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If you are an attractive human, you might be able to convince people to pay you to be photographed wearing expensive clothing and jewelry. If you are less attractive, you might need to resort to a career designing and maintaining complex simulation software. In either case, you will likely run across the words modeling and modelling. Do both of these words describe the same career? In truth, whether you are showing off designer apparel, predicting weather patterns on a computer, or even assembling miniature versions of vehicles and buildings, the words modeling and modelling might both apply, depending on where on earth you are doing these things.

In this post, I will compare modeling vs. modelling. I will use each of these words in at least one example sentence, so you can see them in context. Plus, I will show you a mnemonic device that will allow you to choose either modelling or modeling, depending on your audience.


The word modeling is a sub-word of model which originated in late 16th century (denoting a set of plans of a building): from French modelle, from Italian modello, from an alteration of Latin modulus (see modulus).

Modeling as noun:

The word modeling is used as a noun in English language where it means the work of a fashion model.

Have you ever thought of a career in modeling?

As a noun, modeling also means the activity of making three-dimensional models.

Lessons included life drawing and clay modeling.

The devising or use of abstract or mathematical models is also termed as modeling.

Macroeconomic modeling and policy analysis are the world’s toughest jobs.

Use of modeling:

The spellings modeling, with a single l, are the commonly used spellings in American English are seen in various American and Canadian publications. If your audience are American, be sure to use these spellings.

Modelling vs. Modeling


Modeled to look like railroad cars, Long Island’s vintage diners offer a nostalgic trip back to simpler times. [Newsday]

Dannielynn was only 5 months old when her mother who catapulted into the modeling world. [Us Magazine]

Princeton’s Sam Wang, another modeler, also called the election almost perfectly. [Washington Post]

Use of modelling:

Modelling, with two ls is the same word and has the same meaning. The variation in the spellings arose when America’s Noah Webster began the search for a distinctive language that would differentiate them from British. Otherwise, modeling are the original spellings and are commonly used in England and other English speaking countries.


As a consequence, financial products are modelled to take account of the differences. [Independent Online]

Two Kiwi analysts are heading to the United States where they will battle it out for the title of financial modelling world champion. [New Zealand Herald]

The team’s computer modeller … has reconstructed the tsunami. [Economist]

Modelling or modeling:

Modeling and modelling are alternate spellings of a word that refers to demonstrating or displaying something. It can be used as a verb or an adjective. Modeling is the American spelling. Modelling is the British spelling. You should use modeling with American audiences, and modelling with British audiences. Since modelling has an extra L, the letter at the beginning of the famous British city of London, it is not difficult to reserve modelling for use with British audiences.

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