Being a body parts model may seem a very strange profession to have, but many models make a lot of money just by modelling parts of their bodies that have a special quality.
Sometimes commercial or fashion models, who look good in a full length picture modelling an outfit, do not necessarily have nice enough feet to have a close up of their shoes and this is where the parts model come in. They are employed because they usually specialize in modelling one part of the body.
This specialized type of model can be used in photographic shoots to help promote and sell products or in films where the producers or directors are looking specifically for that "someone" with beautiful hands or killer legs!
Some models only model parts, however, commercial, fashion, petite, mature, plus size and glamour models can also do parts modelling as long as they meet the required standards.
Hand models are used to model many different types of products, for example; rings and bracelets for jewellers, nail polish, nail extensions and hand creams.
Requirements for Hand Models include;
- Smooth skin
- Long slender graceful looking hands and fingers
- Great shape and the ability to pose your hands so they look relaxed
- No blemishes or uneven skin tone
- Men’s hands shouldn’t be too hairy
- Neat and even nails
Requirements for Foot Models include;
- smooth skin
- evenly shaped toes
- be free of things like corns and hang nails
- no blemishes or uneven skin tone
- neat and even nails
- attractive ankles
Some of the things foot models advertise are shoes, ankle bracelets, toe rings, creams, sprays, polishes, socks ect.
Legs models are normally associated with tall models. The legs should look long, shapely, smooth, be well moisturized, waxed and free of blemishes and varicose veins. Leg models sell lots of products such as stockings, razors, bath products and lotions.
These are the main three types of body-parts modelling; however there is also a market for ears, hair, bottoms, necks, eyes and lips.