What it’s like to be a foot model

Matilde Hubert, 25, is a professional foot model
You might not know Matilde Hubert, but you’ve probably seen her feet.

Matilde, 25, is a model who specialises in body parts modelling – meaning that along with doing the usual fashion and beauty modelling, she also poses with just her feet and hands for particular brands.

Her job has seen her feet appear in ads for high fashion shoe brands, skincare campaigns, and advertising snazzy tights.

She got into foot modelling by chance, having done typical modelling jobs while she was a student.

‘I started to do modelling for fun with some friends who did photography studies,’ Matilde, who lives in Paris, said. ‘Step by step, I started to do some small modelling jobs.

‘During this time, some professionals noticed that my hands, feet, body, and skin were perfect for close-up shots, so they advised me to specialise in body parts modelling.’

She started out doing general modelling work but was told to specialise in body parts

Heeding that advice, Matilde focused her specialism, got signed by an agency, and has now been a full-time body parts model for the last three years.

She mostly does work for shoe brands, but the model’s feet have also appeared in shoots for cosmetic brands and in fashion magazines for accessories-themed stories.

When your feet are your brand, it’s essential to take good care of them – and so Matilde has an extensive routine for looking after her feet and ensuring they look great in every photo.

For the last three years Matilde has modelled for major shoe brands, high-fashion labels, skincare brands, and magazines

‘I take good care of my work instruments,’ she says. ‘I moisturise my hands and foot every night and I go to the beauty salon two times a month for my feet care.

‘I avoid putting shoes that can hurt me. I will wear sneakers almost every day.’

On the day before a photoshoot, Matilde will give her feet extra TLC.

She explains: ‘The preparation is important. I normally have a manicurist on set who will shape my nails, put the nail polish, and bring some care to my feet.

‘If there is no manicurist on set, I am asked to do a pedicure in a beauty salon the day before, generally with a natural nail polish on it.

‘Moisturising is the key, so basically I will enjoy a complete foot massage to make the skin ready and circulate blood. Poor blood circulation and red feet, especially when the temperatures are high or very low, will be your worst enemy.

‘If makeup is required that will be a body foundation and concealer when a small injury has to be covered for instance.’

Matilde sings the praises of working as a foot model and urges anyone who’s keen to give it a go – but warns that there are usually strict requirements.

‘Foot modelling can be really lucrative and super fun,’ she says. ‘My last foot job was the last campaign of Gina Shoes in Los Angeles at the end of last year (what an adventure).

‘Generally, foot models are body parts models and don’t do only foot photoshoots.

‘But not all parts models can be foot models because you specifically need to have a small foot (four is the best size).’

That’s us out of the running, then.