The modeling industry has certainly evolved throughout the years. Aside from the rising popularity of using plus size models, the fact that the number of male models are continuing to increase is another living proof that the fashion industry has indeed changed. Gone are the days when the runways are limited to female models.
The female industry has Heidi Klum and Cindy Crawford while the male modeling industry has Marcus Schenkenberg and Tyson Beckford. Marcus Schenkenberg is considered by some as one of the world’s first supermodel. He has graced numerous runways and is the favorite of a lot of designers for their ads. Tyson Beckford on the other hand, is a household name. He is undeniably one of the most recognizable and successful male models in the entire world. He has successfully made a transition in the mainstream entertainment industry and has changed the way most people view male models.
Male models basically go through the same process as female models when it comes to finding a modeling gig. They also go to casting calls and they got to have a portfolio. The one thing that makes both industries different though is the criteria that they have to meet. There is a stereotype in the female modeling industry where in as a female model, you have to look like a certain way.
In the male modeling industry, the looks are very versatile. Some branches of the fashion industry like male models that are chiseled, masculine looking and have that aura of a tough guy. Some designers on the other hand, love male models who are more on the metrosexual side. Some designers even prefer those male models that are not that masculine. One thing remains the same though; they have to ooze some level of sex appeal.
As of now, male modeling industries are also beginning to establish themselves. Since there is an increasing demand for male models, a lot of agencies are being established to meet those needs and a lot of existing agencies are making necessary adjustments to be able to take a dip into the world of male modeling themselves.