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Modelling Career for Fat and Curvy Women (Plus-Size Models)
These are good times for curvy plus-size women because fashion designers and merchandisers now realise there is a need for big girls to showcase the fashion styles that are majorly sized for the average woman out there.
Contrary to the misinformed belief that only svelte, tall and skinny girls are in demand by the modelling agencies, plus size modelling is a high demand career.
If you are a full-bodied or voluptuous woman, one who feels proud of her curves, and aspires to pursue a modelling career, then plus-size modelling may be just right for you.
Admittedly, if you are fat but love to be a part of the industry, you'll need a special drive and resilience to work. However, for the bold and confident, who is proud of her curvy shape, many agencies, depending on the modelling niche you want to work in, will likely sign you up.
Physical Requirements for Plus-size Models
- Fat models are generally expected to be between 5'8" and 6' tall, so if you are within this height range, you are good to go.
- 5′9″ is usually the minimum height required for larger markets, though some agencies represent full-bodied girls who are 5′7 ″ and 5′8″
- You will need to fit into a certain size to become a plus model, and you will have to be in shape if you wish to model swimwear, plus size lingerie or fitness wear
- You must wear a minimum of size 12 US (14 UK). Sizes 18 and 20 are also needed occasionally, but not as much
- For a plus size modelling career, a proportional figure is essential, with the right full curves in the right places
- Have shapely legs and a toned body. Big and plus-size, but no flabby skin.
And to pursue a modelling career in the plus-size industry, a 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.
How to Build a Portfolio
Before you decide to have a slice of this fashionable and high flying career as a plus-size model, here are a few tips to prepare you for a presentation to modelling agencies.
- Have a portfolio of photographs showing your naturally endowed beauty. Your radiance must be obvious
- There must be no photo touch-ups, staged photo shots, air-brushed pictures, or the like.
- For a plus size modelling self-presentation, have high-quality shots of yourself in a very flattering attire. Face shots and full body shots.
- The photos must be of top quality so you can stand a great chance with the agency panel.
- If you have poor-quality photographs in your portfolio, it's better to arrive at the agency without photographs than to present substandard ones.
How to Find a Modelling Agency
Start by inquiring about plus size modelling agencies. You can also call the top agencies in your locality, and book appointments to see them.
- You can check with other models or fashion designers in the fashion industry for leads.
- On the alternative, you can search online, you are bound to find answers to your questions.
- Larger women or shorter ones may be required as plus-size models, so it’s worth inquiring about this when you call agencies.
One important point to note. Never pay fees to apply or sign up with any modelling agency.
On the day of your plus size modelling appointment to get auditioned,
- You must wear comfortable and flattering semi-casual apparel in colours complementing your skin colour, that 'sits' well and looks good on you.
- No squeezing into outfits, no skimpy attire and no sloppy looks.
- You must be smart and sharp.
- You may consider wearing a pair of low heels to give yourself a little extra height without looking or being overtly obvious.
- Be cheerful and wear a beguiling smile, walking smartly with a straight posture.
In the plus size modelling world, you must learn to ignore criticism, avoid pessimism on your part, and don't let any pessimist get to you.
Job Opportunities for Fat and Curvy Models
A plus size career model is not entirely engaged in clothing modelling but also do other modelling works that are unrelated to large-sized apparel. A fat or curvy model can work in any of the following industries:
- Stock photography
- Pharmaceutical products
- Plus-size swimwear modelling
- Lingerie and intimates
- Household products
- Advertising photography
- Apparel and costume
- Beauty and cosmetics
- Sunglasses and eye-glasses
- Shoes, boots, and other footwear
- Costume jewellery
The type of work that's involved is comparable to what obtains with skinny models.
Other job opportunities are working in ad campaigns, editorials for magazines, fashion runway, and the garment industry, including TV presentations and commercials.
Fat models are also sought by the media to stimulate debates on the development of self-esteem, and for those struggling with excessive eating disorders.
Modelling Career - Breaking Into the Plus-Size Industry
The best way to get into the plus size modelling 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.
The majority of modelling agencies though are mostly located in major cities and metropolitan areas, because it is 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.
IF YOU ARE FULL-BODIED AND SHAPELY, WOULD YOU CARE TO BE A PLUS SIZE MODEL?
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