In order to become a plus size model you will need to meet the certain requirements; with regards to your height this usually needs to be between 5’7 and 5’11 and between dress sizes 12 up to size 18. Like with any modelling you will need to be thick skinned to work in this industry because it is a competitive one.
Get the right look…
If you enjoy being in front of the camera and believe that you are photogenic then it is important that you begin to find your right look, one that suits you and that you feel comfortable with; then you can begin to put together your portfolio. Your portfolio will need shots displaying your natural beauty; that’s ones that are not staged or posed. And you will also need to make sure that there are shots that focus on full body and then separate face shots.
Once you have a portfolio you can begin to start making contact with local modelling agencies, be sure to research the agencies that you are going to contact. You want to make sure of their reputation and ensure that they are professionals within the industry. Once you have found out the agencies that you wish to apply too; you’ll need to check what their exact requirements are before submitting your photographs.
How to submit you photos / portfolio
There are 3 options of submitting your photographs; you can either email them to the plus size department of the agency, send the agency a letter of introduction with your shots attached. Or you can attend what’s called an open call at the agency.
An open call is an ideal way to get noticed; you get the chance to meet the agencies representative in person, giving you the opportunity to show off both your natural beauty and your personality. These situations can be a bit daunting, so be prepared and make sure that you know your stats, so be sure of your height, weight, dress size, eye and hair colour, shoe size etc. Remember to smile and do not let criticism get to you.
How much can a plus sized model earn?
An experienced plus size model can earn up to £20 per hour to begin with if you represent yourself, however if you are signed to a modelling agency and in high demand then you could be earning around £250 per hour.
When you are just starting out as a Plus Size Model we would advise you to keep your day job. Although this modelling can become very lucrative, it is also competitive and takes a lot of perseverance. Your best bet is to build up relationships within your local area, which will then hopefully lead to a full time Plus Size modelling career!