If you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to express your style and use your talents, then it’s time to consider venturing into the world of modeling. While you may find it a bit intimidating putting yourself out there, there are plenty of types of modeling you can explore. In particular, the demand for plus-size models continues to grow as agencies seek to advertise using models whose bodies more accurately represent actual buyers. Here’s what you need to know about getting involved in plus-size modeling.
What Exactly Is Plus-Size Modeling?
Plus-size modeling, often referred to as the curves division, is a philosophy of modeling based on the idea that the people who model apparel should look like the people buying it. For decades, conventional fashion modeling demanded models that were far smaller than the vast majority of the population. Plus-size modeling is, in a sense, a course-correction in the modeling world, showing models with more body diversity in ads and marketing.
As opposed to conventional modeling, plus-size modeling doesn’t put strict constraints on body size or type for models who want to pursue a career in the fashion or acting industry. But generally, agencies seek out plus-size models with typical body sizes of the general population.
Is Plus-Size Modeling Right for You?
Plus-size modeling is an exciting career path to pursue for many reasons. If you’ve tossed around the idea of being a fashion model but have been worried about the physical demands of adhering to traditional beauty standards, this could be a great opportunity for you.
Of course, it will still be work. Modeling requires going through makeup and assembling a wardrobe for the shoot along with taking direction from photographers and creative directors who put the shoot together. But as part of the curves division, you can open up a lot of doors for yourself without the potential harm that can come from needing to lose weight to qualify for a job.
Plus-size models are also becoming higher in demand as the fashion industry shifts towards a higher emphasis on body diversity. So not only is it a liberating way to express who you are, but it’s also quickly turning into a career path with more and more promise.
How to Become a Plus-Size Model
If you’re interested in starting a career as a plus-size model, it helps to know the industry. Take some time to research famous plus-size models and what types of shoots are casting plus-size models. If you have access to equipment and the proper resources, you’ll want to start building an official portfolio. Putting yourself out there on social media is also increasingly important in gaining attention in the industry.
Ultimately, you’ll want to get yourself in front of industry insiders who can direct your career forward. This is where Discovery Spotlight can help. Discovery Spotlight is networked with numerous agencies who sign plus-size models including Ford, Wilhelmina, and IMG. By taking advantage of our auditions, networking events, and educational resources, you can get yourself noticed by key decision-makers. Contact us today to learn more about how to get started!