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Our Interview with Wyinnetka - A Plus Size Model Not Ashamed of Being Called "Plus", 4/01/2011

She's considered by some, the Naomi Campbell of the plus size industry because of her striking good looks and longevity the modeling industry. With countless campaigns, an Essence Magazine cover and years of experience behind her, she remains thankful and genuine about who she is, and the life she's been afforded. It's a pleasure to sit and talk candidly with Wyinnetka, a plus size model that is not ashamed to be called "plus".

Maddy: How did you get started in the modeling industry?

Wyinnetka: My mother put me in a charm/modeling school when I was a young girl. I was completely fascinated with models and watching models on television.  The charm school taught us how to be young ladies but also how to walk the runway and we would compete in competitions against other schools.

Maddy: Were you a plus size girl at the time?


Wyinnetka: No I was straight size, and I did a few things locally after the charm school experience but I did not actively pursue it.

Maddy: So at which point did you enter the plus size modeling industry?

Wyinnetka: I was working at a hair salon as a receptionist. I love sweets and I had gained a little weight and my friend would always joke around and say "you should be a plus size model".  One day this woman walked into the salon to get her hair done and she approached me and said that if I was interested in modeling I should call Susan Georget at Wilhelimina in New York.

Maddy: So, when you met with Susan, did you even know what you were walking into?

Wyinnetka: I knew nothing! I was totally green – did not have a clue about what to wear to a meeting with an agent or what to bring. I remember being nervous and excited at the same time. 

Maddy: What happened after you met with Susan?

Wyinnetka: She gave me great feedback and signed me on the spot.  Over the years Susan became more than just a good agent, she helped develop me as a model. She took a lot of time with me and would show me pictures in magazines of what she wanted me to have in my book and really gave me the tools to succeed.

I could have left Wilhelmina and went to other agencies that were scouting me but the primary reason why I stayed was because of Susan and the relationship we had developed.

Maddy: Once you got signed, how long until your first booking?

 
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