Plus size modeling seems to be getting a lot of attention these days. With the signing of Tess Holliday, size 22, by MiLk Model Management and the recent announcement that Sports Illustrated will have Robyn Lawley on the cover of their illustrious Swimsuit Issue, size 12. Not to mention the full page add that has been taken out, within the aforementioned issue, by SwimsuitsForAll featuring the gorgeous Ashley Graham. It would seem that the industry is starting to turn, and for the better. An industry that was so long focused on the tall, super skinny seems to be turning to the more natural shapely form of the female body and the sex appeal that it has.
So What Are Agencies Looking For With Plus Size Models?
Typically agencies are looking for models that range in size anywhere from size 10/12 to 14/16 and range in height anywhere from 5’7” to 6’0”. While all this is merely ideal there have been many that have gone outside of these guidelines to become successful (i.e. Tess Holliday, size 22). Most importantly you must have good skin, teeth, and nails, which is required in any sort of modeling. It is also important to note that you should have little to no tattoos/piercings and your hair should be natural and healthy.
So Where Do You Begin?
First-off you will need to get some photos done, including a headshot and full body shot for your portfolio. This does not mean that you have your two “besties” do up your hair and make-up and take few pics of you with their iPhone. This is you opportunity to have these things done professionally and to demonstrate you professionalism to the people that you are submitting yourself to. Social media is another way of getting yourself out there. It is important to get on and “like” and “follow” as many people in the industry as possible. Along with doing this do note that these people will now be able to view you, so it is paramount that you maintain a positive attitude and image. Negativism is a huge turn off to everyone in the industry.
The plus modeling movement is certainly gaining steam and the room for growth seems to be gaining on a nearly daily basis. Really it’s about time that females in this country are no longer subjected to Barbie mold that has been the standard for so long. An unrealistic standard that has hung like a black cloud over the American social structure since the 1960’s. This is the first wave of a new rising tide of women that are proud of their bodies and won’t be stifled by the social norm anymore. And hats off to them for that are truly beautiful.
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