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Modelling Career for Fat and Curvy Women (Plus-Size Models)

Updated on April 3, 2018
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From one size 14+ woman to aspiring plus-size models, "go for a modelling career" We need our own size clothing showcased on the runway too!

A curvy (and what skinny models will call 'fat') plus-size model that's more of the average size of today's fashion-conscious women.
A curvy (and what skinny models will call 'fat') plus-size model that's more of the average size of today's fashion-conscious women.

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.

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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.

Auditions

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
  • Wristwatches
  • 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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    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      2 years ago

      Hello Alexus

      If you desire to be a plus size model, then go for it. You can get in touch with Model Scouts and take it from there.

      Your height seems okay, but i'm not quite sure what you mean by . . . "mix" though. Are you referring to being of mixed race?

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      alexus 

      2 years ago

      Hi my height is 5'8 I always wanted to be a model I'm a big girl an I'm mix can I be a model

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      3 years ago

      Hi Tina

      When you say small, do you mean petite small and curvy, or short and full bodied?

      The plus size modelling industry consider only taller women to model clothing and if you are less than 1.5 metres tall, I doubt if you'll be considered for a clothes modelling job.

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      tina 

      3 years ago

      I'm small and got curves can I be a model

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      4 years ago

      About time too Sandyspider. Thanks for visiting.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I think it is great that there are plus size models that represent what most women look like.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      4 years ago

      You can go a step further . . . contact them and see what they say. Update me if you can. Best of luck Georgina

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      Georgina 

      4 years ago

      I am trying to become a model but my problem is no contacts and no idea where to go any advice and yes im a big girl ive looked at modelscouts but i haven't seen one big girl on there

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      4 years ago

      Very true poetrymn6969 Curvy women are fabulously fat!

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      4 years ago

      Well Gift, the gold teeth can be replaced easily with natural caps by your dentist and the thighs can be toned with toning cream. It's your determination that counts. Best wishes.

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      gift 

      4 years ago

      hi I'm gift size 18-20 the problem is I have a gold teeth in front and my thighs are black,do I stand a chance?

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      poetryman6969 

      4 years ago

      Fat and fabulous!

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      5 years ago

      It depends kitty, if you are curvy with a well proportioned body and a pretty face, then you have a good chance.

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      kittie rose 

      5 years ago

      i am 15 and size 16-18 and i wont to be a model can i be.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      5 years ago

      Im doing fine Denise. Thanks. Its tough out here over the internet (LOL) though, but keeping my head above water.

      GodBless.

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      :) I'm doing okay...how about yourself?

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      5 years ago

      Hello Denise, how are you? Thanks so much. I have never checked on my polls, assuming most may not vote. So surprised myself and its good to know.

      GodBless

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! There is hope for me yet, LOL I LOVE this hub and I took the poll. What is your secret? I am happy if 3 people take my poll...373 have taken your poll.

      Very interesting info here and beautiful ladies!

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      Rebecca 

      6 years ago

      Hiii :)

      First off, i loved what i was reading and the encouragement you were giving. i like also many "curvy, voluptuous" women on here, want to be a plus sizedmodel.

      Im soon to be 20 in june and i wasted 4 years because i let those around me bring me down with their negative inputs. So today i decided that is what i want to do, it is what i love, fashion.

      I live in Arizona, size 18-20, bout 5'2 at the most. I have no experience AT ALLL. but i am very photo friendly.

      If you have any input into giving me some direction on where to even begin, i would really appreciate it because i am so lost.

      here is my gmail :)

      : becky.sue915@gmail.com

      thankk you :)

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      El sido 

      6 years ago

      I love fat models.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      6 years ago

      Hi Kit girl, i love it when young girls know what they want to pursue as a career. It shows that you are well focused and that's a good quality of achievers.

      Try out Model Scouts. They won't charge you at the initial stages until you are placed.

      I wish you all the best Kit.

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      Kitgirl101 

      6 years ago

      Hi I am a young teen who would love to model but I am defiantly not suitable to be a plus size so if u have any modeling agency that don't require money I would love to hear about them andthese are some sexy women!

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for visiting Alyssa. Your question is already answered above in the article.

      I wish you the best of luck in your plus size modelling plans. Just go for it. You will certainly succeed.

      GodBless

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      alyssa 

      6 years ago

      wow i really want to start a modeling career...but the only thing that had stop me was when i had got really sick...so please where can i sign up for plus size modeling...and im 18 years of age...

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      6 years ago

      Hi Lila, i totally agree with you.

      And i say go for it. We need models, whether skinny or big and curvy; to showcase what designers create for us to wear. Nothing better than to use real women than those bone thin, touched up, "airbrushed" women.

      Thanks for visiting Lila.

      Cheers

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      Elaine Lowe 

      6 years ago from PRESTON UK

      Hello im glad i cam across this.I seem to have quite a following on certain sites.men love my pics.they are a little saucy, but hey if you've got it flaunt it,as long as it's tasteful,i say.i was looking for plus size model agencies,well fort he older woman too.being 47 im way past it,but arent we all needed in some way?we represent real women.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for this piece Gemma. I'm glad you visited and took the time to write your success story.

      You sound like you are beautiful both inside and out. This is an inspiration to other voluptuous ladies out there that you can still be big or even fat, BUT, when you take a special attention in how you dress, you will be amazed at the complimentary remarks that will follow.

      AND THAT IS SO GREAT FOR SELF ESTEEM.

      GodBless Gemma.

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      gemma muncaster 

      6 years ago

      Hi I am Gemma and I am 25 years old, i'm also a wife and a mother of two lovely girls, i am 5ft 5 and a half and i have blue eyes and brown hair, im a size 18 -20 on the bottom half and i am a 22-24 on the top half as my bra size is a natural 40f. I use to be a size 8-10 before i had my girls and i loved fashion, but as i got bigger i did not know what to wear, so i took on the fat chav look, but in the past month my great friend has shown me that i can still look good and wear all the fashionable clothes, so i ditched all the tracky bottoms, hoddies, trainners and i have completely changed my look, so much so that my own brother did not reconise me in the street, i have had a great response to my new look and it has mad me start feeling better about myself and i would love to be able to inspire other women out there that even if your not a size 8/10 and you are a 18/20 you can still look as fab as everyone else i would love to become a plus size model to get some more self confidance and to show everyone, you can be big but your still beautiful and keep up with fashion. my email is gemma.muncaster2@googlemail.com Thanks x

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      vijay 

      6 years ago

      i have no words to express my feelings..........

      you r owwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeessssssoooooomeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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      mari 

      6 years ago

      i'm an ex model of 13 yrs but for the last 5 yrs i've put on weight and can't get any gigs in my old world so i would like to try the plus size world. please respond 2 my email at sweetone28@gmail.com if you r looking 4 a voluptous, beautiful, sexy african american women/model

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      Normandie 

      7 years ago

      Hello Gorgeous @viryabo. You look awsome and the women on this page are phenomenal. I am so pleased to see and hear that we plus sized women are in high demand finally wooooo.

      further more I am trying to get into the model career myself. I've read you have to be up there in height with-out a pump I stand about 5'6. I would like to know if there is anything i can do in reference to being a plus-size model. I've been dangled around with many of the online agencies waisted lots of money with no results. Please need advice (any one please feel free to answer). you can respon via email : femaletakeova@gmail.com

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      7 years ago

      No Danni, you are not too big to be a plus size model. As long as you are curvy, you are good to try.

      Best of luck.

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      danni91 

      7 years ago

      hi im 19 just under 6ft and a size 18 am i too big to be a plus model ?

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      7 years ago

      Absolutely Sinea

      There is much beauty in some flesh that moves, and i agree, those women are stunning.

      Whatever they wear always looks so good on them.

      Thanks for the visit, and the follow.

      GodBless

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      Sinea Pies 

      7 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I have always thought that Queen Latifa was absolutely beautiful. Elizabeth Taylor, as well, is a striking beauty at any weight.

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      julie 

      7 years ago

      hi there is one agency for fat model in washington DC? i live here and my dream is to be one super size model but i don't know how to do can you help me please??

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      darral mc seveney 

      7 years ago

      not bad

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      Chugz 

      7 years ago

      Just wanted to say:

      ALL women should be 'meaty' ! :)

      i (as i expect the majority of men would) love curves! completely love them!

      Shakira is a great example.......She was a truly 'dream' woman with her curves...but watching her new video i was actually really turned off because she has lost so much weight and looks ill.

      Keep up the amazing sexiness ladies!!! i love u all

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      yentle 

      7 years ago

      hello i would love to be a plussize model im size 14 to 16 please contact me on 0791142773

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      marlene 

      7 years ago

      i would love to became a model. im a size 16 / 18. please contact me nunes@live.co.uk thank you

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      Crystal 

      7 years ago

      I would love to become a model. i promise you'll love me. I have the look, I have the personality, and I have the body and the walks and all. please contact me at heartofchi2387@gmail.com thank you.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      Beautifull 'rolls' if i may say so.

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      huno 

      8 years ago

      man these models are fast i mean look at those jelly rolls

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      Hello wantlivelyfinlove, thank you. Its nice realising voluptuous is in, and in demand too.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a nice comment.

      Cheers

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      wantlivelyfinlove 

      8 years ago

      Hi Viryabo, i liked your post and appreciate these full figured woman model. very sexy! lovely chicks! Now i don't have to worry about my voluptuous body. haha!! kidding :) nice one

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      Hi cheeky girl, Thanks for your comments. I agree that curves makes the woman. Wish i had more of them. LOL!

      Thanks for visiting.

      Cheers

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      bad440 

      8 years ago

      ok hub but your pics of models are NOT FAT (plus size) looking for a size 28 and show girls that are much smaller

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      There is nothing wrong with how these ladies look. They are lovely. There's nothing wrong with being un-matchstick-like! Curves are very nice on a woman. Just an opinion here! Cheers for a great hub!

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      LOL! I know what you mean expats. Nice and voluptuous.

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

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      expats 

      8 years ago from UK

      Nice to see `real` women, not some figments of the imagination.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      Hi BristolBoy. LOL! That probably explains why i get so much traffic on this hub. It amazes me.

      Thanks for stopping by and for taking time to leave a comment.

      Cheers.

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      BristolBoy 

      8 years ago from Bristol

      I bet you get a lot of traffic from people looking for more explicit pictures than those shown here!

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      You're welcome Emmanuella. Thanks for visiting.

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      Emmanuella 

      8 years ago

      Good job! Thanks, Viryabo.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      Hello Lisa, thanks for stopping by. You definitely can be a plus size model and it seems you've decided on it. That is great.

      To answer your question, it depends on where you live. In the US and which state? or Europe. If you let me know i will be happy to give you information you need.

      Cheers.

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      LISA SMITH 

      8 years ago

      I WANT TO BE A PLUS SIZE MODEL CAN YOU HELP 07535082895

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      You are so right G-Forza. LOL!!

      Thanks for the visit.

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      G-Forza 

      8 years ago

      Real women have curves.

      Any "real" man preferes a few pounds too much rather than thoes skin and bone barbies. And let's admit, which guy doesn't enjoy being squeezed by a couple of fleshy thighs.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      Hi Karsten, thank you for your visit and thanks for the info. Will definitely check it out.

      Cheers

      Hello russiangypsygirl, thanks for your comments and visit. The curves plus the flowing body movements is what i like about plus sizes. You are right. Its much easier to relate to these gorgeously shaped women...REAL!

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      russiangypsygirl 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! I think these women are so much more relate-able, and therefore its more exhilarating to see them on the runway. I also think they are SO much more gorgeous because of their curves! Thanks for all the good info!

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR

      viryabo 

      8 years ago

      Hello Gpage, thanks for your visit and views. I agree with the word 'normal'. Most women fall under the normal shape, and i would think we'd have more fashion models on the catwalk with some flesh. LOL

      Cheers.

      Hey keira, Thanks for your visit. And have a wonderful trip.

      See you soon.

      Godbless

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      GPAGE 

      8 years ago from California

      Always nice to see very "normal" and beautiful models! One of my bestfriends from the old days created Abby Z for plus size women. I applaud women of all shapes and sizes! Best, GPAGE

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      keira7 

      8 years ago

      Hi my friend Viryabo, I love fashion and I love your hub. Take care my dear friend. God Bless you.

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