At this time, model agencies were not as restrictive about the models they represented, although it was uncommon for them to sign shorter models.
Twiggy, who stood at 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) with a 32" bust and had a boy's haircut, is credited with changing model ideals.
Models remained fairly anonymous, and relatively poorly paid, until the late 1950s.
Models are featured in a variety of media formats including: books, magazines, films, newspapers, internet and television.
Fashion models are sometimes featured in films (Prêt-à-Porter and Looker); reality TV shows (America's Next Top Model and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency); and music videos ("Freedom!
'90", "Wicked Game", "Daughters" and "Blurred Lines").
Celebrities, including actors, singers, sports personalities and reality TV stars, frequently take modelling contracts in addition to their regular work.
Although the difference between modelling and performing is not always clear, appearing in a film or a play is not generally considered to be "modelling".
Types of modelling include: fashion, glamour, fitness, bikini, fine art, body-part, promotional and commercial print models.
Most models only worked in one market due to different labor laws governing modelling in various countries.
In the 1960s, Italy had many fashion houses and fashion magazines but was in dire need of models.
However, these models were unknown outside the fashion community.