: 5' 3" / Size: 14
Photographer: Ryan Hainey
When did you decide you wanted to be a plus model?
has been my passion and a lifelong dream of mine. I have done
some modeling as a child and as a teenager, but back then I was
considered a standard model, because I was really skinny. As I
got older I started to gain weight and started wearing clothes in the
double digits, and therefore gave up my dream of modeling because
I felt that I had to be skinny in order to be a model.
One year ago
I was browsing around on the Internet and came across a few plus models
websites and I realized that there was a market for curvy women in the
modeling industry. I told myself if they can do it, I know I can
do it too. From that moment on I decided that I was going to
start plus modeling and have been dedicated and determined to keep
chasing my dream until I make it in the industry. Before plus modeling
I was self conscious about my weight and thought I was fat. I now
embrace my curves and have learned to work with what I've got and if
society doesn't like it then so what!
Who are your favorite curvy role models?
Tyra Banks, Mia
Amber Davis, Madeline Figueroa-Jones, Gwendolyn DeVoe, Jamil
Kali, Christina Mendez, Chenese Lewis, Mo'Nique, Jill Scott, Queen
Latifah, Jordin Sparks, Kimberley Locke, Jennifer Hudson, America
Ferrera, Toccara Jones, and Whitney Thompson. These are all women
whom I admire and who inspire me to keep pursuing my dreams.
If you could pick the perfect plus modeling campaign for yourself, who would you want to work for?
would love to work for any company or designer that specializes in
clothing for curvy women such as Qristyl Designs, Monif C, BLUR
Dezign's, Igigi, Ashley Stewart, Torrid, and Lane Bryant.
What are your dreams, desires and goals as a plus model?
dream is for plus modeling to become my professional career and not
just a hobby. My goal is to change the lack of representation of petite
plus models in the industry, and to let the world know that
despite my height and my size I can do anything I set my mind to.
Name your favorite store to shop for curvy clothes in your hometown...
don't have a favorite store in particular, because I shop anywhere that
has clothing in my size. I like to wear clothing that appeals to
me and looks great on my body.