How to Become a Model for Abercrombie & Fitch or Hollister
What does it have in common with the following people: Dakota Fanning, Michelle Williams, Kit Harington, Noomi Rapace? They've all appeared in countless films and series. None of them were born actors; instead, they began their careers as models for clothing firms like Hollister Co. and Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F).
To be a model for A&F or Hollister Co., you don't need to be super skinny or have perfect features. The key is to have some charisma and personality and look the part. You should also be comfortable in front of the camera and be able to take directions well.
Everyone's road to success as a model or actor is unique. Still, if you want to work for Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch (the former being owned by the latter), we've got some fast pointers on how to get your foot in the door.
Learn about Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister casting companies.
First and foremost, potential sellers should be familiar with and enjoy the brand they'll be promoting. Examine Hollister's past advertising campaigns for any patterns in their style. What do you think Abercrombie & Fitch's newly rebranded identity implies? Hollister offers youthful casual apparel and the sunny, breezy California lifestyle that goes with it. Abercrombie & Fitch is now targeting a fun, simple, all-American style ideal for millennials. Studying up will also tell you what type of modeling the hired people are required by the brands. Unfortunately, the popularity of these companies has led to a lot of imposters. Be sure you're familiar with the real deal before committing to anything!
Consider your modeling looks
Your appearance matters just as much as your resume or portfolio when applying to be a model, if not more. Different agencies and brands will be looking for other things, but some general tips will help you get started.
- Be aware of the current trends and fashions. For example, if you're going to Abercrombie & Fitch, make sure your look is casual and classic rather than runway-ready.
- Don't try too hard. The best way to catch a company's eye is to look like yourself. It's okay to experiment with your hair and makeup, but don't try to change how you look entirely.
- Pay attention to your posture and stances. Good posture will make you look more confident and attractive in photos.
Polish up your resume
Even if you've never done any modeling before, you should have a resume. Include any experience (even if it's just from posing for friends' photos) and your contact information, measurements, and other relevant data. Be sure to list any special skills or talents that might make you stand out, like being bilingual or being able to play an instrument.
Networking is vital in any industry, and the modeling world is no exception. Start by connecting with friends who work in the field or know people who do. Attend fashion events and introduce yourself to anyone you think could help your career.
Build up your modeling portfolio
If you don't have any professional modeling experience, that's okay. You can still put together a portfolio that will impress potential employers. Start by gathering all of the best photos of yourself that you can find. If you don't have any good ones, ask a friend to take some. Be sure to list your contact information on every photo and date. Next, write a short bio about yourself that highlights your strengths and accomplishments. Finally, put together a list of modeling agencies or brands you would like to work with.
Applying to be a model or actor can seem daunting. Still, if you're prepared and confident in your abilities, you'll be well on your way to success. Just remember to do your research, focus on your look, and network as much as possible.
How to look like a Hollister model
The look is typically for men with a leaner, less-bulkier build, and it's common in the Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch fitness regimens. It's also been said that the ideal bust-waist-hip measurements for female models at Abercrombie are 34"–24"–36".
Keep an eye on what you consume.
Models must also pay attention to their diets to meet their fitness goals. Since you're burning calories, do you believe you can eat whatever you want? Fisher says nutrition is an essential aspect of fitness.
Apply to local modeling agencies—and learn what you can expect from them.
Almost every name-brand modeling firm can get you in the running for retail campaigns like Abercrombie. There are several instances where models from their previous campaigns, such as Hilary Rhoda at Women Model Management when she began modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch, and Tom Welling at Louisa Modeling Agency when he started to model for the brand, were plucked from obscurity.
Attend open calls.
"Open calls are a great way for new models to get their foot in the door and meet with agents," Lynn explains. "Keep in mind that it is a very competitive industry, so don't be discouraged if you don't get signed on the spot."
Get involved in your community.
One of the best ways to make a name for yourself as a model is to get involved in your community. Volunteer for charity events, start your fashion blog or organize a photoshoot with friends to build your portfolio. The more people who know who you are, the better your chances of landing a modeling job.
Don't give up.
It can be tough to make it in the modeling industry but don't give up if you don't get signed right away. Keep working hard and networking with other models and industry professionals. The more you put into your career, the more you'll get out of it.
There are a few things that aspiring models can do to increase their chances of success. First, they should focus on developing their look and staying in shape. They should also attend open calls and apply to local modeling agencies. Finally, they should keep networking and get involved in their community. If you put in the hard work, you'll eventually get noticed by a modeling agency or brand.
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