All About Plus
by Sita Mae Edwards
What is a plus model?
Let's start with what she isn't. "Plus model" is not
synonymous with "plus size woman." Being one does not make you
the other. This is often confusing for new models, and for everyone else
for that matter. A plus model is a fashion model who is slightly larger
than straight size fashion models, and she is used to sell clothing to plus
General parameters for a
plus model are height between 5'8" and 5'11", sizes 10 - 18.
(Generally the New York market prefers smaller plus models
in the 8-12 range, and the Los Angeles
market favors 10/14s.) She must be a fit, toned, proportional hourglass,
and have great skin and teeth, just like straight size fashion models. A
beautiful smile is a must.
Additionally, the plus model
look is generally conservative, wholesome, and classically beautiful. You
won't see a lot of "edgy" plus size models, and unless you're Mia
Tyler you won't be able to get away with a lot of body modifications.
If you would like to Google
some famous examples of plus models, look up Crystal Renn, Barbara
Brickner, Liis, Tracie Stern, Emme, and Kate Dillon.
To reiterate: height,
measurements, proportionality and your overall look are just as important
to plus modeling as to typical fashion modeling. If you are 5'5" and
200 pounds you may be a plus size woman, but you are NOT a plus model.
Money and Location
Like any other kind of
modeling, you have to be where the work is. For plus modeling, that is
mainly divided between New
York and Los Angeles. (Other locations include Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, San
Francisco, Phoenix, London, Melbourne, Munich, and Toronto.)
Even if you have all the
qualities plus modeling requires, if you live in Nebraska and are considering moving to a big
city solely for the sake of pursuing plus modeling, don't. A vanishingly
small number of plus models actually make their living solely as models.
Virtually all of them have another primary source of income, and model on
the side from time to time. There just isn't enough work available to make
The good news is that if you
are already located in a city with work for plus models, and you have the
right look, you can work for a long time. Plus models have a very long
shelf life, often working into their late thirties.
"I need to build
Aspiring plus models
commonly make the mistake of thinking they need to spend a year or two
TFPing their hearts out to build a book to take into
agencies. That is a waste of time. You will get signed (or not) based on
your look, not your portfolio. If you are signed, your agent will have a
list of photographers known to produce appropriate images for your market,
and will send you off to hire one or more of those photographers to create
the book you need.
DO NOT spend money on a
photographer before you've gone to visit the agencies in your area.
"How do I get
Please see the section of
this website entitled "How to Apply to a Modeling Agency." All of
the information there applies to aspiring
plus models as well.
"If I'm not a
plus model, what am I?"
That question gets asked a
lot by those who are too short, too round, too tattooed, or who just
generally don't have the right look for plus size modeling. The answer is
simple. You're a model. You may not get signed to an agency or do any kind
of mainstream work, but you can certainly do some art modeling, or just model for a fun hobby, or every once
in a great while, a shorter or larger model might find work for a boutique
plus clothing or jewelry designer.
Further (somewhat dated)
helpful articles, as well as a great forum can
be found at www.plusmodels.com.
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