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How to Walk on a Runway | Modeling


How to Walk on a Runway | Modeling

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Hi. I'm Trudi Tapscott, and one of the most exciting parts of modeling is walking on a runway. And it is an art form. I think the basics of walking is learning where to position your weight, where to position your shoulders. It's very relaxed. You have to keep your body straight, your neck is straight, your shoulders are straight.

You have to remember that you are showing clothes, and you have to also remember specifically who you are walking for. Because, there is kind of different walks. But, the basics are, you want to keep your shoulders back, your hips forward, and your feet straight. Which all sounds really easy in the beginning, but once you really start walking and putting all the moving parts together, it's really difficult.

You have to keep your weight a little bit forward, you don't want to put all the weight on your heel. You want to look like you are gliding. Your face is completely relaxed, like you're not thinking about it and it's second nature, and you're not singing the words to the song, which is also something that happens in the beginning. Balance their stride, balance their weight, and keep the shift of their body and their arms to their sides. If you swing your arms too much, it's a huge distraction. So, you want to keep everything really simple and walk very basically.

It's very simple, it's very balanced, and it's in high heels. And the way you practice this at home, if you want to become confident in learning how to walk as a model, you put a full length mirror at the end of your hall. Hopefully, it's just a flat surface, and you walk back and forth.

When a model first comes to New York, that is all they do, is just keep practicing. You have models come in the agency all the time, and they are critiqued. Different agents go and watch them, how they walk in certain heels, walking in a variety of high heels. Sometimes at shows at the last minute, you don't get the perfect size of shoe, so you have to learn to walk in different sizes, because at the very end of the day, you have to be able to start and finish the runway with whatever you have on, and make it look great.

Knowing that you are walking from your head to your toe, that it's very straight but it's balanced, keeping your arms to your sides, that's what really makes a great walk. And no one knows how to do that without practicing. Walking is one of the key things that you have to practice, that you have to practice all the time.



  1. msmusicmaestro61

    March 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I took modeling at two schools and they told us to not walk bouncie or like horse. lol

  2. msmusicmaestro61

    March 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    In modeling class they tell u to not walk bouncie or like a horse. Practice in front of the mirror. Be relaxed and stand up straight. Posture is very important

  3. zoobihan

    March 13, 2015 at 7:16 am

    This model walks really well and I know that I shouldn’t observe things like this, but I can’t help but love the fact that she has no thigh gap and has a small chest too, just like me 🙂

  4. Sappi

    June 9, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    We are together in this girl!
    Im 14 and I’m going to work for elite models Chile (my country)
    I have long legs, but im 167 cm and 105 pounds.
    My family keeps growing after being in their 20’s.
    To be a model is my dream, and i will do my best to make it come true!

    • Sappi

      June 9, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      +Emily Ash

  5. Aizen Knaik

    September 18, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Just watch how Naomi Campbell walked!

    • LaTina N Sylvia Davis

      February 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Aizen Knaik OMG, I did the same thing! I have more of Naomi’s walk cuz I walk pretty fast!

  6. Rovie Lynn Gallano

    October 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Hi i am 13 yrs old .. And i want to be a model someday .. I want to learn more about modeling … I want to be a model in runways 🙂

    • iffi khan

      October 16, 2015 at 7:39 am

      +cacey giselle ,,,,,,,,i from Dubai U.A.E i want to help you for making you a famous model……contect me via email…

  7. Amber Matthews

    October 22, 2015 at 2:28 am

    I’ve always wanted to be a model but in not sure.. I’m 12 and I’m about 5’4. Even though that is considered short, I would still like to model

    • Angie is Awesome

      May 10, 2016 at 5:05 am

      +Mischty Banerji I always get that. 🙁

    • Angie is Awesome

      May 10, 2016 at 5:06 am

      +Mischty Banerji I don’t know why my body just wouldn’t gain more height.

    • hi im awkward

      March 1, 2017 at 1:48 am

      Amber Matthews ) I’m 13 and 4″11. And I’m a model.

    • MarMar LikesBunnies

      August 22, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Amber Matthews you’re still growing. I’m 13 and 5’6 hoping for more height also

    • MarMar LikesBunnies

      August 22, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Amber Matthews if you don’t grow that much then you can go to modeling agencies that cater to shorter people but most high end ones want tall people for runways

  8. I love waffles

    December 14, 2015 at 3:03 am

    I’m 5’6 is that tall enough

    • Gabrielle Capes

      March 9, 2016 at 4:19 am

      I have a thick skin. I just dont need people unnecessarily being catty 

    • MountainRain

      March 9, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      +Gabrielle Capes like I said, I might be being catty, but it’s for good reason. I can see right through what you were trying to do by saying that to her.

    • Gabrielle Capes

      March 9, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Im not trying to “get rid of the competition”…. I don’t model for a living, I’m studying at university and modelling on the side. In Australia, many modelling agencies have on their website a minimum height. That is what my comment was initially based off….

    • MountainRain

      March 9, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      +Gabrielle Capes Then you shouldn’t assume that’s how it is for all modeling agencies. Here in America, someone might tell you that you are too short, but if you keep pushing to prove yourself, they will take you anyway. It all comes down to talent, and surprisingly enough, not appearance. 

    • qt

      September 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      +Americashley ARE YOU SERIOUS?????? OMFG

  9. Amelia Litke

    February 8, 2016 at 4:53 am

    For everyone asking under the age of 15…. The minimum height of most models is 5″10 and the shortest is around 5″7 or 5″8 but if you’re under 16 you’re still growing so don’t worry.

    • Queen H

      August 2, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Amelia Litke I am 1.70cm… and I am 16

    • MarMar LikesBunnies

      August 22, 2017 at 6:43 am

      Amelia Litke women grow until 18 what do you mean

    • MarMar LikesBunnies

      August 22, 2017 at 6:44 am

      I’m 13 and 5’6 I’m hoping I grow more.

    • ItsAimee

      September 29, 2017 at 2:52 am

      Im 15 and 5’7 i wanna be like 5’8 – 5’10 so i hopefully I still grow

    • Isobella 67

      October 6, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      I just turned 15 and I’m 6″0 I tried signing up for an agency when I was 14 but they said to wait until i was 16 because I’m too tall for the child category or something

  10. KK

    March 16, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    My goal in life is to become a vs model the only thing that’s really gonna stop me is my feet problems with turning inwards

    • Son of Everything DC & Marvel

      May 14, 2016 at 10:33 am

      +adorabletoothless tip: do ankle mobility exercises. It will improve how much you can rotate your ankles. I’m a dude btw and I know this from training in the gym 😉

    • MJBigpac4ever

      September 6, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      KK No way that’ll stop you!

  11. Lara Maria

    March 23, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I’m 14yo and 181cm. I’ve been trying to practise catwalking and I always do some poses in mirror and practise different faces. Dreaming of model job!

    • Monica ZZZ

      March 2, 2017 at 5:31 am

      Lara Maria you are so tall u will be a GREAT model

  12. TypicalQt

    April 28, 2016 at 7:03 am

    They have runway models for short people. so don’t worry if your short (like me) just have to find a good agency to put you out there for things like that.

    • DJaria Thomas

      June 23, 2017 at 3:26 am

      TypicalQt I’m 16 & I’m 5’3

    • Trinity V

      July 5, 2017 at 4:52 am

      I’m 12 and 5’3

    • loyalty brown

      July 6, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      TypicalQt yaaaasss because karrueche Tran is kinda short

    • MarMar LikesBunnies

      August 22, 2017 at 6:41 am

      TypicalQt but most of the high end ones are for taller people

  13. Aaliyah Monét

    July 30, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    nah. I’m like 5″1 or something and I’m really short and I’m already signing with the youngagency in arizona. and I already know I won’t get taller been this height since 10….

    • kay angelica

      September 4, 2016 at 7:03 am

      I relate to y’all so hard

    • Yosei uwu

      September 11, 2016 at 2:55 am


    • flauntjdb

      November 13, 2016 at 5:03 am

      same im 14 and ive been like 5’0 for a couples years now

    • Euphoria 1243

      February 2, 2017 at 11:02 am

      flauntjdb me too :’)

  14. Cancer Squad

    August 15, 2016 at 1:29 am

    People say I should be a model but I don’t think its my cup of tea but I’m 15, 5’4 or 5’5 I calculated my parents heights together so when I’m done growing I should be 5’6 or 5’7. I am 96 pounds. I wear glasses. i don’t think I should be a model cause I will be honest I’m not the prettiest peach in the patch :/

    • Jasmine Babees

      December 17, 2016 at 5:34 am

      Cancer Squad how did you calculate their height ? I wanna be a model but I’m barely 14 , and I’m 5’3 or 5’4

    • Music world

      December 29, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Cancer Squad People say I should be a model too. I’m like 12 and I am 5’2 . I love modeling too btw . I’m really into it .

    • Saharas Vlogs

      January 5, 2017 at 1:44 am

      you should! lots of people have told me i should be a model i am 15 and i am 5’9 weighting 88 pounds and i look geeky wearing glasses and stuff you shouldn’t let your self esteem bring you down! 😉

    • hannah jeon

      June 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      being a model is not about having pretty face, it’s about confident and potential. 🙂

    • MarMar LikesBunnies

      August 22, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Cancer Squad well you’re really skinny

  15. Yosei uwu

    September 11, 2016 at 2:54 am

    18, 164cm. maybe short for westerns but considered tall in my country :^) pray for me to be a model

    • Tomboy

      October 4, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Yosei san Whats your country??

    • arianarenee msp

      January 7, 2017 at 1:05 am

      Yosei san I pray 4 u :’)

    • Meriem Gr

      February 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm


    • Soup

      November 2, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      14,174 cm

  16. Xela 얃ᄂ

    November 12, 2016 at 4:07 am

    I actually want to be a model. I’m 5’5 and 13. people say my adult height may be 5’9 or 5’10, but i feel like if i walk i will fall and honestly i ain’t good looking……😕

    • Xcool girl StyleX

      November 27, 2016 at 1:09 am

      Xela’s endangeredxsoul OMG same!! But I’m 14 and 5’6 and I calculated my height my final height will 5’9 so I’m really praying for it cuz I wanna be a runway model too

    • Xela 얃ᄂ

      November 27, 2016 at 6:02 am

      oooohhh we might see each other in the future 💩

  17. Tinnah

    November 30, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    am 19, 5′ 8″
    54 KGS
    do u think I can be a model

    • Rosinette Flezinord

      December 10, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      @Tinnah You can be a model there are a lot of models who are 5’8 and they are runway model, like Sara Sampaio.

  18. Preity Jhamnani

    December 18, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    So we have people here grumbling their weight and height and stuff, telling that they wanna become models. Be happy with what you have, there are many who’d like to be like you.

  19. Lily Espinoza

    December 30, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    They asked me if I was interested in being a model or actress I’m 13 next month (January) and I need help with the walking

    • Tohru Honda

      January 13, 2017 at 3:52 am

      Lily Espinoza WHO???! I want to be an actress or model 🙁

    • MarMar LikesBunnies

      August 22, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Tohru Honda yeah who asked you

  20. phan trash

    January 22, 2017 at 9:05 am

    can anybody recommended any good and reliable modeling agencies in the UK?

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