'The Ultimate Plus-Size Modeling Guide,' written by Catherine Schuller, is a collection of everything learned during her career as a professional model.
This book is a good read for anyone wanting to enter the modeling profession. It is an easy read and is full of useful information for women who want to become plus-size models and don¹t know where to begin.
Schuller's book is broken down into eight sections:
- Overview: Are You Ready for Modeling?
- Types of Plus-Size Fashion Modeling and Rates,
- Promotional Tools of the Trade,
- Finding and/or Creating Opportunities Without An Agent,
- The Model's Bag and
- About the Author
Each sections gives you the dos and don'ts of the industry and gives the reader expert insight as to what to expect from the industry.
Not only is the book well written and funny; it is also real. Schuller doesn¹t pull any punches. She gets right down to what the agencies are looking for and how a potential model can develop herself to become what they are looking for. The book gives you hope, but it also doesn¹t candy-coat reality.
The reality is that plus size modeling follows the same rules and conforms to the same standards as any other type of modeling. Being plus size and pretty is not all a person needs to succeed. Height and proportion is a factor. This is explained further in the Overview section.
Schuller also explains the four types of modeling: print, electronic media, live fashion and promotion and how much each pays.
This book is a must for anyone interested in becoming a plus size model. If you can read this book, look at yourself objectively and still want to try modeling, you may have what it takes. However, if you read this book and find yourself lacking, you may want to think about doing something else. This field is not for the faint at heart.
"You do need to be able to accept rejection," said Schuller. "There is a certain look that the client is going for and each job has it¹s own criteria and you may not be right for one, but definitely right for the other. You must believe that."