Wondering how to become a Victoria's Secret model? You are not alone. Each year, millions of professional and aspiring models alike dream of becoming part of the Victoria's Secret elite group of models. Not only are Victoria's Secret models among the highest paid in the industry, but they are also some of the most famous. Gisele Bündchen, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima and Marisa Miller are a few of the Victoria's Secret models who are also household names. Becoming the next Victoria's Secret model is extremely difficult, although not impossible.
The perfect body measurements for a Victoria's Secret model include a 34" chest, a 24" waist and 34" hips. Victoria's Secret prefers its models to have an hourglass shape and, unlike the fashion industry standard, welcomes curves. The height requirement for Victoria's Secret models is 5'8" barefoot. The minimum age for Victoria's Secret models is 18 due to the adult nature of its fashion line.
Ways To Get Discovered
Victoria's Secret works exclusively with two modeling agencies, Elite Model Management and Ford Models. It is notoriously difficult to get signed on to either one of these agencies. If you choose to pursue this avenue, follow each modeling agency's basic requirements. To become a model with Elite Model Management, you must be between the ages of 14 to 22 and 5'7" to 6' tall. If you are under the age of 18, you will need a parent's consent. You will also need natural, non-professional photos. If you are not located near one of these modeling agencies, be prepared to fill out an online application located on each agency's Web site.
Keep in mind that signing on with one of these modeling agencies does not guarantee a spot in the Victoria's Secret catalog or on its runway. Competition is fierce within these agencies, and you must meet precise requirements as well as have "the look" of a Victoria's Secret model, which is highly subjective and based on the casting agent's preferences.
A more direct route to becoming the next Victoria's Secret model is to sign up for an open casting call. In 2009, Victoria's Secret held open casting calls in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami for its Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2009. Thousands of hopefuls vied for the chance to become the next "Runway Angel" for Victoria's Secret. If you watch for such casting calls in the future, you may be able to get your big break.
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