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How to become a Plus Size Model in Australia

Alright, so you want to be a plus-size model, but don’t know how? 

The world of modelling can be a hard one to navigate let alone, break into. There are so many opportunities and places to begin, yet many of us just don’t know where to start. Different types of modelling require different ways to prepare and build your portfolio. We know it’s a lot so we are going to go through step by step, how you can best prepare for & become a plus-size model in Australia. 

1. Prepare yourself

No matter what kind of modelling you are doing, you always have to ensure that you take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Things like being healthy, drinking lots of water, moisturising your skin or getting that manicure. At the end of the day, the industry is about appearances and how you present yourself to the world so you want to make sure you’re at the top of your game. Know you WANT to model and WHY or else all these things will seem tedious and you’ll not enjoy doing it. 

The Photo Studio Fitzroy; Fashion; Hana Schlesinger;Keeley Meijer

2. Practise Posing

Yes, you need to practise posing. Ask someone, whether that be your best friend or a family member to take photos of you. Dress up and do a mini photoshoot somewhere. This is how you learn to pose to accentuate your features and highlight your best. You need to know your own body shape, your best angles and how to move in front of a camera. If you’re entering into the modelling industry for the first time, it’s important you get comfortable not only in front of the camera but also posing in front of people.


3. Build your Portfolio

Every model needs a stand out Modelling Portfolio. This is one of the most important for any model applying at agencies. You can easily book a Photoshoot with us at The Photo Studio Australia as we have a team of industry experts who specialise in capturing your best and who can advise you on what images are best to have in a Plus Size modelling portfolio.

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4. Social media can help

Portfolios aren’t the only way to get casted for model work. Many agencies these days like to look at a model’s instagram account to see more than just touched up photos. They want to see your life outside of work and it may give them a little preview about who you are and what brands you would suit. Even if you already have modelling experience, you may want to use social media as a way to further expose yourself to other brands and companies that you really want to work with.

The Photo Studio Brisbane; Fashion; Thomas Calder; Eve Stansfield

5. Network in the Modelling Industry

We know it can be daunting meeting new people and socialising constantly. However, networking is one of the best things to do if you are trying to get into the plus size modelling industry. From meeting people who are already working models, you can not only learn from their experiences, but also learn about their experiences in the industry. 

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6. Attend Model Castings

Sometimes agencies advertise on their website, looking for particular models and allow applicants to submit their portfolios. Look out for these ads and apply, apply, apply. If they ask you to come in for a casting, you can expect them to take your measurements, maybe do a few test shoots and if they like your look and sign you then you’re on the right track! It’s not an easy process though and it does take some time. It’s important to note that if you’re not chosen at a casting, it’s not your fault and try again as it may be YOU they are looking for one day.

The Photo Studio Fitzroy; Fashion; Hana Schlesinger; Anucia de Boer

7. Stay true to Yourself

The Modelling industry is diversifying. We know a lot of the time people say its all focused on looks. However, agencies also look for dynamic personalities. As cringey as it sounds, they look at what makes you unique and unforgettable whether it’s a facial feature or a quirky characteristic. So don’t forget to just be yourself. Best of luck!!!

The Photo Studio Fitzroy; Fashion; Hana Schlesinger; Anucia de Boer

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