Fitness modeling is different than other types of modeling, and it has its own signature niche. For example, runway models are known for being tall and thin, glamor models are naturally beautiful with an air of sexiness, and promotional models are beautiful as well as outgoing. Fitness models’ niche is being toned and fit while also pretty.
Fitness modeling is often confused with bodybuilding, but these are two entirely different worlds. Bodybuilders strive for large, bulky muscles. Fitness models seek out a toned appearance. A good fitness model looks like a dedicated, healthy athlete.
Do people constantly comment on your toned physique and beauty? Are you healthy, attractive, and confident? Before you blindly seek out casting calls, understand that these characteristics do not guarantee you a successful career as a fitness model. Here are some things you should consider before you jump head first into this cutthroat world.
Ignore the scale. Unlike runway or fashion models, who have height and weight standards, fitness models can be tall, short, or somewhere in the middle. Many fitness models weigh more than you would expect them to weigh, as well. This is because muscle is more dense than fat; if you are toned and strapped with dense, lean muscle, do not be discouraged if your weight is higher than you think a model’s scale should read.
Work hard and smart. Like other models, fitness models must pay attention to what they eat and how they work out. If you eat too much, you will gain fat, but if you eat too little, your metabolism will slow, making it harder for you to retain your fit physique. No one person boasts a “perfect” body, but you can still pinpoint areas that you would like to improve upon and diligently learn and use specific exercises to improve those muscle groups.
Decide you feel about cosmetic surgery. Some women feel the need to undergo cosmetic surgery on their journeys toward becoming a fitness model. This is a personal decision that you should not take lightly. Many women find that, as they gain muscle and lose fat, they lose their breasts. Other women find that they have problem areas that, despite their best efforts, simply cannot tone. Still other women believe that, even though they have accomplished their fitness goals, they could be prettier if only their noses or lips could be restructured. These women often opt for breast augmentation, plastic surgery, or liposuction. Only you can decide whether cosmetic surgery is right for you.
Stay positive. Modeling is a difficult industry to succeed in, and fitness modeling is no different. If you do everything right and still fail to land jobs or callbacks after casting calls, do not grow discouraged. You might not have the look that the agency or director is looking for, or they might already have models with features similar to your own. Casting calls are great opportunities to seek out advice and receive constructive criticism, so do not be afraid to ask. Plus, by showing you are humble and trainable, you are expanding your network and opening future doors for your modeling career. Keep in mind that some of the most eligible fitness models will never achieve stardom; this has nothing to do with quality or candidacy, but luck, opportunity, and even money.
Make an honest assessment. Unfortunately, of no fault of their own, some people are simply not cut out to be fitness models. Give yourself an honest assessment–better yet, have a professional do so–and realistically consider whether or not you have what it takes to succeed as a fitness model. Many women do not have the genetics to succeed in fitness modeling; on the flip side, they do have bodies suitable for other forms of modeling. Furthermore, consider if your lifestyle allows you to pursue this dream. Children, full-time jobs, and other life priorities can interfere with your ability to aggressively pursue this career.