MODELING 101 // Taking Your Measurements

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We know this seems almost too simple to make a How To about.  You’d be surprised.  There are definitely right and wrong ways to measure yourself.  To make sure the measurements you’re giving people are accurate according to industry standards, here’s a walk through of exactly where to hold the measuring tape.

Expressing Your Measurements

A model’s measurements are always taken and expressed in threes. This is a measurement of the bust, then waist, then hips, like this: 33-26.5-36.

Taking Your Measurements

Wear something super thin to make sure you’re not adding any extra length. Jeans, even skinny jeans, are the worst! Stick with leggings and a cotton or sheer tank if you can.  The MOST important thing to aim for when taking your measurements is to have someone else measure you if possible. This way, they can see you from all sides to make sure the tape is held in the right places. If you don’t have someone to help, stand in front of a mirror and do the best you can to note proper placement of the tape all the way around you.  Use a flexible measuring tape, not the stiff retractable kind from the hardware store. You can pick one up at most drug stores.

Bust

When measuring your bust, make sure you’re wearing a bra that doesn’t manipulate your natural form, or just skip the bra altogether (woo!).  Have whoever’s measuring you start with their arms around you, holding the tape with both hands at zero.  Then have them spread their arms to allow for the tape to be wrapped to the front.   Bring the two sides of the tape around front to meet in the middle, making sure the tape is pulled tight and centered to where your bra would be in the back, but not tight enough to make an indent.  The notch where the tape meets zero in the front is your bust measurement.  Here the bust measurement is 33.

Waist

This one is pretty simple.  Pull your shirt up and find the tiniest cross section of your waist.  Keep your abs tight and your posture straight, but don’t suck in.  Have your measurer start the same way as they did for your bust.  Both hands around behind you at zero, then stretch to give the tape enough length to be brought around front, and meet in the middle.  Waist measurement as seen here is a 26.5″.

Hips

The hips measurement is often the most important and telling measurement for models.  The biggest mistake that girls make when taking their hip measurement is placing the tape where your belt would be.  To properly measure your hip line, make your feet touch. Stand straight.  Now, find the widest part of your tush in the back.  This is your starting point.  Same method, start around back and pull forward to the front, tight but not tight enough to indent, and meeting around front.  The measurement here is 36.

 

All done!  Write your measurements on your digitals and have them handy for your next casting. Always make sure your measurements are up to date!  Check them before giving them out or bringing them to open call.  Good luck!

2 Comments

  • This could really help a lot when you’re ordering stuff online. Not being able to wear the dress or brasserie on when choosing could really be a problem. Buying one having the wrong measurements could only go to not wearing them or wearing them experiencing extreme discomfort, or maybe just a little.

  • Chloe says:

    when a modeling agency asks what your shirt size is and doesn’t give the S,M,L option and just has things like 13,13.5,14 etc. what do you do ?

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