How To Work Your Curves Into Plus Size Modelling


Posted by Wilson Moore Updated 24 June, 2020.

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There are different types of models in the modelling world.

Some of them are plus size or curvy models, petite models, child or senior models.

And you can divide models into male and female.

Introduction To The Plus-Size Model Industry

As you have noticed, more brands are using plus-size models in their campaigns because most people, especially women, are way above the standard sizes called for by the modelling industry.

Most people don't look like what the fashion industry considers ideal models.

It has become unfashionable to see mainly thin models helping brands sell their products or services on catalogs, magazines, online stores, and in advertising.

However, what is common in modelling today is the fuller figure or plus-size model.

That's in keeping with the reality of how the women and men who buy the products or services look like.



The Fashion Industry Has A Plus-Size Problem

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Why do I mean when I say that that the plus-size model industry has a plus-size problem?

Being a plus-size model is like being the purple cow in a crowd of white cows.

It is not pretty in the fashion industry, especially if you consider how the global modelling trends stand solidly behind slim, tall white models.

However, when you consider the social media sphere that is much more inclusive, and where being your authentic self is golden, you're all in.

Having said that:

You already know that the views and consistent thin models campaigns do not reflect the lifestyle of most people.

The global mainstream modelling industry is not friendly to curvy or big-boned models.

They encourage and promote thin, tall, attractive white models. That's the way it has been.

Without consulting the rest of the world, a small group of modelling enthusiasts define for the rest of us what a perfect model should look like.

Did they ask you?

Did you get the memo?

The mainstream fashion industry is very strict about a model's statistics and they look for perfect models.

However, for most mainstream modelling agencies, curvy models are not considered perfect.

The result is that modelling agents are looking for curvy models they also want models with cellulite-free, perfect skin, tall with no belly.

As we zero on in on the fashion industry, plus-size models are smaller than other areas of the fashion industry.

That's because the mainstream modelling agencies brand the perfect model as a slim and tall woman, no matter her race or background.

For instance, we haven’t yet seen a Victoria’s Secret plus-size model.

There are a lot of challenges that the plus size women face because most outfits are not designed for them.

It is not easy to fit into a stylish outfit that the fashion world, considers stylish.

Women who wear a size 0-10 can walk into nearly any store and find clothing options that fit.

And if you're a size 12 and up, you're left out of some brands.

And if a brand carries your size, you're left with options more limited than 0-10.
A plus-size model can’t just pop into any fashion department store and buy off the rack.

She has to spend time online, looking for pieces and pay extra money for shipping.

And that's not all, she has to carefully study measurements to find outfits non-plus models can buy with ease.

It’s easy to be fashionable when you’re thin.

However, the plus-size models are the fastest-growing group of the modelling industry.

That's a reflection of the reality on the ground.

According to the CDC, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the average height of women has increased only very slightly since the 1960s.

Conversely, women's weight has continued to increase significantly in the last 60 years.

With most of the population being plus-size, there is now acceptance, support, and demand for big-boned or fuller figures.

What that means for you is that if you’re more shapely than a typical fashion model and know how to work your curves, you should follow your dream and become a plus-size model.

Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about becoming a plus-size model that we get:


What are the physical requirements for plus-size models?

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As you already know, plus-size modelling is different from other types of modelling in that size matters more than exact measurements.

Plus-size models are a group of models who are above the standard sizing used by the fashion industry.

Since there is no real industry-wide definition, plus-size models are generally size 12 and up with good body proportions.

An accepted general rule of thumb is that your waist should be about 10 inches smaller than your hips.

The height accepted by your modelling agency depends on the type of plus-size modelling.

For instance, the height requirement of fashion models is generally 5’9’’ to 6’.

On the other hand, fit models are usually 5’5 to 5’9’.

Commercial models can be any height.

To be successful as a plus-size model, you do need to have confidence, good health, good skin, hair, teeth, and nails.

Modelling agencies indeed look for plus size models who are just a little over normal weight, it should be noted that obese or very overweight models are still extremely rare.

Is there room for plus-size models in the high fashion industry?

Yes, there is.

But many fashion designers and retailers are ignoring plus-size models.

The disconnect between what customers want and what stores offer is troubled by an old stigma in the fashion industry.

That stigma is that brands think that plus sizes are bad for them.

Retail stores think of plus size as just an add-on to their collections along with petite-sized and maternity lines.

However, the world of high fashion has finally started to embrace curvy models.

You can see bold, beautiful curves on the runways of New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

You find pictures of plus-size models in the collections of Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, and other top hion sfadesigners. You also find pictures of plus-sizs models on the pages of Vogue and Elle.


Who are some famous plus-size models you should know about?

If you’re serious about getting into plus size modelling, it’s a great idea to study and learn from the top plus-size models.

For a start, check out the world’s first plus-size supermodel, Melissa Aronson, as well as Robyn Lawley, Inga Eiriksdottir, Ashley Graham, Tara Lynn and Candice Huffine.


What kinds of jobs can plus-size models book?

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Whether you call yourself plus size, big-boned, full-figured, extended size, or large size model, the market for curvy models is amazingly diverse and almost limitless.

These are the kind of roles that you might be available to take up

  • Catwalk or runway model

  • Editorial, lookbook, commercial model

  • Having your pictures taken for print and digital campaigns

  • Being a catalog or online store model

  • Featuring in video advertisements

  • Being in music videos, films, or TV extra

  • Art model or life model

  • Fit or showroom model

  • Influencer or blogger (I like this a lot)

It doesn't end there. Outside the strict modelling jobs, you may even become a brand ambassador.


How do I get in touch with plus size modelling agencies?

If you want to be signed on by a modelling agency, the easiest and most affordable way to get noticed as a plus-size model is to submit your photos to the agency.

As you research, look for an agency that has the connections and knowledge you need to begin your plus-size modelling career.

Keep in mind that you don’t need experience or expensive photos to get started.

Snapshots are great.

Your professionalism, drive, and of course that special something is needed!


Plus-Size Models That You Should Be Following In 2020

There are tons of plus-size models killing it on Instagram.

You might want to follow Iskra Lawrence. She is hugely influential on social media. She also runs her brand. 

Jada Sezer is an inspirational figure. She participated in the 2018 London Marathon in her underwear.


Just to prove that fitness comes in all shapes and sizes.

Stephanie Yeboah has an amazing colourful feed and she garnishes it with lots of positivity in her captions.

How about the authentic Sonny Turner. She posts images without edits. What a natural!

Saffi Karina is a beautiful model. Her selling point is that plus-size models embrace all ethnicities. 

Hayley Hasselhoff  born with a silver spoon. Her dad is David Hasselhoff! She combines being a curve model with an inside look at a celebrity lifestyle.

You should also follow Diana Veras, who is a committed feminist as well as body positivity advocate. 

Here’s a detailed step by step guide on how to go about creating your killer modelling portfolio.

Why a modelling portfolio?

One of the most important steps you have to take to become a plus-size model and to make a solid career in it, is to have a well-rounded modelling portfolio.

A professional modelling portfolio showcases your strong points through high-quality, stunning images.

An awesome portfolio helps you make a great first impression.

You can send your professional portfolio to those you meet online or offline.

Because you need all the exposure you can get to be successful in the plus-size modelling industry.

To get started as a plus-size model, send your pictures to any of these WhatsApp numbers:

234 803 317 5396

234 805 793 7786