How to Become a Plus Size Model

Plus size models are usually between size 12 - 16 (occasionally 18) and their height is usually 5'7- 5'11. This article provides tips on becoming a plus size model.


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    Decide if the modeling industry is right for you. Take a look through magazines and catalogs and get a feel for how the models look, including the way they pose, their body type etc.
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    Take a few test shots with some friends or family.
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    If you like being in front of the camera and believe you are photogenic, then practice moving in clothing and finding your right look, a hairstyle that fits your face (choose one that is easy to maintain and one that is easy to style for different looks in modeling). If there is anything that you need take care of, for example, split ends,clearing up your skin , exercise to tone areas, then take action and do so.
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    Make sure you meet the height and size requirements.
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    Seek out local modeling agencies in your area and find out what their exact requirements are for submitting your photographs or for open calls. Open calls are when the agencies set time aside to see new models.
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    Once you find the agencies you want, schedule a test shoot - it can be with a friend or family member or you can have professional photos taken. It is not necessary that they be professional.
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    The photos should be clear and not blurry. There should be no-one else photographed in the pictures with you. At least one photo should be a headshot, one a good smile shot, one full length, and one a body shot in shorts and tank (whatever you are comfortable wearing) or a swimsuit.
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    Submit your photos to the agencies you have chosen. There are three ways to submit your photos: email to the relevant "plus size division"; or send a letter of introduction with your photos attached via ordinary mail; or go to an open call at the agency and meet with them in person, as this way they can not only see you but will also get to see your personality. Make sure you know your stats (height, dress sizes, age, hair color, eye color, shoe size). If you don't know your measurements, have someone take them for you. Write them down and carry them with you or include them in your e-mail or letter.


  • Smile and have fun !
  • Be confident in yourself!
  • On open calls dress casual but neat, nothing too trendy or tight.
  • Keep nails neat and manicured.
  • Don't wear heavy makeup.
  • Your skin should be clear and blemish-free.
  • Don't pay an agency. For modeling they should pay you.


  • Many agencies are looking for different looks at all times. The advertising industry is more interested nowadays in a wider representation of people in their ads.
  • Modeling is a very competitive business, do not feel bad if not accepted by the agency . Many famous models are not signed with an agent on their first open call - keep working on yourself and go a second time and more if needs be . If the agency is still not right for you, try another agency.
  • Sometimes modeling may not be for you - if you're still interested in working in the fashion industry, there are many opportunities such as stylists, make up artists, photographer . Find what your talents are and do what you like best!
  • If an agency asks you to pay them for photos, especially if they are expensive (e.g. 1000$), deny paying and leave immediately. These are often scams and cons and will deprive you of your money.

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Categories: Models and Modeling | Plus Size Fashion