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How to Become Plus-size Swimsuits and Lingerie Models

Updated on December 5, 2019
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For someone who used to be plus-size, if there were such opportunities in my days, I probably would've become a part-time plus-size model.

Modelling plus-size swimsuits and lingerie is a popular niche in the fashion industry and it is no news that the plus-size modelling industry is expanding rapidly. If you are full-bodied and aspire to become a model, this is one of the top categories you may wish to consider. Undoubtedly, it has fast become one of the most lucrative branches to pursue.

There are several agencies scouting for curvaceous women to model plus-size intimate wear, swimsuits, and lingerie but there are standards that need to be met in order to be successful for a sign-up. But your passion must be evident, you must have the right attitude meaning no hang-ups and no self-conscious feelings about your body, shape and size.

Lingerie and swimwear models must not only be body-proud, but they must also have high self-esteem and be confident and bold enough to appreciate their silhouette.

Modelling plus-size lingerie is a popular niche in the fashion and modelling industry.
Modelling plus-size lingerie is a popular niche in the fashion and modelling industry.

What Is Required to Become Swimwear and Lingerie Models?

Not many big-sized women can become plus-size models for swimsuit and lingerie items and being interested alone is not enough to get you into this category of the fashion industry. There are certain conditions that must be met to become successful in this niche but the most important of them all are:

  • A well-toned body
  • Smooth and clear skin
  • A good height
  • Minimum of size 14US (16UK)
  • A great attitude

Your body must be well-toned

Contrary to popular belief, many large sized women are fit and well-toned. Yes, some may find it hard to equate being plus-sized with a firm and toned body but there are women who though fat, are firm and well-toned. Because you will need to expose a lot of your body (swimwear and lingerie are revealing), having a good muscle tone is essential. You must also be well rounded, curvy, and firm, and most importantly, you must look hale and hearty.

You must have smooth and clear skin

Modelling plus-size swimsuits and lingerie demands that you must have flawless skin. Because you may have to model intimate apparel like sheer baby dolls, revealing nightwear, and other sexy intimates like pyjamas, garters, and stockings. your body must be free of unwanted and unruly body hair growth, unsightly lumps and bumps, rashes, and dark patches around the arms, elbows, knees, thighs and bottom.

Additionally, your skin must glow, showing evidence of being well moisturized, and your hair and nails must look well maintained, well-manicured, and healthy.

Being tall is an advantage

There is a minimum height requirement for plus-size models (5’9” or 1.75m) and the taller an aspiring model is, the better the chances of her getting great modelling jobs. So, if you are statuesque, there is a likelihood of you being more successful than those who are of average height.

You must be no less than a size 14US or 16UK

Being plus-size means you must be a minimum size of nothing less than 14US to 16US (16UK and 18UK) before you can even qualify to model large size swimsuit and lingerie. Being big or fat is not enough to. Rather, being curvy must be a prerequisite and your curves must be evident and must be in the right parts of your body.

Reasons for this is because many women are plump, overweight, and even fat but one thing they lack is an obvious curvature. So, if you are full-bodied and aspire to become a swimwear model, for instance, but curves are virtually non-existent, you can work on your figure not necessarily to lose weight, but to lose unsightly fatty lumps and bring out your shape.

The passion you have for this job will give you enough drive to lose excess fat around the important areas which can be achieved with the right type of exercise.

You must have a great attitude

The right attitude is a crucial quality if you want to be a plus-size model of body-revealing apparel. Having the right attitude coupled with being spirited is very important for any aspiring full-bodied model. Equally, you must have a positive outlook, while being assertive will go a long way to your having continued success in your modelling career.

A plus-size intimate wear model.
A plus-size intimate wear model.

Be Inspired by Top Plus Size Models

You can get some inspiration from some of the top models in the plus-size apparel, swimwear, and lingerie industry. Their journey to the top will certainly inspire any woman who plans to build a career as a plus-size model.

You do have fabulous curves, but are you bold enough to pursue this career?

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    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks thesingernurse. I'm glad you find it useful. And i wish you all the best if you decide to become a plus size model.

      Go for it.


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      Tina Siuagan 

      8 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      It's nice to know that the modelling industry is welcoming plus-sized models like me. It has always been difficult for me to fit in because most designers would look for skinny and anorexic-looking models... This is such a great avenue to explore upon.

      Very interesting and useful. :D

    • ChristinCordle12 profile image


      8 years ago

      Very helpful hub! Thanks for the tips.

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      Miss Lil' Atlanta 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Some of these women pictured as plus size aren't plus sizes. lol or at least they shouldn't be; they weigh like only 20 pounds more than regular models (in some cases at least).

      Not that you can help what is determined as what size and what not. Either way, still a really great hub you wrote. I'm not plus sized; I’m small, but not like 90 pounds small lol, but my expectations of women aren't of people who weigh 100 pounds at 5'9 either, so I like seeing pictures of what real women look like from all walks of life and with all shapes and sizes. Honestly, I think that it’s great that people like you are showing that being plus size is just as much the “right size” as anything else.

      I won't lie, I like high fashion and seriously as many bad examples of anorexia that is involved with in the industry (although has been a bit exaggerated at times), there are still many good influences from high fashion that people tend to overlook. Like for example, boob jobs, plastic surgery, skin bleaching, fake tans, are simply just not allowed. I mean, of course they do crazy artsy stuff with modeling where they change people's looks drastically on individual occasions just as an art form, but simplicity is perhaps just as or even more important in the high fashion industry as well…

      yes I know I’m going way of topic here lol… but I just felt like saying that.

      Plus I like how high fashion shows that there are all kinds of beauties out there in the most exotic manners, like women of very dark black African skin which honestly such a beautiful feature to have. But I wish that the industry doesn’t have to make it seem like women should honestly be as thin as rails.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      I'm so happy you found this Peches. Its good to know that being plus size is now trendy, and with the right curves in the right places, its good to be Big & Proud.

      Thanks for the visit Peches.


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      Peches Bra 

      8 years ago from Mumbai

      Thanks Viryabo for this lovable hub. After putting fat i was depressed, and always thinking of slim again, after getting this page and your sweet thoughts for plus size women, i will try to overcome my frustration for plus size.

    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Love you for your kind consideration and good thoughts for others G.

      Thanks my friend.


    • GPAGE profile image


      9 years ago from California

      viryabo..this is a lovely hub. I know quite a few women that have been successful at this. One of my close friends has a successful plus size clothing business based in NY. I always try to inspire women to be themselves and love themselves. All the best, G


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