Dear Miss Victory Violet,
Over the last year I have managed to lose a lot of weight and i’m finally starting to get more confidence in my body. I love the pin up 50s style and dress that way myself however you do it a lot better ;).
I have been thinking about the possibility of getting into plus size pin up modelling and I was wondering if you have any tips for me as to how I can go about doing so?I would appreciate any advice.
Country: New Zealand
That’s great that you have found your confidence! Here are my tips for getting into modelling, there’s no straight answer with what is going to work but these points will help get you started!
Build your portfolio
That means in the beginning, you will need to pay for shoots. There are some fantastic photographers in Auckland, each with their own flair and style. Studio81 and Zandy J Photography do mainly studio shots. Elizabeth J Photography and Caron Nicole focus on natural light and do fabulous on location, outdoor shoots.
Don’t shoot with just anyone, you need good quality shots so just because someone is willing to shoot you cheap or free, doesn’t mean you should do it.
When working with a new photographer, make sure you are on the same page. A coffee meet up prior to the shoot date will make you feel more comfortable on the day and means you can nut-out any special requests you have. Figure out what you want out of the shoot and what is definitely a no-go. Ask how long they will take to get the images to you, how many edits you will receive and if it’s a collaboration- what will they be using the image for? Do you want to see and approve all images before the photographer posts them to social media?
All of these things need to be asked and agreed on before your shoot.
Start a Facebook Page
Decide on what name you want to be known as, be it your real name or a pseudonym (read my blog post about choosing a Pinup name here). Once you have your page, you can share what you are up to and any modelling you are doing. It becomes a bit like a online portfolio- you can direct potential photographers or bookers to your page.
Submit to Magazines
Once you feel like you’ve got some good shots, submit them to magazines like Atomic Bombshells and Retro Lovely.
Practice your hair and makeup
Good hair and makeup can make or break a pinup photograph in my opinion. Start practicing pinup hair and makeup so that you don’t have to worry about finding a HMUA for every shoot you do.
Find your point of difference
What makes you stand out from the crowd? What makes you different and more interesting than the other plus-size models out there? Try to find something that is unique and original about yourself and your look and focus on that.
Make sure you have a passion for it
Unless you get hired for a big company, you won’t be making much money, if any, for your modelling. If you love it and have a passion for it, then that won’t matter, but don’t get into it expecting to earn big money from it. For now, don’t quit your day job 😉 It’s harsh but it is the truth, especially in New Zealand unfortunately
Above all, have fun! There’s nothing to stop you from pursuing your dreams. Go with your gut and produce photographs that are fun and let your personality shine through!
x Miss Victory Violet
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