It’s not easy! Pressures that come with being a plus size model

A size 16 model has revealed the hidden body pressures faced by plus-size catwalk stars.

Sonny Turner, 20, of Birmingham, has worked for brands including Asos and Primark and has strutted her stuff on the runway in London and New York.

She explained that while the rise of plus-size means there’s greater diversity in fashion, there are still ‘restraints’ placed on how they should look.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she said:

‘Even within the plus-size industry there’s still pressure to look a certain way, and a preference to be hourglass.

‘You can be fat but not too fat and you can be plus-size, but you’ve still got to have a flat stomach. It’s annoying because plus-size is supposed to mean being whatever size you are – but within that, there are still restraints.’

Sonny, who is represented by Milk Model Management, admitted there is also still a stigma attached to plus-size models, with some critics wrongly assuming they must be unfit.

‘I’ve still got to be cautious and watch what I eat, and I still have to go to the gym,’ she said. ‘I think the misconception is that we’re all unhealthy but if I was, I wouldn’t be able to do this job.’

 The model was scouted on Instagram by Milk founder Anna Shillinglaw, who worked as both a ‘straight’ and curve model before starting the agency.

Sonny, who owes her striking features to her Swedish and Jamaican heritage, started out as a size 12 but frequently found herself being asked to ‘pad’ in order to make herself bigger for plus-size shoots.

‘This fat is making me money,’ she said in a Channel 5 documentary about the agency that aired last year. ‘I do feel like if I was as slim as I was when I first started then I wouldn’t have as many jobs.’

She continued: ‘What happened to me when I first signed to Milk, I was definitely not plus-size, but I was not skinny enough to be a straight-sized model [either].

‘They were like “we really want to sign you, you have a great face and great hair but you have to wear this fat padding”.

‘Every casting and every job, especially if it was a plus-size brand I used to have to wear hip padding around the hips, a** padding.’

Sonny said on the show that wearing padding was not out of the ordinary and was openly discussed during casting.

She continued: ‘Yes it was an open thing people used to talk about it and say “can you pad up twice?”

‘I was a size 12 and it would make me look a size 16, which is the size I am now. Which is just like crazy.’

-Daily Mail

Yummy and curvy! Plus size celebs who are fashionable

We are made to believe that slimmer girls are s3xier while curvy girls are not. Well, these girls have proved us wrong because of their sense of style and how they embrace their bodies.

Most young girls who are big were made uncomfortable by society as they were growing up. This has made a lot of plus size girls have self esteem issues and not be comfortable in their own skin.

1. Grace Msalame

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How comfortable and beautiful does she look in her own skin. Grace is a Kenyan TV siren who is currently hosting a show called ‘unscripted with Grace’. This curvy girl above is a Vivo wear brand ambassador, a cloth line for plus size girls. She is also a mom to two very adorable girls.

2. Yummy Mummy (Joan)

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Joan is a Kenyan you tuber who is all bout lifestyle, family and motherhood. She is a mom of two, one boy and a cute baby girl. This beauty is all about fashion and confidence. She has always been body positive and has modeled for cloth lines including lingerie. She makes plus size girls look so sexy.

3. Kate Actress

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This film girl is all about positive vibes and she is definitely body goals. Also a mom to one boy and a wife and most importantly a hardworking hustler. Kate is also about body positivity and wears her skin with so much confidence.

4. Neomi Ng’ang’a

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Neomi Ng’ang’a is a fashion designer and an advocate for plus size girls. She launched a program for plus size girls called Miss plus world Kenya. She is pashionate about inspiring young plus size women to love their bodies.

5. Kalekye Mumo

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Kalekye Mumo is a whole mood. The ever bubbly TV girl is also very passionate about plus size girls. She has struggled with her weight loss journey in the past but she has been very confident and positive after working on her body.

6. Kamene Goro

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How fabulous and curvy is Kamene. Kamene has been controversial severally but she doesn’t quit loving her body even after being body shamed a few times. She is passionate about fighting for the girl child and has a phobia of not looking fashionable. One thing is for sure, she always expresses what she feels whenever she feels like which shows that her confidence is on point and we love her for that.

 

CURVES FOR DAYS! 7 Of The Most Stunning And Beautiful Curvy Female Celebrities In Kenya (PHOTOS)

When it comes to professional modeling, a beautiful woman has always been associated with being slender or having a petite figure, but not anymore.

Over the years, plus size models have become bolder and are now equally appreciated and celebrated like their slim supermodel counterparts and even clothing and cosmetics brands are using plus size women to market their products.

In Kenya, some female celebrities who have lost immense weight in the last couple of years include; Mwalimu Rachel, Kobi Kihara, Bishop Allan Kiuna and wife Kathy Kiuna, Nazizi among others.

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But gone are the days when women would shy off from the public because of their sexy curves. Lately more ladies are flaunting their plus-size bodies in beautiful outfits and even clothing companies are now making outfits for such types of bodies.

KEEPING IT SEXY! 7 Kenyan Celebrity Bachelorettes Above 30 Who Still Look Stunning And Attractive

How about we take a look at stunning Kenyan female celebrities who are never afraid to flaunt their curvy bodies. Check them out below.

1. Caroline Mutoko
Though she rarely takes full photos, the celebrated media personality is a curvy woman who dresses well for her body, and other than that, she is beautiful and flawless for her age.

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2. Grace Msalame
The TV personality has always been a sight to behold and after giving birth to twins, her curves became more visible. She is the brand ambassador for Vivo Activewear which makes clothes for plus size women.

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3. Neomi Nganga
She is a celebrated actress and plus-size model who is known for showing off her curves and has severally confessed that she loves her body just the way it is. She also works out once in a while to stay healthy.

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4. Catherine Kamau
The former Mother-In-Law actress is never shy to show off her curvy body in figure-hugging outfits. Though she was once a slender lady, she has embraced her figure over the years and is a mother of one.

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5. Vera Sidika
The Kenyan socialite and video vixen is best known for her curvy body all around Africa and is never shy to flaunt it. The bootylicious celebrity, however, revealed that she regrets enlarging her breasts and advised women not to do it.

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6. Pierra Makena
The celebrated deejay is not only beautiful but is one of the curvy female celebrities in Kenya. The mother of one is, however, trying to shed off the baby fat but she still looks fabulous either way.

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7. Sheila Mwanyigha
The former radio and TV presenter has always been a curvy woman and at some point, she tried to lose weight but it didn’t work out, and has learned to embrace her curves. She still looks incredible for her age.

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