SO YOU WANT TO BE A PLUS-SIZE MODEL?

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THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE PURSUING A CAREER IN PLUS-SIZE MODELING…

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At first glance modeling may seem fun but there’s really a lot of work that goes into it the glamorous final product. Modeling is quite demanding and requires more than just having a pretty face, a gorgeous body and stunning selfies. A plus size model must be knowledgable about her craft, body, and angles.

I get so many e-mails from Hauties considering a career in modeling- seeking advice on how to become a plus-size model and what steps needs to be taken to be amongst the best.

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RESEARCH THE MARKET

For any industry that you may consider taking on, research is the first step. Research EVERYTHING. You want to be sure to research and learn all of  your available options-  print, runway, specialty, and fit modeling are all very lucrative forms of modeling.
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OBSERVE YOUR COMPETITION

Once you narrow down the type of modeling you’d like to pursue the next step would be to research what models are in that particular modeling category and follow their career paths closely. Learn about the various plus modeling agencies and survey their model roster, to get a feel for what you will be up against.
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INVEST IN YOURSELF

No one will take you serious, like you take yourself. As an aspiring model its highly necessary for you to build your portfolio up with quality images that reflect your professionalism and potential as a model. Sometimes, this may mean paying for your own photo shoots, or investing in a model etiquette class.
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INVEST IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS

Take the opportunity to work with photographers and stylists for TFP. Find photographers who are willing to shoot you for free (do your research…be leery of creeps). You’ll run across a lot of people during this time in your career. Your goal should be to work with the most creative people; at the same time they should be professional and reliable. These are the people that will fuel your portfolio with consistent creativity.

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MASTER YOUR BODY

During the time that you’re building your portfolio you should be practicing and learning your body angles.  Take this time to learn your body. Your self-awareness of your body has to be high. You must embrace yourself- everything you love and everything you hate about yourself must reflect as a marketable masterpiece.
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GET YOURSELF OUT THERE

Once you start building your portfolio. You want to begin to target plus modeling agencies, look for published or runway opportunities- paid and non-paid. While at this point, it’s important to get as much exposure as you can. You want to be selective about what you lend your name and brand to. Be sure to do thorough research on whatever publication or event you decide to work with whether its paid or non-paid. If it’s a publication that lacks quality images throughout- chances are the publication isn’t very reputable. Baring in mind, everyone has to start somewhere. An alternative option is to look for publications with quality images, and unique content these are the types publications that typically jetset the standard which others follow. As it relates to runway shows, your objective should be to land a spot within the top tier plus size fashion shows.
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PROFESSIONALISM

As a model you have to build working relationships with designers, publications, models, photographers, as well as other models. Most time these relationships require that you maintain a certain level of integrity, confidentiality, and professionalism at all times. Never trade any professional values with immorality. In the end, you will be distrusted, and no one will want to work with you.

When you operate, unprofessionally on shoots (loud opinionated talking, attitudinal) you make people not want to work with you. There’s this old saying, “Models should be seen and not heard”. It’s very true. The model’s job during a shoot is to simply take direction and to sell the look that her client trusted her to model. Nothing more or less.

Are you or anyone you know considering being a plus size model? What challenges have you run across? E-MAIL US: INFO@MANIKMAG.COM.

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Selina Weekes

Founder at Manik Mag
Fashion journalist and plus-size designer advocate.
E-mail: sweekes@manikmag.com.
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2 comments on “SO YOU WANT TO BE A PLUS-SIZE MODEL?

  1. I love how Manikmag Instagram page accommodate full-figured women. The confidence and sexy that women display is remarkable. As a little girl it was always a dream of mine to become a model.

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