Despite still habouring secret dreams of being ‘discovered’ while wearing sweatpants and not a scrap of makeup, most of us already know whether or not we’re traditional model material.
Typical models need to be tall, slim, and pretty, so we’re told. An easy checklist.
But what about foot modelling? Could you be hiding model-worthy feet that could earn thousands for their high-fashion looks underneath your socks?
To figure out what it actually takes to make it as a foot model, and what separates the nice feet from the big money-makers, we chatted to agent Alex Haddad, the director of BMA Model, and Kate Riley of MOT Models, about what the look for when scouting the next big foot model.
When asked what he’d look for in a foot when booking a model, Alex tells us: ‘Diversity, attitude, material, content, good availability and flexibility’.
He clarifies that it’s not really about how much attitude your feet have, but whether you’re a professional and have experience modelling. Essentially, even the best feet won’t make up for a bad attitude.
But what about the actual specifics of the feet?
Alex says the ‘condition of feet and nails must be good, including structure’ – so no obvious foot blemishes, scars, marks, or flat feet.
Beyond that, though, lots of different feet are welcome.
Among the ‘hundreds’ of brands that book foot models are shoe and sandal companies, homeware brands, pharmaceuticals, jewellery designers, and skincare labels. They’ll all have their own requirements – some may want a ‘more rugged and rough’ foot look, perhaps to promote something related to adventure or exercise, while others will want super soft and groomed toes.
In general, the most requested type of foot is one that’s on the end of a ‘nice’ leg, has a ‘great structure and shape’, and is in good condition.
‘Long legs usually help,’ says Alex. ‘A consistent size trend demand are size 11 for men and 5 for women, That’s an average size, usually.
‘[Brands will request] a selection of diverse feet. Age can sometimes be a factor and condition of feet and nails.’
MOT’s Kate adds: ‘Size 4 seems to be the most popular size requested by clients and many of the sample sizes are this size.
‘The models take care in maintaining their feet with regular moisturising and nail care.’
It’s unusual for someone to do foot modelling exclusively – most will do other general modelling work or will also specialise in leg and hand modelling, too.
‘The foot models we represent at MOT also do other modelling too,’ Kate explains.
‘Most have started their careers as a model and we have either noticed that they have lovely feet or this has been highlighted to them throughout their modelling and casting work.’
Because foot models don’t usually have this as their sole form of work, it’s tricky to say how much money you could make just from having pretty feet. It’s probably worth dipping a toe in the water as a side hustle before leaping into the big leagues straight away.
You also won’t make as much money only modelling your feet as you would being available for all sorts of modelling work.
‘Demand is not as high as say a body model but it’s not only a cheaper option now to hire feet models or parts models,’ Alex explains, ‘but it also removes any discrimination factors. It’s safe, easy and cheaper.’