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Learn how the Models.com database works, how to get a database page, how to upload work and more.

How does the database work?

The Models.com database is a collaborative portfolio site dedicated to promoting the discovery of new talent in the fashion industry. Work is uploaded by creative agencies and individuals around the world who then tag the respective artists and models in the credits.

Database pages that represent artists and clients are made by the models.com staff based on their career accomplishments, longevity and influence in the fashion community.

I signed up for a membership, why am I not in the database?

You might have noticed that registering for a membership does not create you a page in the MDC database. Artist, model and client pages are made on an invite-only basis by the models.com staff based off their career accomplishments, longevity and influence in the fashion community.

If you are represented by a listed modeling or artist agency, please have your agent reach out to support@models.com to inquire about making you a page.

If you are not represented by an agency, but work with a variety of the high-caliber brands found on models.com, you can apply for a MDC page here after registering for a membership. The response time to this form is usually 5-10 business days.

How can I have my own page as an artist in the MDC database?

If you are represented by an agency that is listed on our site, simply have your agency reach out to us and we can create a page to represent your work. Look for your agency here: https://models.com/agencies/

Otherwise, to be included in our database you must have worked multiple times with established clients that are in our database.

To submit for a profile, please send us an email at database@models.com or fill out our application after registering for a membership here. Include links to your work on models.com and other client websites.
We typically require 7+ links to work in our database with high-caliber clients.

When sending your submission use this format as an example:
Name: John Smith
Agencies: List of agencies if applicable
Work on Models.com:
www.models.com/linktoyourwork
www.models.com/linktoyourwork
www.models.com/linktoyourwork 4… etc

Remember, it is in fact difficult to meet our requirements for a database page. Our team asks for your patience as we expand our community while still providing a quality and accurate resource for the industry.

How can I contribute to the database by adding missing work?

To upload you need to be registered, and your account will need to be approved for uploading (you can request upload privileges in our short on-boarding application after registering).

To start uploading content to your Models.com page, we will need to verify your identity first. To do this, you can:
– if you are already a member: connect your Models.com account to your same Instagram or Twitter account listed on your models.com page
– if you are not yet a member: register using your Instagram or Twitter account that is the same as the one listed on your Models.com page
– or email us at support@models.com after registering with your email

How can I add a profile picture to my MDC page?

If you are in our database as an artist or model, there is a chance that your page is missing a profile picture.

If you are logged into models.com/account with a membership that has database access you can click CHANGE PROFILE PICTURE on your personal MDC page.

When uploading a profile picture yourself, please note that the image goes uncredited. Only upload an image that you own the rights to and that can go without photographer credit.

If you have database access and a MDC page but do not have the ability to add a profile picture, email support@models.com for assistance.

How do I tag myself in a work that is already in the database?

Tagging yourself (or the artist you represent) in a work that has already been uploaded by another user adds that job to your MDC page’s timeline.

First make sure you are registered & logged in, and that your account is linked to a Models.com profile page, client page or agency.

1. Navigate directly to the work you want to tag yourself in.
2. Click EDIT THIS WORK in the upper right hand corner.
3. Click EDIT above the crew credits
4. Type your name in the prompt
5. Click done and tag yourself in the pictures you specifically worked on.

Click SUBMIT TO MODELS.COM or Save.

If you do not see EDIT THIS WORK, it is because your models.com/account membership does not have access to edit the database, or you are not signed in.

What are some precautions I should take when uploading new work?

When uploading new work, take the following into consideration:

1. Double check to make sure the editorial/cover/ad you are adding does not already exist in the database – maybe you or your artist/model you represent is not credited on it. If you upload a duplicate entry, the work will appear multiple times on everyone who is credited’s page. Use the search bar to navigate to the client or photographer’s page to see if it already is published. Our staff will suspend your uploading privileges if multiple duplicates are added by your account.
2. Only credit models/artists that are in our database. If the photographer is not in our database, it is important to add their name to the TITLE of the database entry. (ie: “Title by Photographer”)
3. Magazine covers and editorials should be added to the database as separate entries and categorized as such. Covers that are a part of a multi-cover issue should be uploaded to a single database entry. See this entry as an example.
4. When adding a lookbook, please date the work based on the ‘Month, Year’ the images were published, not the season of the clothes. Include the season in the title.

How do I use badges to link to my MDC page?

Just like you might link to your Instagram, Facebook or Weibo from your personal site, you can link to your Models.com page by embedding a badge below:


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How can I hide a work from my MDC page?

First, make sure you are signed into models.com/account with a membership that has database access. After navigating to your personal MDC page, you can click HIDE next to the works you wish to no longer show on your page.

This does not remove your credit from the work completely, it only removes the work from your MDC page. If you accidentally hid a work and want it back, click the HIDDEN tab on your Models.com Page, then UNHIDE. You are the only user that can see this hidden tab when signed into models.com/account.

How do I upload an editorial?

To upload you need to be registered, and your account will need to be approved for uploading (you can request upload privileges in our short on-boarding application after registering).

1. Click the upload icon on your account dashboard (the button will only appear if you have upload privileges)

2. Start typing the name of the magazine or website in which the editorial was published. Choose the correct client.

3. Enter the basic information including the publish date, the title of the editorial (if there is no title, choose a logical name like “Model Name by Photographer’s Name”), and a link to another site where the images can be found (optional).

4. Next, you will be prompted to add crew credits for the shoot. To avoid duplicates being uploaded by other artists or agents, please credit everyone you can, especially the photographer. If the photographer is not in our database, please add their name to the TITLE of the work (ie. “Title by Photographer Name”)

5. Click ADD IMAGES and select one or more files from your computer. Images must be under 5MB. Click UPLOAD ALL IMAGES.

6. Once uploaded, you can tag specific artists and models in each different picture if needed. You can also click and drag these images to rearrange them to match their original order of publication.

7. Click Submit to Models.com or Publish

Please note: Magazine covers are uploaded separately from editorials. If the editorial is a cover story, please add the actual cover separately and catagorize it as such.

How do I upload magazine covers?

To upload you need to be registered, and your account will need to be approved for uploading (you can request upload privileges in our short on-boarding application after registering).

Special Note: All covers that are part of a multi-cover issue should be added to the same database entry. For an example, see here. Double check to make sure the cover doesn’t already exist in the database – maybe you or your artist/model are not yet credited on it.

1. Click the upload icon on your account dashboard (the button will only appear if you have upload privileges)

2. Start typing the name of the magazine the cover is for. If the name of the magazine does not appear, you may upload under the client “Various Covers” but you must include the publication’s name in the TITLE field later.

3. Enter the basic information including the publish date, the title (All covers follow the naming scheme: “[Magazine Name] [ISSUE/SEASON] Cover(s)”), and a link to another site where the images can be found (optional).

4. Next, you will be prompted to add crew credits for the shoot. To avoid duplicates being uploaded by other artists or agents, please credit everyone you can, especially the photographer. If the photographer is not in our database, please add their name to the TITLE of the work (ie. “Title by Photographer Name”)

5. Click ADD IMAGES and select one or more files from your computer. Images must be under 5MB. Click UPLOAD ALL IMAGES. Please note: the cover story should be uploaded separately from the cover and categorized as Editorial.

6. Once uploaded, you can tag specific artists and models in each different picture if needed. You can also click and drag these images to rearrange them to match their original order of publication.

7. Click Submit to Models.com or Publish

Please note: Magazine covers are uploaded separately from editorials. If the editorial is a cover story, please add the actual cover separately and catagorize it as such.

How do I upload an advertising campaign?

To upload you need to be registered, and your account will need to be approved for uploading (you can request upload privileges in our short on-boarding application after registering).

Before you begin, please make sure the campaign does not already exist in the database. Use the search bar to navigate to the client or photographer’s page and look for the campaign there. It is possible you or the artist you represent are simply not credited yet.

1. Click the upload icon on your account dashboard (the button will only appear if you have upload privileges)

2. Start typing the name of the client for which the campaign is for. If the name of the brand does not appear, you may upload under the client “Various Campaigns” but you must include the brand’s name in the TITLE field later.

3. Enter the basic information including the publish date (month the images were published), the title (typically, titles use the naming scheme “[Brand Name] [Season]” see other campaigns as examples), and a link to another site where the images can be found (optional).

4. Next, you will be prompted to add crew credits for the shoot. To avoid duplicates being uploaded by other artists or agents, please credit everyone you can, especially the photographer. If the photographer is not in our database, please add their name to the TITLE of the work (ie. “Title by Photographer Name”)

5. Click ADD IMAGES and select one or more files from your computer. Images must be under 5MB. Click UPLOAD ALL IMAGES.

6. Once uploaded, you can tag specific artists and models in each different picture if needed. You can also click and drag these images to rearrange them to match their original order of campign. (You will only be able to rearrange photos if you were the original uploader of the work.)

7. Click Submit to Models.com or Publish

How do I upload a lookbook?

To upload you need to be registered, and your account will need to be approved for uploading (you can request upload privileges in our short on-boarding application after registering).

Please note: When adding a lookbook, the PUBLISH DATE should be set to the month that the lookbook was published, not the season of the clothes. See this entry as an example.

1. Click the upload icon on your account dashboard (the button will only appear if you have upload privileges)

2. Start typing the name of the brand for which the lookbook or catalog is for. If the name of the brand does not appear, you may upload under the client “Various Lookbooks” but you must include the brand’s name in the TITLE field later.

3. Enter the basic information including the publish date (month the images were published), the title (typically, titles use the naming scheme “[Brand Name] [Season]” see other campaigns as examples), change the category to Lookbook/Catalog and add a link to another site where the images can be found (optional).

4. Next, you will be prompted to add crew credits for the shoot. To avoid duplicates being uploaded by other artists or agents, please credit everyone you can, especially the photographer. If the photographer is not in our database, please add their name to the TITLE of the work (ie. “Title by Photographer Name”)

5. Click ADD IMAGES and select one or more files from your computer. Each image must be under 5MB. Click UPLOAD ALL IMAGES.

6. Once uploaded, you can tag specific artists and models in each different picture if needed. You can also click and drag these images to rearrange them to match their original order of publication.

7. Click Submit to Models.com or Publish

Why is there work without images on my MDC page?

On your MDC page, you may notice some entries that are missing images. These works are typically added by our staff or others, but you are welcome to add the accompanying imagery to them if you have database access and the rights to do so.

Our staff strictly does not upload images to the database for copyright reasons.

What happens if I add false credits?

Credit where credit’s due.

The Models.com database is a cooperative system that relies on its community of users to report accurate credits.
We consider it our mission to give everyone who works in the industry credit for work they have done, and the control over the appearance of these credits.
In order to protect the integrity and accuracy of credits on the site it is Models.com’s policy that any repeated abuse of the credit system, including claiming fake or inaccurate credits may result in a temporary or permanent ban from the MDC Community.

A banned member will no longer be able to claim credits or control their own credits on their Models.com page themselves, and in some cases might have their Models.com page completely removed.