Over 1,000 Online Entries Received Immediately

SECAUCUS, N.J. – With today’s high profile role models, plus-size women are celebrating their curves like never before!  That is especially evident in a new nationwide search for full-figured models launched by two fashion industry icons.  Ashley Stewart, a leading retailer of full-figured clothing, and PLUS Model Magazine, a recognized media expert on plus-size fashion, are looking for aspiring models to be featured in a magazine spread and social media campaign this summer.  More than one thousand online entries were received almost as soon as the Ashley Stewart and PLUS Model Magazine Model Search contest was announced.  

            In addition to online entries, aspiring models will be photographed and interviewed in person by Madeline Jones, PLUS Model Magazine Editor-In-Chief, at Ashley Stewart stores in Atlanta (Stonecrest Mall, Lithonia, May 5), Los Angeles (Culver City Mall, May 18), and New York City (Harlem, May 25). 


            Kathy Clair, Ashley Stewart Vice President of Marketing, explains the model search.  “We’re always looking for fresh new talent to represent our brand and what it stands for.  Ashley Stewart and PLUS Model Magazine are dedicated to helping full-figured women express their inner spirit with chic confidence and on-trend style.  The winner of this model search will be someone who embraces the distinctive Ashley Stewart look with enthusiasm and poise.”

            staffjpegs00854 done-colorsmalShe adds, “This is a very competitive industry.  Through this contest, we hope to help an aspiring full-figured model start her career and achieve her dreams.”

            Ms. Jones, a recognized champion of plus size women, says, “I’ve been an Ashley Stewart customer for many years and am delighted to partner with a brand that demonstrates such positive passion for full-figured fashion.  Ashley Stewart and PLUS Model Magazine are like-minded in the way we see today’s contemporary plus-size woman.  She’s sexy, fabulous, and loves fashion!”

            Celebrating its 7-year anniversary this summer, PLUS Model Magazine has become a highly sought after resource on matters regarding the plus-size industry.  Ms. Jones has appeared on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, BET, MTV, and Nuvo TV – to name a few.

            Model search applicants must be U.S. residents 18 years or older and may not be under exclusive contract with a modeling agency.  The Grand Prize winner will be flown to New York City for a photo shoot and interview to be published in the August issue of PLUS Model Magazine.  She will receive the wardrobe worn in the photo shoot and will be featured in Ashley Stewart ( marketing and on the PLUS Model Magazine ( website.  Second and third place winners will receive an Ashley Stewart gift certificate.

            Since opening its first store in 1991, the Ashley Stewart brand has been a trend-setter in plus-size fashion.  As the retail chain has grown, it has remained true to its tradition of caring relationships with the customers and communities it serves.  Ashley Stewart’s mission to empower plus-size women with fashion confidence is enthusiastically embraced by its loyal customers.

To enter the Ashley Stewart and PLUS Model Magazine Model Search electronically, email the following information to [email protected]:

·         Full body shot and head shot

·         Height

·         Size

·         State of residence

·         Email address


For complete details, go to  Entry deadline is May 31.

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