It would be such a great thing to be inspired by famous people from the same industry you would want to be famous for. The frustration, pressure, and nervousness you might feel at the moment will be washed away if you find an inspiration in the form of other successful models.
So in order to help you out, here are top 10 successful models with their modeling tips that you should heartily follow. These people must have also gone through the sharp edges before they get their names to the top. Who knows, you’ll be one to follow their footsteps.
“I think it’s so important just to have confidence in your body. Everyone knows that confidence is sexy, and it’s knowing your assets, your strengths, and just playing those up.”
Marisa Miller is an Actress in America who turned out to be a lingerie model for Victoria’s Secret. She got her first modeling for a brassier that costs $3 million by the said company. Not bad for a starting point, right?
“There was certainly a natural progression that happened over time. As you become an adult, you realize that you don’t have to fit in with your peers. You don’t have to look and think like everyone else. Though there certainly was a point at which I realized I was really unhappy in my body and that I had to take control. It was maybe a couple of years after going through that, during college, when I took some weight off and felt strong, beautiful, and in control. I had enough courage to walk into an agency and realize that this body that’s a size 12/14 is a good body, it’s my own, and I feel good about it.”
Tara Lynn is also another model from America who has been featured in Glamour, Elle, and in V Magazine. Though she encountered the sweet treats in her career, bitter treats also came her way. She used to suffer from low self-esteem with her size 14, so her words are more powerful since they’re fueled with her story of recovery and healing.
“Even at my lightest, I just couldn’t get there. I genuinely really tried. I was counting calories, I was taking diet pills, I was dabbling in starvation. I thought you had to be skinny to be beautiful. And I thought I would never be beautiful at this size.’ So what does she do to stay a perfectly fit sized 12? “People think plus-size models don’t exercise – we do!’. ‘But it’s about health, not forcing my body to be something it’s not meant to be.”
If you know Ralph Lauren‘s fashion powerhouse, then you should be familiar with Robyn Lawley since she’s also the other popular name who starred in the company’s campaigns. This Australian plus-size supermodel has a few Vogue covers under her belt.
However, the 6-foot-tall blonde beauty admitted that she tried to lose weight just to match the demands of the mainstream modeling, but she thought that getting the 34-24-36 body would be pretty impossible no matter how hard she tried to deprive herself of eating the food she loved.
“When I first started meeting other new models, I was a size 8, going on 10, and they were sizes 0 and 2. At first, it was embarrassing. I wasn’t even 14 years old, already feeling big for my age, and then being so drastically different from all the other models around me wasn’t easy. But losing weight to look like them never crossed my mind. I’m just not built that way. Some people are naturally really thin and tall. I’m not one of those people. I feel healthy and happy in my body anywhere between a size 10 and 14. I’ve been each of those sizes and everywhere in between a few times within the past ten years, and I don’t feel any less attractive at one size than I do at another. I’m still me, no matter what the tag on my jeans says.”
Jennie Runk was the first ever plus-size model who made it to H&M’s swimwear catalog. With the size of 14 and a height of 5’10, she used to be considered normal-sized, but she later gained weight and is now considered a plus-size woman.
“I like to tell people to take what society has deemed a flaw and turn it into a positive. I used to hate my thighs so much and I would spend so much time staring in the mirror and trying to make them go away. Then one day, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘My mum has these thighs, and my grandmother, and instead of putting myself down about something I can’t change, I’m going to celebrate them because they keep me from looking like the girl next to me’. They make me unique, and that, in the end, is what makes me more beautiful, being different.”
If you are fond of watching America’s Next Top Model, you would never forget Whitney Thompson‘s pretty face that made her win the title. She is the first ever plus-size model who made it to the top.
The blonde girl has been an advocate of the campaign for the modeling industry to cast fuller and healthier figures like her. She is one of the best people to look at if you are still struggling about your self-confidence.
“Women have come so far in the past 100 years. But what holds them back is lack of confidence and self-hatred. Those two things can affect every part of your life. I was at the lowest level you can be. It was only when I accepted myself that I managed to achieve [my goals] in life and work. Through this book, I want women to know that people in the [fashion] industry can relate to them too. Women struggle everywhere with their weight and their bodies, and no one talks about it. I wanted to speak for the unspoken!”
Crystal Renn has a level of self-confidence you should be jealous of. She used to be a size 0 model, and finally decided to switch to plus-size modeling after struggling with weight issues for many years. Now Crystal Renn is one of the highest-paid plus-size models in the world.
“I am really into the organic movement so I use as much organic stuff as I can. I eat raw foods from Whole Foods. If I can’t pronounce the ingredient I won’t eat it. I read labels when I go grocery shopping. I like simple foods and I cook everything. I eat out but I try to eat healthy. I don’t just go and gorge myself. I don’t eat McDonalds or fast food at all, unless it’s an emergency and I have no choice. I eat a lot of vegetarian food and very little meat. I eat a lot of chicken and fish. I work out. I do those Zumba workouts at home, 4-5 days a week. I walk. Manhattan is great for that. I don’t drink alcohol and I’m conscious of calories. It’s nice because you don’t have to be hyperaware of it, but like everyone else if don’t care of yourself it will show. My biggest thing is if I don’t eat healthy my skin will get bad. I drink a lot of water to maintain my skin.”
Sara Alloy is an American plus-size model who has been famous for her beautiful works in Lane Bryant and many other catalogs. She has been in the industry for roughly 4 years and is now signed with IPM modeling agency.
“I’m not a huge advocate for dressing specifically to flatter your size – if you want to do so then by all means do, but I don’t believe that we should be constrained in our fashion choices by the way our body is shaped. If you’re a pear shape then you don’t need to hide your wide thighs and curvy bum, just as if you’re an apple you don’t need to disguise your tummy. If you want to wear a pair of skinny fit jeans or a fitted wiggle pencil skirt, don’t let your body shape hide or stop you from doing so. Just because something isn’t deemed “flattering” by the masses aren’t incentive to be discouraged from stepping outside the box and trying it out. Being a member of a burlesque dance troupe, we meet and rehearse twice weekly and this incorporates dance moves, warm ups, stretches and gentle exercise. I also live in a rural village in the country at the moment and love going for long walks.”
Ivory Lovelust is a Scottish pin-up model who is a world-renowned plus-size woman. This fun and fierce woman is also a burlesque dancer and a makeup artist. She has her own fun way to keep her body curvy and healthy.
“Like everyone, I’m human so I most certainly have my moments. It’s usually a combination of the opposite sex, online “trolls,” and old insecurities that sneak up on me. However, when I encounter those feelings, I just remind myself that I’m fabulous, and if other’s can’t see it, that’s their problem, not mine. The key to confidence is to surround yourself with positive people who build you up rather than tear you down. And when all else fails, put on some lipstick and go out and have fun!”
Tess Munster is a living proof that being a mother doesn’t mean you cannot have the alluring body anymore. She is a popular model from California who also manages a business and she’s an activist who fights for plus-size women all over the world.
“Just because I’m a big girl doesn’t mean I want to cover up, Victoria’s Secret bottoms are extra large and that’s me all the way. But their tops don’t go to a string 38 DD. So I get those at Old Navy, and mix and match. It’s not like I have a burger or pizza every night. But I’m also not munching on greens all day. I eat steak. And I’m going to have a potato with it too.”
If you have made enough research about plus-size modeling, you’ve probably come across Ashley Graham. This plus-size woman has graced the cover of huge magazines like Elle and Mary Clair.
She even won the prestigious award for Figured Fashion Week’s Model of the Year. This buxom woman has a contagious confidence, and her modeling tips are one-of-a-kind.
Achieving your dreams is never impossible, and that applies in the plus-size modeling industry too. These people are the living proof that you too, regardless of your size and height, can build successful modeling careers. You just have to remember to wear your confidence on your sleeve and ramp with all your heart.