From a young age, Dana Baker knew that she wanted to be a model.
She explains, “My grandmother loved fashion. I would go into her closet and play dress up.” As a teenager, her chance to model came when her mother took her to a casting call in Nashville, Tennessee. They needed $800 to build a portfolio, and sadly, her mother couldn’t afford it.
In 2014, the now 33-year-old, saw her dream of becoming a model come true. She was a showroom model for Ardyss Body Magic and was named the Top Model of Kentucky for the Miss Plus America Pageant. Currently, she is the face of Passionista Plus Brand in the US Virgin Islands.
She has now done various runways shows, print ads, and even worked as a fit model. She is now getting ready to add cover model to her list of accolades. She needs votes and sponsors to help her land the cover of Jetset magazine for the 2016 Miss Jetset Model Contest.
Dana told reporters, “I’ve always wanted to be on the cover of a magazine. I know if I win it it could take my career to the next level.”
Landing the cover would make Dana the magazine’s first plus-size model on the cover.
She explains further, “They’re always telling us that a size 2 is beautiful. You don’t have to be a size 2 to be beautiful. It’s a great way to represent the curvy movement.”
The contest started off with 7,500 contestants, which were cut down to 5,500. The voting is done by each state and country. Those who are voted number 1 in their state or country will move on to the next round in the contest. Online voting is only until July 15. The winner will be chosen in August and will get $100,000 in cash and prizes.
Now Dana is number 2 in the state of Kentucky. She is hoping to get more votes to become number 1.
Each person is allowed a daily free vote, and they have the option of giving monetary votes. A portion of the proceeds from the monetary votes will go to the Be Positive Foundation. The foundation helps families with children suffering from cancer.
One of Dana’s upcoming jobs is for Kaz Boutique. She will model for their Web site, and the store will open in August. Her platform remains the same whether she wins the contest or not. She is there to promote and represent the curvy women.
For her parting words, she says, “My motto is loving yourself no matter what size you are.”
And that is true, self-love starts within. As long as you are happy with your body, you can be happy. Being a plus-size model and regular person, she uses her platform to promote body positivity.