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How to be a plus size modelYou’ve been dreaming about becoming a plus size model but aren’t sure where to start.  I have three words “You Go Girl!”

As much as I’d personally love to be a Plus size model, as a  5″3 flat footed pear shaped gal  I’ve accepted there’s not much hope for me in the big girls’ model world. This doesn’t mean I don’t think I’m damn sexy (I totally am) but I’m not going to be hoofing it down a runway in a pair of stilettos and designer duds anytime soon. However, if you’ve got what it takes to make it in front of the camera then here’s  a few things you need to know before you get started:


There are exceptions to every rule but all models need to be in proportion (your bust should be in proportion to your hips and waist). You should have a toned body, immaculate hair, beautiful clear skin and straight white teeth. Here’s the part that sucks for those of us who are on the shorter side, there’s a height requirement. I’ve definitely  heard of plus size models at 5″6 and I reckon if you feel like you’ve got the ‘it factor’ then why not try at an open casting call and see if you get through but generally the requirement is as follows:

Height: 5″9-6″0

Size: 12-18 for print and up to 22 for runway


There are the big name agencies such as Ford and Wilhelmina so look at them as your benchmark for what a professional agency is. The agency websites have a lot of information so do your research before you pick up the phone and be prepared.  Check that the agency you are looking into has a plus size model division.

– What is the specific requirement of the agency?

– Who are the plus size models are on their books and what are their stats?

– Dos the agency have open casting?


– Do you represent plus size models?

– Do you host open calls for aspiring models OR would you like my submission by post or e-mail?

-What are you specific requirements (i.e height etc)?

-What should I bring/wear to your open call? (some are specific on makeup or bare face)

-What would you like to see in my hard copy photos (post/e-mail submission?)

*Most open calls don’t require a full portfolio just a basic photo submission


This is an opportunity for anyone to show up in person and apply to be a model. You get the meet the agents in person and will be able to get instant feedback. If you’re worried about the height requirement but still think you have ‘it’ this could be your best shot if you turn out to be the elusive ‘exception to the rule.’ Treat an open calls like you would a job interview and show up looking your absolute best with attention to all details.


These are basic snapshots that anyone can take i.e not a professional portfolio shoot. You still need to make sure they’re clear and well framed.

– Head shot & full body (head to toe)

– On the back of each photo include your details- name, measurements (height, weight, bust, chest, hips, waist), age, hair color, eye color, a contact phone number, email, and address.

– Make sure you have copies as these won’t be returned


This comes after figuring out if you fulfill the requirements. I’d do a few open calls first and get a feel if you’re what agencies are looking for before you fork out money on a professional portfolio. If you’re accepted into an agency they’ll guide you on the next steps as you’ll need to book a reputable makeup artist, stylist and photographer.


Ford, and Wilhelmina are top agencies and don’t require any payment for an open call. They  also don’t offer courses on ‘how to become a model.’ If someone wants upfront payment just to see you then that is an Instant red flag. If an agency requires you to pay for a portfolio shoot just to be considered as a client then its a scam.

Kelly Glover is an Australian living in Los Angeles and created this plus size fashion blog as a place for curvy women to get info and advice on plus size dating, celebrity and fitness.
    • Destany White-Campbell
    • April 30, 2014

    I would love to be a model

      • Ceiria woodland
      • April 18, 2017

      I will love to become a model

    • carol judge
    • May 18, 2014

    I love to become a model just to show women with cruvres they shud feel good about them self’s inside.and out

    • Elaine martines
    • September 1, 2014

    I would love to be a model to show the younger generation not to stress on body image as long as you feel good about yourself

  1. Reply

    I a plus size woman. I would love to have a chance at being a plus size model. If anyone knows an agency that is local to Birmingham please let me know.

    • Alexus
    • November 15, 2014

    I want to be one to show my sister that u can be big and sexy

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    I luv to be a plus size women iam big and sexy

    • Manoko Tryphosa
    • November 4, 2015

    i would love to show the world that being big does not mean anything to me,it means being sexy to me

      • deborah black
      • November 19, 2015

      I would love to embrace just being beautiful .im very unique and would love a chance to become a Meditation and have green eyes, and black hair. Short however, but would rock a run way with the right heels#self confident #self motivated#willing to learn

  3. Reply

    Trying to become model

    • Christina
    • April 12, 2016

    Very interesting plus size modeling show younger generation beauty is with in

  4. Reply

    Yes I would love to be model it’s just these companies say they want u if so no money should have to be put out if they like u then do what it is to make it happen

    • Amandalyn
    • April 19, 2016

    I would like to get into modeling.

    • Jennifer Ramos
    • July 9, 2016

    I would like to become a model. A international modle. It’s hard for Mexicans to get into modeling.

  5. Reply

    I will love to be a plus size model

  6. Reply

    I really want to become a model I really am interested in it I want to show women out there that beauty is not a size I’ll still think I’m beautiful and I am perfect for the job lol

    • Rosaliz
    • October 15, 2016

    Beauty doesn’t have a weight limit..

    • Harley
    • November 22, 2016

    It’s amazing to know that there are plus size models. Myself being a larger built girl is not your typical 10-16. In no way at this point looking to stop enjoying life to it’s fullest. I am really interested to explore and to learn more about this career. Thank.

    • dimakaso mashaba
    • January 5, 2017

    I’d love to be plus size model

    • Alicia
    • January 13, 2017

    I would like to become a plus size model

  7. Reply

    Call me i wanna be a model thank u

    • Keoshia
    • January 24, 2017

    Hi I’m keoshia Jones I’m applying for being a plus size model

    • Re-tania
    • February 8, 2017

    I would love to become a curvy model and show them young girls you should be proud of your fabulous body

    • February 15, 2017

    I would love to become a plus size model i will love to do this model…

  8. Reply

    it is nice to see plus size models rather than all those skinny ones!

    • crystal sulffridge
    • March 2, 2017

    My wifes interested.

    • Jusheama brown
    • March 11, 2017

    I’m interested in becoming a plus size model

    • Michelle Mungia
    • March 27, 2017

    How do I get started

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