Plus size fashion label Torrid announced the news of an open casting call back in May this year. Naturally, the Torrid Model Search became a hot topic among aspiring models and thousands flocked towards the opportunity. After choosing among 14,000 women, the judges ultimately found their winner in the form of Texan native Lyanna Lynette.
The Torrid model search has always been shrouded by mystery, and a lot of it can be due to the fact that the contest is still in its second year. Now Lyanna, along with the other contestants are speaking about their own experience. From the initial awkward feeling during the first audition to the intense euphoria of being named a finalist, it seems like these women have experienced it all. So if you are planning to join the coveted Torrid Model search next year, then know what to expect straight from the contestants themselves.
Torrid Model Search: Do You Have What it Takes?
Plus size Instagram beauty Valerie sported a cropped top during her audition. She gave Bustle.com this inspiring message:
“I based my outfit on how bold and confident I hoped I was going to be. That day was the first time I ever wore something with a crop top so openly and proud.”
Torrid is a powerhouse fashion brand because apart from the fact that it caters to women of all sizes, it also creates a supportive community wherein they can wear anything they want without fear of being ostracized.
“That feeling of never being seen as a model because of my size, and then finally having almost 200 people just like you cheering as you strut down the runway… that moment got me so emotional I was close to tears,” Valerie explained further.
For Torrid Model contestant Rebecca, the contest was less about pursuing a career in modeling but more about maintaining her loyalty with the fashion brand.
“I love the Torrid brand and I’m a regular shopper. I love how they celebrate women with curves.”
It should be noted that Torrid was behind Tess Holliday’s Photoshop-free ad campaign, and it really showcased just how welcoming the brand was for plus-size women.
3. Taryn Elisabeth Snyder
Taryn Elisabeth Snyder has had a lot of experience under the spotlight. She’s done some acting, she sings and book modeling jobs along the way. But during her stint in this year’s Torrid Model Search, the nerves almost got the best of her. Luckily, the entire crew welcomed her and the rest of the contestants with open arms.
“All of the attendees, volunteers, and people working the event were so welcoming and friendly […] The interview was very chill, more of a conversation than anything. They just try to get a little more insight into who you are and your personality.”
Even Taryn had lost to Lyanna in the end of the contest, the experience of working with a wonderful group of women made the experience all worthwhile.
4. Lyanna Lynette
Before emerging as the winner of 2016’s Torrid Model Search, Lyanna’s only ties to the beauty and fashion was working as a licensed cosmetologist. As the brand’s newest ambassador, she now shares the stage with the likes of Georgina Burke and Philomena Kwao.
Speaking to Bustle.com, she says:
“When I found out that I was the winner of Torrid’s Model Search, I felt like I won Miss USA. I was overwhelmed with joy and felt extremely blessed to be given this amazing opportunity.” Chosen from over 14,000 entrants, Lynette knew that her life would never be the same.”