Child modeling

It is a common observation that plenty of clothing is designed for teens or children rather than adults. As a result of this, it doesn’t make sense for an adult to model them. It is only modeling agencies that can solve this problem with the help of child models. Child modeling may, therefore, be understood as modeling done by individuals under the age of 18. These include toddlers, babies, elementary students, and preschoolers.


Child models usually appear in TV shows, advertisements, magazines, newsletters and store advertisements. Additionally, they can appear in some traditional fashion shows and the pageants.

Physical/Personality Requirements

For young kids, modeling agents require models that understand the job and fit to do the job on their own. In common practice, models who are average in weight are best suited and more importantly, very outgoing for camera shots. Also, these models must at least be 5’6″ with average waist size of 23 inches.


Establishing a child modeling business does not require a modeling agent, but with an agent, one is guaranteed of plenty modeling jobs and better exposure. A modeling agent offers special tips on the competitions and companies that are required. Unfortunately, these agents must be paid for their services. These payments are regarded as fees and depend solely on the experience of the agent, location, percentages of the charges and total time spent during the child modeling.

Legal Considerations

Children are not regarded as adults; therefore, they are subject the child labor laws. This means that the child is not subjected to excessive time per day by the child models. Additionally, the child modeling environment is expected to be very safe and conducive so that the child is not exposed to bad morals because the age is not appropriate.


Compensation for child modeling varies and depends on the company rights sold in the form of photographs and the length of job. Regardless of the pay, child models are normally minors; therefore, the modeling agencies must validate the payment terms with the parents or any legal guardian who shall handle the money for compensation. This is necessary in order to satisfy all parties involved in child modeling.

In some cases, compensation may be awarded in other forms such as child education funding, future jobs, merchandise or clothing. Other agencies do this in order to promote themselves or their products while some do it so as to discourage the parents or guardians from using their children for monetary gain in the long run. Therefore, before child modeling is initiated, it imperative that all parties agree to the compensation terms so as to avoid legal battles in the future. Legal battles involving minors is often a setback to any child modeling firm.


Child modeling is indeed a good job that does not solely relies on long term commitments from the parents. In some cases, agencies involved in a child modeling offer contracts to parents for certain jobs for a given period of time. Parents are advised to ensure that their children are able to handle child modeling requirements before entering into contractual commitments in the long run.

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