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Lauren Koenig Shares Her PLUS Model Mag Inspired Friendship with Lisa Barfield, 9/01/2009
When we decided to bring a PLUS Model Magazine Directory, it
by Editor Maddy Figueroa-Jones

When we decided to bring a PLUS Model Magazine Directory, it was with the intention to connect with plus models and to work with them on all levels of their careers. This month we introduce the PSIP (PLUS Size Industry Professionals website), which is our answer to your many requests to build a place where you can showcase your work, stats and be available to be seen by potential clients.

What we did not see coming was how the models within the directory would connect. One letter in particular was so amazing that this month we decided to share it with all our readers. Below is the email we received from Directory Member Lauren Koenig.

Enjoy!   Maddy...
Hi Maddy,

Just wanted to share something with you.  Back in the spring, I was browsing the PLUS Mag model directory and I decided to reach out to Lisa Barfield (whom you know) out of NYC for some advice.  I hadn't done anything with modeling except for shooting TFP and I needed help and advice from another model... another plus model.... as I was confused, lost and simply alone...and Lisa was really there for me.

I just wanted you to know, that us PLUS girls, really stick together! Because of your website, I reached out to Lisa... she gave me such great advice; referring me to all the websites and directories I needed to be in.  After about 6 months of emailing/phone conversations/chatting and becoming 'friends,' she just came to Chicago to spend a weekend with me and we did a photo shoot with one of Chicago's biggest stock photographers, Jim Jurica!  We had such a blast and it was so cool to shoot together. (The photos came out really well - very commercial/lifestyle like --
see some of the attached photos from the shoot). We discussed, that because of PLUS Model Magazine, we have both really advanced in our modeling careers and we both feel that something big will happen for us.

Lisa has become my 'go to' girl for plus modeling - we have a really strong bond that was sealed by PLUS! Just thought you should know this.... and how PLUS was a part of the beginning of a great friendship!


Lauren Koenig

Have a story to share about how PLUS Model Magazine has helped you and/or your career? Drop me an email... I would LOVE to know about it and maybe share your story and pictures in an upcoming issue of PLUS!

Keep thriving in your curves...


Photo Credits: Jim Jurica - His work is available on



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