People on the chubbier side and modelling seem to be contradictory terms.
Traditionally clothes were designed slim fit. Modelling was for the sleek and the trim. This was quite disheartening for obese people.
Not any more, with brands dedicated to Plus sized people entering the market and size zero turning to be a bad word, it’s party time for plus sized models.
Plus-size model is term applied to an individual of average to larger stature. Designers have recognised & created the fashion line which is smart, glamorous and customizable for the plus sized.
Ethically-made pieces have raised their hopes. Films like ‘Dum lagake haisha ‘have proven that obese people can be fashionable.
Marathi films like Vajandaar showed the lead actresses to be overweight .The film has inspired many people of the same stature to experiment. Films have given a break to plus sized models like’ Bodyguard’.
Recently films like ‘Sultan’ and ‘Dangal’ have featured plus sized models. These films are based on the lives of wrestlers. Plus sized models have shed their inhibitions after watching them.
Models like Ashley Graham have been an inspiration in the plus size model world.
Olivia Campbell has an enormous fan following.
Dishamber Das is also an inspiring. These models have proven that it’s their attitude that counts. Glam magazines like Vogue have given plus sized models good instagrams.
Documentaries have been made with plus sized models..thus proving that there’s room for all in the house.
Jean-Paul Gaultier & John Galliano both used plus-size models in their Spring 2006 showings in Paris.
U.S. television program America’s Next Top Model has featured contestants acknowledging the plus-size industry’s relevance to fashion since the show’s launch in 2003.Plus Model Magazine, an online publication was launched for plus sized models.
Certain agencies, like ours www.modellingagenciesmumbai.com, have started using social networking sites like Facebook to advertise opportunities for plus size modelling.
Thankfully what Yves Saint Laurent did for style, or Irving Penn for imagery is incredible for the self esteem of plus sized models.