Model & Talent
Hundreds of thousands of young women try to break into modeling every year. About one percent will have the height, body measurements, and other criteria to walk the runways of the world's fashion capitals. Most will fall into two specialty categories of modeling — plus and petite sizes.
Girls who are not size 4-6, which is called a “straight” size in fashion parlance, can have consistent, lucrative, even fabulous careers, provided they know and understand this part of the industry. While they differ from the couture model in height and measurement, plus and petite-size models must have the same zest, vitality, persistence, and professionalism. Personality and attitude are just as important, and they also will have to deal with rejection on a regular basis.
The average American woman is size 12-14. Thirty percent are size 16 and over. A size 10 and over is considered a plus-size. These are staggering statistics, and it is little wonder that this market has increased significantly and provided a career break for girls who could never have dreamed of becoming models. This market has also offered a tiny solution to the immense problems caused by extreme dieting. Women, especially teenagers who have accepted that they will never be toothpick thin, are delighted to be healthy and happy modeling larger sizes. We know for a fact that eighty-five percent of the women in this country are over a size 10, so it is inconceivable to have size four's, six's and eight's representing the fashion industry. We are particularly excited about the teenage model who is a plus size, saying, “They are starting to say, ‘Wow! We are beautiful, too. And that is because of, not in spite of, our size.' ”
NO MORE BATTLE OF THE BULGE
Top models who had fought weight problems for years decided it wasn't worth the risk to their health and became plus-size models. Carre Otis went from a size 2 to a size 12 over a 17-year period. She is now in constant demand as a size 12 model. We instill our students and graduates not have anxieties – ‘Are the clothes going to fit? Will the sleeves be too short?' Now I love myself as I am.”
~ Model Height Requirement ~
There used to be a strict height requirement for models, but having such a demand from real women, advertising has changed in recent years. There is now much demand for petite and full figured women in this industry. In fact, there are agents that specialize only in these two areas. I expect petite and full figured women to gain even more popularity in the high fashion modeling and acting industry in the coming years.
There is no such thing as an unattractive woman, only the woman who does not know how to make the most of what has been handed to her.
- Miss Pamela
For the female model between the heights of 5'1" (five foot three inches) and 5'5" (five foot five inches) with hips that are 34 inches or less with a dress size 2 or 4P.
~ Plus Size ~
For the female model between the heights of 5'1" (five foot six inches) and 6'0" (six foot) with a dress size of 12 through 24. Plus size models are attractive with shapely legs and proportional figure. Agents particularly look for women aged 19-30 who wear a size 12-14. Plus size modeling tends to attract older women with more mature figures.