models can make as much as top fashion models (not supermodels) but of course that depends on the model’s popularity and demand. Glamour models can have careers well into their 30's and 40's and even longer. There is even a demand for sexy, good-looking women in their 50's and 60's.
As you can see, glamour modeling is not for everyone because of the amount of skin they have to show. Depending on your viewpoint, glamour modeling is either cheap and degrading or liberating and empowering. You must be comfortable with your body! If you are interested in becoming a glamour model, make sure you know the details prior to your shoot like what your images are being used for and where they will be published. Don’t be afraid or intimidated to ask questions. You want to ensure the final product is something that fits your comfort level as well as your career goals. Have a good personality and plenty of drive to pursue your goals. Being beautiful inside AND out is the key.
Good luck glamour goddesses!