Abercrombie and Fitch Quarterly Gave Big Break to College Students

Abercrombie modeling - as it was done in the world-famous Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly, required a natural, youthful look.

The photographer, Bruce Weber, chose many athletic college guys who had never modeled before. Inexperienced college guys who had athletic bodies had a good chance to be selected for Abercrombie modeling because the photographer preferred athletes versus professional male models.

The catalog paid a large amount of money per day to each young guy and provided prepaid airline tickets to photo shoots, which were usually held at parks and beaches four times a year.

Uninhibited Students Were Kept, Uptight Guys Sent Home

Abercrombie modeling shoots lasted five or six days. Each male model was guaranteed at least one day of paying work. Twenty models began the shoot on the first day, with the field narrowing each day until four or five uninhibited guys remained by the final day of the photo shoot. The five guys kept were the type of guys who would easily get naked at the drop of a hat. You can read our advice on how being uninhibited beats your competition and bring you success.

What Students Submitted

Students who wanted to be considered for Abercrombie modeling would submit Polaroids to a casting director. The casting director preferred Polaroids because they knew they would not be slick as professionally shot modeling photos.

They didn't care!

Candid photos, taken at home by friends or family, allowed more natural appeal to shine through. Abercrombie modeling was always based on natural appeal.

Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly ceased publication in December 2003. Abercrombie now publishes the "New Faces" catalog and offers Abercrombie TV through their website.

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