Fashion Show Model Applications

FanimeCon Fashion Show 2023 Model Application: Click here for the application.

Opens: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Deadline to apply: Friday, March 31, 2023

Thank you for your interest in participating as a fashion show model! We will be hosting two fashion shows, Elegant and Pop!, that showcase a variety of J-Fashion styles. Please familiarize yourself with this FAQ and feel free to reach out to us at with any questions.

About the fashion shows:

This year, we are presenting two Japanese street fashion shows – Pop! and Elegant

Our Elegant Fashion Show is most suitable for those who design styles that can be described as EGL, ouji, otome, natural kei, mori girl, etc.

Our Pop! Fashion Show is most suitable for those whose styles can be described as fairy kei, decora, menhera, gyaru, etc.

Who is eligible to apply as a fashion show model?

We are looking for a variety of J-Fashion models of all sizes and genders! Models must have proof of full vaccination per San Jose city mandates and FanimeCon guidelines, and be 18 or older at the time of the fashion show. Please indicate on the application form if you require any special accommodations, and we will try to meet your needs to the best of our abilities.

How are models chosen?

Models are chosen by participating brands on a first-come, first-served basis. The FanimeCon J-Fashion Department does not guarantee that all applicants will be chosen, or which models will be selected by which brands.

Can I choose which brand I want to model for?

Models may indicate their brand preferences, but there is no guarantee of modeling for your preferred brand. 

Can I participate in both fashion shows?

Yes, the fashion shows are on different days, so you may apply to participate in both.

Will I receive a convention badge if I am selected as a model?

All models are required to purchase convention badges for the days they are modeling and may apply for full weekend badge reimbursement once they have fulfilled their model duties. Confirmed models will be provided with a link to submit their reimbursement requests.

Will I be paid for modeling?

Modeling for the FanimeCon Fashion Shows is a volunteer position and we do not offer any monetary compensation for participating.

Will I be asked to provide my own clothing or accessories?

Models may be asked to bring accessories, legwear, petticoats, or wigs, depending on the brand that they model for.

Will I need to prepare my own hair and makeup?

As a COVID-19 precaution, we are limiting the number of people in the dressing rooms and will not have additional staff for hair and makeup. Designers may expect models to style themselves to match the designer’s runway collection, and will give instructions in advance if this is the case.

What kind of time commitment can I expect?

Models should expect to be available four hours before each fashion show. The prep time allows for models to get styled and dressed, receive walking instructions and practice their walk, and have their photos taken.

What kind of COVID-19 precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of models?

Models will be asked to wear masks as much as possible while getting ready in the dressing rooms, and will be masked on-stage. We will be limiting the number of models in each show in order to not overcrowd the dressing rooms, and models will be asked to social distance when possible. However, due to the potential close-contact nature of fashion shows, we must ask that anyone who does not feel safe in close proximity to others not apply this year.

As a reminder, all models must provide proof of full vaccination at badge pick-up and comply with all FanimeCon COVID-19 protocols.

If I can no longer participate in the fashion show, what should I do?

If you are no longer able to commit to participating in the fashion show, please email us at We understand that sometimes there are last-minute circumstances (sickness, car accidents, etc) that may prevent you from modeling – please contact us ASAP if this is the case.

What if I am not selected as a model initially?

Applicants may choose to opt-in to a wait list of backup models that will be contacted in the case of any model dropouts.

Fashion Show Times

Elegant Fashion Show: Saturday, May 27, 2023, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pop! Fashion Show: Sunday, May 28, 2023, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

If you have any further questions, please contact us at