The fashion industry says that anything over a size 8 is consider plus size. However, most working plus size models tend to be a size 12-16. Currently, some major brands are now using curvy size 16-18 models on their ads which are a great change.
Within the plus size modeling umbrella lives various types of modeling:
These models make great money and although they are hardly seen by the public eye. They are responsible for trying on garments and assuring that the fit and construction of the garment is made correctly before the company begins mass reproduction of the item. The requirements needed for this gig are specific to the client's customer base. Example, Lane Bryant might need a size 14 fit model that is 5'7 and has a 40 bust, 37 hip and 43 hip. The only way to get this job would be to match these measurements.
Some companies have a margin where you can be 2 inches from those numbers to be considered but again it depends on the client. This gig isn't looking for the prettiest model or tallest they simply want a professional model that is reliable, has a flexible schedule and meets the needed requirements.
Most ladies aspire to see their face on a magazine, big smile on a billboard or curves on a store front. Personally this is one of the hardest area of modeling. These gigs are usually paid as a half day or full day flat rate. However, some pay an hourly rate that can range from $150-300.To book a print gig you must fit the vision the client has sit in their minds. You must look the part, look great in the product, able to pose and/or take direction, be professional, reliable and have a great personality. Shoot days are long and require good chemistry between you and others on set. Personality and charm goes a long way when aspiring to be a print model. With print height is sometimes overlooked however it will depend on the client and their vision.
As a print model you should have great skin, your body should look great with or without spanx, well groomed (nails, toes, teeth, underarm, legs, bikini wax).
Although Photoshop is used heavenly in the industry clients prefer to spend less on retouching.
This gig requires you to look the part, fit the clothes well, have the ability to strut your stuff and meet the height requirement. The industry standard is usually 5'9-5'10 however I been in many shows with models shorter then that so don't get discouraged. If you are shorter than the requirement then make sure you bring extra high heels and BRING IT at the audition.
Also to be a runway model you will need to be patient because the prep and wait time before a show is usually very long. You also need to be able to get along with others because you will be backstage or usually in a small space with a large group of folks you might not personally know.
Commercial / TV Model
This is one of my favorites. When I was a younger i always wanted to be on TV and I still act like a little girl when I see myself in a commercial, TV show or film.
This is a gig that already has specific requirements that you need to meet such as race, height, hair color, complexion, size, union status, experience and skill sets. Some gigs require that you learn lines but others simply need you to demonstrate an expression or showcase a reaction, these are called "non-speaking roles".
Some non-speaking roles are cast solely from your pictures or prior videos you may have online. Other roles will require you to study lines and recite them at the audition or read them from a poster board or teleprompter. There are classes you can take to become better at this; feel free to Google to locate your local acting school for more details on teleprompter lessons and TV Commercial classes. *Research Research Research*
These are only some of the many categories within plus size modeling that you should explore.
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