I recently had the upmost pleasure of interviewing a model who I have been following for quite sometime – Alex LaRosa.
Alex’s confidence and effortless beauty, along with that amazing Plus Model Mag front cover has captured many who are looking for the same confidence and style as she possesses. Alex and I talk confidence, front cover oppurtunitues and why plus modelling still receives a bad reception.
How did you start plus modelling? And do you have advice for girls wanting to pursue plus modelling?
“I first began modeling in 2009 when I started shopping online and was more interested in the models than the clothing, haha! I remember googling plus size models and finding these gorgeous women who looked like me, but had a confidence that I had never seen before. I wanted in! So I emailed some facebook photos into Torrid. At that time, they were still working with unsigned models. I got called in for a go-see and the rest is history.
I always tell aspiring models that doing your research is the most important thing! I suggest Plus Model Magazine’s Modeling 101 section of their blog. When you’re ready to take the next step, I highly suggest Liris Crosse’s Life Of A Working Model bootcamp! And you can always follow my blog, alexlarosa.wordpress.com, where I give you a behind the scenes look at my career!”
You recently appeared in Plus Model Magazine. What was it like starring in such a poignant platform for plus women?
“It was definitely a goal of mine to be on the cover of PMM! It was so huge when Maddy, the editor-in-chief, told me that I was getting the February cover! I’m still incredibly honored to have been given the opportunity to represent a brand that taught so much about self love, body positivity, and the modeling industry. I left that shoot feeling more confident in my ability to make my goals a reality.”
As a model you must get to wear some amazing clothes. But what is your day to day outfit that you are most comfortable in?
“Ha! I’m not gonna lie, I wear a lot of leggings and T-shirts on my days off! But this summer, I’ve been rocking a lot of fun printed sundresses!”
Where is your favourite shop to get fashionable clothes that suit your curves?
“Eloquii has definitely become one of my go to destinations for fashion clothes that I can trust to fit me well! I’m also a huge fan of ASOS, Ashley Stewart, and Zelie For She.”
What is your favourite type of shoot?
“Editorial work is definitely my favorite! It allows me the freedom to take the fashion and make it my own. It’s emotional. It’s creative. It’s one of a kind work that makes me feel ridiculously blessed to have the job that I have.”
Although we have had massive strides in diversity, our media still seems to ignore plus models in high fashion advertisements and runways. Why do you think high fashion designers are still holding back on using plus models?
“It’s really unfortunate that there are so many designers who remain uninterested in providing great clothes for all people. I believe it is an ego issue. If someone buys into the societal discourse that distinguishes fat as a negative quality, then why would they want to incorporate it into their brand. Eventually, I think plus size dollars will encourage a lot of designers’ decision to be more inclusive.”
There has been some negativity towards plus models and bloggers in the last 18 months, with even celebrities, such as UK singer Jamelia saying that plus models are unhealthy role models for younger girls. What is your opinion on this?
“I think that healthy looks different on everyone. It’s not about a size. It’s not about having visible abs or posting your workout routines on social media. The truth of the matter is unless you are medically trained, you cannot know ANYTHING about a person’s health by just looking at them. I believe that every person should make health a priority: physical, mental and emotional. And if you need help with it, find someone with proper training. The opinions of those, like Jamelia, who are not truly invested in the lives of the people they speak down upon, shouldn’t really matter.”
You are an inspiration to not just me, but thousands of women. How is your message for curvy women around the world who struggle with self-confidence and low self-esteem about the way they look?
“We live in a society that sells you an idea that you’re not good enough. It’s a lie. There are multi-billion dollar industries that thrive off of people’s insecurities. So don’t feel bad if you’re not feeling thin enough, pretty enough, smart enough, etc. It’s not your fault. But you can take action to change that. 1.) Surround yourself with people who are also on a magical journey of self love and acceptance. You need people who get it and who will help pull you up when you feel down. 2.) Affirmations are the real deal. I choose a different affirmation each week. I say it out loud to myself when I wake up in the morning, when I’m doing my yoga, when I’m taking a shower, and pretty much any other time I think about it! This week my affirmation is: I welcome abundance, and I will pay attention to the guidance I receive. 3.) Fake it til you make it! Do you want to wear that shirt or that dress, but you don’t feel confident in it. Take baby steps. Wear it to the grocery store. Did you die? Did people point and laugh at you? Most likely not. And if they did, reread the last sentence from the answer to the question above this one! Once you take the first step toward your goal, it is easier to take the next one. Remember, you are capable of anything that you want to accomplish. I believe in you!”
What does it mean to you to be a plus size model?
“Technically, it means that I model plus size clothing versus straight size clothing. But being able to use my platform to inspire, encourage, and love on other people means the world to me!”
Is confidence something that comes naturally to you?
“Confidence is something I had to work on quite a bit when I was younger. It wasn’t natural to think thoughts like “Oh yeah, I can totally do that” and “Hot damn! I look good.” Now, those thoughts are a lot more normal. I believe that confidence is a practice. It’s a quality that should be practiced regularly because otherwise little bits of fear and doubt come in to ruin all the fun. Building and maintaining confidence looks different for everyone, but I believe the underlying factor is self love. If you love yourself and believe that you have value, it’s a lot easier to be confident in yourself.”
What does the rest of 2016 look like for you? Any projects from you we should be looking forward to?
“The rest of 2016 is looking awesome! I have a lot of AMAZING things happening super soon, but I can’t tell you yet, lol! So make sure to stay connected by following me on my social channels!”
Alex LaRosa Plus Model