Whether you’re a stylist, makeup artist, fashion photographer, or model, a professional website will help you stand out to clients and collaborators. If you’re a model working freelance or looking to attract agency attention, a well-designed modeling portfolio that shows off your best looks can really advance your career. No matter what kind of modeling experience you have, selecting images that highlight your strengths proves that you’re serious about your modeling career.
These modeling portfolios are guaranteed to give you some inspiration when designing your own professional website. Working all over the world, these models have created stunning online portfolios that reflect their unique looks—from alternative and quirky to polished and modern.
Keep scrolling to get inspired by modelling portfolio examples that caught the eye of prominent publications like i-D and Paper, plus campaigns for American Apparel (RIP) and Kanye West’s Adidas Originals collection.
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Jessie Andrews is hard to define. She got her start in adult film, but she’s now been featured in fashion mags like Dazed, i-D, and Paper, appeared in a slew of American Apparel ads. In addition to killing it as a model, Andrews also shoots photos, mixes tunes, and runs her own jewelry line, Bagatiba (the Kardashians are fans).
Based in Paris, Matilde Simone has done a variety of modelling work, from a detail-oriented shoot with Wallpaper magazine to more conventional commercial and editorial shoots. Simone utilizes a blog page on her modelling portfolio to share updates on her work.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Braina Laviena is a talented photographer as well as a model who boasts some pretty enviable work experience. The LA-based creative is best known for her work with Kanye West. She was the face of Kanye’s first Adidas Originals collection, and walked in Yeezy season three as well.
Working out of San Francisco and Los Angeles, Shai'La Yvonne is a DJ and model. She uses a vertically scrolling grid to display her modelling work in easy to navigate categories like Fitness and Beauty, demonstrating the versatility of her look.
Based in Paris, Blueregard has been modelling since 2011. With her septum piercing and close to full sleeves of tattoos, she describes herself as an “alternative model.” Adding to her unconventional vibe, she tends to work with a selection of indie photographers and retailers rather than big fashion houses or brands.
Counting Dolce & Gabbana among his fashion credits, model Ryu Usuda is represented by agencies in Milan and Tokyo. He uses a simple horizontal theme to show off a small selection of his strongest work.
As a freelance model in her native Brookyln, Lorelei Black works with brands, photographers, and fine artists, usually while rocking incredible natural hair looks. She displays images one at a time to put the viewer’s full attention on each one.
In addition to runway work and acting, Sierra McKenzie has appeared in magazines like Vogue Italia and GQ Italia. Based out of Seattle, she works full time as a freelance model. McKenzie uses a minimal, horizontal theme to show off her modelling portfolio.
Based between Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Tellì specializes in beauty and editorial modelling. She’s added a candid gallery to display some of her everyday looks and unique style. Tellì uses a grid theme to display a variety of photoshoots, adding text captions to images to give credit to photographers and makeup artists involved.
Model Chloe Pasquini uses a clean grid theme to display her portfolio. Links to her bio, contact info, and social media sites stand out at the top right as easily clickable but not a distraction from her work.
The Madagascar born and Bali based model Hasina showcases a fun and classy portfolio with a mix of editorial and fine art style photos. Signed with Bali Starz, Hasina is part of an agency that brings top talent and high-quality A-Z production to their clients.
Using a simple side-scrolling gallery theme, Hasina shows off her work beautifully. She also includes her model stats on a separate page to make sure that any prospective client knows right away if she might be right for their project.
French model Estelle shows off her versatile portfolio with experience in lookbooks, fashion, editorial and agency work. Estelle’s portfolio has a lot of consistency despite the use of different styles of modeling and photography. One of the key elements to the consistency in her portfolio is a filmic and vintage look to a lot of her photos.
Caitlin Koko Currently residing in Tokyo, Vogue published model Caitlin Koko’s portfolio is perfectly curated with sets of two image pairings from different photoshoots. This consistency in her portfolio, with the obvious stunning imagery, makes her portfolio a great inspiration.
Anzie Dasabe is a New York-based freelance model, writer, and illustrator who has been featured in publications such as Teen Vogue, Made, Milk, Refinery 29, and the NY Times.
Her editorial portfolio is laid out in an “Instagram” style gallery that’s easy to browse and get a good idea of the depth of her work at first glance. Diving deeper into each photo you can see she credits all of the photographers she’s worked with on all of the different projects she displays in her model portfolio.
This article was originally published March 20th, 2017, and updated on October 18, 2019.