PMM ARCHIVES: Interview With PMM Plus Size Cover Model Katie Lynn
Many aspiring models think that becoming a plus size model is lavish, only fun and never truly relate modeling with hard work. Katie Lynn faced what most working models face every season, modeling in weather that does not totally match what they are wearing. Most retailers and magazines shoot fall and winter clothing during the spring/summer season and vice versa. This is when professionalism and the true character of the model comes through and Katie Lynn was a true joy for PLUS to work with under extreme weather. We look forward to more from Katie Lynn in the plus size industry.
[Maddy] Thank you for working with PLUS Model Magazine on such an amazing shoot. You did really well under difficult circumstances. Was this the first time you have shot under such extreme hot weather? If so, tell me how you learned to prepare for situations such as this?
[Katie Lynn] Thank you for the opportunity to work with PLUS Model Magazine; it was a great experience! This was my first time shooting in the heat, but I grew up in Southern California, so I know that the summer sun can make for scorching work conditions. I made sure to bring plenty of water and started hydrating myself a few days before the shoot. Executing the shoot in the heat was very much a team effort. Reah and Artemis were great about making sure that I stayed hydrated and had snacks throughout the day. It was also important that the photographer, Kev Bailey, and I had clear communication so we were able to get the shots quickly. This teamwork made the heat much easier to bear.
[Maddy] For those of us who do not know much about you – could you tell us a little about yourself and how you began your plus size modeling career?
[Katie Lynn] Sure! I was born and raised in sunny Southern California. I grew up as an athlete playing several sports. My favorite sport is softball and I moved to Seattle to continue playing while earning my Bachelor’s degree. Even though I was a “jock” I have always loved being girly! I was often told by others that I should be a model, but thought, “me a model? I have too many curves to be a model!” After doing some research, I learned that there was a Plus size market designed for naturally curvy women, like me! Without telling a soul, I sent some pictures of myself to some local agencies in Seattle and was fortunate enough to be signed shortly after.
[Maddy] What personal changes, if any, did you make when you became a signed model?
[Katie Lynn] When I signed with my agency, I did some research and actually started taking vitamins. My schedule at school stayed hectic with studies and softball. I figured that it would be wise of me to make sure I was in the best health possible. I have always enjoyed working out so the gym was nothing new but I did change a bit of my routine to refine those areas that I felt needed a bit more firming or toning.