You’ve seen the super thin models on TV and maybe even attended a fashion show before. But, have you seen many plus size modeling shows lately?
Yes, there are some and a few media stations have done specials on the genre but this is still not quite the norm.
This piece covers the other way of modeling and I hope it will give you some inspiration if you are not quite in the Miranda Kerr or Lara Stone categories of high fashion.
A Story from a Female Plus Model
If you are not the traditional “thin” girl or guy don’t give up hope. Plus size models are out there walking the runway, modeling clothes, etc. so read this story to feel better about your possible career. Just like many others before me, I have struggled with my weight for most of my life.
Since I was a young child I have carried several extra pounds. I have had brief times in my life when I am close to the ideal weight for my height, but I always seem to put the weight back on with a few additional pounds.
Even though I am overweight I am active and exercise often. The most difficult part of my weight issue through the years is finding nice clothes that fit and are in style.
Plus Size Modeling – Then and Now
Our way of living and especially our view of what is beautiful is so diverse nowadays. In the past, modeling plus size fashion was not considered by magazines and it was not campaigned.
However, if we will review the Greek and Roman times as well as other cultures, plus size women are considered beautiful due to the curvy features that they have actually and the inner glow that they radiate.
If you dream of becoming a plus size model, then you now have a variety of avenues from which you can showcase your talents and make a statement in the network. Plus size modeling challenges the usual norms of the Western society on what beauty means.
By becoming a plus model, you become a part of that statement to modification and shift the consciousness of the world.
What you need to do
Just like traditional modeling there are additionally some rules and regulations when it comes to plus size models.
You need to research on the types of market areas that are there, the magazines that will appreciate fuller figure women and those who include in their readership different representations of women and their body types.
You additionally need to practice walking in heels because as a model you need to basically understand the demands of the ramp, learn the shapes, ensembles and colors that work ideal for your figure.
Here is an excerpt from a blog I read recently:
“Calvin Klein is facing online backlash over a new lingerie ad campaign featuring a plus-size model who is only a size 10 though New York Magazine reports that she’s closer to a size 8 . Generally plus sizes start at size 12.”
Are there any plus size modeling jobs available?
Yes. This part of the industry is flourishing more and more models who are plus size females. Many are receiving recognition in the major Fashion Week shows and all over the world in different venues.
Brand-new clothing brands are catering to the plus size woman and you can model their outfits, presenting brand new ways in which women can be proud of who they are – not dependent upon their measurements.
Getting started as a plus size model
You need to create your portfolio. You have actually to take pictures of your body in different angles and practice the types of shoots, understand the lighting and where your face and body will look its best.
You need to create different looks for the camera and to focus on areas of the body that you can model best.
In your book you need a full length body shot as well and make sure to get a good clear head shot.
Hire a professional
Get a good model portfolio photographer who can perform and work wonders of your pictures and produce good quality work. He or she should know what you’ll need and how your look works in photographs.
Agents for plus models
Remember that once they hire you, plus size modeling agencies expect a certain weight requirement from you. If you decide to lose weight, you need to inform them regarding this decision because they are additionally setting up standards on what modeling plus size is acceptable.
Who Says Fashion Models Can’t Be Plus Size Anyhow?
In recent years the fashion model network has made some progress in improving the quality of the plus size clothes. Recently more catalogs and clothing advertisements have started using plus size models in displaying the clothing.
This is very helpful to see how the clothing items looks on someone with a bigger frame. It has always bothered me when the thin models were used to display the larger size clothing. I seemed that the clothing looked sloppy and unattractive. Seeing the plus size models posing with confidence and poise helps those of us that are heavy to feel more acceptable.
Why Has The Fashion Industry Neglected Plus Size Modeling?
With the high number of overweight people you would think the fashion industry would do more to creating affordable clothing for us. Many discount stores have larger sizes, but the material used is usually a synthetic blend and the styles do not match those available in the smaller sizes.
For some reason large print and loud colors are featured in plus size clothing. The fabric and colors are not flattery on anyone no matter what their size.
I was impressed when two stores in the mall that feature larger size clothing, were represented in the mall fashion show.
The plus size female models that wore the outfits in the show looked very nice and featured as often as the skinny models. Their hair and makeup were done well and the fashion was very trendy.
These larger sized models are good for young overweight girls to see. Having been there myself, I know it is difficult to feel good about yourself and your size when so much of our society puts such an emphasis on being thin.
Larger Sizes On The Runway And Self Esteem
I believe that seeing the plus size models on the runway and in magazines help these girls accept that not everyone is designed to be tall and skinny.
It also helps them realize that they can do and be anything that they want to in their lives.
They do not have to think that they cannot have accomplishments because they are overweight.
Shouldn’t Big Girls Enjoy Fashion Clothes Too?
Plus size fashion still has a ways to go regarding variety and style, but it seems like each year there are more items to choose from and that the fashion industry is catering more to those of us that have curves and a little extra flesh.
So, if you are aspiring to become a plus size model the opportunities, no matter how small, are out there.
You might just have to dig a little deeper to find them. The final thought is not to give up on your dream of working in the modeling industry. If the fashion people will just see the advantage of hiring plus size models to wear their designs and, put some clothes out there worth modeling, you’re in business!
Can you do it?
This career in plus size modeling is no different than any other. It takes talent, imagination and a good work ethic to succeed. Always be confident. Be proud of your body and use art to express and interpret the glamorous side that is in you.
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