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- 8th February
by: Nashay Bouie
With the average size of American women being a size twelve, it isn’t a shock that curvy models like Marquita Pring are getting more face time on runways and magazine pages. For years people turned their noses down at women who had curves or were fuller figured. Society’s outlook on beauty has made it hard for curvy models to get their footing in this industry, but with plus size models like Marquita Pring kicking down doors and crossing bridges, more full figured women will be a hot commodity in years to come. This curvy bombshell is no rookie to the industry. Pring now twenty- one, started her modeling career at age fifteen, when she attended a model search that she heard about on the radio. Stepping out purely on her dream she went to the model search in Toronto and ended up impressing the model agents there.
Since then her modeling career has accelerated, in 2009 she landed a spot at Ford Modeling Agency. She went from a girl with only a dream to being one of the faces for Levi’s Curve ID spring 2011 collection. Her latest endeavors have been ones to brag about, she was shot by Steven Meisel alongside her curvy teammates Tara Lynn, Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawoley for a ten page spread in June’s 2011 edition of Italian Vogue.
Pring second from Left in Levi’s Curve Id campaign
Like Italian Vogue, some designers are inspired by the breast, hips and thighs on fuller figured women and require models bigger than the industry standard plus size model (which is a size 8/10). In an interview with nymag.com, Pring dishes that she pads to make herself look bigger, “Yeah, to make you seem all around wider. I mean, from the side you look kind of weird- and it feels weird. Like every now and then my arm gets caught on it and I’m like, wait, this isn’t me. But it’s better for me because I can still be healthy and work out and have the body I want. It’s a little bit of model magic.”
Even though some may say she is cheating for using padding, none of it was necessary when she was booked to walk in Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring 2011 runway show in Paris.
Pring in Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2011
With designers and other industry professionals realizing that real women don’t look like the thin women they send down the runways or put on magazine covers, it should be a no brainer that curvy women like Marquita Pring have a need in this slim industry.
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