The plus-size modelling industry is booming and curvy models around the world are taking centre stage on runway shows and magazine covers. Fierce model Candice Manuel shares her journey with us.
Can you tell us about your experience so far as a model in South Africa?
One incident jumps out. Ten of us, plus-sizes models were booked for a huge fashion show. Upon arrival we noticed that fitting rooms were segregated and labelled as “Models” and next to it “Plus Size Ladies”. We were called in at different sessions and groups for Hair and Make-up, and we were only allowed to wear one designer's outfits which didn't include swimwear even though we model swimwear as well.
Yes, designers are incorporating curves into their shows, as let's face it, its trending and if you don't do it, you're behind the game. But I feel that it's still not as openly accepted and we are still not seen as models, merely “Plus Size Ladies” bearing in mind that we all get paid the same rates.