The Guide to Plus Size Modelling

Are you curious about how to become a plus size model? 

Today, there are more successful, famous plus size models than any other time in history. Whether you refer to them as curvy models or plus size models, they’re booking more jobs than ever! We’re seeing these models in more fashion campaigns, and the demand for new plus and curvy models is booming. 

Top international agencies are seeking plus size models, so advertisers are booking more of them every day. The good news is, becoming a plus size model has never been easier — but you have to know exactly what to do and who to trust to get started.

This is a fast-growing industry that you don’t want to miss out on. Keep reading for the information you need to get started! 

5 Steps To Get Started!

1.Get evaluated by experienced professionals - A good way to do this is by sending out applications to agencies. If you are rejected (which everyone is, so dont worry!) ask for feedback and use this to your advantage! To find out if you have what it takes to be a plus size model, start by getting the opinion of several different types of agents. Some agents only represent high fashion models, and others may only represent commercial models, showroom and fit models, or petite models. So it’s important to be seen by numerous agents and scouts to be sure you’re getting exposure to the right ones. 

And don’t panic if one agent won’t represent you — it doesn’t mean another one won’t! 

2. Maximize your exposure - In order to become a successful plus size model, you should maximize your exposure to as many scouts, agents, and clients as possible. The more exposure you get, the higher the odds are that you’ll get booked for plus size modeling jobs. 

Some curvy models get exposure by emailing their photos to agencies. This often isn’t effective — most email accounts on the homepage of a modeling agency are generic addresses that are rarely checked. On the other hand, sending out traditional mail with your photos to modeling agencies might increase the chance of it being seen, but this is an expensive and time-consuming method. Other models might attend modeling conventions (and shell out more than $5,000 to do so) to get exposure to agents, scouts, and clients. 

As you can tell, there are drawbacks to these methods — they either cost too much money, take too much time, or don’t get you the results you need. So, what can you do? 

3. Start with simple snapshots — Aspiring plus size models often assume they need to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars to get professional photos taken. But when you’re first starting out, this really isn’t necessary! 

Agents and scouts just need to see simple snapshots in the beginning — this means very little makeup and simple clothing. If the agents think you have potential, they might recommend you invest in professional photos. In some cases, they may even cover the cost of these photos with the understanding you’ll pay them back once you start booking jobs. 

4. Skip modeling schools and opt for a personal coaching session instead - If you’ve ever been told you need to go to modeling school in order to be successful, think again! 

Curvy Plus Model Tess Holliday | Cosmopolitan

While there’s nothing wrong with attending a modeling school (reputable schools can be a good way to learn poise, style, makeup and hair techniques), they won’t make or break your modeling career. You will either have the look agencies are going for or you won’t — but costly modeling classes won’t make the difference! 

Instead of modeling classes, aspiring plus size models (or any models) are encouraged to get a personal coaching session, or attend acting workshops and public speaking classes. They can teach you skills like proper auditioning techniques, how to work on set and with cameras, and how to be comfortable speaking with and meeting people. 

Check out these great tips from Brielle on Youtube on Plus Size Modelling!

5. Work with experienced, legitimate plus size modeling agencies

To have a successful career as a curvy model, a legitimate modeling agency is a must. But this can be difficult. Who can you trust? Which agency has your best interests in mind? Who can get you the exposure you need? 

To make this process much easier, can help!

Don’t waste time scouring the internet looking for reputable plus size modeling agencies when The Beautiq can do the work for you!

We fully understand the various aspects of the modeling industry:

  • Contract negotiations 

  • The relationships between international and mother agencies 

  • Travel arrangements 

  • Overseas accommodations

  • Work visas in foreign countries 

— and much more.

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