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What Types of Modeling Jobs Do Plus-Size Models Book?

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Never before has there been such acceptance, support, and demand for models size 12 up. So if you’re thicker than the typical fashion model and you know how to flaunt your curves, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t follow your dream of becoming a model. But before you do, there are various types of modeling jobs for plus-size models out there. You might wanna know which works perfectly for you before you pursue one.

Types of Modeling Jobs Plus-Size Models Book

The plus-size model market has become an important part of the fashion and commercial modeling industry and was immensely popularized by the body positivity movement. Several of the top fashion agencies now have plus-size categories, and we’ve seen more plus-size supermodels over the past few years.

Plus-size modeling is a little different from other divisions of modeling in that size matters more than exact measurements. Models are generally size 12 and up with good body proportions. A general rule is that your waist should be about 10 inches smaller than your hips, but that’s just a guideline. There are exceptions to every rule, depending on the types of modeling jobs you’re planning to apply for.

Here are types of modeling jobs for plus-size models.

Runway modeling


The world of high fashion has finally begun to embrace women of all sizes. Bold, beautiful curves are now seen on the runways of New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in the collections of Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, and other top designers. However, this industry is extremely competitive. It will mean you will be modeling alongside people of the same size and weight as you, so you have to stand out from the crowd, be professional, be polite, and take advantage while you can because plus-size fashion work doesn’t come around as often as we’d like.

The taller you are, the better it is to have a chance of getting invited into catwalk and fashion modeling.  Fashion models are generally 5′9″ to 6′. If you can pull off being statuesque, as well as curvaceous and shapely, then you may stand a chance.

Commercial modeling

Commercial modeling is all about being yourself but also being good at a little acting as well. Like any other types of modeling, it’s always an advantage if you can act a little, put on a different persona, and be somebody else to fulfill a brief of the job you have been given. Products for companies and clients with goods to sell are wanting models all the time, needing individual looks and styles, which is what advertising in plus-size modeling is all about. Your name and face will certainly be remembered if you do the job well, and if you are very lucky, you could be rebooked. If the company liked you enough, they may make you the name and face of their particular brand.

Advertising plus-size modeling is usually quite well paid. Though not as much as catwalk and fashion model work, it does not entail the same amount of pressure. It could be a photo shoot in a certain location, and the job may only last an afternoon.

Editorial modeling

If you have been in the hustle and bustle of fashion plus-size modeling and are now fancying something a little bit quieter, then consider being an editorial plus-size model. It could be your stunning face and body that could sell magazines and newspapers. The aim is to promote an end product, whilst telling a story with your pose. It’s more than a click of the camera and more a staged piece of theater, so acting plays a part. There is usually a specific product or perhaps a short story and your job is to come across as the character in the brief. It’s to make the viewer think and reflect on the article they are reading, equate you with being the real-life person selling the particular product in the leaflet possibly.

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A reader of the editorial stays on the page much longer than a buyer would at a quick dash down the catwalk. Your name and face can be remembered if you do this job just right.

Catalog modeling

Succeeding in catalog plus-size modeling usually means having a great chance at a longer-term modeling career. It can be very well paid, and there are lots of work available since catalogs, if you think about it, come out four times a year to coincide with the four seasons. Companies like to use the same model in each edition of their online or print catalogs to gain credibility and also continuity.

You could be asked to wear four seasons’ worth of clothing in one day. Shoots will involve lots of clothing changes, make-up artists swarming around you, and hairdressers changing your look. In that respect, it’s similar to runway modeling, but the pressure is not as much.

Promotional modeling

Success in promotional plus-size modeling is quite easy if you’re used to selling yourself and freelance modeling before. It basically means that you need to look good, but you’ll need to have the charisma in some of the assignments in this category. Promotional modeling is a great way to get your foot in tourism. A great personality is an absolute necessity here among other types of modeling jobs.

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Promotional modeling means you have to sell a product on behalf of the company, to be the name and face behind the brand, which could be anything at any time. It could be a hair product or hand cream or a new range of clothing or perhaps some sportswear. Sometimes it can require some acting when it involves appearing on television, like if you’re asked to model their brand of kitchen cleaner by pretending to be a housewife for the shoot. You need to be good with people, confident, charming, and polite.

Swimwear modeling

To excel in swimwear plus-size modeling, you’ll have to be totally self-assured, to have faith in your body, and to know you have the goods to pull off the job. Remember, in this job, nothing can be hidden from the camera. Your face is just as important as your toned body and your hair and teeth should be in great condition too. Every aspect of you will be seen under the camera lens and you will need to pull off the bikini shot with your mid rift showing, as well as the full body swimsuits. There’s no point going for a job if there is any part of your body that you’re ashamed of.

Swimwear modeling is very different to glamour modeling, but it’s all very tastefully done. It can be a tough line of work and can often mean braving the elements. You will certainly be scrutinized by all the team behind the camera, the makeup stylists, and modelling photographers. You will find yourself positioned and posed, and in between shots, you will have to hang around in skimpy outfits until the next shot is ready. You’ll need the stamina and endurance to stand around all day with not much on.

If you have the confidence to back up your looks, then go for swimwear modeling.

Lingerie modeling

Lingerie modeling is one of the top categories you may wish to consider. Undoubtedly, it has quickly become one of the most lucrative branches to pursue. There are several agencies scouting for curvaceous women to model plus-size intimate wear. but there are standards that need to be met in order to be successful for a sign-up. Your passion must be evident, you must have the right attitude meaning no hang-ups and no self-conscious feelings about your body, shape and size.

Lingerie models must not only be body-proud. They must also have high self-esteem, confidence, and the boldness to appreciate their silhouette. There are other conditions that must be met to become successful in this niche, but the most important of them all are a well-toned body, smooth and clear skin, a good height, minimum of size 14 US (16 UK), and a great attitude.

Art modeling

Art models are quite well paid. This is because art modeling is way different from the types of modeling jobs you are probably used to. It is certainly a modeling category where plus-size models have the advantage over the stereotypical thin model. It may be fun, but it can also be quite daunting if you are not used to being stared at by 20 pairs of eyes all at once! Art models are used by painters and sculptors to create paintings or sculptures. How would you like to be immortalized in bronze or in oil and have your body adorning a wall or even a museum one day?

Art plus size modeling could be in a school or classroom setting with lots of art students studying your form and getting your character down on canvas. Or you could be employed by a single artist in a private studio setting.

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Art plus-size modeling involves a close working relationship not only with the artist but also with your agent so that you can get a sense of closeness without ever having your personal space invaded. Among other types of modeling jobs, this really is for the brave among you—for the models who have the guts and bravery to pose nude or semi nude in front of a group of people. You must be very self-confident and prepared to be put into a pose, which may be uncomfortable and carried out for most of the day. Of course you will get breaks, and you may be able to then chat with the group, if you wish, but your modesty will be preserved at all times.

Now that you’ve learned some of the types of modeling jobs that plus-size models book, it’s time to pick one that’s best for you and show the world what you’ve got.

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