10 Jaw-Dropping Model Portfolio Examples for Your Inspiration
So, you wanna be on top? Every model aspires to stand out in this cut-throat industry: to be America’s Next Top Model, featured in Vogue Magazine, or to simply just make a living. As a model, you know that visual presentation means everything. It’s more than just how you look, but how every aspect of your brand looks – and that includes your professional model portfolio website.
Your online portfolio is an essential tool for finding work, and therefore it should do all the talking for you. It needs to stand out so the world knows who the fiercest model of them all is. Whether you’re searching for some inspiration to add some zest into your existing portfolio or looking to create a website from scratch, you’ve come to the right show. Here are 10 beautiful model portfolio examples that mastered the art of visual presentation:
Here’s a model that needs no introduction. Maybe you’ve seen this beauty in advertising campaigns for Dior, Louis Vuitton, or Adidas? Perhaps you’ve tuned in to her YouTube channel or heard of her coding bootcamps? Either way, at just 24 Karlie Kloss is already killing the game and taking names. As for her website, Karlie managed to use the right mix of images and videos, combined with minimal colors (black, white and gray) in order to keep the focus in the right places. Navigating through her site is easy thanks to how clean it is and how it clearly displays her projects, features in publications, and a social bar with links to all her social media networks. The final touch: her professional “K” logo placed neatly in the top left corner.
Pro Tip: If you're looking to create a modeling portfolio yourself, you can easily create a logo as ‘Klossy’ as hers in four simple steps with Wix Logo Maker. Be sure to also check out these portfolio website templates to help you get started.
Ever since she won her local beauty pageant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kristina fell deeply in love with the modeling industry. As you start to explore her website, you’ll soon experience those same emotions. Alongside her outstanding photos, Kristina includes every piece of information needed to land a modeling gig: her portfolio, videos, about section, Instagram and contact information. When looking through her site there’s a sense of effortlessness thanks to the use of parallax scrolling (which also happens to be a major web design trend). Also, she added numerous other animation effects. One of these is the strategic inclusion of a video series, giving viewers something else to look at beyond her beautiful photos. The other is a more subtle fading effect, which is noticeable when you hover your mouse over each menu item. These are examples of how the simplest additions can do wonders for your model portfolio website.
Pro Tip: Create dimension and layers on your site by adding parallax effects.
Hailing from Estonia, Kristjan is a model and marketing entrepreneur that doesn’t mess around. His simple one page website demands attention even if the content is minimal. His ‘About Me’ section draws your eyes into just this area where he cleverly added his physical features – a valuable decision in the male modeling world. Catering to different countries, Kristjan created a multilingual site where you can toggle between two languages in the top right corner. Lastly, as if his bold CTA didn’t draw you in enough, he cleverly added an elegant lightbox that contains a contact form.
Pro Tip: If you have an important message that you want to stand out, like ‘Book Me,’ make use of an eye-catching lightbox.
Who says you have to be grown up to model? Not this mighty 42 inch, 5-year-old kid. He’s already landed a role as Brand Ambassador for Phillip Ashley Chocolates, and one could say that partial credit goes toward his fresh model portfolio website. Kai Williams did an excellent job of personalizing a readymade website template in the most professional way. The use of teal and red colors evokes a sense of playfulness and joy – a completely age appropriate decision for him. Furthermore, he uses strips throughout his site to artfully break up his portfolio, contact form, and other website information. Lastly, if the large, adorable background image doesn’t make you want to hire him, we’re not sure what will!
Pro Tip: Use your time wisely by starting with a fully-customizable website template.
It’s evident that this model lives and and breaths the fashion and beauty biz. Summer’s portfolio website is a dazzling mix of professional and personal. Everything from the fun use of Vector Art to the playful background texture allows her personality to shine through. Yet, she keeps it business-focused by strategically placing her contact information in both the footer and rich menu bar, so you’ll never have a problem figuring out how to reach her. Likewise, she eminently places her name in the top left corner. The best part of it it all is that her blog is the most prominent feature, an interesting twist from the average model portfolio. Here she covers topics on everything surrounding the modeling industry: hair, beauty, travel, fashion, and the work itself.
Pro Tip: Create unique stories for your own images by adding a blog to your portfolio website.
At just 21-years-old, Jordan has already been a contestant of Australia’s Next Top Model and graced the pages of Vogue and many other publications. So many features make her website just simply gorgeous and versatile. Starting with her clean homepage, you automatically notice that she’s linked her Instagram Feed in the footer to connect her social worlds in one place. Added bonus: this allows her to automatically update her website every time she posts on the Gram. Then, the custom hamburger menu takes you to all the informational sections a model portfolio website could entail: ‘About Me,’ ‘Diary,’ ‘Portfolio,’ and ‘Contact.’ Let’s go through a few of these. For her portfolio, she used a gallery to beautifully organize her images. In the ‘Diary’ section, she shares insights on her personality, from her work to recipes and beauty rituals. Other features we love is her original ‘J’ signature in the ‘About Me’ page and her ‘Book Me’ button placed on her ‘contact page.’
Pro Tip: To combine the best social network for models and your model portfolio, link your Instagram Feed to your website.
If you’re looking for inspiration from a model portfolio website that mainly focuses on images, and images only, you’ve come to the right place. Aman does this beautifully. She takes you into a wonderland the moment you enter her welcome page with the breathtaking full background image displayed across the entire screen. Click on it to enter her portfolio gallery that is set up to revolve solely around the visuals of her modelling career. For the ultimate wow factor she only uses images of the highest quality. Her gallery is vivid and vibrant, making this a top example of how intricate patterns and loud colors can be displayed so effectively without looking ‘too busy.’ To balance out the content of her website, Aman uses a simple menu bar and incorporates her logo in the top left corner.
Pro Tip: Present your images in the most professional way with advanced image settings, social capabilities, and many different layout options via Wix Pro Gallery.
Who new simple and bold could be best friends? Luka’s model portfolio website did. We’re not just talking about the hot pink hair in her cover photo, but rather the combination of a clean and simple background with big, bold elements. The use of white space (the space between text and images) is one of the great components of an engaging website. That’s because it makes everything from her name, menu items, social buttons, and Instagram feed easy to spot. Combine this with the minimal, yet ‘out there’ text, allowing you to focus on what’s most important in a model portfolio: the images. Finally, she uses a slideshow to display her images in a gallery format. That’s one sure way to keep visitors captivated.
Pro Tip: Add a slide gallery to your website with images and videos for a subtle, yet captivating animation effect.
Kayla welcomes site visitors with an alluring image of her enchanting eyes. She’s one fierce, ambitious and focused model, which means plain jane just wasn’t going to cut it for her portfolio. Kayla went with a trend-worthy one page website as it does wonders for the information on her model portfolio. Here, she’s able to include a gallery, personal information, quotes, and more in one organized format. Furthermore, Kayla included an option to subscribe to emails, allowing visitors and scouters to stay up-to-date on her latest photo shoots and modeling gigs.
Pro Tip: To make sure you stay on everyone who matters’ radar, create email newsletters for your updates and include a visible subscribe button on your site.
On Cali-native, Caitlin’s model portfolio website, one might confuse her home page with the Starry Night. She utilizes a simple and charming background image combined with the most appropriate font choice to frame this masterpiece. Every page is met with a large amount of white space that allows the images to breathe and stand out beautifully on their own. Because of this, small elements like the simple and elegant graphic icon on the bottom of every page don’t go unnoticed. Utilizing a simply laid out menu, her portfolio is neatly categorized into genres to show the diversity of her work. An added touch to her site is the inclusion of publications that she’s been featured in – an excellent way to show off her accomplishments and build credibility (because we all know, this is one tough industry). The quote on the bottom of Caitlin’s homepage coincides with her only tattoo, leaving visitors with a lasting impression.
Pro Tip: Don’t fill up every inch of your website with text or images. Including white space is one promising feature of an engaging website.
By Jennifer Kaplan