My adventures officially began on the 20th May 2011. The time for my first casting had come and boy was I nervous. The Job – A Fit Model for a big high street brand. Location – London. I understand you may be asking yourself why am I going for Fit Model jobs, the truth is it’s not exactly my ideal job but it’s all experience and I love clothes, fashion and embracing my curves so I felt like I would enjoy the job and do it some justice whilst help improving the fit of this high streets clothes. Unfortunately I have no photos to upload from the day as it was before the creation of La Chica con el Cuerpo con Curvas.
From doing my own research, there seems to be numerous barriers to entry in the plus size world, the main one being no bigger than a size 20. So how is it allowed to be called plus size modeling, when the retail industry caters right up to a 32 and probably bigger and we don’t have models that cater for this size? What I don’t understand is how they can think a garment will appear the same on a size 28 as it would a 20. We need a more diverse approach to models and fashion, something fresh, someone bold enough to at least try something different and more importantly models confident enough to care.
The fashion industry has certainly come along way already. With people like Ashley Graham , Lizzie Miller, Tara Lynn, Crystal Renn and more becoming big names, there are now more agencies, magazines, and websites catering for the plus woman and let’s not forget men.
Beauty is meant to be in the eye of the beholder but how can this be, when big brand names are sending out size 0 models, who can’t be eating healthy amounts down runways and their pictures in our magazines. And we wonder why girls as young as 9 are already having issues with anorexia, bulimia etc. We wonder why women are the more self-conscious race when all we get to look at when keeping up with the latest trends are beautiful but skinny women with perfection written all over them. But is this perfection? Personally I don’t believe that there is perfection, everyone is entitled to their own opinions on what beauty is and we are all different, so how can we justify beauty? Simple we can’t. The industry needs to realise they should try and cater to everyone’s perception of beauty by using a variety of looks, sizes, shapes, heights and
those with disabilities. While writing this I’m looking around thinking how amazing it is we are all so different. I would hate to not be able to be an individual in this world, to not have views etc.
ANYWAY back to the casting. So I awake this morning around 10am and it hits me, the panic has set in and I don’t know what to wear. For once I have awoken to my face not looking so bad so the prospect of no make-up didn’t bother me that much. I decided plain and simple. It’s a fit model, so it’s either an, you want my body? Or you don’t scenario. I decided jeggings, nice sequined top, leather jacket and some small heels. My hair got slung up into a bun and with a light layer of foundation, I was on my way. Oxford Circus HERE I COME. The décor was beautiful and I was surrounded by lots of trendy people with big sunglasses, designer bags, just like the films. I didn’t have to wait long and I got taken into this little room where I stripped off and got my measurements done. I then got given an outfit and the ladies seemed pleased and introduced me to a man named David. I don’t know who he was but he was so lovely and friendly. He kinda checked me out, asked me a few questions and went so it was all done really quickly. Maybe he was of importance but i’m unsure…
Well I got a text from the lady who sent me saying I made their books, so it was smiles all round and really boosted my body confidence. Hopefully I get a call soon! :)