Do you have what it takes to be a Plus-Size Model? Join the Curvy Revolution!

BY ELI CHEP

PlusFabLogoFrom the petite to the plus size, it’s the new look for the new millennium. It’s not silent, nor is it a revolution. But little by little, small victory by small victory, the Kenyan plus-size modelling industry is gaining traction. Women of a size 12 and over – which is the controversial industry definition of plus-size – are seeking not only to change existing standards of beauty and to educate young women about their bodies, but look good while doing it.

The injection of new innovative plus-size fashion brands into the industry has meant that relevant work for the plus-size model has increased. Plus-size women are making their mark on international covers and on the catwalk as well. The limited exposure of plus-size women in the market often makes it seem like there are only a handful of plus-size models working in the industry. On the contrary, there are a number of plus-size agencies regionally with an even bigger number of curvy models working in Africa’s modelling mecca.

Plus Fabulosity Founder/Director, Francisca Mwende
Plus Fabulosity Founder/Director, Francisca Mwende

Kenya’s high profile agency for curvy models, Plus Fabulosity, has an established reputation for its fresh approach in providing representation of the highest quality to its plus-size models. Led by Founder/Director, Francisca Mwende, Plus Fabulosity combines experience and dedication to recognize the demand for gorgeous plus models that also represents the trends of the moment within the fashion industry.

A plus-size model from Plus Fabulosity at a previous photoshoot
A plus-size model from Plus Fabulosity at a previous photoshoot

Founded in 2013 by Francisca Mwende, she brings a wealth of expertise and business knowledge to the plus-size modelling industry under her brand; having been crowned ‘Miss Malaika’ Parklands UoN 2011/ 2012.

Director,  Plus Fabulosity Kenya, Ms. Francisca Mwende
Director, Plus Fabulosity Kenya, Ms. Francisca Mwende

Being the first agency of its kind, Plus Fabulosity is also to extension a modelling agency for any commentary in relation to body image, plus-size models and the plus-size fashion in general. Plus Fabulosity celebrates women and men who are in their plus side of life, their original beauty and work tirelessly to progress a positive impact of the plus size being in the fashion/lifestyle industry.

Plus Fabulosity Founder Francisca Mwende, in her early modelling days in the plus-size industry
Plus Fabulosity Founder Francisca Mwende, in her early modelling days in the plus-size industry

Speaking in an interview, Francisca Mwende (Founder, Plus Fabulosity Kenya) shared this with us, “I would love for the industry to be an all-size situation —it’s a beautiful world where you don’t have to be a 0 or a 16, but fall in a spectrum. A beautiful woman’s a beautiful woman. I also think the plus size industry is amazing because it’s really opening up peoples’ minds. It shows reality! We are showing a healthy body image and promoting a way of life in which people can see a curvy girl in a magazine. No matter what size you are, you are beautiful and I hope it’s showing young girls growing up that if you aren’t the normal skinny girl on the front of a magazine then you aren’t any less of a person. I can’t help but be excited to be a part of this somewhat “movement” with new designers and established designers allowing their creativity and inspiration to be explored for more curvaceous body types.”

Honoring pretty thick curves at Plus Fabulosity Kenya
Honoring pretty thick curves at Plus Fabulosity Kenya

Plus Fabulosity has seen tremendous growth from a consulting agency to recently establishing the start up of a Plus Size Modelling Agency to their branch. Their specialty lies in curvy ladies who have the edge for photographic, commercial, editorial and catwalk purposes with intent for exposure into legitimate corporate advertising & branding solutions in the local, regional and international front.

Freelance Plus-size models, Liz Wanjiru
Freelance Plus-size model, Liz Wanjiru

On the other hand, one of Nairobi’s freelance plus-size models, Liz Wanjiru, had her positive sentiments shared with us in an interview, “ I think the plus-size industry is a force for positivity and I’m excited about its growth and acceptance into mainstream fashion. Being plus-sized does not necessarily mean that you’re unhealthy, for me it’s about being healthy in your mind, being healthy in your body, heart-healthy, having all those things. I celebrate its message for more self-love, higher self-worth, and an open door to a whole new view on what plus-size fashion is. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for all of us and I hope the positive changes keep coming—and spreads into music and film.”

Honor Your Curves for Plus FAB by Francisca Mwende
Honor Your Curves for Plus FAB by Francisca Mwende

Plus Model Agency is here to celebrate your curves ladies – and they do it in style. Big is most definitely beautiful and bonny is most definitely back in fashion – we should know! For the fashion conscious curvy female, what better way to showcase that gorgeous body, than showing it off for them – Plus Size Modelling is the way to go! Big men are beautiful too – don’t be shy, fashion is for all shapes and sizes – often age is irrelevant.

EVENT ROUND-UP: PLUS MODEL AUDITIONS 2015

Do you have what it takes? If you’ve dreamt about becoming a plus-size model, take the first step and sign up! Get ready for Kenya’s FIRST EVER exclusive PLUS MODEL AUDITIONS courtesy of Plus Fabulosity!

PLUS Model Auditions 2015 #CurveNATION IT'S TIME!!
PLUS Model Auditions 2015 #CurveNATION IT’S TIME!!

DATE: 31st January 2015

VENUE: Secrets Lounge, Ground Floor, Utalii Lane

TIME: 8AM – 4PM

REQUIREMENTS:
Must be Plus Size (Size 14 and above).

FEES:
Audition fee is Ksh.700 in advance and Ksh.1, 000 for desk registration. All payments should be made via LIPA NA MPESA Till Number 802409. For more information, kindly contact +254707566198 or email info@plusfabulosity.com

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Judy Kamau says:

    What about the big ladies but have figures…Are they available to join the modelling

    1. replay254 says:

      Yes they are available to join. We doubt if age is really a key concern to Plus Fabulosity as an agency but also for accurate and more inquiries on registration for the auditions kindly contact info@plusfabulosity.com

  2. rachel says:

    I would love to be a plus size model..i got it all what it takes to be one

    1. replay254 says:

      Hi Rachel. Thanks so much for the feedback. The Plus Fabulosity auditions start soon so kindly check out their social media platforms on Facebook – PLUS Fabulosity, Instagram @plusfabulosity to stay updated on the exact date of auditions.

  3. RACHEL SIDES says:

    HELLO TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN …MY RACHEL IS RACHEL SIDES &IAM VERY INTERESTED IN CURY MODEL IAM A 5FEET 2INCHES MEDIUM CURVY WITH A BEAUTIFUL SMILE MANY SAY WIT A DEEP DIMPLE ON LEFT CHEEK…I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED AND DREAMED BEING A MODEL FOR MAKE UP…OR…CLOTHING..SO I FEEL ITS TIME I PERSUE IT TRULY…I CAN SEND OR EMAIL JUST UP LOADED PHONE PICS…TIL I GET OR KNOW IF I NEED PROFESSIONEL ONES…BE BLESSED!!

  4. RACHEL SIDES says:

    OR YOU CAN SEE ME ON FACE BOOK …UNDER RACHEL SIDES…ON FACE BOOK I HAVE SHORT HAIR CUT…

  5. Bilha kimani says:

    This is so amazing….I saw your models on the trend and am interested ….I have all it takes to be one of your models…do I have to wait till the next auditions?

    1. replay254 says:

      Hi Bilha. Thanks so much for the feedback. The Plus Fabulosity auditions start soon so kindly check out their social media platforms on Facebook – PLUS Fabulosity, Instagram @plusfabulosity to stay updated on the exact date of auditions.

  6. Judy seru says:

    I rely have a passion in modeling..am plus-size and would realy want to work with you ….do i have to wait till the next auditions? if so please notify me

    1. replay254 says:

      Hi Judy. Thanks so much for the feedback. The Plus Fabulosity auditions start soon so kindly check out their social media platforms on Facebook – PLUS Fabulosity, Instagram @plusfabulosity to stay updated on the exact date of auditions.

  7. Jackline says:

    j really would love to join you, am plus size and would love to join the modeling world,what should j do,when are the next auditions?

    1. replay254 says:

      Hi Jackline 🙂 For further info, contact the agency (Plus Fabulosity) via +254707566198 or as well, email: casting@plusfabulosity.com. You can mention our blogsite as reference to your expression of interest.

  8. Hello there! I would also very much want to join your agency.

    1. replay254 says:

      Hello Shantel. We will keep you posted on any auditions that might be held as at this year once we get word from the plussize agency. Good afternoon to you! 🙂

  9. Hi i would really love to join you and be part of the modellling world,what should i do

    1. replay254 says:

      Hello Faith. We will keep you posted on any auditions that might be held as at this year once we get word from the plussize company. Good afternoon to you!🙂

  10. chepkoech Caren says:

    Hey if there is a 2017 try outs I wanna join the movement

    1. replay254 says:

      We will keep you posted on any auditions that might be held once we get word from the latter company. Good afternoon! 🙂

  11. victoria says:

    I really wanna be a part of thos revolution, if there are any auditions this year i wanna try out. Thank you

    1. replay254 says:

      Hi Vicky. Thanks for expressing your interest to work with Plus Fab. We shall keep you posted on any auditions that are scheduled for this year once we get word from the latter company. Good evening! 🙂

  12. Glory nkatha says:

    Hey am dying to join your company ..please help me join and I will be grateful
    Am Glory Nkatha am 17years a form four leaver from donholm.Help me join

    1. replay254 © says:

      Hey Nkatha. Glad to hear from you 😃 For more info on your interest, kindly contact {Eli Chep} our CEO via WhatsApp on 0726-154162. He’ll be able to advise on what will be the best way forward for you. Cheers.

      1. caren kimetto says:

        Hello, Thank you in advance I will be waiting.

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