What is a plus model?
Let's start with what she isn't. "Plus model" is not synonymous with "plus size woman." Being one does not make you the other. This is often confusing for new models, and for everyone else for that matter. A plus model is a fashion model who is slightly larger than straight size fashion models, and she is used to sell clothing to plus size women.
General parameters for a plus model are height between 5'8" and 5'11", sizes 10 - 18. (Generally the New York market prefers smaller plus models in the 8-12 range, and the Los Angeles market favors 14/16's.) She must be a fit, toned, proportional hourglass, and have great skin and teeth, just like straight size fashion models. A beautiful smile is a must.
Additionally, the plus model look is generally conservative, wholesome, and classically beautiful. You won't see a lot of "edgy" plus size models, and unless you're Mia Tyler you won't be able to get away with a lot of body modifications.
If you would like to Google some famous examples of plus models, look up Crystal Renn, Barbara Brickner, Liis, Tracie Stern, Emme, and Kate Dillon.
To reiterate: height, measurements, proportionality and your overall look are just as important to plus modeling as to typical fashion modeling. If you are 5'5" and 200 pounds you may be a plus size woman, but you are NOT a plus model.
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