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As an industry, modeling has rapidly changed since it first took off in the 20th century, in part by making room for plus-size modeling agencies. While modeling was once a profession exclusively for small slender women, the industry as a whole has transformed into a profession that celebrates beauty in various forms. Today, models of all shapes and sizes are included in the industry and are celebrated for their own personal beauty.
Plus size models were first represented by model agencies in the 1970s. While many modeling agencies now have plus size divisions, other top modeling groups have focused on exclusively branding themselves as plus size modeling agencies. Today, plus size models are taking the modeling world by storm as they celebrate body diversity rather than focus on body shame. Through the rise of social media, many plus size women are able to connect to the plus size modeling community. This growing network has led to more opportunities and more images of beauty for plus size models. Thinking of modeling? Read on to find out about the top plus size modeling agencies near you!
New York Office: 11 East 26th Street 14th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 219-6500
Chicago Office: 850 West Jackson Blvd Suite 410, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 243-9400
Los Angeles Office: 9200 Sunset Boulevard Suite 817, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: (310) 276-8100
Paris Office: 278 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris, France
Phone: (+33) 144180808
Other than being one of the leading modeling agencies in the industry, Ford Models also has an amazing division for plus size models. With its multiple locations in top cities, Ford Models is one of the best.
Location: 12550 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 608, North Miami, Florida 33181, United States
Phone: (305) 459-0553
Dorothy Combs Models is one of the most recognized boutique plus model management agencies in the world. In 2005, Dorothy Combs made an impact on the industry when she opened up this model agency specifically for plus sized models.
New York Office: 300 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 473-0700
LA Office:9378 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 310, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310) 601-2530 (women)
(310) 601-2531 (men)
Miami Office: at the Mondrian, 1100 West Avenue Suite 326, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone: (305) 672-9344
Chicago Office: 64 East Walton Street, 3rd floor, Chicago IL 60611
Phone: (312) 667-9152
London Office: 6 Perseverance Works 38 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DD
Phone: +44 (0) 20-7613-0993
Wilhelmina Models is one of the most prominent talent management agencies in the world. This agency was founded in 1967 by Dutch supermodel Wilhelmina Cooper. This agency also has a specific division for full-figured models.
New York Office: 200 W. 41st ST STE 1000, New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 944-8896
LA Office: 8075 West 3rd ST Suite 307, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (323) 908-0051
State Management has a wide range of clientele and hires models for a diverse range of photo shoots. This company also has a division called ‘Curve’ for plus sized models.
5. Muse Models
Location: 150 Broadway, New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 625-2356
Muse Models is one the leading modeling agencies and offers many opportunities for young models to get their start. Muse has a specific division for plus sized models called ‘+Muses.’
6. IPM Models
Location: 1441 Broadway, New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 213-1974
IMP Models is based in New York and specializes in plus sized models. This boutique plus sized agency believes beauty has no size, age, and race.
Location: 1120 N. El Centro Ave, Unit 9, Los Angeles, Ca 90038
Bradford Willcox and Katie H. Willcox founded Natural Model Management in 2011. With her previous experience as a plus sized model, Katie has tremendous insight in the plus sized modeling industry.
Location: 265 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018
True Model represents “all sizes and categories of models and embraces a vast network of clients to connect models with production Fitting, Showroom, Trade Show, Print, Runway, and Commercial Talent Assignments.”
Location: 80 Vine St #203, Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (206) 622-2211
Founded in 1984, Heffner Management is one of the largest and most successful direct booking agencies on the west coast. Heffner Management’s diverse board includes high fashion women and men, catalog women and men, and plus and classics divisions.
10. Flaunt Models
Location: 35 W 35th St #901, New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 679-9011
Flaunt is a full service modeling agency that represents talent across the country. This agency has been in the modeling business for 30 years and includes women, men, lifestyle women, commercial print women, petites, and plus size models.