How to Become a Plus Size Model
As we report many of the Plus Size Events in the Industry we occasionally get asked, “How do I become a plus size model?” Although this is not a comprehensive guide to becoming a plus size model, I will try to give you as complete a picture as possible on how to become a plus size model.
Your Best Chance of Becoming a Plus Size Model
Size: Generally plus size models are between sizes 10 to 20.
Height: Generally the taller the better but your best chance starts at size 5’7
Proportion: Even if you are plus size the agency most likely wants to see that you are well proportioned with nice features, great legs and an exceptionally beautiful face.
Skin: The clearer your skin the better.
Photogenic: Not all beautiful people take good pictures.
Money: Being discovered is mostly a fairy tale, if you want to make it as a plus size model you better be ready to pay for it.
Time: Many people have busy lives with children, jobs, school and the like. If you are going to be a model you have to be available.
Attitude: Being pleasant and polite with a great energetic nature goes a long way. At the end of the day you are dealing with people and if they don’t like you, you are going to have a hard time making it in the plus size modelling industry. You can have a great attitude and still exude confidence. Be Professional, Be prepared and BE ON TIME.
Location: If you are serious about plus size modelling you are better off being where the action is. Serious competitors are already there and have an advantage over you if your not. Although there are plus modelling agencies in different cities, the cities with the most going on are New York, Los Angeles, Miami and London.
Understand what the industry wants.
You are a commodity.
You are there to promote their product.
1. Companies want models that best represent their fashion wear.
2. The focus is the product, not the model.
Create a Portfolio
Wear light make up, the agency wants to see your natural beauty.
Wear nice clothes that fit, not too baggy or too tight.
1. Although not absolutely necessary, it is a good idea to use the photographers that the modelling agency uses because they generally know what that agency is looking for.
2. Take some face shot photos.
3. Take some whole body shots.
Attend Open Calls
Visit your local agents to let them know who you are and get informed about what they are looking for and when they have open calls.
Open call day. Modelling agencies have open call days and you should attend as many as you can. Hopefully you’ve done some homework and know what the agency is looking for before you go. (Success is when preparation meets opportunity.)
IF the agency thinks you are marketable they will most likely schedule you for some test shoots. The agency will provide you with a list of photographers.
1. Hire a make up artist and hair stylist for best results.
2. Expect to pay all the expenses to get your career off the ground.
Be realistic and realize that there are no guarantees, the client will choose you only if they feel you can best represent their product.
So if you think you have what it takes and are willing to make the sacrifices of becoming a professional plus size model, find out as much as you can. Remember, the more informed and the more involved you are the greater your chance of success.
Good luck and best wishes for your successful career in plus size modelling.
Bobby G. Keith