by Mia Amber Davis
In January 2010, Madeline Figueroa-Jones and
I started a dialog to discuss how we could directly make an impact on the plus modeling
As PLUS Model Magazines Editor-in-Chief and Creative-Editor-At-Large
respectively, Maddy and I often juggle inquiries from aspiring models wanting
to know the fastest, easiest way into the industry and the quickest way to the
We also receive more constant, in depth questions about the
ins and outs of the industry.
We wanted to find a way to show, and tell
aspiring models, how to go about forging ahead in the industry while laying foundations
for a great career.
The best way we thought to teach this was
by letting our readers experience it through the eyes of actual models
beginning their respective journeys.
Hence, "The Project" was born.
Meet Teslyn Butler, Allison McGevna and
Stacey Heitt; three beautiful, full figured models bursting with confidence,
grace, personality, and the drive to really get started in the plus size
All three women were already in various
stages of modeling careers, but we felt if they had the right information as
well as renewed focus they could make leaps and bounds and be great examples of
hard work and dedication being the only way to the proverbial top of an industry
on the cusp of a revolution.
Admittedly, due to the constant demands of
the industry and daily life "The Project" hit a few bumps along the road. There were missed deadlines, time lines
disappeared, and there became little that we could guarantee for the ladies
involvedbut alas, the momentum never stopped.
We are beyond proud of the strides each
model has taken as we've watched them blossom in front of the camera. Also, as business women we marvel at
the control they have each taken over their individual careers.
Thank you ladies for working with us and
sharing your dreams. The sky is the limit for you and your careers in the plus
Please read on as the ladies tell their
stories of their past year within, The Project.