Archive for the Modeling Advice Category

Mia Amber’s Curvy Mail

Posted in Mia Mail, Modeling Advice on April 20, 2011 by miaamber

I received the following letter via email:

Hi Mia,

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?

Thank you,

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.




The Icon Issue

Posted in Curvy News, Fashion, Loves It!, Modeling Advice on January 2, 2011 by miaamber

The January issue of Plus Model Magazine is LIVE and it is FANTASTIC!  If you are an aspiring plus model it is a must read cover to cover.

The iconic Natalie Laughlin is the cover model for the issue and her interview is not to be missed.

This is one of those issues you’ll want to print out to use as a reference guide for your career.

Happy reading and Happy New Year!



Plus Model Magazine

Posted in Curvy News, Fashion, Modeling Advice on December 2, 2010 by miaamber

The December Issue of Plus Model Magazine is LIVE

If you’re an aspiring model be sure to check out THESE very informative tips!

Happy reading!



Model Salaries

Posted in Modeling Advice on November 14, 2010 by miaamber

Former model and actress Molly Sims spoke out recently and revealed that cover girls don’t make as much money as you might think they do.

When talking to Popeater she disclosed that along with herself, fellow Sports Illustrated swimsuit models and cover girls Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum earn what some would deem a paltry paycheck for a lot of work:

“Everyone makes about $300 for a week’s work…basically you are paying them to be on the cover”

Here’s my two cents:

If you’re a model, actor or entertainer, sometimes you have to take a look at the bigger picture.  A perfect example is Molly’s disclosure.  A $300 paycheck for a weeks work modeling may not seem like much but appearing on the cover of SI could change your career and take you to supermodel status.

The bottom line is, sometimes we have to step back and take a look at the complete picture before making a rushed decision…BUT don’t get taken advantage of!



Mia Amber in Wisconsin & Chicago

Posted in Curvy News, Mia in Motion, Modeling Advice on August 5, 2010 by miaamber

August 14th and 15th I’ll be appearing at, “The Strut Your Stuff & Love Your Size Fashion Show” in Racine, Wisconsin

As well as leading a Plus Model Mini-Bootcamp in Chicago, Illinois.

If you’re in the area stop by and say hello!



Happy Anniversary Plus Model Magazine!

Posted in Curvy News, Entertainment, Mia in Motion, Modeling Advice on July 1, 2010 by miaamber

The special, Fourth Anniversary Edition of Plus Model Magazine is live featuring cover model Jessica Lavoie!!

Happy Anniversary PMM!! I’m super proud of the leaps and bounds the magazine has made in four short years and I feel blessed to be a part of it all!



Mia Amber Presents…NYC Plus Model Intevsive

Posted in Curvy News, Mia in Motion, Modeling Advice, News on February 12, 2010 by miaamber

Ever since I began my modeling career, aspiring models from all over the world have contacted me asking how they can jumpstart their own careers as plus models.

I am overjoyed to announce a project that I have had in the works for quite sometime and I am hopeful that aspiring models who need information will take part in it.

On Saturday, April 17 in the heart of New York City, myself along with Plus Model Magazine and Curvy All-Star Weekend present a day long modeling intensive in which we will break down the in’s and outs of the plus fashion industry.

We will be announcing specifics shortly– like which top-tier plus models and industry experts will be heading up each workshop but in the meantime if you’re interested in participating please email

I would feel honored if you would join us.