Top

Tag Archives | how to be a plus size model

Model of the Month : Chrisandra

Our next Model of the Month is Chrisandra! Chrisandra modeled in our very first launch collection and runway show back in Spring 2014. Since then, she’s participated in two other shoots and 1 runway show. She’s a mother and a working model. Learn more about her below!


img_0052

 

1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?

Besides occasionally modeling for Smart Glamour, I am a full-time mommy of four. I am a professional Plus Size Model represented by Bicoastal Mgmt. I am the current Fit Model for Eloquii and Target Swimwear. I had previously been employed as a certified Foreign Language Teacher in the NYC school system. I am also a skilled makeup artist, although I am primarily working as a model now. I love to travel in my free time, sometimes I’m traveling now also for work!

2.How did you get involved with the brand?

I found the opportunity to work with Smart Glamour through a Modelmayhem.com post a few years back.

3.You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?

I’ve modeled for Smart Glamour a few times and I really enjoy the positive energy of Mallorie and the other models.

img_0054

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

Body positivity means that we appreciate the look and usefulness of our bodies, and help others appreciate theirs.

5. If there is a message you could put across to other women through your modeling photos – what would that be?

My message is : Be the YOU that YOU want to be! As a model a person must often change to attract different clients, but I think it’s also important to retain some of your uniqueness or else you get rather muddled down in a selection of people.

6. What is your advice to other women who would like to give modeling a try?

I think there are more opportunities in Modeling than people realize. A lot of people only focus on the Fashion aspect however there is so much more work, especially in Commercial Print, Promo Videos/ Web Content. Research all options and prepare! And don’t give up, so many are good enough, it’s just you have to stick to it.

img_0051

0

Model of the Month: Lady Zombie

Next up in our Model of the Month Series is Lady Zombie!  Lady Z was in our very first “campaign” photoshoot – before we learned the importance of adding a hashtag and promoting our messages to publications! She then continued to come back and model for additional look books and runway shows. Let’s learn a little bit more about her!


LadyZWinter
1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?
I live a Selina Kyle/Catwoman sort of life. By day, I’m a white-collar sort, and by night, I am Lady Zombie – Entertainer Extraordinaire! Aside from modeling for both fashion and art, I get involved in many entertainment and subculture related things. I sing in a self-titled group called, “Lady Zombie and the Deviant Trust Project”. DJ Amazin A and I put out sexy, pissed-off, electronic, trip-hop, goth music. I choreograph and perform in live “Kink Art” stage shows. I’m a Dominatrix, professionally and personally. I also produce and host goth/fetish and rock themed events in the tri-state area. I write the New York Goth Culture Column for Examiner.com. Lastly, and most important of all, I am a proud mother to a beautiful, smart, curious, and funny, one year old baby girl, and wife to Ali Fangsmith – a bad ass fang maker and jewelry carver.

LadyZSpring
2. How did you get involved with the brand?
I love to pose when a concept inspires me. When I can truly become a character or simply express something within me to the camera is when I feel most satisfied. I enjoy wearing incredible outfits and costumes, and to showcase the designs of others. I’m a body positive enthusiast! My deep-rooted interests in the macabre, the Gothic culture and the S&M lifestyle often showcase in my work. I fell in love with idea of SmartGlamour because of the inclusivity that was immediately apparent in their very first look book. When a friend recommended I apply to a casting, I immediately did. I am so happy that I did, too. Mallorie’s vision is something to be inspired by and passionate about. Plus, the clothes are just so damned gorgeous. I can easily incorporate the looks into my alternative wardrobe.

3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?

The campaigns that SmartGlamour puts out make me feel excited, and I’m drawn to share the message with everyone I know! I was apart of the #MiracleMomBods campaign after having my daughter, for instance. It’s so important to showcase “the real” in fashion, and to represent all the difference amazing types of bodies and lifestyles out there – SmartGlamour achieves this. Also, the community that SmartGlamour has created is something that I am proud to be apart of… working with people of such diverse backgrounds, every shape, every size, identity, ability,… it’s incredible. Mallorie has an army of awesome behind her.
LadyZMMB
4. What does body positivity mean to you?
To me, body positivity is all about affirming a positive image of myself and this body that I am in, while not defining myself by my size and other people’s ideas of what a body should be. It’s about being good to myself. It’s about loving every part of myself, including every “flaw.” Additionally, I see body positivity as being able to embrace my scars, stretch marks, tattooed flesh, rolls and valleys, and seeing these things as parts of me, not as imperfections. My body is just an extension of the story of my life. It isn’t always easy to overcome conflict with my body. Some days, I wake up and feel fierce as hell. Some days, I don’t. Through body positivity, I aim to have more “fierce as hell” days, and to help other women, and people in general, to love themselves, too. I think fashion is a huge extension of body positivity, and I try not to put myself in a box and limit myself into any societal standards on how I should or should not dress. I dress to make myself happy. I dress to express my feelings and personal style.
5. If there is a message you could put across to other women through your modeling photos – what would that be?
I’m a black sheep among black sheep as a curvy, almost 30, latina, gothic woman. I can be all of these things, and still achieve success and happiness. I like that I am able to connect with and encourage people from a variety of walks-of-life to love themselves and feel less alone through my art, my writing, and my modeling. Through my photos, I want other women to feel strong and inspired.
LadyZSpring16
6. What is your advice to other women who would like to give modeling a try?
Work with brands and photographers whom you can identify with. Modeling is an art form, and it should make you feel good. Follow your instincts. Above all, have fun!
0

Model of the Month: Kody

And we’re back with our monthly Model of the Month series! This week we are featuring Kody – who has modeled for us for Fall 2015 + our recent Jewelry + Bag outdoor shoot.

kodypink

1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?
I’m actually a novelist. I’ve written five books (the sixth coming out in June) for kids and teens.  My first one, The DUFF, I wrote when I was seventeen, and it was through writing it that I was able to explore my own thoughts on feminism and body-acceptance.  It was adapted to film in 2015 and the book hit the NYT Bestseller list.  I also teach writing workshops in NYC with Gotham Writers, and I co-founded Disability in Kidlit, which is a website devoted to the representation of disabled characters in children’s and young adult literature.  I also really love fashion and makeup, so when I’m not working, I’m usually searching for another amazing vampy lipstick. It’s an addiction.
2. How did you get involved with the brand?
I saw a photo of Tess Holliday wearing this awesome pink bomber jacket that said “Feminist” on the back.  So I had to find out where it came from.  After finding out about SmartGlamour, I learned there was a PopUp store in NYC at the time, so a friend and I went down to check it out.  That’s where I met Mallorie!  We got to talking about SmartGlamour’s models and how diverse and inclusive they were. I (somewhat jokingly) told Mallorie that if she ever needed a “Short blind girl” to model for her, I was around.  To my surprise (and pleasure) she emailed me for the Fall line, and not long after, i was able to walk the runway in one of her amazing outfits with my guide dog at my side.
kody
3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?
Obvious Answer: The clothes are fantastic.
More Emotional Answer: I love what SmartGlamour stands for.  Not only are the clothes lovely – and very much my aesthetic – but the brand is all about acceptance and empowerment. This idea that you can be any size or height, any race, orientation, ability, etc, and be beautiful whether yo have on no makeup or a full-face of it.  I fully and truly believe in that. And I love that there is a clothing line out there that believes that, too.  Not only in theory, but in practice.  I love that when I model with SmartGlamour, I meet women from so many backgrounds and experiences.  I love that I, as a queer, disabled woman, feel welcomed and encouraged.  Both as a model and as a buyer, that means a lot to me.  And it’s something I want to support as much as I can.
Also, again, the clothes are fantastic.
kodybag
4. What does body positivity mean to you?
For me it’s about empathy and realizing that people are people, no matter what size or shape or skin color or ability.  I think that sometimes gets lost in modern culture.  People look at someone and think they know everything about them – their health status, their ability, etc, and they have an opinion about it without stopping to remember that, within that skin there is a person who is just as real and complex as they are.
I used to feel very negative about my body. Partly because of fat shaming and partly because my much thinner friends felt awful about THEIR bodies, and I remember thinking, “IF they don’t feel pretty, how can I?”  On top of that, bodies are complicated things in the disabled world.  In my case, I am always attached either to a cane or a dog, and my eyes might not look the way people expect eyes to look (they shake, they don’t always focus correctly). I had a lot of insecurity. There were times when it affected my mental health – I already have an anxiety disorder, and body-issues became a big trigger for me.
It wasn’t until the last few years that I’ve learned to pull myself out of that and to realize that, no matter what anyone thinks of my body, I am just as much of a person as they are. And I have just as much right to exist, to express myself, and to feel beautiful.  It’s been a long road, and sometimes I still struggle, but that’s one reason I try to talk about it so much, too. Because I think sometimes we all need to be reminded either to a.) be empathetic or b.) to remember that nothing about our bodies changes how human we are.  And whether you’re a size to or 22, whether you’re blind or in a wheelchair, etc – you can feel beautiful.
5. If there is a message you could put across to other women through your modeling photos – what would that be?
Probably that ability has no impact on beauty.  I’d never even considered that I would be allowed to model.  Not because of my size or height – I knew there were petite plus models out there – but because I am disabled. My cane and/or my dog are essential. So to be given this opportunity means the world to me, and I hope it will help other disabled women see that their bodies (and their mobility aids, if that’s the case) are just as awesome as anyone else’s.
kody2
6. What is your advice to other women who would like to give modeling a try?
Just do it! I live my life by a “It won’t hurt to try” mentality. If I have nothing to lose, then why not? If you give modeling a try and it doesn’t work out or you don’t like it as much as you thought, oh well. But maybe you’ll end up loving it and meeting some amazing people and feeling really great about yourself! It is always worth it to try. I am so grateful that I was able to model for SmartGlamour.  It’s an experience I certainly never thought I’d have, but I gave it a shot, and I am eternally glad that I did!
0

Model of the Month: Stephanie

We’ve had a wonderful 2015 – and before we dive head first into 2016, we have one more Model of the Month to feature for December! Next up in our Model of the Month Series is Stephanie Mallick! Stephanie started with us in the Summer of 2014 and has been a go-to model choice for us every since. Read below to learn more about her!

StephBWRunway

1. Aside from occasionally modeling for SmartGlamour – what do you do?

Aside from modeling I am an Actress! I love to perform on stage any way I can whether it’s acting, musical theatre, cabaret, or burlesque! I was lucky enough to study theatre of other cultures abroad and perform on the stages of Romania. I am currently a part of Honest Accomplice Theatre where we create shows to stimulate dialogue and change. Our next show will be about The Body! You can also find me taking in the latest Broadway show in the audience or belting it out at a local karaoke spot. I am in the works of creating a body positive YouTube Channel and am training to complete the NYC half marathon for the second time, I love a good challenge. One of my greatest joys is playing Aunt Steph to my niece and 4 nephews.

2. How did you get involved with the brand?

I believe I first responded on social media to a SmartGlamour casting and am so glad I did! Since then I have been in 3 shoots and 2 runway shows and am continually impressed with the professionalism, the innovative fashions, the diversity in models and the overall kickass girl power! Mallorie continues to inspire me with her drive to promote body positivity and I’m so glad I was able to be a small part of that.

StephJS

3. You’ve modeled for us multiple times – what makes you continue to come back?

I love the message that Smart Glamour brings to the table, Fashion for all and all bodies are good bodies! I am so happy to see a brand celebrating women of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, walks of life; it’s incredible! It’s always a blast working with Smart Glamour meeting new fabulous women each time and taking home a custom fit cute outfit! What could be better?

4. What does body positivity mean to you?

Body positivity, to me, means celebrating all bodies: big, small, and all that’s in between. It means loving your own body and all that it can do. Body positivity is saying it’s ok to be me, to be proud & confident in a world telling us not to. The more we love ourselves and each other the more we combat those harsh media messages and beauty standards. I believe that, each day the more we believe it, spread the word, hashtag it, tweet it, we are invoking change! SmartGlamour helps to do that in a big way!

IMG_1882

5. If there is a message you could put across to other women through your modeling photos – what would that be?

When I was growing up I never in a million years thought I’d model and struggled with body acceptance. Once I began to own my curves and my beauty by looking up to positive role models in the plus world, I was fearless in pursuit of my dreams. I learned that I didn’t need to change to fit a mold in order to be successful or have people like me. I put my modeling photos out there in the world and received a lot of love and positive feedback from women who now want to model as well. I hope to inspire women to go after anything they truly want in life and not be ashamed of their bodies. I’ve done many shoots in lingerie and swim wear and I feel so empowered doing so; to say I have imperfections – but look how sexy I am! I hope other women will want to own their sexiness after seeing my photos because being sexy is size-less.

6. What is your advice to other women who would like to give modeling a try?

Go for it! Modeling has brought so many amazing people into my life, such overwhelmingly great experiences and a platform to promote confidence in women. The best thing is to follow models who inspire you through social media and see what they are up to then follow blogs, magazines, photographers, fashion companies you love, casting pages, body positive pages etc and before you know it you’ll be making connections and hearing about the latest casting opportunities. I believe there is beauty in everyone and you can achieve all you want with a little motivation and hard work. Love yourself and give it a try it’s never too late to pursue a dream!

StephRunway

0