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Mia Amber & New York Fashion Week

Posted in Fashion, Mia Amber's Model Mail on February 16, 2011 by miaamber

New York Fashion Week is in full swing and I had the joy of walking in the Designer’s Premier showcase for plus size designer Natarsha Shearin.

It was an incredible show with six of the hottest up and coming designers but Shearin was the only plus collection shown.

As soon as I have photos from the event I will post them but until then… here’s a pic of me backstage after getting my hair set and teased to the sky!

No worries, (although I wouldn’t have minded) I was not sent out on the runway this way!



Hair Help

Posted in Mia Amber's Model Mail, Mia Mail on October 26, 2010 by miaamber

Here’s a letter I received from an aspiring model:

Hi Mia,

I am currently pursuing my passion for plus size modeling and I’m seeking representation. I currently have a long, full weave but my natural hair is short and relaxed.   Is it ok to have a variety of pictures in my portfolio with both long and short hair?

When looking for work with my short hair will some agencies or casting directors be turned off from my short hair? Or if they think my hair would look better long, will they suggest I get extensions before the shoot?
I just don’t want to sell myself short by going back to my natural, relaxed short hair. 


Thanks for writing, C!  You asked about two different things.

In my opinion, when it comes to modeling, having diverse looks in your portfolio is an asset.  I recently had a client look through my portfolio and chose a hairstyle for my booking with them!  Models need to be chameleons but don’t get locked into a look unless it is highly demanded of you and easy to manipulate for work.

When it comes to meeting Casting Directors, it’s been my experience that they like you to look exactly like your headshot.  For example if you have a short afro on your headshot, you should not show up with a 26″ bone straight weave when you arrive for your audition.

If possible, take a look at the portfolios, comp cards and headshots of working models and actors to see what they are doing right!

The bottom line in both situations is to be comfortable being yourself… a blank canvas is easier to work with and if someone if “turned off” by the “real you” keep it moving!

I hope this helps.




Model Children

Posted in Beauty, Mia Amber's Model Mail, Modeling Advice on September 4, 2009 by miaamber

Dear Mia,

I get stopped all the time by people telling me how beautiful my little girl is and telling me I ought to get her into modeling.  Do you know any agencies that handle child models?


Suzanne J.

Philadelphia, PA



I regularly get tons of emails from proud moms asking me how to get their gorgeous, talented, super smart, hilarious and stunningly beautiful children into modeling.

What a cutie!

The truth is, getting children into modeling takes a lot of hard work and dedication…on the part of the parents and the children.  If your child is old enough to have an opinion (over the age of three) ask them if it’s something they want to do. If they say ‘no’ then listen to them.

I am not well versed enough in the children’s modeling industry to recommend children’s modeling agencies so I don’t do it.  However, here’s some friendly advice:

1. NEVER pay anyone to represent your child as a model. Agency representation is free.  I have never heard of a legitimate agent who charged for representation.  If your child books a job, the agency generally charges a 20% commission to you and to the client. That’s how agents get paid–not from any other way.  Please stay away from scammers in the mall who tell you they can make your baby a star!


2. You do not need professional photographs to get your child an agent.  A simple Polaroid or snapshot of your child goes a long way. Spending a great deal of money on a photo shoot for a child model before they are booking work is pointless.  Plus, kids change and grow so quickly, photos quickly become outdated.  Please don’t dress your kids up like they’re in an episode of ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ for their Polaroids. Let them look like kids.

3. Don’t put pressure on your kids to perform. “Stage Moms” can lose jobs for their children or cost them representation.  Your child could be the next big thing but if no one wants to deal with their over the top mom then it could be over before it starts.  Also, in the entertainment industry you will hear ‘no’ more than you will hear ‘yes.’  Before you start your journey to get your child a career as a child model figure out a way to prepare yourself and your child for rejection. Conversely, teach them how to have humility if they achieve success.

Great Faces!

Break a leg!



Open Calls & Agency Info for Aspiring Plus Models

Posted in Mia Amber's Model Mail, Modeling Advice on August 13, 2009 by miaamber

I received the following question via email:

“…what agencies in NY handle Plus Models and do they have open calls?”


New Haven CT


Thanks for contacting me, Jessica!

If you’re an aspiring model in the NY area, consider yourself very lucky!

NYC is the place to be for fashion, commercial and all around print (and runway) modeling in general.

There are a few major agencies which handle plus sizes, however, even if you are without representation you may still be able to find work because NY is the type of city where you never know who you’ll meet!

Here are some of the NY agencies and where it’s listed, please pay attention to  their requirements.  It is up to you to do your research and see how current this information is.  Also, there are several agencies that are not mentioned in this post–do your homework and find out what’s available in your area!




Plus Model Ashley Graham, Ford Models

Open Call: No



Plus Model Bernadett, Wilhelmina Models

Open Call: Yes

Date/Time: Wednesdays 10am-12noon



Plus Model Muslimah, Click Models

Open Call: No


Model Service Agency

Plus Model Mia Amber, Model Servise Agency

Open Call: Yes

Date/Time: Tuesdays 10-10:30am



Open Call: Yes

Date/Time: Fridays from 3-4pm


All interested female applicants to be 5’9″ to 5’11” and all males to be 5’11” to 6’2″.

We do not require that you have a professional portfolio or composite cards; however, we do request that you take Polaroids or snapshots so as to give us an accurate idea of what you look like.

You should send at least one (1) clear head shot and one (1) clear body shot. Your head shot should clearly show your entire face, and your body shot should give us a good idea of your build and body type.

We suggest that women wear a swimsuit and men a swimsuit or boxer shorts. Please DO NOT send any nude photographs. The pictures do not have to be professionally taken.

Be sure to include your basic measurements with your photos. If you are female, your measurements must include your age, height, bust, waist, hips, hair and eye color.

Please make sure you include name, age, phone number and address. Photos will not be returned and you will only be contacted if we are interested in having you come into the agency for an interview and/or open call.



Plus Model Wynter, IPM Models

Open Call: No


IPM Model Management represents Plus Size and Commercial Print Women. We are always looking for new talent of all nationalities, shapes and sizes. You should send one full body shot and one headshot. Please do not send any lewd or vulgar photos. Please include your measurements with your photos.
Plus Size female models must be at least 5’9-6’0,
Between sizes 10-16
Physically proportioned and must have great teeth and clear skin.

Commercial Print female models must be 5’8’-6’0.
Models fitting these requirements please use the submission form or send your pictures to the following address:

IPM Model Management
1270 Broadway / Suite 303
New York , NY 10001


Outside NY? No problem!



Plus Model Fluvia Lacerda, Elite Models

Location: Atlanta

Open Call: Yes

Date/Time: Wednesdays 3:34-4:30 (You must be in by 3:45 to sign in)



Plus Model Yanderis, Heffner Models

Location: WA

Open Call: Yes

Date Time: Mon-Fri 2:30-3:30pm


Please bring current snap shots of yourself. They do not need to be professional, but need to represent how you look in a photo.

Mail Submissions:
Please mail current photos, measurements and contact information. Submissions WILL NOT be returned unless a self-addressed stamped envelope accompanies them.

Email Submissions:
Please send us an email to with photo and measurements attached.
Be sure to include your name and contact information. Note: Send your photo files as jpegs, no larger than 1MB in size.

Here’s what we are looking for:
* You must be at least 12 years of age
* Woment should be close to 5’7″ to 5’11” in height
* Men should be close to 5’11” to 6’3″ in height
* Plus size models should be close to 5’7 to 5’11 in height and wear a size 10-16



Plus Model Danielle, Brand Models

Location: CA

Open Call: Yes

Date/Time: First Tuesday of every month


Brand has an open call for our Adult Print Department Only. Models may DROP OFF their pictures. Open call is to get your pictures in the door right away. It is not guaranteed that you get to meet with someone. Open Call is the first Tuesday of every month from 2-3pm. Please bring three to four candid snapshots that you can leave with an agent. We will not see people that do not have pictures. Photographs will not be returned. Professional pictures are NOT required.

* Models must be at least 18 years of age.

Height requirement for Women: 5’7″ – 5’11”. Height requirements for Men: 5’10” – 6’3″. Requirements for Plus Size Models:
Height: 5’9″ Dress Size: 12-18.
Talent seeking representation for Commercial (Union, Non-Union, Voice-over, & Host), Tradeshow, Runway, Adult Print, Kids (Union & Non-Union commercial, & Print) as well as Adult Print may submit photos by

601 North Baker
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Please include three to four non-professional candid photos. Pictures will not be returned. Photographs must include a close up, clear head shot, profile shot, and full body. All submissions should include Name, Phone number, Date of Birth, and Height.
Please clearly mark the proper department for all mail submissions. Do not call the Agency. Do not submit online. If we’re interested, an agent will call you within two weeks to set up an appointment.


Dorothy Combs Models

Plus Model Randi Graves, Dorothy Combs Models

Location: FL

Open Call: No


Located in beautiful Miami, Florida, Dorothy Combs Models is a modeling agency exclusively representing plus size models. Our Florida-based agency was founded in 2005 by Dorothy Combs whom has been a model booking agent for more than 16 years. Dorothy’s experience has given her extensive knowledge and expertise in the plus size modeling industry.

Our plus size modeling agency deals with a wide range of international clientele. The models we represent are booked on jobs all over the world including exciting locations such as Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey as well as locations all over the United States.

Dorothy Combs Models looks for beautiful women sizes 10 and up. The height requirement for talent we represent is at least 5’9”. New talent — please feel free to submit your pictures by e-mail or regular mail.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Dorothy Combs Models
Representing Sizes 10+

12550 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 800-PMB 14
North Miami, FL 33181 USA

TEL (305) 459-0553 FAX (305) 459-0553





Plus Model Tara, Bella Models

Location: Australia

Open Call: No


The list below is used as a guideline, if you feel you have what it takes send 3 photographs: one full length, one headshot and one 3/4 length via email or post. Please note if you email photos they will not be accepted if the file size is to large. Should you need your photos returned , please include a stamped self addressed envelope. We will contact you for an interview if we feel there is a place for you on our model board.

ALL submissions are handled with total confidentiality….Good luck!

  • Between 5’8″ and 6’0″
  • A size 12 to 18
  • Healthy clean, skin, hair and teeth
  • Age. 16 to 32 years
  • Proportionate as a general rule your waist should be around ten inches smaller than your hips, however there are exceptions to every rule!


B&M Models

Plus Model Christina, B&M Models

Location: Canada

Open Calls: Yes

Date/Time: Thursdays 1-3pm


If you think you have what it takes to become a professional model, please feel free to drop in during one of our open calls. Open calls happen once a week; every Thursday between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. We schedule these times amongst our busy weekly schedule therefore we kindly ask you not to come to the agency outside of these time frames. Bring any pictures that you may have for us to review but it is not a requirement. Photographs do not need to be professional. Wear form fitting clothes that show off your physique. Ladies, please wear minimal make up.

One of our agents will review your potential on a first-come first-serve basis. We will be open and honest as to your modelling potential with our agency and within the industry.

Men need to be at least 5’11. Women need to be at least 5’7. If you are not available to come in to meet with us during an open call you can email us. Send small res jpegs to Don’t forget to tell us your age, height, and measurements and of course a telephone number where we can reach you during regular business hours. We will only contact you if we are interested in meeting with you.