Who said a one-piece swimsuit isn’t sexy? I beg to differ, especially with this animal print Miraclesuit. This is one item I have to have this summer!
Who said a one-piece swimsuit isn’t sexy? I beg to differ, especially with this animal print Miraclesuit. This is one item I have to have this summer!
The perfect accessory to the summer’s print-heavy looks and injections of neon are Nude Sunglasses. Whether you want to experiment with something inexpensive or invest in designer, this classic neutral is always right. There are options in almost every style, shop a few of our hand-picked favorites!
ASOS – Round Metal Sunglasses
Zappos – MICHAEL Michael Kors – ML2786S (Nude) – Eyewear
Nordstrom – Valentino Cat’s Eye Sunglasses
ASOS – Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Aviators
Nordstrom – Stella McCartney Oversized Cat’s-Eye Sunglasses
Nordstrom – Burberry Oversized Sunglasses
ASOS – Oversized Nude Square Sunglasses
Shopbop – Balenciaga Twisted Temple Sunglasses
OneStopPlus – Secret Eyewear The Hudson
When Wilhelmina plus model Penelope Benson got to stop by our studio we couldn’t decide what we loved more – her personal style, her eyes or how amazingly sweet she is! Perfectly rocking some high/low style mastery, Penelope combined a sporty tee with a lady-like floral pencil skirt. Capping it all off were a pair of drool-worthy heels and some killer curves!
Name: Penelope Benson
Agency: Wilhelmina W Curve
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Favorite Designer: Isabel Marant! Alaia! Celine!
City You Love to Visit: Paris, Rome, and New york of course!
Musr Have Spring Trend: Denim, Light, dark, white, skirts, shorts, jeans, etc. etc.
Favorite Fashion Magazine: LOVE Mag, Vogue Paris
Hi MP readers! My name is Nefferth, the creative mind behind Mode Plus, a personal style blog where I do fashion the Emotionista way. Fashion is about personal interpretation and creativity. I truly believe that a woman can wear whatever she wants as long as she believes in herself. I always say: “wear your clothes, don’t let your clothes wear you”. And this motto goes beyond any size, shape or form you may be. Embrace what you have in this moment and let’s get some outfits done these coming months!
I love the 1940′s and my inner fashion child is urging me to try out the shorter version of the retro playsuit. The last time I actually wore a playsuit, I think I was in my pre-teens. Spring has arrived and summer is around the corner. A perfect opportunity to try out this fashion adventure avec the playsuit.
According to this article, the playsuit emerged in the 1940′s. Back in the day, it was worn for sporting activities. A fashionable way for a lady to dress up her top and shorts after playing tennis or badminton. Since the 1940′s, we have seen the playsuit reappear in various prints and material. Recall the 1970′s polyester bold colors and prints? And what about the 1980′s version: pleated front? Whatever version came by, I can’t deny it’s appeal. Not shorts, not a dress just inbetween.
In this post I will show you one playsuit and three looks. Because each person is different, I will let you choose which look you’ll rock for work, weekend or party.
Next post I’ll introduce you another playsuit in a fresh minty color. Stay tuned ….. Nefferth
Much like the LBD (little black dress) I like having a darker color swimsuit in my rotation and this Evans one-piece has a gorgeous, watercolor print that caught my eye immediately.
I love bikini’s and I am not ashamed or embarrassed to rock my curves in one, but I also truly love to have some one-piece swimsuit options like this beauty from Lane Bryant at the ready too! Not your mother’s swimsuit, this is colorful with just a hint of that retro-silhouette that is oh-so sexy.
The grunge look from the 90′s is hot and will be a big trend this coming fall. Singer/actress Selena Gomez gets in on the look now with a cute, relaxed outfit that translates perfect for your curves. One part hipster and one part girl-next door, this look can easily get “messy” so make sure you keep it simple and stick to a fun mani and a colorful scarf when accessorizing. This look is perfect for those transitional days when its warm and cool, and you’ll be ready for movie-night or errands with the girls!
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Zappos – Steve Madden Troopa Boot
eloquii – Short Sleeve Crochet Sweater use promo code MADISONPLUS20 and SAVE 20%
Saks – James Jeans, High-Waisted Pencil Jeans
Torrid – Twist Tees Ivory Foxy Cami
Shopbop – Theodora & Callum Gypsy Fringe Scarf
Sephora – Glee Collection Nail Color
Image from People.com.
I love the bold, graphic print on this SwimSuitsForAll cover-up. Bringing the best of the spring trends to a poolside party and perfectly paired with a bright or neon swimsuit!
It’s an exciting day for the Ben Barry Agency and fans of size/body diversity in fashion! We’re excited to share that Elle Canada has just published the first article sharing some of Ben’s groundbreaking marketing PHD research entitled “Can Using Different Types of Models Benefit Brands?” in which he writes that diversity in fashion is not a trend but rather what consumers are asking for.
“I am grateful to Noreen Flanagan, Editor of Elle Canada, for inviting me to share my research in such an intelligent and much admired fashion publication.”
Ben also shared some additional exciting news:
“The next phase of my research will focus on men’s consumer response to diverse male models in fashion advertising.”
We can’t wait to read more from Ben’s research! Read the full Elle Canada article here and be sure to show support by telling us what you think. Your voice is important! Join the talk at Twitter using hash-tag #diversityINfashion and leave us comments here and on our Facebook Wall.
Images by Ben Barry Agency, Models (top to botom): Kathryn, Nelia and Helen.
Collage by INGRID BAARS, Elle Canada
One of our favorite Spring print trends – Tropical – is finally popping up on more items and just in time for summer! We’ve shopped the web and picked our favorite items to wear now.
Anna Scholz – Silk Maxi Dress
Old Navy – Open Front Blouse
Saks – Nicholas Kirkwood Tropical-Print Pumps
New Look – Inspire Tropical Print Mini Skirt
Nordstrom – Kenneth Cole ‘Placed Peony’ Top
Macys – Baby Phat High Low Maxi Dress
ASOS CURVE – Tropical Print Pencil Skirt
ASOS CURVE – Exclusive Jumpsuit In Tropical Print
Dorothy Perkins – Tropical Maxi Dress
Ashley Stewart – Web Exclusive: Tummy Control Swim Dress
Happy Mother’s Day from everyone here at Madison Plus!
This year we have a special message from a dear friend, new mother, Wilhelmina model and curvy crusader – Sage Salzer-Miller!
Nordstrom – Presley Skye Silk Dress
(sizes currently available are large & extra large or size 12/14 and 16)
We are so pleased to announce we have a new contributor to the Madison Plus family! Please join us as we welcome plus size model (Dorothy Combs), writer, vegan chef and curvy crusader Emily Nolan! Emily will be sharing her personal experiences as a model and more!
In the beginning, working as a model can be very emotionally arduous and costly. Your first day at work, you can get called for a $5,000 jeans casting, you dance your butt off for the client in front of a camera, and you never hear back from them again. Or do you? Castings occur everyday for full-time models. That means that most of the castings that you go on, you’re competing with all of the other models that fit the client’s criteria.
As much as you want to dwell on if you’ve gotten the job or not, you have to pack up and go to the next casting, travel to your next photo shoot, and schedule your next test photo shoot (a photo shoot at your own expense to keep clients updated with your look). A model’s lifestyle involves wearing a lot of hats and being able to switch them on and off at the drop of a pin.
Before you get started as a model, you must begin by having someone take digital pictures of you and then you can submit them to agencies that you are interested in. If you are in high school or college and do not plan on leaving the area your live in, I suggest you apply to a local modeling agency that books jobs around your home; a quick Google search should help you locate a reputable agency. However, if you’re ready for a full-time job, I suggest you send your digitals to as many international agencies as possible. If you’re serious, I also suggest you attend agency’s open-call days; they usually have the time and place advertised on their website. This is a time where you physically go in to the agency’s office and meet with the agents in person—also a good time to bring your digitals as well as any of your strongest pictures (less is more, especially when you start off). Another option to becoming discovered is to attend a weekend scouting seminars for models and actors who sign up and pay a fee to attend a conference run by companies like ProScout, who have discovered many of today’s full-time models and actors.
Alright! So an agency has called you back and wants to represent you and they want you to pay them for representation. That’s an automatic red-flag. An agency-model relationship is a two-way street and should be treated as such in a business relationship. The only thing a model should pay for up front is a portfolio book and the images from test shoots that go inside of them. Typically, a personal agency portfolio book runs around $50 and a professional test shoot with a photographer will cost around $400-600 for several looks.
It’s the beginning of your modeling career, and your mother has told you that you’re the next Estee Lauder girl, right? That sounds familiar. Well, keep the hope and realize it may take a bit longer to achieve your goals; supermodels take time to develop.
When I started modeling, I thought the day I signed with a big agency in NYC, I needed to give up my career to become a model. In fact, I was encouraged by my NYC agent to continue my career (outside of modeling) and wait to see how clients react to my images, after she had submitted me for jobs. Sure enough, the client’s interest grew and throughout my first months, I would get more and more castings and callbacks than the months before. The client’s were continuously watching my look develop and within my first year of modeling, with my persistence and testing every few months, I was booking international catalog work.
To offer you my best advice in becoming a model, I would encourage you to look at successful models that have a similar look as you, and groom yourself accordingly. Of course, it is good to embrace your character traits that give you personality or set you apart; I am just encouraging you trim your beautiful long hair to an acceptable length, keep a natural manicure and pedicure, and clean skin at all times. Grooming is extremely important so when you do go to a casting, you feel comfortable in your natural skin with little to no makeup on.
When I started out as a model, my hair was six inches too long. I loved my hair and thought it was going to help me book hair jobs. Alas, the nature of the business is that plus size women have yet to book a lot of beauty and hair jobs—this will change! When my agent asked me to cut my hair, I obligingly did so thinking it was not such a swift move, however, I ended up booking some of my biggest clients yet!
Let me reiterate what I’ve said, modeling can be extremely costly and trying if you’re not patient and willing to invest into the beginning of your career. However, if clients take to your look, it can be a whirlwind of excitement, traveling and working with the most interesting people you’ve ever met. If you’re ready and wanting, I wish you the best of luck in your tenacious endeavors and hope to see you one day gracing the pages of my fashion magazines!
A Model Life
Stay tuned for more insight, tips and behind-the-scenes fun from Emily! You can also visit Emily at her website www.MLEstyle.com.
How cute is this look? The MP studio firmly believes all women can wear stripes and this gorgeous city girl is showing you how to do it! Featured in the Manfattan Project, her amazing street style captured our eye immediately. Paired with denim and fun accessories, this is a comfortable and stylish outfit for running around town. Love it? Shop our hand-picked look below!
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Old Navy - Collarless Denim Jacket
Old Navy - Jersey Chevron-Stripe Dress
Old Navy – Mixed-Pleated Wedges
eloquii – Double Circle Pendant - use promo code MADISON20 and SAVE 20%
ASOS – Classic Oversized Sunglasses
Shopbop – Botkier – Leon Hobo
On May 5th (a very happy Cinco de Mayo!) we had the honor of sitting in on the first Ford+ Model open casting in ten years. And can we just say – wow, what an incredible experience! We’re happy to share the news that four lucky new faces were chosen to represent the agency. But before we go there, let’s take you behind the scenes of the casting, shall we?
The day started with a long line of applicants (girls were lining up as early as 6:30 am), all waiting to see the Ford+ agents. First stop was the lobby in Tribeca’s super-glam Skyline Studios, where applicants signed in, received their number, and filed into another line to be measured. Measured? Yes. It was no joke, ladies – at this casting, you had to meet or exceed the required height minimum, no exceptions – and not just the height you tell people you are! An assistant was at the ready with the *official* Ford measuring stick. (The stick is about 12 feet tall and, according to legend, it’s the original Eileen Ford measuring stick, over 60 years old and having measured everyone from Lauren Hutton to the star-studded class of 90’s supermodels, and beyond!) If a model met the height requirement, she was placed into the group of applicants invited to come to the penthouse, meet an agent and, hopefully, get a call-back.
As you exited the elevator at the penthouse level, you were ushered into the casting room where the scene was set: long tables facing outwards out where several Ford+ agents sat, along with Beniamino Marini from vogue.it, visiting Ford+ models, and a few other industry tastemakers. Each hopeful applicant spoke with one agent, showing off their book or images and answering any questions. Madison Plus had the exclusive privilege to observe and absorb all these exciting, high-style moments (we even captured a few on Instagram, so our fans could check out the action in real-time – see our snapshots featured throughout this post!) Applicants who were asked to return received a pink sheet of paper, had their picture taken, and then were asked to wash off all makeup. (A word to the wise: When they ask you to arrive “au naturale,” they mean it!)
The Ford+ agents saw 120 applicants out of hundreds who lined up. Of that group, 19 got called back. Break time! During the break, the Ford+ team and Beniamino took some photos to capture the scene, lunch was served, and we all got the chance to check out images taken of the 19 call-backs.
Models Inga Eiriksdottir, Georgina Burke, Marquita Pring, Myla Dalbesio, Amber Tolliver, Jessica Collins, Wendy Brooks, Chloe Marshall, Tate Cutler, and newer faces Kaela Humphries and Sophie Sheppard, all stopped by at various times throughout the day – just to say hello and give the applicants their advice and words of wisdom. Very classy ladies.
Congratulations, you got called back! …Now what? For this nerve-wracking part of the process, all 19 applicants lined up outside the casting room and were brought in one by one to interview with all the agents at once. If your height was close to the minimum, you were measured again and in some cases your other bodily measurements were re-taken. Then you were interviewed and asked to speak about yourself. We found it quite refreshing to hear the Ford+ team ask questions about nutrition, making sure applicants were at a natural weight and not forcing any changes either way on their bodies.
At this point each would-be model was given honest constructive criticism and professional advice. If not right for Ford, the applicants were given some recommendations on where they could look to continue their career in modeling. All the girls we saw were so gracious; it seemed like everyone really valued the experience.
Now, onto those new faces that made the cut! Meet (Clockwise from left) Christina Andrews, Christine Hauer, Lauren Chan & Sara Marchiori. Congratulations ladies! It was such an honor to watch dreams coming true, tears being shed, and lots of laughs as four ladies’ lives changed that afternoon!
A special thank you to Ford Models, Gary Dakin, Jaclyn Sarka, David Lott, and Maia Holmes as well as Beniamino Marini from Vogue.it, Italian Vanity Fair writer Simona Siri, and celebrity hair stylist Francky L’Official.
Instagram images by Kari Hansbarger
Finalist images by Ford Models
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