Model Books Guide - books about fashion modeling 

Clothing Model   Apparel Magazine   Fashion Books

A Model's Primer  description frin the Back Cover... There is no easy road to becoming a successful model. The not-so-secret formula is still dedication, hard work and a little common sense. But there are some shortcuts, some common mistakes to avoid and some things to watch out for in an industry rife with scam artists and get-famous-quick schemes. In this book, photographer MJ Wilson, and SAG sub-agent Apryl Edwards combine their years of experience and expertise in the modeling industry to provide nine concise steps that you need to take in order to get started in the business. This easy-to-follow format answers any questions you might have about the modeling industry and how to get your foot in the door. Subjects covered include initial submissions to agencies, what to look for in professional photos and how to put together an eye-catching composite card. This must-read book cuts through the hype and even lets you in on the "dirty secrets" of the business that could end up costing you money and wasting your time. The first step of any career is research and A Model's Primer is a great place to start.

B Model: An Embellished Memoir Both humorous and shocking, this memoir tells the story of a 16-year-old model trying to make it during the 1980s, when the supermodel phenomenon reached a hysterical peak. She is one of the hundreds of B models, those boys and girls who craved a lifestyle of success and glamor, but in the meantime walked the streets in uncomfortable shoes, underdressed and hungry for work, love, and a decent meal.  About the Author Miranda Darling is a former model who now works in film and television production.

Bad and Beautiful: Inside the Dazzling and Deadly World of Supermodels 

Barbizon Models Handbook


Complete Guide for Models: Inside Advice from Industry Pros for Fashion Modeling  This book delivers candid, specific inside information about how to get started in the competitive field of modeling, whether you're male or female or the parent of a potential child model. The advice comes from those in the know, including successful models and modeling agents, casting directors, magazine editors, makeup artists, photographers, and health professionals. These experts debunk myths about the profession and shed light on common scams that plague the industry. Get the scoop on everything from being discovered to maintaining a long-lasting career. Go behind the scenes on a New York City fashion shoot to find out what it's really like. Whether you dream of becoming the next supermodel, or just hope to supplement your income with exciting modeling work, this is the book for you. Beauty is just one trait of a successful model, find out the other 12 traits, along with important information on the business of modeling, from getting an agent, developing your portfolio, make-up advice, and more. A range of model specialties are covered in detail, including: babies and children, teens, men's division, women's division, runway, commercial, mature and classic, plus sizes, swimsuit, body and fitness, and more. Co-author Eric Bean is a successful fashion photographer in New York City, and has worked with top models and agents for over two decades. Jen Bidner is the author of over a dozen books in related fields.

Cover Girls and Supermodels: 1945-1965

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Model  You're no idiot, of course. You know Roshumba...she's the six-foot supermodel who hosts VH1 shows and was a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model four years in a row. And if there's one "role model" in the catty modeling business who can impart savvy advice to wannabes, Roshumba is the cat's meow! So, don't give up on your dream yet! Roshumba's sassy book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Model gives hopefuls the complete rundown on the ins and outs of the runway.

Eight Highly Successful Tips for Breaking into the Modeling and Commercial Business

How to Become a Successful Commercial Model: The Complete Commercial Modeling Handbook published by Marcus Institute of Commercial Modeling (June 1997)

Inside Becoming a Model  Written for teens and parents as a step-by-step guide to breaking into the modeling industry. Topics include modeling schools, super agents, petites, plus-size, runway and the commercial markets. This book is a truthful look at becoming a model, while warning readers of the pitfalls and scams that permeate the business.  About the Author Robert Noll: "If there is anything in life I truly enjoy, it's helping people achieve their dreams." Over the past twenty-five years, Robert Noll has changed direction and expanded his career in many ways. He has owned and operated modeling schools and agencies up and down the east coast. During his time as a model agency owner, he discovered and helped start the careers of many successful models. Among some of Robert's greatest discoveries are Elaine Irwin and Kristen McMenamy. Both of these models have been on the covers of thousands of magazine covers. Many more have had successful careers in the modeling business because of Robert's expert direction and guidance. Robert Noll resides in Hollywood. For the past twelve years, Noll continues to expand and grow in his ability to build careers. Currently, he owns and operates Monster Talent Management Inc., which represents many up and coming actors and actresses in all fields of the entertainment industry. Invitations to speak about the modeling and acting industries to large groups nationwide have allowed Robert to visit every major city in the United States and positively influence the lives of thousands of people. Along with traveling, running his management company, and writing, Robert Noll encourages people to succeed with his motto: "You are the master of your career, so take charge of it!" His focus always has been and always will be to send a message of passion and commitment to today's aspiring models, actors, and actresses.

Insider's Guide to Modeling: The Pros Tell You How YA The author, a former model and photographer, covers the basics of breaking into this field. Modeling agencies, magazine editors and professional photographers are quoted here. Perkins gives good solid advice, but without enough detail. For instance, he states that beginners should check out the qualifications of modeling schools, but he does not state what exactly to look for. The black-and-white photographs of models are poorly reproduced, and many are dark and indistinct; there are also a few typographical and grammatical errors. Even with these faults, the book is an enthusiastic, accurate portrait of the modeling world that presents helpful information to those interested in pursuing this career. Pat Royal, Prince George's County Public School System, Md. Copyright 1986 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Is Modeling for You?: The Handbook and Guide for the Young Aspiring Black Model Editorial Reviews John Blassingame, Publisher, Today's Black Woman "I feel that it's about time for our black models to have a book to read that gives them a direction. This handbook should be sought after it is well needed!".  Beverly Davis, Editor, Supermodel News The best resource for African-American aspiring models. The authors have done an excellent job of putting together dynamic information that will help African-Americans break into the Modeling Business.

Model: The Complete Guide for Men and Women This insider's handbook full of "how to" color photos on the secrets of becoming a model. Not just on hair and make up, but practical information and realistic strategies for presenting yourself at interviews, handling your finances, health and nutrition, modeling opportunities, working abroad, and how to promote yourself. Everything you need to know to succeed. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Modeling Highlights: Modeling Locally, Statewide and Nationally - Experience What Modeling Can Do for You

Modeling As a Career: A Guide to Professional Modeling

Modeling for money;: How to become a successful mannequin, with valuable hints to all women on how most effectively to wear their clothes,

Modeling Made Easy: Getting Started Without Getting Taken

Models Close-Up

Model Mystique Unraveled: How to Get into Modeling

Model & Talent Directory: International Directory of Model & Talent Agencies and Schools (Model and Talent) 

Naomi At thirty years old Naomi Cambell still rules the fashion world, setting runaways and magazine covers ablaze with sophisticated, sultry style that, even after seventeen years in the business, continues to make her a media star with international appeal. This book features brilliant images, including recent unpublished photographs, by top fashion photographers coupled with insightful commentary by leading fashion designers, photographers, and entertainment figures who explain the power and allure of this international icon.

Opportunities in Modeling Careers (Opportunities Inseries) First Sentence: As you wend your way through hundreds of these live models who are selling everything from cosmetics to cars, you will be aware of one of the fastest-growing areas in the modeling world.

Professional Model Portfolios: A Step-by-Step Guide for Photographers This photographer's guide to creating successful model portfolios encourages a dynamic, diversified artistic approach and shares essential knowledge about the modeling industry, portfolio basics, and agency requirements. Photographers learn how to work with models for the best possible results, create and refine a standout portfolio, and sell that product to agents in the United States, England, and Asia. Three actual portfolios are included to help photographers conceptualize, sculpt, and refine their own portfolios to maximize their client's reach in the industry. Photographers learn why particular images were chosen for opening and closing shots, how to arrange the interior images, and what constitutes an appealing design. Featuring information on working with women, men, and children, this book will help new and experienced models and photographers alike in getting the results they desire.  About the Author Billy Pegram has discovered, photographed, and introduced more than 50 young men and women into the international modeling community. He has also produced cutting-edge fashion photography for big-name clients such as Fila and Swatch. He is the author of Fashion Model Photography. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Runway Madness  review from Amazon - "Beyond the smoke and mirrors of the runway lies another part of the fashion world." It is there that Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lucian Perkins finds the most compelling images: über-waif Kate Moss sipping champagne decked out in an undershirt, jeans, and a bogling network of curled hair extensions. Design maven Isaac Mizrahi fretting over a voluminous skirt. Glamour-pusses Naomi Campbell and Veronica Webb lolling around, waiting for their curlers to set, while the clock ticks at the rate of $250 per hour. Perkins gets up on the runway, too. He turns his camera on his colleagues, who form an impenetrable wall of extra-long lenses and tripods. He looks out into the audience, where he finds the gender-bending RuPaul, Southern belle Dolly Parton, and actress Mira Sorvino parked amid the ubiquitous fashion editors and buyers and socialites. And he follows the impossibly fabulous creatures as they strut their wares down that most glamorous corridor--the runway. The unusually long and narrow shape of the book is an excellent format for Perkins's atmospheric panoramic shots, and leaves room for quotes by Azzedine Alaia, Coco Chanel, and other fashion fixtures to accompany the smaller images. Readers who don't share original supermodel Iman's fashion ennui--she's quoted as saying she "couldn't get excited about another dress"--should be more than sated by the 100 fantastic photos of frocks, gowns, and shifts in Runway Madness.

Shut Up and Smile: Supermodels, the Dark Side

Skin Deep: Inside the World of Black Fashion Models  Former model Summers presents a fascinating portrait of the black fashion world, chronicling the arrival of black designers and modeling agencies and the emergence of black supermodels on the runway. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

So You Want to Be A Model? SO YOU WANT TO BE A MODEL? is a powerful wealth of information about the world of modeling. It is essential for anyone who is interested in becoming a model. You will learn exactly what the agents and scouts are looking for and how to give it to them. You will find out everything you will ever need to know about becoming a model.   About the Author Jordan Sales was born on August 17, 1982 in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. Ever since he was a youngster he had always dreamed of being a famous model or actor. He always told parents, teachers and classmates that someday he was going to be famous. He even went to the trouble of singing every book in his school that he could get his hands on because he knew that they would be worth something. He has now had much modeling and acting experience and has learned from many top agents and scouts in the business. He wanted to know what they wanted to see. So he would constantly ask them until he had heard all of the answers several times. Sales says "This is the only way to get signed. You have to know what they want to see." He is signed with an acting agency and is on the verge of signing his second modeling contract. He is currently more interested in teaching others what he has learned. He has very unique and effective ways of teaching how to become a model that will work for anyone. His methods are very basic and simple yet extremely effective. Sales main goal is to assist in unlocking the hidden potential within anyone who dreams of being a model and helping make that dream a reality.

Stella In the 1950's, fashion designers and photographers produced commercial images that are now appreciated as fine art. Comparatively few books have concentrate on this work. This book, a collection of photos from the personal album of a leading Paris model of the period, is one of the best. Most of the photos show the model (Stella) in Jacques Fath, some are in Adele Simpson and others. Various types of images are included: studio, runway, etc. Many exemplify a particularly 1950's style - the model is photographed outdoors, on the sidewalks of Paris, lounging against a parked car, in a park, etc. Always gracefully posed in extremely elegant clothes. The photos are almost exclusively from 1953-55 and in black and white. Text is minimal. The book is produced to a high standard; photo reproductions are very high quality, paper is heavy matte stock, the binding is sewn. Most photos have captions identifying the designer, photographer, and date. Highly recommended to those interested in classic black and white photography and 1950's style.

Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right  Lips, brows, frown lines--they’re all in motion in an expressive face. Stop Staring analyzes facial structures and movements and shows animators how to enliven the faces of their characters. The author, whose own handsome head (in modeled form) graces the cover, is an experienced animator currently working on The Sims. He writes with a dry wit and a confidence born from experience. The book is friendly but also loaded with content and precise in its directions. "I am by no means God’s gift to animation, but I do pretty well at making a talking head look like a living one, not just a set of gums flapping." This is not a how-to manual, but a richly detailed guide to achieving the right movements for a given situation and emotion. The companion CD includes all the pieces readers will need in order to work along with the text: models (both realistic and stylized ’toon characters), lip-synching samples, finished Quicktime movies, and even a copy of Maya Personal LE. (More info and some movies can be found at Readers move from "Getting to Know the Face," to synching audio, working on the mouth, eyes, and brows, and rigging. Osipa has created a methodology for facial animation that gets results and makes the process fun. The book can be used as a step-by-step guide for learning new skills or finessing techniques, or as a reference book for troubleshooting specific expressions (for example, "happy eyes," "frustration," and "sneers" are all in the index). Although the projects are presented using Maya, the concepts involved pertain to animation in general.

Supermodels' Beauty Secrets: Hot Tips for Style, Beauty and Fashion from the Worlds Top Models  Here in one book is a collection of top tips and advice on style, fashion and beauty from the world's leading models.

The Complete Book Of Fashion Modeling

The Modeling Life As the Model Editor of Seventeen magazine, Ms. Rubinstein has launched dozens of careers. Big names such as Niki Taylor, Tyra Banks, Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz and Liv Tyler have all benefited from her expertise. With interviews, anecdotes and smart advice, Ms. Rubinstein gives an exciting insider's glimpse of the modeling life. The Modeling Life shows young hopefuls a model's day-to-day routine, the ups and downs of her career, and how she maintains a balanced life in an ever-changing industry. Also learn exactly how to navigate this challenging and competitive business, how to get started without spending a fortune on fancy photographs or high-priced schools, how to avoid common pitfalls and build a successful career.

The Modeling Handbook: The Complete Guide to Breaking into Local, Regional, and International Modeling

The World of International Modeling: A Survival Guide to the Fashion Capitals of the World

Wilhelmina Guide to Modeling

Wilhelmina's Modeling & Acting Dictionary

Your Career Opportunities in Modeling

Your Modeling Career: You Don't Have to Be a Superstar to Succeed Now completely updated and expanded to cover the latest technology and the impact of reality TV on the modeling industry, this comprehensive guide reveals how to be a successful model without being a superstar or drop-dead gorgeous. Anyone interested in a modeling career will learn about all the money-making possibilities and the secrets to success in this fast-paced field. All types of modeling are detailed, from high fashion to editorial print modeling, catalog, commercial print, and runway, as well as petite, shoe, hand, jewelry, hair, fit, and character modeling. In-depth information is provided on what it takes to break into the business; the modeling scene in New York and all the major U.S. cities, Europe, and Australia; how to maneuver in the business and find the right agent; and how to make ends meet. The authors provide thorough information on modeling agencies, schools, conventions, and contests, as well as invaluable tips for building a portfolio and using the Internet to expand opportunities. Interviews with industry legends are included as well as a complete bibliography and resource section.

Fashion Modeling Books

Plus Size Modeling Books

View some additional fashion web sites:

Fashion Books 

Apparel Search  

Clothing Model Directory 

Fashion Newspaper 

Designer Search 

Fashion Blog 

Fashion Calendar 

Fashion Salad