I am always on the look out for new plus/curve to follow and help promote, since I feel like we need a stronger plus/curve industry to help break the “thin ideal” barriers of the fashion industry.
This week I caught up with Nina De Martino, a new model on a mission to inspire women to embrace their curves and take on the fashion industry head first. I chat to Nina about her life as a model, her opinions on the fashion industy, and her advice for aspiring models.
What made you decide to be a model?
“I decided to join an agency to pursue a second career that has been a dream since I was 18. As a child, I always loved fashion, accessories and creating different looks with a particular piece of clothing. I have always been “plus size” and able to dress according to my figure while staying on top of the latest trends and fashions.”
What kind of model do you describe yourself as?
“I would describe myself as a full-figured curvy model. I am a size 16 and embrace what I have!”
As a curve model, have you ever had any negative feedback from the fashion industry for not being the “thin ideal”?
“This is my second year in the modelling world and I have not. I have been told “we don’t have anything to fit you” from a designer, but I have never been scrutinized for not being smaller than a size 8.”
The plus and curve fashion industry has started to really kick off in the last 2-3 years. Yet some designers are still hesitant to use curvier models. Why do you think this is?
“I think people tend to fear to show their curves or accentuate a specific area of your body. However, I think this will all change as we can see it is happening and growing. The average woman is a size 12-14 here in the US and I think designers need to focus on the audience and the average women of 2016.”
You have modelled everything from sports clothing to lingerie. What is your favorite type of shoot?
“I honestly do not have a favorite type. Photoshoots with props and different lighting are always a blast because they force a model to step out of their comfort zone. I have worked with many different photographers including one in Italy and every time it is a positive experience. I learn something new about myself, and modelling every time”
How do you prepare for a shoot? Any skin care or make up tips for us?
“My agent taught us to have the “luggage”. By prepaing the night before by packing everything you might need. Although the make up artists are usually on site of the shoot, we were trained to apply our makeup in case of an emergency. I also pack hair products just in case of a hair emergency. Make up wipes are a must in case we need to re-apply or correct a specific area. As far as makeup tips, every three months I get a facial and I have yearly check ups with my dermatologists. I have always struggled with acne, therefore I have to be pamper my face. My foundation is oil free of course and MAC products are a must. Their highlighter is one of my favorite products that I can use all year long!”
Many young girls lack confidence because of our demanding media and thin-loving industry. How do you stay confident?
“I am a Zumba instructor and love to dance, hence my cardio is teaching my classes. I recently starting kick boxing to tone my body and switch up my exercise routine as I feel there is always room for improvement no matter what size or shape a woman is. I have stopped comparing myself to others. For years I would but at this point I have realized we all have our own beauty and we need to embrace with what we have and work towards being healthy physically and mentally to promote and produce a lifestyle of happiness.”
Do you have any tips for girls wanting to start modelling?
“My one statement I say to future models is, believe in yourself no matter what size or shape you are. Never compare or be jealous of another model or woman’s body. We are all different for a reason and remember there is someone out there that is looking at you with admiration!”
As a model, what are your goals for the next year?
“My goal is to continue modellling and hopefully be able to participate in a few commercials, but mostly to inspire women!”
To support Nina and her mission to empower curvy women, make sure to follow her on instagram: @La_bella_nina_demartino