A model is somebody who acts as a human prop for purposes of art, photography, pornography, fashion, advertising etc. Modelling is distinguished from other types of public performance such as an acting, dancing or mime artistry, although the boundary is probably not well defined. Appearing in a movie or a play is generally not considered to be modelling, irrespective of the nature of the role, so many models can also describe themselves as actors. Some models have acquired the status of sex symbol, and a highly paid model is sometimes known as a "supermodel". Supermodels are celebrities who may appear in commercials endorsing products, and often parlay their fame into acting careers.
"Catwalk modelling" (also known as "runway modelling") is displaying fashion, "glamour modelling" usually includes elements of nudity or eroticism, while "nude modelling" describes any kind of modelling that is performed without clothes. Art school modelling involves posing for students of art.
Some who became better known for other things also worked as professional models:
- Quentin Crisp - "gay icon"
- Emmanuelle Seigner - probably best known as an actress
- Koo Stark - dated a member of the British royal family