Mature Models And How To Become One

5th April 2022

Mature Models And How To Become One
Georgia Carter

Georgia Carter

Are you interested in becoming a mature model, and would you like to know who are the famous ones out there? What are the tricks in how to become an older female model? Have you always dreamed of becoming a fashion model but you don’t know how to break into the mature modeling industry? Read on and we will teach you how. 

Modeling Portfolio 

Firstly, a modeling portfolio is key to any modeling career and so future clients will be able to view your work, your style, body type etc. You can book time with a photographer and then be able to send this portfolio to modeling agencies, or if you have one already, take this to castings. 

There are plenty of opportunities you just need to bring out the best of your qualities in your portfolio and make it look as like you as possible. However, I would suggest also photographing a different side to you as well so there is variety and you could book more jobs this way. 

Reach out to a studio and organize a photoshoot. Talk to them about what you want to achieve from the shoot and discuss clothing styles and make sure you feel comfortable on the day. Beauty has no age limit and they should make you feel like this. They will help you enhance your confidence and skills to create a standout modeling portfolio so casting agents will sit up and take you on for their projects. 

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Opportunities For Mature Models 

The demand for mature models has never been greater and you can start your modeling career in your 40s or later. Older models can be used in different types of brands and even walk a catwalk too. The US clothing company American Apparel named a 62 year old model as the face and body of its lingerie campaign and large commercial companies such as Zara and Marks and Spencer work with older models. In terms of older women models, a model well into her 80s now, called Daphne Selfe has had an incredible career and is still being booked for jobs. She has worked for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair. The 69 year old Maye Musk who has modeled for Swarovski and appeared on the cover of Grazia magazine and Prestige, shows that you can still make it big as a mature female model.  

What Are The Criteria For Older Women Models? 

  • Aged 35-40 years or over
  • Have a healthy and toned body
  • Demonstrate a vibrant personality through your poses
  • Have good skin, don’t worry wrinkles and age spots are rarely a problem
  • Embrace your grey hair

How To Approach An Agency? 

Once you have a modeling portfolio, you can approach an agency which is reputable, local to you and one that will be suitable for mature models. 

As mentioned before, ensure that you create a collection of images that look like you, naturally beautiful in body shape, facial features and style.  

The silver-haired rebellion is making its voice heard but also those women who are in their 50s, who are ‘too young’ and ‘too old’ to be cast for roles. But one vital thing to remember is that we come in all shapes and sizes and casting directors and agencies are looking for something different and are becoming more inclusive which is very positive. 

model smiling with bag

Reasons You Should Become A Mature Model

There will be plenty of jobs in your area that need an older model, so if you are on an agency’s books, then you can be contacted immediately. 

You should realize your dream and jump into the world of modeling. Life is too short not to go for it!

You will learn skills that will only enhance your career; increasing your confidence and poise.

You will meet new people and travel to incredible places. The salary can be good depending on your experience – I will elaborate on this further down in the article. 

Remember however, that modeling is a very competitive industry, so you need to have the willpower, resilience, brains and personality for the job. If you have all that, then you are all set! 

How Much Do Older Fashion Models Make? 

Ziprecruiter’s figures range from as high as $401,500 to as low as $11,000, with an average model salary of $125,457 annually in the US. Indeed states that the average hourly model salary is $23.43. These figures were from November 2021. In the UK, hourly rates can start at around £40 per hour, with day rates ranging from the low hundreds up to £1,000 or maybe even a lot more especially in high fashion. An average model’s salary is approximately 

£40,000-£50,000 per year. 

Top 10 Models Over 40

  • Nicola Griffin – 62 yrd old
  • Daphne Selfe – 93 yrs old
  • Jacky O’Shaughnessy – 62 yrs old
  • Marie-Sophie Wilson – 57 yrs old
  • Benedetta Barzini – 78 yrs old
  • Naomi Campbell – 51 yrs old
  • Elle MacPherson – 57 yrs old
  • Claudia Schiffer – 51 yrs old
  • Cindy Crawford – 56 yrs old
  • Tyra Banks – 48 yrs old
model in gym wear jumping

Tips On Skincare For Models 

So as a model, looking after yourself is vital to you booking the job, so as I’m sure you are already doing this, but your skin – and predominantly your face is one thing a casting director will see first. Here are some top tips to follow to keep your skin looking radiant. 

  • Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water and this will ensure your skin is in tip top condition. Always have a water bottle to hand wherever you go and try to avoid drinking too much caffeine – trust me your body will love you for this in the long term!
  • Moisturizers & serums: finding one that works with your skin will create a strong skin barrier and smoother skin which will have everyone trying to book you. Self care is very important so maybe try and build a morning and evening routine.
  • Exfoliate: once a week, this will rejuvenate your skin and reduce dull complexions.
  • In addition to exfoliating your face, make sure your whole body gets the proper treatment, and try adding in products that will keep your skin feeling smooth and healthy. And don’t forget about your hands and neck. 
  • Eye creams will help decrease the tired eyes look, and try to get enough sleep. 

There are plenty of products out there which are age related, so for all you mature models out there, find the right one that correlates with your skin and you’ll have the most radiant skin to showcase to the world. 

Final Thoughts

So that is all you need to know about how to become a mature model for now and I really hope to see you working your magic in all those magazines, catalogs, posters and commercials. Good luck!

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