How to measure yourself correctly

How to Take Proper Measurements for Your Modelling Profile

As an agent that scouts models for overseas contracts it is IMPERATIVE to have your measurements current.

Why You Need Accurate Measurements

Accurate measurements are so important for when casting directors are looking at submissions. Casting directors are often going through hundreds of applicants and if any information omitted is a reason to be rejected.

If your measurements are listed but not accurate, it could mean showing up for a shoot only to get sent home when the clothes don’t fit.

Getting Started

For accuracy, we recommend getting a friend to help you so that the can record your measurements. It is also preferred to take measurements in lingerie or a bikini. Unless otherwise noted, measurements will be most accurate if taken standing straight up with arms relaxed to your side. When you measure, you want the tape to lay flat across your skin, but not gap, pull or pinch.

How to Take Your Measurements

Height:. Height, in this case, refers to your height barefoot.  Measure yourself against a wall with no shoes on.

Weight: This should be less of a problem. Step on a scale.

Female Models

Bust: Your bust measurement is not always the same as the number on your bra size. You want to measure at the fullest part of your bust.

Cup: Use the cup size you use to buy your bras.


Waist: You want to measure around the smallest part of your waist. For you, this might mean at your belly button or an inch or two above it. Just look in the mirror, see where your stomach goes in most, and measure there.


Hips:  This is the one most models get wrong- you do not want to measure around your hip bone. Instead, measure around the largest part of your hips and bottom.


Inseam: Measure the inside of your leg from just below your crotch to your ankle.


Male Models

Neck: Measure around your neck, starting about an inch above where your neck connects to your shoulders, right around the Adam’s apple. Ensure that you add an extra 1 cm for comfort.

Waist and Hips:  Follow the instructions given for women.

Chest: Measure just under your armpits around the fullest part of your chest.

Sleeve: With your hand placed on your hip, extend the tape over your shoulder and then over your elbow to your wrist.

Inseam: Wearing only briefs, measure the inside of your leg from just below your crotch to your ankle.

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