PMM Archives: PLUS Model Magazine’s December 2011 Plus-Size Model Spotlight

Name: Emma Newsom

Resides In: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Stats: Height: 5’11.5”   / Size:  14

Online portfolio: Click HERE.

Tiffany: What’s the plus size modeling industry like in Oklahoma?

Emma: The plus size modeling industry is very small and opportunities are often few and far between in Oklahoma. I have had some luck working with a hair show, local designers, and informal modeling for Macy’s, but anything with real exposure is rare. It’s been kind of frustrating, but has allowed me time to get my look completely together and work with designers in the apparel design program at my university.

Tiffany: Who are your favorite curvy role models?

Emma: I was in Dresden, Germany a couple of years ago at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister museum and was surrounded by beautiful old paintings of curvy, pale women who were a sign of life, love, and beauty. Seeing them, I was immediately inspired, and in that moment I felt comfortable in my skin and with my size.  Those women are some of my first role models; because they were cherished and respected for their curves and beauty. They inspired great works of art.  The first true model I looked up to in today’s world was Crystal Renn. I was so proud of her for going against what the industry dictated, and just following her heart. She helped me realize I could do that too. Nowadays, I find myself looking at everything relating to plus modeling I can find, and have become a true fan of Fluvia, Ashley Graham, Denise, Kate Dillon, and Lizzie Miller. These women know how to rock their curves and stand out in the industry.  It would be an honor to work among them.

Tiffany: Finish this sentence: The plus industry is:

Emma: GROWING!!! A few years ago, all you would see in magazines and on runways were girls who were the size of a stick.  Good for them, but it is definitely time for a change! Now there are beautiful women like Lizzie Miller showing her curves in Glamour, Crystal Renn walking the runway for Karl Lagerfeld, and Ashley Graham workin’ it for Lane Bryant! This is how it should be. Women come in all shapes and sizes, curvy models are just as beautiful and stylish as any other and sometimes we can work the clothing better! Women want to see other real women wearing the clothes they love, so why not give them that?  I am so proud to be a part of the plus model revolution and can’t wait to see how far I can take it!

Enjoy the entire feature HERE!

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