Plus Size Modeling is "Just as Competitive"

00:30 February 12, 2015
By: Staff

The most common size in the U.S. is 14. But that hasn't stopped Robyn Lawley (6'2'' size 12) from being declared Sports Illustrated first plus size model. 

New Orleans industry expert Victor Schmitt, who is a talent manager and former model, told WGNO that even though the 'plus size' category is fractional, it's just as competitive. “Beautiful face, great features this is a great looking girl here, they don’t come a dime a dozen. Because you’re a little larger you’re more common, no, there’s nothing common about this business. They are looking for that one in a million.”

Lawley and model Ashley Graham (size 16) are the only two 'plus size' models featured in the magazine this year. But Schmitt says that the real problem lies with the designers. “Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, they’re the ones picking them, they’re the ones that create it so if they want to change it, it’s going to really start with them. But I don’t think the world is going to move to a place ten years from now where plus size is the main, I don’t think it’s ever going to happen,” says Schmitt.

Where Y'at assisstant editor Emily Hingle weighs in at the 1:26 mark. 


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