8 Magazines Every Fashion Model Needs to Study

Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and GQ Are The Go To Sources to Learn Your Trade

One of the biggest mistakes new models make is not being prepared. Some head to a booking after a late night of partying, unaware of how physically and mentally demanding a photo shoot can be. Others forget to bring their portfolio, leave their model kit at home, or don’t bother to research the agency or client they’re shooting for. Or worst of all, they have no idea what to do when they’re put in front of a camera. This careless attitude can make models seem unprofessional, unmotivated, and consequently, un-bookable. 

A major part of being prepared is simply making the effort to get a good night’s sleep and to check and double-check that you have everything you need. But it’s also important to do your homework! And no, that doesn’t mean textbooks and quizzes. It means immersing yourself in the modeling world and learning from the best.

And what's one of the easiest (and most enjoyable!) ways to do that? To spend some quality time with your favorite fashion magazines. As you flip through the pages of these must-read publications, study the models and how they move, pose, and express emotions. Learn the designers, photographers, and the models’ names. Tear out the shots you like best, practice what you see, and don’t stop until you’ve perfected it! Soon you’ll have the confidence you need to appear effortless in front of a camera. 

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Remember that many “fashion” magazines are filled with nothing but celebrities. They’re an interesting enough read, but if you really want to make your research worthwhile, stick with legitimate high fashion magazines that use real models. The best ones include:


Vogue Magazine. Vogue Magazine

If you have to pick one magazine, pick Vogue. Arguably the most influential fashion magazine in the world, Vogue has been setting fashion standards for over a century and is the best selling fashion magazine in the world.


Elle Magazine. Elle Magazine

With 44 editions around the world, Elle is the world's largest fashion magazine. It’s strong, energetic, and exciting, and covers all the latest trends right off the runways of New York City, London, Milan, and Paris. 

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Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar. Harper's Bazaar

America’s first fashion magazine! Sophisticated, elegant and provocative, it features the latest trends, designers, runway shows, and fashion events, from casual to couture. Be sure to check out the digital version for exclusive model interviews, backstage videos, and behind-the-scenes peeks at editorials, cover shoots, and more!


W Magazine. W Magazine

This popular (and sometimes controversial!) magazine captures the who, what, where, when, and why in the world of style. What really sets apart are its oversized pages—each glossy page gives you a front row seat to the hottest models, designers, and fashion events from all over the world. 

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L’Officiel Magazine. L’Officiel Magazine

This international high-end fashion and luxury lifestyle magazine has been around for more than 90 years. It offers the ultimate in French elegance, couture talent, and killer editorials. Based in Paris, L’Officiel is now published in over 20 countries, including Italy, Russia, China, Singapore, Brazil, and Azerbaijan!


Jalouse Magazine. Jalouse Magazine

Jalouse is new and daring, but that doesn’t mean you should underestimate its power. It’s the sister publication of the already popular L’Officiel ​and offers up an edgier, grittier, more avant-garde take on fashion.

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GQ Style

GQ Magazine. GQ Magazine

 Launched in 2005, GQ Style is a dynamic, diverse, and cutting edge men’s fashion magazine. It’s only published twice a year, but it’s worth the wait! If you’re the impatient sort, you can always hop online to get your fix of fashion galleries, videos, and articles. 

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L’Officiel Hommes

L’Officiel Hommes. L’Officiel Hommes

This biannual magazine, adapted from L’Officiel, is entirely dedicated to fashion and showcasing the season’s trends. It was created by a stylist, not a journalist, and has become one of the world’s top authorities on men’s fashion.v

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