Fashion Models

5 Things to Know About Your Fashion Modeling Contract

What Do Model Agreements Do?

It outlines the terms of your engagement as a model with your model &/or talent agency.
Basic Types of Model Agreements

1. Vouchers– Vouchers are the modeling industry’s timesheet for models. As a model, you take your vouchers with you to your job, the client signs it, confirming work done. You return the  voucher to your agency who routes it to its accounting department, bills the client and issues you a check when the client pays your agency. A voucher is technically not an agreement but it is incorporated into the main agreement you will sign as a model.

2. Waiver Form- Again not really an agreement but incorporated by some agencies into the main agreement. This is typically used when models borrow clothes as part of a shoot etc. It outlines terms of use, return, damages etc.

3. Model Booking Confirmation Agreement (outlines the terms of how you work with the agency’s clients: clothing, fees, transportation etc. It is very straightforward)

4. Talent/Model Agreement- The “meat and potatoes” of agreements used in modeling world.

5. What Are Typical Clauses in a Model/Talent Agreement?

Expect to find clauses that deal with the following issues:

  • Exclusivity: If you are signed with a large agency like Elite, Ford etc., they will want exclusivity since they have branches across the USA. Smaller agencies are willing to limit exclusive representation to the local region or state  where the agency is located.
  • Agent Duties
  • Model/Talent Duties
  • Compensation (Standard is 20% of all income earned). As a caveat, the issue that typically arises here is whether an agency should be compensated when they haven’t done “diddly squat?” If a talent/model “hustles” and books a client by him/herself, why should the agency share in the proceeds? Some agencies, nevertheless, include this clause. As a model, you want that clause stricken.
  • Model Release (permits agency to republish your photos, image or likeness for advertising, promotions, exhibition etc.)
  • Independent Contractor (Agency clearly states you are an independent contractor responsible for your own taxes)

Ms. Uduak is a former fashion model turned speaker, journalist, author and publisher. She is also an Attorney and Partner at Ebitu Law Group, P.C, where her practice areas include Fashion Law & Fashion Modeling Law. She has counseled a range of clients in the creative industry including fashion models. For your specific need legal needs, contact her at ( or (916-361-6506).

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