Before and After... An Interview With Shanta Washington, 1/01/2008
by Maddy Figueroa-Jones
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is being able to meet
aspiring models and watch them grow in the industry. Together with my
husband, we shoot many aspiring plus size models. I pay close attention
to the aspiring models especially when they are shooting for the very
I can remember my first shoot and not knowing what a models bag was,
the proper shoes to bring, under garments and how to choose the right
clothing combinations. By providing as much information as possible I
believe that an aspiring models first shoot can be a successful one.
Keeping this in mind I decided to document our experience with an
aspiring model in order to share her experience. For those just getting
started in the industry, this interview may remove some of the
anxiousness you might feel before your first shoot.
Our model was Shanta Washington from NY.
[Maddy] How long have you wanted to pursue a career in modeling?
[Shanta] I've been interested in modeling since I was a young
teen. However, it wasn't until I became a mature adult that I
really started looking into it. I decided two years ago to really
[Maddy] Tell me about how you researched the industry.
[Shanta] I'm an internet junkie! I have always looked up plus
size modeling on various search engines, but I was discouraged by what
I would find. As far as I could tell, there was no place for
me. I'm not 6 feet tall, so in my mind this meant that I could
never make it. However, one day on one of my public pages, I
joined a group that focused on plus size modeling. I came across
the profile of a young lady who struck me as amazing. The
connection that I felt was that she too was not 6 feet tall woman, but
she was a working model and quite successful I must add. I sent
her a message asking about her start at which time she directed me to
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