If you show up at a casting call for modeling gig, you may expect to see women that are 5’10 inches tall and a size zero, all hoping for a chance to make a great first impression so they get a call back. In an age of bloggers, influencers and social media, the idea of a model has certainly changed.
Brands have partnered with these bloggers and influencers based off of the recognition from their posts on social media and ability to gain numerous followers. There has been a fight for getting more images of all types of women in recent years to include different race, nationality, and size. Ashley Graham, the first plus size model to appear on the cover of American and British Vogue as well as Sports Illustrated help forge the fight ahead to get jobs for women of all sizes in the modeling industry.
A celebrity with curves known around the world, Nicki Minaj has signed with the top modeling agency Wilhelmina Models and has help to redefine the definition of a model. On the other hand, Teyana Taylor, who has built a brand based on her physique seen in Kanye West’s “Fade” video gave us body goals. Taylor has also included model on her resume and joined Society Management, a division of Elite World. Campaigns by major brands like Nike and Dove have been building a positive discussion around body image through tasteful campaigns that include women of all sizes and backgrounds.
Remember the second episode of the first season of Sex and the City “Models and Mortals” which aired almost 20 years ago? The episode focused on New York men and how they all fantasized about dating models or actually only dated models. For the record, that model can now be 5’2, a chart topper and can have curves from sea to shining sea.