This chapter presents the various ways women become plus-size models, and the current status of the plus-size modeling industry. Accustomed to hiding their curves, these women did not realize that they could ever be models. Plus-size models face intense competition and an industry that has always preferred thinner models. Agencies began establishing and recruiting for plus-size divisions in the 1990s, but faced ridicule and rejection from clients. Although the plus-size modeling industry has grown, there are still limited job opportunities for plus-size models, making the field even more competitive than the straight-size modeling industry. Plus-size models hope for lasting careers, fame, and financial success, but also aim to overcome their shame over their bodies. They must courageously flaunt their curves in a culture that views fat in a negative light, and encourages women to hide their fat.
Keywords: recruitment; competition; career; stigma
Chapter. 4973 words.
Subjects: Gender and Sexuality
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