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I'm often asked "What kind of modeling do you do?"—and not just by fashion industry insiders. When I tell people I've done everything from catalogue to editorial, their follow up question is usually this: "Oh, but what about runway?"
In the past, I would have said that designers don't book girls like me—a woman with lots of curves and plenty of hips—for runway. But recently, things have changed in the industry for curvy women. I've walked in shows at Offsite NYFW and London Fashion Week. There have been size-14 women on the catwalk for high fashion brands like Jean Paul Gaultier. So I have a better question: Runways may look straight and narrow, but why should the models? Beauty is beyond size, which means that the industry needs to work earnestly to redefine the prevailing vision of what is beautiful.