Plus Size Modeling Career for the Curvy Woman

A Plus Size Modeling Career
A Plus Size Modeling Career

A plus size modeling career has become a lucrative profession for the full-figured woman because fashion designers and merchandisers are beginning to pay apt attention to the earning potentials of the plus size apparel industry. And now more than ever, plus size models are used regularly for advertising campaigns and for the runway.

As far back as 4 years ago, major fashion designers in Paris who had the foresight of the plus size modeling market potentials, showcased the plus size model in their fashion collections with fashion designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier using plus size models in their Spring 2006 fashion show held in Paris, France.

In Milan Rome, the fashion house of Elena Mirò regularly features catwalk shows twice a year during the Italian Fashion Week featuring plus size modeling. And in London, fashion designers, W. Tempest and M. Fast used plus size models for the London Fashion Week showings for their Spring fashion collections.

Requirements Modeling Career

To be a plus size model the acceptable height is usually about 5'9" (or 175.3 cm). And a plus size model must have flawless skin and must possess a perfect bone structure, a good gait and a proportionate body.

These requirements are not much different from those required of other fashion models. The only difference is that the plus size models have bigger busts, larger waists measurements and wider hips.

A Plus Size Model
A Plus Size Model

Other Aspects Of A Plus Size Model's Jobs

Though many believe that a plus size model is engaged primarily in plus size modeling for clothing, plus size models are also involved in other modeling works that's not only related to large sized apparel, but in other industries, eg.:

  • Stock photography
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Swimwear
  • Lingerie & Intimates
  • Household goods
  • Advertising photography
  • Apparel & Costume
  • Cosmetics
  • Sunglasses
  • Shoes, boots and other footwear
  • Wrist watches
  • Costume jewellry

Plus Size Modeling - Jobs Involved

The type of work that plus size modeling entails is comparable to what obtains with smaller sized models.

Their jobs, as their skinnier counterparts, includes ad campaigns, editorials for magazines, fashion runway jobs, garment, including TV presentations and commercials.

Plus size models are also sought by the media to stimulate debate on development of self-esteem and for those struggling with excessive eating disorders.

Breaking Into The Modeling Industry As A Plus Size Model

The best way to get in to the plus size modeling industry is to find agencies that strictly represent full figured women.

There are agencies out there looking for beautiful, plus size women to work as models. Companies that focus on the plus size market are always looking out for new and fresh faces all the time. Many manufacturers in the fashion industry are also seeking plus size models to showcase their plus size fashion design creations.

Majority of modeling agencies though are mostly located in major cities and metropolitan areas because its easier to find work as a plus size model in a large city, rather than in a rural area! Aspiring plus size models may need to travel out of their home base if they don’t live in cities like London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and other major fashion spots.

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For information on what steps to take to begin your plus size modelling career . . . Model Scouts

Curvy Plus Size Model
Curvy Plus Size Model

It is good to note that the phrase 'plus size modeling' is synonymous with, and is used interchangeably with full-figured modeling, extended size modeling and outsize modeling.

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killrats 6 years ago from Cape town South Africa

Hi Viryabo,

Like your hub and pic's not good for my heart.

I agree that the plus size should be at the top of the list. There are few ladies that fit the cover girl image.

I will be following and will no doubt learn from you.

Have a great day,

Kind Regards,

Cliff (killrats)


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viryabo 6 years ago Author

LoLLL!! Cliff, Thanks and i'm glad you enjoyed this.

Thanks for visiting and finding time to leave a nice comment.

Cheers


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GPAGE 6 years ago from California

viryabo! I actually thought of this career many years ago......when I was tired of NEVER eating! AND I had to look a certain way on a television show I was on many years ago......

I am so happy that this opportunity exists for young girls now that are not "too thin" or look more normal!......gives them hope! Helps young girls appreciate their curves! Thank you for a wonderful and informative hub. G


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viryabo 6 years ago Author

Hello my dearest friend, how have you been?

If i had been more savvy when i was younger and plump, i would have loved to be a plus size model myself.

As you rightly said, its a great opportunity for young not too thin girls.

And the great thing nowadays is that many young, fat but curvy women are proud of their figures.

And rightly so.

Thanks for visiting G, GodBless.


Tekila 5 years ago

I've been intersted in modeling for quite some time now. i am 5'11 175lbs size 12...do you have any sugestions for me on how I can get into the industry?


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poetryman6969 2 years ago

Love to see the career options opening up for curvy ladies.


Yvette Simon-Holmes (Ming) 2 years ago

I am interested in employment with your company.


Ncediwe 2 years ago

Good day I'm Ncediwe from Sourh Africa in the eastern cape. I am very much into doing plus size modeling at any given time but I do not know how to go about with it.

Regards

Ncediwe


Yvette 12 months ago

Interested in employment.


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viryabo 12 months ago Author

Hi Yvette

Thanks for visiting. I'm not an employer of plus size models.

Rather, I'm promoting the fact that plus size women are being made more relevant in the fashion industry.

I have added a link to the article where you may seek more info on how to go about it.

Best of luck.


yvette simon-holmes 8 months ago

It was good to see information on plus size models my area currently.Yvette


Augustine Tabb 3 months ago

I'm a plus size 2o5 weight 5"6 yes I would like to become a model i have been told many time that i should


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viryabo 2 months ago Author

Then you should go for it. Being a plus size model is becoming more and more popular.

Reason being that most of today's women are curvaceous and full bodied.

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