How to Become a J.C. Penney Catalog Model

by Brooke Julia
JCPenney works with models in California, New York, Florida and Texas.

JCPenney works with models in California, New York, Florida and Texas.

Modeling can be an exciting and rewarding career for the right person, and JCPenney is always in need of a variety of different models for its catalogs, from children and teenagers to adults and seniors. As of the writing of this article, the company is also actively looking for fitting models, also called fit models.

Modeling for JCPenney

JCPenney's policy is to work with professional models who are contracted with company-approved modeling agencies. Photo shoots for both its catalog and website layouts take place in Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Miami. JCPenney works with modeling agencies in these cities. Check the links in "Resources" for a listing of all approved agencies in these areas, as of 2013.

Applying with a Modeling Agency

Modeling agencies regularly accept new applicants for review. Many agencies have submission forms online, as does l.a.modes in California. You can apply for representation by filling out the form with pertinent information about yourself and providing digital copies of photos. The pictures don't necessarily have to be professionally taken. You may also visit the agency in person. Bring the photos with you then as well, because even though the agents can see you, they still need to see how photogenic you are.

Fit Model

As of 2013, JCPenney is actively looking for fit models. This may sound like a description of models who are in exceptional shape. However, fit models act as live mannequins for clothing manufacturers to judge the sizing, drape and cut of its clothes. A fit model's role is important. She may not wind up in the pages of the catalog, but she's instrumental to companies like JCPenney, who need to make sure their clothes will fit customers properly.

Being a Model

Modeling can be a lot of fun. It can also be sporadic work, says model Ashley Stetts, with little money to begin with. A percentage of the money you earn goes to the modeling agency you're working with. Once you become established, however, you can make a comfortable living, says Stetts. She also recommends fit modeling for regular, well-paid work while waiting for other assignments.

About the Author

Brooke Julia has been a writer since 2009. Her work has been featured in regional magazines, including "She" and "Hagerstown Magazine," as well as national magazines, including "Pregnancy & Newborn" and "Fit Pregnancy."

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