No professional hair or make up…just me and my camera phone after long day.
If you’re in the New York Area or have a passion and drive that will take you there, Project Runway wants you!!
Auditions are being held for season 9 of the hit Bravo show on May 4th from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Hilton Hotel in the heart of NYC. I’d love to see a designer of curvy couture make the cut!
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Hollywood Listening Party for one of my all time favorite artists Jill Scott’s new album, “Light of the Sun.”
Jilly from Philly NEVER disappoints…ever! I sang at the top of my lungs and sweat my hair out on a “school night!”
With a bolder than ever voice, a new home at Warner Brothers and incredible new background singers who go by the name, “The A Group” ( these girls can sang!!) Jill is poised to run to the top of the charts!
Here’s a look at the just released video for, “Shame,” one of the hottest songs on the album. Jill and the girls were styled by the incomparable Susan Moses!
I can’t wait to hear the album in its entirety this summer when it’s released.
I was pleasantly surprised as I was perusing the aisles at my local CVS (a favorite pastime) when I saw a familiar face! One of my favorite people and nicest models in the industry, Kaylea Moss has a new campaign for Dove Visible Care!
I’m super proud! Congrats, Kaylea and kudos to Dove for continually recognizing beauty at any size!
Keep up the great work!
If Barbie were a real person she would be about six feet tall, and have 39-18-33 Bust-Waist-Hip measurements.
Slayen, a former anorexic, fashioned her Barbie in a size “00” jean skirt that she herself wore in the midst of her disease.
I think this is a powerful message on body image and the effects it has on girls, young and old alike.
You can read much more on Slayen and her message HERE
I received the following letter via email:
First and foremost I want to say that I look up to you. You are an inspiration to all women that are curvy and you have shown the world that curvier women are beautiful.
I know you get a lot of mail so I want to thank you for reading this. I am really trying to become a successful full figure model and I don’t know where to start.
How do you know if you have what it takes to model and should I get an agent or contact designers directly?
Thanks for writing, Shelly!
My honest answer is that you should do whatever it takes– WITHIN REASON–until you get your fashionable foot in the door. Visiting open calls and submitting your photos via the web to reputable agencies (don’t pay anyone ANY money up front) is a great way to get started. Check out this post I did on OPEN CALLS!
You also mentioned contacting designers directly which I think is a potentially good idea.
As an actress I would never turn down a great role in a student film with a student director. The general rule of thumb is that you never know how far that director may go as a filmmaker so it’s best to get in on the “ground floor” with them and they will always remember you!
I say all that to make a comparison to new designers. A designer who is just starting out may be looking for models to work with and you never know how their career’s may take off.
When you submit to agencies and designers be sure to send the proper photos– no nudity, pets or friends in the photos with you! Also, do as much reasearch as possible regarding the person/company you are submitting to.
Another bit of advice is this– be ready!
If you submitted to an agency tomorrow and they called you in, would you be ready to work? Would you know how to pose, find your light and behave on set? Would you know the differences between fit, showroom, print, commercial, high fashion, lifestyle and runway modeling? Do you know your measurements? Would you know where you fit in within the industry?
How you match up with industry standards is very important in knowing whether or not you have a “shot” at making a career in modeling. You asked me how to know if you have what it takes– Confidence goes a mighty long way and knowing that you have something to offer will take you even further.
I visited my current agency six times (open calls) before they called me in for a meeting. Each time they said “no” I just kept working on my own and building my portfolio. One day, they just called me in and I was ready.
If you aren’t ready, get ready! Your passion could be realized and you don’t want to miss any opportunity to feed your soul.