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Friday, November 25, 2011

Answering a Reader Question #239

Caroline Wrote:

Hey Dania! I've been an avid follower of your blog for quite some time now and I have question for you: do you think there's potential in someone with 34D-26-36 measurements? I'm 5'9" and have been dreaming of modeling for years, but have always been held back by a) the fact that I'm not skinny enough for most agencies and b) how my family has discouraged it because they are hyper-intellectual. I often get the offhanded "hey do you model?" remarks, and after serious consideration I have decided to look further into it. If you have any piece of advice, or really anything at all to tell me, I cannot express how grateful I would be. And it would be awesome if you knew of any agency that takes girls my size. I understand that I'm not huge, but I'm definitely curvier than many fashion models out there. Thank you so much!!!

Hey, Caroline! That's great that you're interested in seriously pursuing modeling despite the factors you listed that usually held you back before. Your stats definitely don't qualify as plus size but, as you stated, you're not the traditional size for fashion either. You're in the middle. However, you're got the height so that is a good thing. Because I always stress working with what you have instead of what you don't, my best recommendation for you would be to seek out modeling agencies that represent commercial/print models. Although I've said before that this type of modeling is geared for models 5'5"-5'7", the reality is that many agencies and clients these days are bringing on taller models to do this type of work as well. While I'm not super thrilled about that LOL, it does give tall models who aren't a ridiculously small size the opportunity to see if they can break into the industry that way--and I'm all for that.

Commercial/print gigs won't get you on a runway or anything but it will give you the chance to appear in catalogs, magazines, websites, product packaging and a score of other related projects. What's also great about being a print model is that as long as you are proportional and have a healthy appearance, the agencies won't be super strict about your measurements. I would love to suggest modeling agencies for you but I would need to know the city and state you live in (it is rule of thumb to submit to agencies that are no farther than a 2 hour's drive from where you live). You can either give me that info by commenting on this post or by emailing me at: daniadenise@gmail.com.

Hope that helps!


Caroline said...

That is great, thank you so much! And I, like you, live in the Bay Area. I am close enough to San Francisco that I could definitely get there in under an hour, but if you know of any other agencies around San Francisco that'd be great too. Thank you for the help!!

Dania Denise said...

Hi, Caroline! You'll find the answer to your question in its own post, titled "Answering a Reader Question #240." Thanks!