The term modeling originated in the middle French word “modelle”, which depicts a concept that began in the 1800s when people were posing for portraits and paintings. The concept was later broadened into photographing models that had to utilize newspapers to expand their audience. History depicts that the wife of Charles Fredrick was the first person to ever participate in runway modeling. During this period, the mannequins were used in clothing stores and the live models were therefore known as live mannequins. The models were therefore used to practically display fashion clothes. However, the models were poorly paid and worked in relatively poor condition.
The industry boomed in the mid-1900s, which sparked with the creation of one of the first modeling agencies in 1946. By the 1960s, the agencies gained popularity and spread across the globe and more people desired to learn more about modeling. During this period, nations such as London became some nations bustling the hub of fashion modeling, especially the runway approach. It is worth noting that the agencies were spearheaded by popular icons such as Joanna Lumley and Twiggy.
Two decades later, models started being rewarded with better working conditions and better pay. The aspect was boosted by the fact that much diversity was introduced. For instance, in 1974, Beverly Johnson became one of the first African models featured in an American Vogue. In this event, models and all the participants were expected to act, entertain, dance, and walk a catwalk in front of an audience. The models were also expected to extend their action in a field of work and show their ability to be responsible. The event had gained popularity as even full-time models participated in the fashion show, intending to boost the industry’s popularity across the globe.
Runway modeling was a Persian idea that started gaining popularity in the 19th century. The modeling was more a French event as it had its major origin in France. During this period, most of these modeling events involved showcasing many fashions and the latest developments. At the beginning of these forms of modeling, the events were more of fashion parades that involved a small group of people. During these events, even the photographers were not allowed to participate in the shows as only a handful of people were allowed to participate in the event. However, when more nations like America started participating in the fashion show, more people were allowed in the event. Runway modeling came to play in the 20th century in America, and more people started to participate in the event actively. The popularity of this event allowed even department stores to start hosting their fashion shows. By the late 70s, department stores across the globe started holding their fashion shows to promote their clothes and fashions. The fashion designers also started producing their shows by the late 20th century. The runway models took off from there as more fashions were being promoted by designers and owners of these department stores.