I'm new here and wanted to approach some local models to put on shirts and sell. What would the rate for something like that be? Would that be a model rate only? Or more because I'm placing her likeness on a shirt?
I keep thinking a rate of $1,000 might be alot for her modeling rate and using it on a shirt to sell.
Don't know where "local" is for you and that is a factor to consider. For example, if you were in Los Angeles or Miami the rate would be higher than somewhere less competitive.
At any rate $1,000 may be way more than you need to pay. Lots of newer models are willing to do TFP or TF/CD (Time for prints or CD). Essentially that method is free.
In my opinion the largest hurdle is finding an excellent photographer to work with. Great photogs have a great base of models to work with and models actively seek them out because they want the best images in their portfolio.
I could probably help you locate a pretty good model and photog depending on where you are located and what you want to accomplish. And, it might not cost you very much.
I have plenty of experience in the field of models.
What type of images are you planning for your shirts (glamor, pin-up, etc)?