A model (from Middle French model) is a person with a role either to promote, display, or advertise commercial products (notably fashion clothing) or to serve as a visual aide for people who are creating works of art or to pose for photography.
Modeling (“modeling” in American English) is considered to be different from other types of public performance, such as acting or dancing. Although the difference between modeling and performing is not always clear, appearing in a film or a play is not generally considered to be “modeling”.
Types of modeling include: fashion, glamor, fitness, bikini, fine art, body-part, promotional and commercial print models. Models are featured in a variety of media formats including: books, magazines, films, newspapers, internet and TV.
Fashion models are sometimes featured in films: (Looker), reality TV shows (America’s Next Top Model, 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 modeling contracts in addition to their regular work.