What is a body part model?
A body part model is a very specialist person who has a particular feature of their body with is outstanding: more beautiful and perfect than that of the average person. Unlike normal models, they usually don’t have to meet the same kind of strict all over physical requirements, such as height, weight, perfect skin all over and lush, healthy hair. However, normal models may do some body part modelling where they can get it. A lot of body part models don’t do the work full time, but use it to supplement their income.
Is there demand for all body parts?
No. There are a handful (excuse the pun) of parts which are in demand because of the nature of the product they are intended to promote.
For companies selling gloves, shoes or earrings, there’s no point having a full length body shot of a model, because their products will not take focus. So they require close ups that will best sell their items.
Therefore, the parts that are most in demand are hands, feet, arms, legs, eyes and ears. They can sell small products and accessories such as rings, bracelets, gloves, shoes, socks, stockings, foot jewellery, eye make-up, contact lenses and earrings. All of these products would be unclear or practically invisible in a full length shot.
Could I be a body part model?
If you’d like to get into modelling, but don’t meet the general physical requirements (such as a minimum height of 5’8″), then it may be an option.
Identify which part of your body might be suitable and take some test shots. Use a good camera and make sure there’s good light (a camera phone in your bedroom probably won’t cut it), and try lots of different angles, ‘naked’ and with different accessories. Getting a professional photographer will help you get a sense of the best results, but it’s not critical at this stage.
Once you’ve done that, look over your pictures. It can be strange at first! Does your hand or foot come across photogenically? Which angles are the best? Are there any belishes which leap out now that you’re looking at it on camera?
Once you’ve selected some pictures you’re happy with, find out which modelling agencies accept body part models in your area and submit your photos. Make sure you follow their guidelines carefully and don’t submit to agencies that state they only accept full length and head shots – you’ll only be wasting your time – and their.