Plus Size Models – Measurements And Requirements

Plus-size Modeling

plus size models measurements and requirementsWith some fashion brands spinning off or specializing in plus-size clothing lines, there has become a need for models that can pull off those clothes. These lines can in fact be traced as far back as the 1920’s in North America, with Lane Bryant catalogs already including items marketed toward plus-size women.

Some decades later, model agencies started representing plus-size models, and they broke through the scene in the middle to late 1980’s. Today, even the top agencies have plus-size divisions, although Ford Models did close its own in the middle of 2013 in order to put more focus on its main editorial divisions.

Requirements for plus-size models

For the sake of classification, plus-size models are not necessarily plus-size in terms of actual measurements. Sure, they fall outside the range of your standard editorial fashion model, which is why models in the range of sizes 8 to 12, depending on the build, are usually considered for plus-size modeling. Sometimes, even a size 6 can be considered.

Print and runway usually involves heights of 5’7” up to 6‘, with the extra height allowing for a more balanced look for the size. Requirements are generally looser for print work. Still, it would help to know the exact preferences of the agency you want to work with or the particular requirements for the gig you’re eyeing.

Plus-size modeling does not merely involve modeling for the aforementioned special clothing lines. Stock photography gigs, as well as advertising shoots for a variety of fields like footwear, watches, sunglasses, household products, and others.

If you want to work as a plus-size model, you can still follow our general step-by-step guide with some tweaks(Modeling Wisdom’s Step By Step modeling Guide). There may be fewer options as far as modeling agencies go, and the amount and level of competition could still be the same in this niche, but those things should not stop you from trying.

Room for improvement

PLUS Model Magazine - Plus size modelsWhile plus-size models have made great strides in recent years, there is still one field in which they have to break through. The runway can still be pretty prohibitive because of its requirements, and notable plus-size models like Robyn Lawley have spoken about the “lack of diversity” as far as the catwalk and the bigger fashion brands are concerned.

In addition, using size 10 to 12 models for plus-size campaigns isn’t representative of what plus-size shoppers want to see. Considering the average size for women in America is around size 14 according to a 2011 study, there’s really a discrepancy. It’s only more for the extended sizes instead of the actual plus-size ones going all the way through sizes in the twenties.

Regardless of these trends, the plus-size fashion market continues to develop, although it’s leaps and bounds ahead in the west compared to the Asian market, for example. With that, we expect plus-size models to have a considerable role for years to come. If you feel like you can make it in this niche, don’t hesitate to strut your stuff and try it out!  PLUS Model Magazine and Blog is a nice little resource if you are looking for more support, details, and information on the world of plus size modeling.

11 Comments

  • Erin

    Reply Reply December 15, 2014

    Some plus size models are on the runway now! Seems you missed that. Truly, plus size modelling became a break to those hot mommas. Here are some tips for do’s and dont’s of + size modelling at http://goo.gl/cmZD0z. Thumbs up!

    • Jonah Levi Taylor

      Reply Reply December 16, 2014

      Thanks Erin for your educational addition to this post!

      • mousiline

        Reply Reply August 23, 2016

        I’m from south Africa cape town I’m 26 years old I’m a single momma would love to do modeling how do I start and I wanna be that hot momma

  • sam

    Reply Reply June 5, 2016

    How do you become a plus size model ? In am I to old at 36 let me know I never was plus till I had my daughter now im defiantly in that category. But I want to be a hot mama.?

  • Theresa Belle

    Reply Reply February 18, 2017

    I want to model

  • pritty desaai

    Reply Reply April 9, 2017

    Hi ! I am 20. I am good looking but my height is 5-3″ less according to the requirment. Is there any chance for me to be a model ?

  • Suryawala kumari

    Reply Reply April 17, 2017

    My height is 5 fit 4 inches (approx)
    Is there any chance for me in modeling
    I have pleasing personality and slim body

    • Teala

      Reply Reply May 12, 2017

      Try print modeling.

  • Aphiwe Qangani

    Reply Reply July 29, 2017

    I am APhiwe Qangani , am 22 years old female currently in Cape Town . Am still studding at CPUT , doing NURSING this is my first year. I am interested in modeling as a plus size model. I can do my best if i can be given a chance to model.

  • Gabriella

    Reply Reply September 28, 2017

    I want to be a model

  • Khushi

    Reply Reply November 6, 2017

    I am 14 , I have a good height but I am fat what about then.what should I choose then.what would be my career then?

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