Aspiring male models should avoid "overtraining" their chests, says Wendy Brown, Model Agent at Pulse Models.
“Most aspiring models make the mistake to specifically train the chest, which easily creates a bulky look for guys which clients want to avoid,” Brown told Business Insider South Africa.
The chest of a typical male model is between 98 to 100cm, waists between 81 and 84cm and a height starting at 183cm.
A typical South African model can earn anything between R25,000 and R60,000 a month.
But Jason Smith, model agent at Kult Models, says the road to becoming a successful male model is paved with hard word.
“If it was easy to look as good as a model or celebrities, everyone would look good… you need to keep your body and face in the best condition 24/7,” Smith says.
“Sport stars work years to be at the top of their game – the same applies to 98% of the models in the world.”
Nasco Mihaylov from Cape Town-based Grace Models says good male models are usually “charged with positive energy”.
“They need to have a good personality to work good with potential photographers and clients,” he says.
He encourages aspiring male models to audition at an agency, even if they might not fit the mould of a typical model.
“What some people consider to be a flaw, the clients would consider a great feature,” Mihaylov says.
“Gap in the teeth, freckles, ginger hair - these are all awesome features to have and many people are ashamed of them and try to cover them with makeup or hair dye.”