To Top

PLUS Model Magazine Highlight: A Must-Read Interview With Plus Model Liris Crosse By Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones

PLUS Model Magazine Highlight: A Must-Read Interview With Plus Model Liris Crosse By Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones

Liris interview main pic

This month’s issue, The Black Issue, is all about celebrating diversity in the industry. There are so many beautiful African-American plus size models out there who are not being used enough in advertisements and campaigns. One model who speaks openly about the lack of black models working in the modeling industry is Liris Crosse.

Liris, a successful plus size model who has worked with major plus size retailers such as Ashley Stewart and Lane Bryant, is frequently called ‘The Body’ or the ‘Naomi Campbell of Plus’. Despite her successes, she will admit that many retailers and designers will pass her over because they say she doesn’t “fit” the brand. Despite her nickname “The Body”, she has yet to work for a major lingerie or swimwear brand.

Our Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones sat down with Liris in a must-read interview where Liris discusses her experiences as an African-American plus size model and speaks very openly about her views regarding the lack of racial diversity within the modeling industry.

Liris interview 2nd pic

I find it interesting that brands will hold events and invite a lot of the African American bloggers and journalists, but not have one single Black model on their site or in their campaigns, yet they want them to blog about their products and get the sales from their followings.” ~Liris Crosse

To read Maddy’s interview with Liris Crosse in our February 2014 issue, click here. The article is on pages 77-84.

While you’re there, check out the entire February 2014 issue, The Black Issue. There’s 127 pages of so many wonderful articles, interviews and editorials that are all about celebrating diversity and showing the beauty of representing all women of color.

To check out the entire issue, click here.

PLUS Model Mag- Feb2014-Cover 1


  1. cindy

    February 5, 2014 at 7:13 am

    The black issue? Really? I’m puzzled by this article title. Oh, that’s right it’s black history month. That is the only reason you showcase this many beautiful sisters asst one time? Why don’t you feature more minorities in your magazine to set the standard higher?

  2. Marcy Cruz, Blog Editor

    February 5, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Hi Cindy,

    I encourage you to look at past issues. Last month, we featured two beautiful black models on the cover. And we have used women of color on covers more than once since the start of this magazine. These beautiful women of color have also been featured in our magazines in gorgeous fashion editorials, campaigns and stories. So I am puzzled by your comment. I do agree that yes, more minorities should be represented in the industry and this is us doing our part in setting the standard higher. This was our opportunity to dedicate an ENTIRE issue to those black models who don’t get the amount of work they should and showcase that diversity is beautiful.

    Thank you for reading,

  3. michael fisher

    February 5, 2014 at 11:08 am

    “Look at this sexy star.”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Fashion