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Getting To Know Our Cover Model Liris Crosse, 3/01/2011

by Madeline Figueroa Jones

She's the type of woman you see in the street and have to do a double take, there is just nothing ordinary about this statuesque beauty; yet her platform for diversity in fashion has brought to her a very generous fan base of plus size women. She's determined, passionate and sexy all the while making people around her feel like they are old friends. Newly signed with one of the most well known boutique agencies in the plus size industry, Liris is set to blaze the modeling and film industry.

Maddy: Most models I have interviewed are at a different place when they begin their careers than you were. Tell me about how you got started in the modeling industry.

Liris: I got started by taking some pictures in Baltimore with a photographer named Robert Stephens & makeup artist, Carla Williams; they shot my 1st test pictures. I went to two Models Search America conventions. The first time I got four callbacks from Michelle Pommier, Elite, Seventeen, and Zoli. They all thought I was great but they wanted me to lose weight. So I went on this crazy diet and when I attended the second convention, but I got less call backs after losing the weight. After that I moved to New York from Baltimore to do commercial modeling. I stopped by Model Search America just to let them know I was in town and they sent me to Wilhelmina; they worked with voluptuous women and they signed me that day! The rest is Full Figured History!! I always pushed my agenda of putting curvy models on the pages with straight size models and it's paid off! I did a long, great stint with Wilhelmina but I recently left and joined Dorothy Combs Models. They're such go-getters!

Maddy: You have worked outside of the plus size industry and crossed over into other areas. Can you tell us about your work outside of the industry?

Liris: I have worked in music videos, commercials, TV & film! Some of my early memorable roles were in Jay Z's "Do It Again" video or as the stripper in "The Best Man". I have really studied to become a great actress so I have also appeared on "The Wire", "Law & Order SVU" & appeared in some short and indie films that have toured the film festival circuit. The most recent is a film called "Abidjan"; please Google for the trailer. I also love to host! I plan on having my own interview talk show soon, but for now I do live events, websites and DVDs.

Maddy: Most people probably do not realize you're a signed plus size model. What are some of the things that you wish people knew about models or plus size models in particular, that they do not know?

Liris: Well I think most don't realize the warped thinking of the fashion industry. Plus models start from a size 8 these days, up to a size 20. Most have proportionate curves and are nicely toned. I wish they knew that more. Curves are beautiful in numerous sizes! I'm tall and proportionate but yes this is a sexy 14! It's all there!




 
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