There is no stopping one particular plus size model in proving that plus size models do have an equally, if not, more colorful life outside of their modeling jobs. Model Denise Bidot has built quite a reputation for being one of the most prominent personalities in the plus size modeling industry. Some of the highlights of her career include being featured in campaigns for major fashion labels and modeling for runway shows during the New York Fashion Week. And, recently, she opened up about her job and motherhood.
On Her Modeling Career
In a recent interview with People magazine, Bidot shared that a modeling career was far off from her mind when she first moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 years old.
She said she originally planned on pursuing an acting career. However, the plus size model was constantly advised to lose 10 to 15 pounds just so she can land an acting job. However, this bombshell did not take such a suggestion very lightly. She recalled saying:
“I’d be like, ‘No! How dare you? You should love me the way I am. There’s nothing wrong. I just didn’t want to compromise who I was and what I believed in for an industry, no matter how much I loved it.”
This 28-year-old Puerto Rican and Middle Eastern beauty recounts how her modeling career came as an accident and that she just “got lucky to be at the right place at the right time“.
Bidot also narrated how her work behind the scenes as a makeup artist launched her successful modeling career. She said she was discovered by a photographer, whose name she did not disclose.
“She’s like, ‘Have you ever thought of modeling?’ I’m like, ‘Look, I’m short and chubby – are you serious? What kind of modeling am I going to do? She changed my life.”
Since then, Bidot has booked both international and domestic modeling jobs for fashion brands like Fashion 21 and recently Lilly Pulitzer. Her other runway appearances included being at the opening for the CHROMAT show during the New York Fashion Week.
The mother of one admitted that modeling gigs back then for plus size models were not at all glamorous compared to what the general public are accustomed to seeing today.
The Miami native described how dressing up for photo shoots and campaigns back then involved being draped in “hideous clothing”.
“It was muumuus and stuff my grandma would want to wear. You didn’t feel sexy wearing the stuff.”
However, Bidot said she “started seeing the progression” when she described the dramatic rise of popularity of plus size models in the industry. She added how the emergence of junior brands eventually paved the way for cooler and hipper clothes to be available to plus size women in the market.
She believes this breakthrough greatly influenced how women are literally changing their attitude about their own body and self-esteem.
“When the clothes change, the women change. They start feeling more confident and then all of a sudden, people start seeing them differently. It’s been a really, really cool thing to see from the inside out.”
For her, this change in the fashion industry also influenced how people perceive plus size women in general, not just in the modeling industry.
“We’re right there in line with these girls, we’re included in the lineup, we’re in the mix. Plus-size girls are now doing beauty campaigns and hair campaigns and so many different things that for so long we fought for and wanted. We’re in a really great place in the fashion industry, and now it’s rippling into TV and film. It’s really wonderful to see.”
Even if there is a steady rise of plus size models now in the industry, Bidot said she does not mind the ‘competition’. In fact, she stressed that there is room for everyone in the business.
She also gave out one important advice to those who want to pursue a career as a plus size model.
“You’ve just got to stay in your lane. You’ve just got to go forward and know that whatever is meant for you is going to come your way.”
On Being a Mother
Despite the many adoring fans this plus size model has, she gushed that her six-year-old daughter Jocelyn will always be her number one fan.
“I always laugh about it because when I come in with hair extensions or lashes or all this makeup, she’s like, ‘Take it off, mommy, you’re beautiful just the way you are,’ It’s amazing to think that a 6-year-old can have what so many women of my generation are struggling to figure out. We can change their mentality growing up, to let them always know that they’re perfect they way they are. She understands.”
Although it can be seen that Bidot is passionate about her job as a plus size model, it cannot be denied that just like any other woman who has mothered a child, nothing will ever outweigh the love of a daughter or a son. And, by the looks of how her daughter is already championing self-acceptance in the most positive way, we can all say that Denise Bidot is doing a great job in the motherhood department as well.