High Voltage: Interview with Plus-Size Model Griselangel Paula

Once a forensic science major with aspirations in the law enforcement field, Griselangel Paula came onto the plus size modeling scene with a dream.

Today, she is capturing the attention of some major players in the plus size game and dazzling the rest of us with her charming personality and plus size talent.

Shannon: Your name, Griselangel Paula, is it difficult for people to pronounce? Do you have a nickname that you prefer people call you?

Griselangel: (Laughs) I think my name is more intimidating than it is hard. If you sound it out its really quite easy, Gri-Se-Lan-Gel; but yes, my friends call me G.

Shannon: Where did you go to high school and college? What was your major? Did you enjoy school?

Griselangel: I went to the Professional Performing Arts High School. I went to High school as a Drama Major. I always wanted to be an actress. However, somewhere along the way I decided it wasn’t practical to go to college for drama and wanted (what I thought at the time) was a more secure major. I decided to take on criminal justice; it wasn’t long until I completely fell in love with the subject. At that point, all I wanted to do was to become a cop and to one day have my dream job of working for ICE investigating human trafficking cases. As of this day I am on the waiting list for the NYPD.

Shannon: What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Griselangel:  During my spare time I love being in my couch watching random Netflix movies.

Shannon: How long have you been modeling and how did you get started?

Griselangel: I started modeling in 2008. A few months in, I booked a six page spread with Ebony Magazine. After that, I thought things would somehow get on the fast track; however, you soon realize in this industry that it takes a long time for people to start recognizing your work and to get bookings.

Shannon: Which size are you? Who are you represented by?

Griselangel:  I am a size 14. I am represented by Dorothy Combs Models, as well as Heffner Model Management in Seattle.

Shannon: How long did it take you to become a successful model? What’s your definition of success as a model?

Griselangel:  That’s a very interesting question. Everyone measures success differently and personally, as of this day I don’t consider myself a successful model. I consider a successful model a girl that has been modeling full0time for years. Someone who can evolve within the industry. I think I have been peeking through the door of this industry, but I’m not as far in as I one day dream to be.

Shannon:  I feel like we’ve had the pleasure at PLUS Model Magazine of watching you grow by leaps and bounds in 2011. Do you feel like this has been your most successful year modeling thus far?

Griselangel: Definitely! I have had the most amazing opportunities this year to work with some amazing clients! I feel like this year I have worked on the foundation for the years to come and I pray clients will continue to recognize my work. PLUS Model Magazine has been so supportive of me, and I am so thankful for your continued support.

Read the entire interview and view her gorgeous editorial in the January 2012 issue of  PLUS Model Magazine.