If you love fashion then there’s no reason why you sholuldn’t turn it into a career. There are a number of paths you can take, from designer to model to blogger.

Here’s a look at some popular fashion careers and how to get started.

Model

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It’s a common misconception that you have to be tall to be a model. Of course, the taller you are the better but even short models can still make it. Just not on the catwalk.

Start off by having your photo taken. This will get you used to being in front of the camera as well as build up some shots for a portfolio. A lot of agencies will take you on without seeing professional shots but if an agency does express interest then asks you to pay for a professional portfolio, be wary.

If you want more experience, look for photographers who are trying to build their own portfolios.

Designer

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If you have an eye for fashion and love designing and making your own clothes then this could be the perfect career path. If you want to go into a job as a designer then the relevant qualifications are needed but there’s always the option of starting your own label.

This can be quite the investment and you have to have a bit of business savvy. If you’re not sure, perhaps partner up with someone who can take on the business side of things while you get creative.

Journalist

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Fashion journalism often means you get to see clothing collections before launch, go to cat walk shows and interview famous designers. There’s also the less glamourous side of late nights, deadlines and a lot of time spent in front of a computer writing and doing research.

You’ll need a journalism qualification and/or a lot of experience under your belt to land a job at one of the big fashion magazines. Starting your own fashion blog is a good way to get some experience.

Photographer

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Like fashion modelling, this is all about experience and your portfolio. Find models (or even friends) who are willing to model for you on a time for prints basis. It’s not difficult to find aspiring models who are looking for a photographer to shoot them.

Once you have a portfolio you can start making a bit of money doing portrait shoots. From here you can build your business, buy more equipment and start pitching for large fashion photography jobs.

We’d love to hear from anyone who’s in these industries!