PLUS Model Magazine joined forces with the premier plus size modeling boutique, Dorothy Combs Models in search for the next Super Plus Size Model. We received over 2,000 entries and after weeks of deliberation we announced our finalist and first prize winner. Lauren Veluvolu embodied the combination we were looking for.
We spent the weekend with the curvy beauty in NYC on the set of her feature shoot and enjoyed watching Lauren take on the role she was born to play. We are excited about bringing you closer to this curvy beauty who is about to set the plus size modeling world on fire.
Maddy: How would you describe yourself?
Lauren: I’m young, adventurous, a fashionista, animal lover, love bringing out the best in people, and I am in LOVE with plus size modeling and the overall power of curves and confidence combined!
Maddy: Was entering the model search something you did on a whim or did you put a lot of thought behind it?
Lauren: When I first came across the ad for the PLUS Model Magazine and Dorothy Combs Next Plus Size Super Model search, literally I was so excited that an opportunity like this had come up. As an aspiring plus model, I know when a good opportunity surfaces, you must submit ASAP! I knew this competition was going to be a tough one seeing that both PMM and DC Models were behind it. It was a big step, yet I felt ready enough to take it.
Maddy: Have you always wanted to be a model?
Lauren: I never considered modeling as an option due to self body image issues. I looked at models as these perfect and absolutely flawless human beings. I always told myself I wanted to be a famous movie actress! It was not until my junior year in high school that my body had started to really develop and I learned to start accepting myself. I felt beautiful and more confident than I had ever felt in my entire life. I remember having my very first photo shoot, which was a little less than two years ago. It was absolutely amazing, and literally nobody could tell that had been my first time shooting. I love expressing myself different ways, and just being me in front of the camera is one of the greatest ways to do so. Ever since then, I have been working hard and striving to be the best model I can be.
Maddy: When you were contacted about being the winner, how were you feeling and what type of response did you receive from your family and friends?
Lauren: Oh my goodness, when I first received the phone call from PMM announcing the final decision had been made, and after 2,000 entries of beautiful women, I had won first place; I could not believe my ears. After I got off the phone, I told one of my really good friends that night, and I was sitting there in tears of joy. I could not stop crying, it was so unreal. I could not believe it! It was one of the craziest and most exciting things that have ever happened to me. It was and still is truly a blessing, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity of a lifetime. Soon after I told my mom and the rest of my family, and they were so ecstatic and excited for me! I was going to work in New York and winning a contract, and not just any contract but a contract with Dorothy Combs Models was a dream come true! It just goes to show that when you continue to work hard and never give up, what sounds like the impossible can be turned into the possible.