plus size modelling

Diana Zalewski Eliminated on America's Next Top Model

One of the two ‘plus size’ contestants in the current season of America’s Next Top Model, Diana Zalewski, has just been eliminated from the contest. Apparently Diana failed to impress judges and was sent home because according to them she lacked the “fire and passion” required to be successful in the modeling industry. have some excellent commentary on this elimination, as well as the whole issue with American’s Next Top Model wanting to include more ‘plus size’ models in the contest. Diana has been in fact interviewed exclusively by and you can actually hear Diana recount her experiences being part of American’s Next Top Model. Then in a very interesting article, Mel asks whether America’s Next Top Model really want more ‘plus size’ models on the show. Great commentary and worth a read!

So this leaves Whitney Cunningham as the only remaining curvy model on the show. How long until she is eliminted you think? I don’t mean to burst anyone’s bubble here, but I think it will be another few years until we see a plus size model being crowned winner in America’s Next Top Model. I hope I am proved wrong.

Chenese Lewis Launches

Curvy model and actress Chenese Lewis, who was the first ever woman to be crowned Miss Plus America in 2003, has this month made history twice by creating This will be the first and only website dedicated specifically to providing information and resources for plus size women interested in pageantry.

In her own words, Chenese says:

“I created Plus Pageantry to bring awareness and exposure to plus size women in pageantry which mainstream media outlets have given little or no recognition.”

Plus Pageantry includes a compete (and growing) list of plus size pageants, link with information for both aspiring pageant participants and women who have won beauty pageants. The website also includes a message board which will be a great place to share experiences and information.

I am sure Plus Pageantry will become a great success, and I admire Chenese for putting her heart into this and creating a great place for plus size women interest in plus size pageant to get all the information they need, and most of all receive correct guidance.

Plus Size Models Needed for Fashion Showcase

A great opportunity is on the way for budding plus size models, and seasoned plus size models alike. DeVoe Signature Events is looking for 10 plus size runway models (sizes 14 to 20) to be in the fashion showcase at the Full Figured & Fabulous competition in Charlotte, NC on 31st March, 2007.

Participants will not be participating as a contestant, but will be modeling in the fashion show part of the competition. Ideally, anyone interested should live in the Charlotte area or should be able to travel on their own to the show. Travel expenses will not be reimbursed.

Model Call Details
There is no fee to audition. There will be one mandatory rehearsal for this show that’s it. The model call will be held on 10th February, 2007 at 3:00PM at The Blake Hotel, 555 South McDowell Street, Charlotte, NC.

This event on March 31st will be a great networking opportunity for all aspiring plus models to meet other plus models, designers and other movers and shakers in the plus size fashion industry!

For more information please visit

Plus+ Movie

I ran across a lot of new stuff today which I have to share you with all. Now this one is a very interesting ‘project’ I ran into. It’s called ‘Plus+‘ and it’s a short film created by Standard Grooming Productions.

So what’s the movie about? It’s about Victoria, a once a top plus-size model, who has seen her fortunes change since the industry shifted to ‘padding up’ thinner models to make their torsos appear large while retaining their toned arms and chiseled features. With bankruptcy looming and her confidence shattered, Victoria’s only hope of regaining her former glory and her financial independence hinges on the Gamble Girl audition. But Tiffany, the current top plus-size model who despises fat people, will stop at nothing to be the next Gamble Girl.

Watch trailer of this, what look like it’s going to be, a very interesting and eye opening short film today. In the meantime I am trying to find out whether this movie is still in production, and if not where I can get my hands on it, to watch the full version. If anyone knows anything I might be missing please let me know!

Australia's Curvy Lingerie 2007 Calendar

If you’re still looking around for a plus size themed 2007 calendar, I have just discovered another interesting option which you should take a look at. A new calendar which features beautiful full figured women from Australia and which has a ‘lingerie and intimate apparel’ theme to it. So if you are perhaps looking for something different, you might want to take a look at this lingerie themed 2007 curvy calendar which was created by the Bella Model Management.

As stated on the website, all the ladies featured in the calendar have a healthy BMI and range from size 12 through to size 18, showing women everywhere that glamor and beauty have nothing to do with dress size!

What’s very good to know also is that 20% of all profits generated from this calendar will go to various eating disorder foundations and clinic’s around Australia to continue the fight for women’s health and self esteem. What a great initiative indeed.

So check out Australia’s answer to a curvy 2007 calendar, and if you want to take a look at the making of the calendar itself, watch this video.

Full Figured Diva Boot Camp

Do you want to be a full figured model, or just look like one? Then you will be glad to find out get to know that the Full Figured Diva Academy is holding a curvy model boot camp on Sunday, 7th January 2007 at Beltsville, MD. This is your chance to jump start your full figured modeling career. Learn about runway techniques, agency procedures, portfolio development and many more items. Classes begin on 7th January, 2007 at 2:00PM, and the boot camp costs $265. You must be a size 12 and up to enroll. This boot camp looks like a great place to start off at if you are considering venturing out in this path. Visit the Full Figured Diva Academy for more information, and exact venue details.

Model Mia Amber Gives Some Advice

The ‘Lifestyle‘ section at IGIGI has some great sections and articles which will interest most plus size ladies. They have a special section, which features articles and news from the plus size modeling world, and lately they have added a piece from plus size model Mia Amber, which is definitely worth a read! Mia, who to most of your will be a familiar face, gives advice to aspiring curvy models on how to position yourself on social networking websites such as MySpace. She stresses that although it’s important to have that pinch of sex appeal, that does not mean you have to sell yourself cheap and dish your naked and almost vulgar pictures for all to see! Read the full article today, it’s definitely a good read.

Need a 2007 Calendar? Grab a Curvy One from Volux!

To be honest, I was not aware of the Volux Full Figured Calendar, until I read a review of the 2007 version by Glen L. Johnson. So I hopped over to the Volux website to take a look at the calendar, and I must say I’m impressed by what I see. We often run across calendars showcasing skinny girls around, so it’s only fitting that a plus size version of this is in existence! What I like most of all, from what I can see on the website, is that the pictures of the beautiful women feature them in an elegant, chic and classy style! Well done Volux. I suggest you get yours today… I’m ordering mine right after the Christmas holiday post madness is over.

Melissa Hill named IGIGI's Model of the Month

As previously noted in this blog, IGIGI is running the National Model Search program, where each month they pick a winner among the many entries to this plus size model search. In December, IGIGI has named Melissa Hill as the winner of the National Model Search. Big congrats to Mellisa! Visit IGIGI to find out more about the National Model Search.

Full Figured & Fabulous Auditions in Charlotte, NC

Join DeVoe Signature Events and the Voluptuous Woman Company for another curvy explosion. DeVoe Signature Events is looking for the best of the best to compete in the 2007 Charlotte, NC Full Figured and Fabulous Model Competition. This event is taking place on 9th December, 2006 and is open to all plus size women, who wear sizes 14- 24, and are aged 18 and over. When attending the audition make sure you wear all black attire and heels, bring a comp card or a recent full length photo, a $20 application fee, a great attitude, and a fantastic runway walk. Remember, you do not have to live in Charlotte, NC to be a contestant.

Remember, on 9th December, between 4PM and 8PM be at The Blake Hotel, 555 South McDowell, Charlotte, NC! For all applicants attending the auditions this Saturday, the Voluptuous Woman Company is giving a $10.00 coupon to be used at the Voluptuous Woman Online Boutique. For more information, and to register, visit

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