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Modeling 101: How do I Promote Myself as a Plus Size Model?

Modeling 101
Photography: Luke Jones for the October 2015 issue of PMM // Model: Michelle Punzone of MSA Models

Are you an aspiring plus size model? Would you like to know more about how to break into the plus modeling world? Then this Modeling 101 feature is for you!

Every week, I will be answering a modeling question on the blog that are asked often by readers and aspiring models. This is a great opportunity to learn more about breaking into the business and gaining tips and honest input on how to proceed in deciding if plus modeling is the career for you.

This week’s question is…

Q: How does one market themselves? I am in the process of making a portfolio. How do I get my name and pictures in the right hands?

A: The first thing you need to do is research. Get a pen and paper and get on the Internet and visit all of the agencies in your area who work with plus size models and commercial models. Then add local designers to that list.

Once you have done this, sign yourself up for blogs that release information about the happenings in the plus size industry like plus-model-mag.com, TheCurvyFashionista.com and several others.

The way to get your pictures in the right hands is going to take work and perseverance. You will have to type up and print a simple letter introducing yourself, along with your true height and dress size. If you are able to have someone measure you, include your bust, waist and hip measurements. You should include one headshot and one body shot. Your images are important; you should have simple makeup on and you should be wearing a color top with either jeans or leggings so the people receiving the pictures can see your shape.

After you have done this mailing, you should enter to be in events that are happening, like model searches, Full Figured Fashion Week, Plus Night Out, etc. These experiences will not only help you to navigate and learn the ropes, but also meet people in the industry that can help your career. Always carry your comp card with you or the snapshots taken with your simple makeup. You never know where you will go and whom you will meet. Networking, following websites, blogs and social media will help you with information.

For more plus modeling advice and tips, please visit the following links on the blog in our Modeling section:

How to Be a Plus Size Model

How To Get Started In Plus Size Modeling

To see past Modeling 101 questions and answers, click here.

To learn more about Madeline Jones, click here to read her official bio.

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