How to Become a Fitness Magazine Cover Model

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How to Become a Fitness Magazine Cover Model
Vigilant physical exercise keeps you toned for landing the magazine cover. (IT Stock/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

People frequently buy fitness magazine to learn new ways of exercising, read up on healthy recipes, examine ads for new fitness equipment, read encouraging articles about the best way to get physically fit and note recommendations from other people's success stories published in the magazine. An elegantly sculpted model is without a doubt the star attraction of the fitness magazine cover, and makes an effective launching point to enter other modelling venues outside of the fitness industry. Be prepared to invest a lot of time and energy to become a fitness magazine cover model.

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Things you need

  • Workout equipment
  • Healthy food
  • Modelling agency
  • Modelling portfolio
  • Fitness magazines

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    Eat right, get plenty of exercise and care for your skin. More than other models, fitness models must showcase lean, toned muscles and overall admirable physiques. Six packs, substantial biceps, and trim thighs are practically requirements for fitness models, and this especially true for models on fitness magazine covers. A fitness magazine's focus on physical appearance means that you'll also need supple skin, white teeth and healthy hair.

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    Flip through fitness magazines, analysing each magazine's focus and model choice for the cover shot. Bodybuilder magazines may feature much more muscled models than sport-specific fitness magazines, such as a yoga magazine or golf magazine. Wellness-focused fitness magazines may feature more subtly toned models on the cover. Focus your energy on establishing connections with magazines whose models' physiques most resemble your own.

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    Network with photographers and casting agents for fitness magazines that you've identified as potential targets. Magazines sometimes build lasting relationships with preferred models known for consistent appearance, performance and professionalism. As the magazine's editorial and advertising staff becomes more familiar with you, you'll gradually garner more gigs--including the coveted cover shot.

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    Connect with smaller or local fitness magazines. Sometimes larger magazines may be reluctant to concede the cover to lesser-established models, so gain valuable experience and resume credits by working with lesser-known fitness magazines. You'll stand more of a chance of scoring the cover, and can show agents, casting managers and photographers that you're cover model material by sending them complimentary copies of the resulting magazine.

Tips and warnings

  • Some fitness magazines run contests where the winners appear on the magazine cover. Or, models compete in fitness contests in the hopes that any magazine editorial staff present will notice them as a potential cover shot candidate. While this works for some models, routine competitions can take up valuable time that could be better spent networking with the modelling and fitness professionals that you already know.
  • The modelling industry's cutthroat competitive levels can be devastating to thin-skinned models, particularly those working toward the lofty goal of landing the cover shot. Expect rejection, shrug it off and move forward. Dwelling on rejections, taking criticism to heart and beating yourself up don't help it all.

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