If you have ever read a women’s fashion magazine, you would have no doubt been exposed multiple times to the thin ideal. An idyllic image of slim, or a lot of the time, underweight woman with messages of power and success hidden amongst the desirable clothes, the extravagant locations, and the sultry, serious gazes.
However, plus modelling is on the rise and we are now seeing more and more curvy plus models gracing our medias and promoting a healthy lifestyle and fashion options for women with boobs, hips, thighs and bums a little bigger than most of the slender models in our media.
Jerri Hoath, Ms Curvaceous UK finalist and mentor spoke to me about being a curve model and body positivity.
As a model with curves, have you always been body positive about yourself?
As a child I struggled immensely with self-esteem issues. I grew up in an area that wasn’t very multicultural and was picked on from an early age. Initially it was because of the colour of my skin, but when I started puberty at 11 and seemed to grow a womanly figure over night the ‘Fatty’ jibes started, this was another way in which the bullies used to taunt me. Surprisingly I never viewed myself as being ‘fat’ or overweight. I was just very aware that society seemed to have a negative viewpoint on my body shape and it affected me throughout life.
What made you want to be a model?
I auditioned for Ms Curvaceous Uk because my daughter asked me to. It was an attempt to show her that she is capable of doing anything she puts her mind to and its about taking the first step and not allowing anyone to break you down regardless of the outcome. Little did I know I would go on to make the finals. I love modelling! Not only the glamourous side of things which is amazing but also because it gives me the platform to help and inspire others that may not feel able to learn to love themselves and embrace their beauty no matter what size they are.
How do you style your curves and do you have any fashion tips for curvy women?
I love fashion but styling myself is not something that comes easy to me. After years of trying to cover my figure in loose fitting clothes and dark garments I still need some inspiration now and again. I have found bloggers have helped me in that department. There’s something magical about being able to see an outfit that suits curvy figures on a curvy woman before you buy! Get following those bloggers ladies 🙂 I also take on board the tips I’m given at shoots by stylists in how to dress my body shape. Nowadays I am more likely to think outside the box in terms of picking a new outfit.
Do you watch what you eat and exercise you maintain your body?
I am a major foodie! Good food is definitely the way to my heart and I am never happier then when I’m dancing around my kitchen with my daughters cooking a wonderful healthy meal. For me nothing beats homemade food. My Mother is a chef and taught me how to cook at an early age so I try to cook as much as I can during the weekdays. At the weekend I may have some Chinese though or eat out at a nice Spanish tapas bar! I like to food optimise the best I can as it seems my body feels better when I don’t overload on too much of one thing.
I like to try to go to the gym as much as I can but usually running after my three year old is my biggest form of exercise!
What advice would you give to a girl struggling to love her body?
My advice would be to take yourself on your own journey to self acceptance. Forget what others are saying to you. What do you think? If losing weight or gaining it is a personal goal go for it but remember, beauty has no size! So long as you are healthy and happy that’s all that should matter. Also come down to one of the free body confidence workshops Ms Curvaceous UK runs. They are brilliant.
And finally, what are your goals for the future? Is modelling something you want to do in the future?
Modelling is definitely something I plan to carry on with. I’m enjoying it so much and I have some exciting projects in the pipeline. I also have connections in the U.S and by the end of this year my plan is to have done some international work. I have also been mentoring this years
Ms Curvaceous UK finalists and working as part of the team to run workshops. This year for me is about growth, inspiring and lots more shoots!
You can follow Jerri on her Instagram: @Jerricurve