One of the common mistakes made by overenthustiastic photographers is miscasting their
models, that is, not knowing which type of girl to select for a particular job. The
title "photographer's model" does not necessarily mean a girl is suitable for every
phase of photographic work. It might be explained more graphically by pointing out
that we can all be classified into one of three basic physical types: the thin, or
"intellectual," the heavy-set, or "eater," and the muscular, or "physical" type.
Fortunately the majority of us are a happy mixture of the three, but usually one trait
is more predominant than another so that in conversations we may find ourselves being
referred to as, "skinny" "fatso" or "muscles." These are extremes, but if this same
analysis is tested on models, it is possible to classify them into three definite
figure types, each having personality traits directly related to their physical
And knowing which category a model falls into can be of invaluable help in selecting
the right girl for a particular job.
The thin type, for example, is the indoor girl. Intelligent, sensitive, despises
exercise, sunshine and food. Prefers cigarettes, coffee, books and records. Her skin
is usually very fair because she stays inside. She enters your office on a cloud,
immediately radiating beauty that is hard to define, but which makes her an easy
target for mis-casting. I've been fooled many times myself. Hers is not the pin-up
type figure, although this may be your first impulse. She makes a better fashion
model, or nude provided she is not TOO thin.
The "eater" on the other hand might possibly be called a "butterball" if she overindulges
in food. She can be one of the sexiest models, usually has lovely smooth legs, rounded
arms, and is generally on the chubby side. With this girl you have to have a well-stocked
icebox. She loves to eat and tires easily of not fed often. She's great for pin-ups,
sexy calendar shots in filmy negligees that require plenty of smooth skin showing.
Comfortable poses are her specialty, but don't make her too comfortable or she will go
The third type is the athletic girl. She's the one who bounds out of bed in the morning,
and is ready to go. Can pose all day without becoming tired and never asks for food. She's
a lot of fun, full of enthusiasm, willing to help carry equipment and quite often has
some dancing experience. She makes a day's shooting seem like nothing.
The age of a pin-up model is not important as long as she LOOKS 18. She can be anywhere
from 14 to 30. Some girls mature quickly and look 18 when they are 14. Others look 18 at
30! Although not too often, I'll admit. Another quality so often required is the
American Girl look and that's pretty undefinable. But if a girl has it, you know it
immediately. I suppose it could be described as a freshness; healthy, sweet with
underlying sex appeal.