The fashion industry has become more and more inclusive in terms of sizes over the years. Popular plus-size models such as Ashley Graham and Tess Holliday have spoken out publicly about the need for more if not all women to be represented in fashion, and a lot of brands and big events have made sure that their voices were heard. But if there is one topic that is often left in the dark, it has to be the male plus-size division. Sure, Zach Miko may have smashed stereotypes by becoming the very first plus-size male model to land a major campaign, but he seems to be the only one to do so. UK modeling agency Bridge Models is looking to change all that this coming 2017 by announcing that they are to set up the first-ever plus-size male division in the country.
Bridge Models to Be the First Plus-Size Male Modeling Agency in the UK
In an interview with FEMAIL, Bridge co-director Charlotte Griffiths stressed the importance of representing both sexes:
“It seems only right that we represent men and champion that message across the sexes. I think it was something the public and the brands have been waiting for.”
Bridge Models opened their division by introducing a strong set of male models including Ben Whit, who recently made front-page news after becoming the first plus-size male model in the country. Another noticeable face is Cristian Paris, who moved to Europe in hopes of achieving a basketball career but ended up being scouted by Bridges after his career fell out.
The male models from Bridge’s male division are not obese at all. But they do come in shapes that deviate from the normal sizes people normally see on store racks. Cristian, for example, has normal proportions with a 43.5-inch chest, a 38-inch waist, and wears a size XL jeans. Even if with his measurements, by fashion standards, he can be classified as “curve” or “plus-size”.
Bridge Models opted to create diversity in their modeling agency as a response to the growing demand for it in the market. Ben, Cristian, and the rest of the models are ready to appear in commercial, runway, and even catalog projects when the new year rolls in.