Models come in all shapes and sizes and nowhere is this truer than in the burgeoning plus size modeling market. Having exploded in the last few years, here’s what you need to know to make the most of this fashion phenomenon.
To be considered a plus size model, there are physical requirements that must be met, just like with any sphere of modeling. The desired bodies are typically a size 12 or larger with aesthetically proportional measurements. The rule of thumb is that the waist should be around 10 inches smaller than the hips. If you want to work fashion, you should be 5’9” to around 6’. Fit models are a bit smaller at 5’6” to 5’9” and commercial models are the most lenient in that height doesn’t matter. Finally, be sure your hair, skin, nails and teeth are all healthy looking.
Most major modeling agencies have representation for plus size models and there are even some that work solely with this clientele. Who you choose is ultimately up to you and who offers to take you on. To get started, you’ll want to submit your information to various agencies to see if you spark interest. Luckily, no experience is necessary to begin this process, but continually adding to your resume in the background does help.
Plus size modeling covers virtually every sphere that regular size modeling does. From runways to centerfolds, you can pursue any avenue you want. That being said, it is important to recognize your best features and pursue the avenues that exploit these. Putting your best foot forward is the strongest way to make the fastest progress toward your dream modeling career.