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Plus Size Swimsuit and Lingerie Modelling Requirements

Updated on September 30, 2018
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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.

Today, the plus size modelling industry is expanding rapidly, and if you are curvy and aspire to become a model, one of the best modelling niches to consider is in the swimsuit and lingerie industry. It has fast become one of the most lucrative branches to pursue in the plus size fashion industry.

Let’s say you've always aspired to be a model but then you've grown a bit fat, don't worry too much about it because there are a good number of agencies searching for curvaceous women to showcase plus size swimsuits and under-clothing.

But before we go into all the details, it is important that you have a passion for modelling and if you are full-bodied, you must have the right attitude, which means you mustn't have any hang-ups about your shape and size, and you mustn't be self-conscious either.

You must not only be proud of your size, but you must also possess a high self-esteem and be confident and bold enough to appreciate your curvy silhouette.

5 Things Required of Plussize Lingerie and Swimwear Models

Being plus size is not enough to get you into this arm of the fashion industry as there are certain requirements that must be met to become successful in this niche. For starters, it is good to know that job opportunities are quite vast for full-bodied swimsuit and lingerie models but before you can think of specialising in this modelling niche, you will need to know some of the important things that are expected of you in the industry.

1. Your body must be well-toned

Many large sized women, contrary to popular belief, are fit and well-toned even though many people find it hard to equate being curvy with firm and toned bodies. But if this is your area of interest or maybe you've never given it a thought, you will have to expose a large portion of your body (swimwear and lingerie are quite revealing), so, having a well-toned body is essential.

You must also be well rounded, curvaceous and firm, and most importantly you must look hale and hearty, and not just fat.

2. You must have smooth and clear skin

As a plus-size model, asides lingerie and swimwear, you may have to model intimate apparel like sheer baby dolls, revealing nightwear and other intimates like pyjamas, garters, and the like. Because of this, you must ensure that your body is free of unwanted/unruly hair growth, unsightly bumps, rashes and dark unsightly patches around the arms, elbows, knees, thighs and bottom.

Your skin must be flawless, it must glow, and must show evidence of being well moisturized. Additionally, your hair and nails (yes! nails) must look well maintained, well-manicured, and healthy.

3. Being tall is a good advantage

There is certainly a minimum height you should be. The taller an aspiring plus size model is, the better the chances of her cinching great plus-size modelling jobs.

And if you are statuesque, there is a likelihood of you being more successful than those of average height.

Take note that the minimum height required for a plus size model is 5’9", so if you fit within this requirement, you are 'good to go'.

4. You must not be less than a size 14

Being nothing less than sizes 14 to 16 gives swimsuit and lingerie models a better advantage, but being large isn’t enough. Being curvy must be a prerequisite which means your curves must be clearly evident and must be in the right parts of your body.

This is because many are plump, fat even, but don't have obvious curves. So, if you are full-bodied and aspire to become a swimwear model (for instance) but don’t have evident curves, you must work on your figure; not necessarily to lose weight, but to lose unsightly fatty lumps.

However, it is certain that the passion you have for becoming a model will give you enough drive to lose excess fat around the important areas. This can be achieved with exercise.

5. You must have a great attitude

Finally, having the right attitude is very important for any woman aspiring to model plus-size apparel. A positive outlook coupled with assertiveness will go a long way to having continued success in this niche of plus size modelling.

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

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    • viryabo profile imageAUTHOR


      6 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.


    • thesingernurse profile image

      Tina Siuagan 

      6 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


      7 years ago

      Very helpful hub! Thanks for the tips.

    • Miss Lil' Atlanta profile image

      Miss Lil' Atlanta 

      7 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


      7 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 

      7 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


      7 years ago

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

      Thanks my friend.


    • GPAGE profile image


      7 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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