Plus Size Modeling - An Introduction
Plus size modeling is a growing industry that is gaining popularity and
acceptance throughout the world. Because plus size models and modeling has
gained popularity in the last ten years, the opportunities have broadened
considerable, but all modeling shoots for a plus size model are not the same.
Plus size models will discover major differences between shoots, whether
operating as a free agent or with representation and between different markets.
When you decide you want to try plus size modeling, you need to consider whether
you want or can get representation right away, or if you want to act as a free
agent. Finding representation can get you into many doors, but in some cases, if
you are just starting out, you may want to be a free agent and market yourself
to build your portfolio and get experience.
remember; you won't be right for every job no matter what you do
Finding representation can be challenging. You'll need some photos of yourself
and you may need to try several agencies before you find the right one. Some
agents want to see professional headshots, while others prefer a simple Polaroid.
In many cases, they prefer to see your "raw material" and then they'll help you
find and cultivate a desirable plus size model "look."
If you find representation, you should remember that the agent is working for
you but you still need to take an active interest in your own modeling career.
You should know what kinds of jobs they are promoting you for and why you are or
are not getting jobs.
As a free agent you may have more flexibility, but you'll need to carefully
protect yourself and make sure you're booking legitimate, paying jobs. Regardless
of your status, you should constantly seek feedback, and do your best not to
take it personally.
Consider yourself a product that will be effective selling a product, or not.
You may need to alter your look, gain weight, tone up or change your hair to be
more marketable. Make sure you remember on thing; you won't be right for every
job no matter what you do.
If you want to be a plus size model, you do need to consider that there are
different kinds of plus size modeling and different markets for different sizes.
Here is an interesting guide to some of the different markets and needs for plus size models.
Plus Size Lingerie Modeling: Really good plus size lingerie models are hard to
find. Not only are companies and agencies looking for well proportioned and sexy
women from sizes 10 to 18, they are also looking for toned, curvy bodies that
will really make their photos pop!
In many cases, a plus size lingerie photo shoot will also be different than that
of a catalog or fashion shoot. They may want sensual, sexy or even playful moods
and you need to be comfortable with your body and your sexuality to project the right feelings.