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Originally published PLUS Model Magazine 10/01/2009

Plus Models Ask the Tough Questions and PLUS Industry Editor Larissa Laurel Answers!

Plus Size Model Need to Know…

I joined a modeling website and have been approached by several freelance agents offering me to prepay me if I am interested in doing a photo shoot for them. Some of them ask for information such as my address, while others want to mail me a check, before the date of the shoot, for $5000.00 and then give $500 to the photographer the day of the shoot.  It is a lot of money, are these offers legit?

Larissa Answers…

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First of all, when I approached my agent about something like this he immediately said it was a scam. I myself used a very well known free modeling site and was overwhelmed with how many “offers” I got in the first week. Even I knew that if some “agent” is looking to send you money before a shoot…that is a total scam. No one in legit modeling world would pre-pay a model before a gig. Secondly, if anyone asks for your address and/or bank information, this should make you put up a red flag. Not only could you be susceptible to identity fraud, but what if there is some crazed person out there who will actually come visit you on your doorstep? That terrifies me enough to know not to give anyone my address on-line.

Really read and examine what is sent to you. I’ve noticed that most of them use improper English grammar in their form letters. If a legit business person approaches you, especially for a job offer, proper etiquette and grammar are a golden rule in the business world. I also noticed I was personally getting so-called “job offers” from agents who say they work for famous Men’s magazines and I am being considered for the cover. Now, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that these Men’s magazines have never ever used a model over size 6. So, if I am a plus-size model, are these magazines breaking their mold and using a plus-size girl? I wish that were true, but we all are very aware that it is not.

One big red flag is the amount of money these “agents” talk about. Magazines are hurting right now and anyone offering you $5000.00 before even meeting you for a magazine shoot is someone who doesn’t know the business. Most magazine shoots for plus-size models are in the range of $250-$800 depending on what is being shot. Yes, in the hey-day of plus size modeling the top earning models got paid in the thousands per shoot…but most of this money comes from contracts like Liz Claiborne, Jones NY or Lane Bryant. In this day and age the magazines don’t have huge budgets…it is their clients or advertisers who have the money.

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Larissa Laurel is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas. She is an actress, singer, and plus-size model. Her modeling career includes fit, print, fashion, and showroom work.

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Social Media Strategies for Aspiring Plus-Size Models: Crafting Your Personal Brand + EXAMPLES

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Social Media Strategies for Aspiring Plus-Size Models: Crafting Your Personal Brand

Social Media Strategies for Aspiring Plus-Size Models: Crafting Your Personal Brand

In today’s digital age, social media has become an indispensable tool for aspiring plus-size models looking to break into the competitive fashion industry. With platforms like Instagram, TikTok, and X (formerly known as Twitter) offering unparalleled opportunities for self-promotion and networking, building a robust online presence has never been more crucial. However, navigating the ever-evolving landscape of social media requires careful planning, authenticity, and strategic thinking. In this article, we delve into the essential strategies for aspiring plus-size models to cultivate a strong personal brand and carve out their niche in the industry.

1. Authenticity Is Key: Authenticity lies at the heart of successful social media strategies for aspiring plus-size models. Embrace your unique qualities, celebrate your body-positivity journey, and let your personality shine through your posts. Audiences crave authenticity and relatability, so don’t be afraid to show the real you. Share behind-the-scenes glimpses of your life, candid moments, and personal anecdotes that resonate with your followers.

2. Define Your Brand Identity: Before diving into social media, take the time to define your brand identity. What sets you apart from other plus-size models? What message do you want to convey to your audience? Whether it’s promoting body positivity, advocating for diversity and inclusivity, or showcasing your fashion sense, clarity in your brand identity will help you attract the right audience and opportunities.

3. Curate High-Quality Content: In a sea of content, quality stands out. Invest time in creating high-quality visuals that showcase your unique style, personality, and versatility as a plus-size model. Collaborate with talented photographers, stylists, and makeup artists to produce captivating photoshoots that resonate with your brand. Experiment with different formats, from photos to videos, and reels, to keep your content engaging and diverse.

4. Engage With Your Audience: Social media is a two-way street. Engage with your audience by responding to comments, messages, and direct inquiries promptly. Foster a sense of community by initiating conversations, asking for feedback, and sharing user-generated content. By building genuine connections with your followers, you’ll cultivate a loyal fan base that supports you throughout your journey.

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5. Collaborate and Network: Collaboration is key to success in the plus-size modeling industry. Partner with brands, fellow models, influencers, and creatives whose values align with yours. Collaborative projects not only expand your reach but also provide valuable opportunities for learning and growth. Attend industry events, workshops, and networking mixers to forge meaningful connections and stay abreast of industry trends.

6. Consistency Is Crucial: Consistency is the cornerstone of effective social media strategies. Establish a regular posting schedule and stick to it. Whether it’s daily, weekly, or bi-weekly, consistency reinforces your brand presence, keeps your audience engaged, and signals reliability and professionalism. Utilize scheduling tools to plan and automate your posts, but don’t compromise on spontaneity and real-time engagement.

8. Monitor and Analyze Performance: Keep a close eye on your social media analytics to track the performance of your posts, identify trends, and gain insights into your audience’s preferences and behaviors. Adjust your strategies accordingly based on what resonates best with your audience. Experiment with different content formats, posting times, and messaging to optimize your reach and engagement.

Mastering social media is an essential skill for aspiring plus-size models looking to build their personal brand and advance their careers in the fashion industry as an advocate or influencers.

By prioritizing authenticity, defining your brand identity, curating high-quality content, engaging with your audience, leveraging hashtags and trends, collaborating with others, maintaining consistency, and monitoring performance, you can navigate the digital landscape with confidence and make a lasting impression on your audience. Remember, success on social media is not just about numbers; it’s about creating meaningful connections and leaving a positive impact on those who follow your journey.

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Here is a short list of plus models who have also created engaging personal brands:

@felicityhayward

@thestephanierosa

@mspostell

@zachmiko

@denisebidot

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Staying Safe in the Modeling Industry: Recognizing and Avoiding Scams

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Staying Safe in the Modeling Industry: Recognizing and Avoiding Scams

Staying Safe in the Modeling Industry: Recognizing and Avoiding Scams

In an industry as glamorous and dynamic as modeling, the allure of success can sometimes overshadow the harsh realities lurking beneath the surface. For aspiring models, especially those in the plus-size industry, navigating the complex landscape of opportunities requires not just talent and determination but also a keen awareness of potential scams and pitfalls.

As someone who has been working in the plus-size industry for over 16 years, I’ve witnessed firsthand the challenges and triumphs of those striving to make a mark in this competitive field. Today, I aim to shed light on an often-overlooked aspect of the industry: staying safe and avoiding scams.

The Promise of Fame and Fortune: Beware of Red Flags

For many aspiring models, the dream of gracing magazine covers, strutting down runways, and becoming the face of major brands is a powerful motivator. However, this very dream can make individuals vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous individuals and organizations promising quick success.

One of the most common scams targeting aspiring models involves fraudulent agencies or individuals who demand upfront payments for representation, portfolio development, or placement in gigs. Legitimate agencies typically earn their commission from bookings secured for their models, rather than charging exorbitant fees upfront. Therefore, any agency or individual requesting substantial payments before delivering on promised opportunities should raise immediate red flags.

Furthermore, models should be cautious of unsolicited offers that seem too good to be true. While social media has provided a platform for discovering new talent and connecting with industry professionals, it has also become a breeding ground for scams. Offers promising lucrative contracts or international exposure without proper vetting or prior interaction should be approached with skepticism.

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Protecting Yourself: Tips for Aspiring Models

 Here are some essential tips for staying safe in the modeling industry:

  1. Research Thoroughly: Before engaging with any agency or individual, research their reputation, client testimonials, and track record. Legitimate agencies will have a transparent history and established presence within the industry.
  2. Trust Your Instincts: If something feels off or too good to be true, trust your instincts and proceed with caution. Don’t let the allure of fame blind you to potential risks.
  3. Seek Professional Advice: Consider consulting with experienced models, industry professionals, or reputable agencies for guidance and advice before making any commitments.
  4. Read Contracts Carefully: Always read contracts thoroughly and seek legal advice if necessary before signing any agreements. Pay close attention to clauses related to fees, exclusivity, and termination terms.
  5. Protect Your Personal Information: Be cautious when sharing personal information, especially online. Verify the legitimacy of individuals or organizations before providing sensitive details.
  6. Report Suspected Scams: If you encounter suspicious activity or believe you’ve been targeted by a scam, report it to relevant authorities, such as consumer protection agencies or industry watchdogs.

While the modeling industry offers unparalleled opportunities for creative expression and self-discovery, it’s essential to approach it with a discerning eye and a strong sense of self-preservation. By staying informed, vigilant, and empowered, aspiring models can navigate the industry’s complexities with confidence and integrity, ensuring their journey toward success is both fulfilling and secure.

PLUS Model Magazine is committed to promoting inclusivity and safety within the plus-size modeling community, I urge aspiring models to prioritize their well-being and resilience in the face of adversity. Together, let’s build a future where talent shines brighter than deception, and every aspiring model can realize their dreams without fear or compromise.

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Embracing Failure: Learning and Growing from Setbacks in Your Modeling Journey

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Embracing Failure- Learning and Growing from Setbacks in Your Modeling Journey

Are you experiencing setbacks in your modeling journey?

In the world of modeling, setbacks are inevitable, but it’s how you respond to them that truly defines your journey. Today, we want to talk about embracing failure and turning it into an opportunity for growth in your modeling career.

Understanding Failure as a Stepping Stone
Failure is often viewed as a negative outcome, but it’s essential to understand that it’s a natural part of the journey towards success. Every successful model has faced rejection and setbacks at some point in their career. Instead of letting failure discourage you, see it as a valuable opportunity to learn and improve.

Cultivating Resilience
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from setbacks stronger than before. As a model, it’s crucial to cultivate resilience to navigate the competitive and ever-changing industry. Remember that every rejection is not a reflection of your worth or talent. Use setbacks as fuel to work harder, hone your skills, and refine your craft.

Learning from Feedback
Feedback, whether positive or negative, is a powerful tool for growth. Instead of shying away from criticism, embrace it as an opportunity to learn and evolve as a model. Take constructive criticism graciously and use it to identify areas for improvement. Remember that feedback is not a personal attack but rather a pathway to becoming the best version of yourself.

Turning Setbacks into Opportunities
In the modeling industry, rejection is inevitable, but it’s how you respond to it that matters. Instead of dwelling on failures, channel your energy into seeking new opportunities. Use setbacks as a catalyst for growth and exploration. Keep pushing forward, attending castings, building your portfolio, and networking within the industry. You never know when one setback may lead to an unexpected opportunity.

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Celebrating Your Victories, Big and Small
Amid setbacks, it’s important not to lose sight of your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem. Celebrate every victory along the way, whether it’s booking your first gig, landing a coveted campaign, or simply overcoming a fear of rejection. Each success is a testament to your hard work, dedication, and resilience.

Staying Positive and Growing Through The Setbacks
Embracing failure is not about avoiding setbacks but rather about learning from them and using them as stepping stones towards success. As a model, you will face challenges, rejection, and setbacks, but it’s how you respond to them that will ultimately shape your journey. Cultivate resilience, embrace feedback, and turn setbacks into opportunities for growth. Remember, your journey is unique, and every failure is a lesson in disguise. Keep pushing forward, and never lose sight of your dreams. At [Agency Name], we’re here to support you every step of the way on your modeling journey.

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Out Now… Fit Model 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Working in the Fashion Industry

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Out Now... Fit Model 101: A Beginner's Guide to Working in the Fashion Industry

Fit Model 101, the new book by Alia Parise.

* Exclusive discount for PLUS readers! Use discount code is PMM15 for 15% off

In her fun and easy-to-read guide, Alia Parise offers practical insights into working as a fashion industry fit model. She guides aspiring models through the first steps, fit castings and navigating professionally. Includes checklists, terms and definitions used in the industry and measurement guides. eBook / PDF format. 50 pages.

More Fit Model 101 with Alia Parise:

Fit Modeling 101: Your Model Bag
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Model Behavior with Sharon Quinn: Maria McDonald

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Get to know Maria McDonald

Fashion Industry Icon & Pioneer…Model & Actress Maria McDonald joins me for a very special chat!! Maria shares with us how she initially stumbled onto modeling and the reasons why she pressed on despite suggestions for in the pros to find another occupation. She talks about her equally pioneering and legendary sisters Jerushia McDonald-Hylton & Suzi Lane Harmony. She talks about how she found her purpose and why she created The organization Cover Girls for Change. She also out a several invaluable tips for success in this industry. Bring a pen & some paper. Don’t Miss it!! Please spread the word by sharing!

Model Behavior with Sharon Quinn airs every Saturday at 11:30AM on MNN Lifestyle Channel 2 (FIOS 34, RCN 83, TWC/SPECTRUM 56 and 1996, TWC/SPECTRUM HD 1993 Manhattan ONLY). If you live outside of Manhattan…..You can also view it via live stream HERE: goo.gl/qlzeGU.

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Model Behavior with Sharon Quinn: Kendra Porter

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Get to know Kendra Porter

In this episode with Personal Stylist & Image Consultant Kendra Porter I sit down to talk about her journey to living her dreams as a stylist and image consultant. She also talks about importance of educating yourself in whatever field you aspire to work in and so much more!! Knowledge truly IS power! You really don’t want MISS this one!!!

Model Behavior with Sharon Quinn airs every Saturday at 11:30AM on MNN Lifestyle Channel 2 (FIOS 34, RCN 83, TWC/SPECTRUM 56 and 1996, TWC/SPECTRUM HD 1993 Manhattan ONLY). If you live outside of Manhattan…..You can also view it via live stream HERE: goo.gl/qlzeGU.

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