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#Fashion Interview : Anita Marshall “Plus Size Model” In An Exclusive Interview With Linda Bella

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New York-based model Anita Marshall has been in everything from catalogs to Marie Claire and has been loving every minute of it -- but she should, as she's worked hard to prove the people who originally called her "too big" wrong.


 Tell us more about yourself and when did you Decide Modelling was a Passion for you?
Well let’s start off with the basics. My name is Anita Marshall. I was born and raised in Boston, MA by my mother and grandmother. I decided to give modeling a shot maybe about a year and a half ago and was signed June of 2012.

So, who were the people you looked up to and inspired you to pursue modeling?  
I was inspired by a lot of women. I would say Crystal Renn was definitely someone I looked up to before I even began my own modeling journey. While trying to figure out the modeling thing I also began to look up to a few other models. One of them is even on my agency’s board!
Photo credits- Stanley Desbas

Do you feel like “plus size” models are treated fairly in the Industry?
I feel like the plus industry is even its own industry. Because I am not in the “regular” fashion world I can’t compare the two. I do know every client I have ever worked for has been nothing short of amazing. I wonder if we have it better?! I’m just kidding but I have only been treated great by everyone. 

Before you became a successful model, what was your journey like as a plus size Lady? What was the meaning of being ‘plus size’ to you? & Why?
As many know before the modeling journey I was on a weight loss journey. Weighing at 298 pounds I was desperate for a new start. I have been “plus” since I can remember, I was born off the charts. Being plus size to me mean being average and I say this because the average woman in the U.S. is a 12/14. 
Photo credits-Michelle Alexandra Photography
Photo credits-Michelle Alexandra Photography

Who or what inspires you?
Success inspires me. I’ve always been one to do something to my full potential. I am a firm believer at doing something right or not at all. My other inspirations are my mother and my grandmother. These women have done everything for me so it is time for me to take care of them.
What is your Philosophy?
My philosophy is very simple and applies to everyone. Do what makes you happy. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
What is your message to the plus size community, in general? What do you think is the most important thing that they should know about how they should handle their body right now?
My message to the plus size community and anyone who is “different” is to love yourself. We live in a society that tells us how we should look and feel. No one is the same and that’s what is so beautiful about people. We are not cookie cutter and we all have something unique about ourselves. Handle your body with love and care because you are only given one.  
Image Credits- Monif C

What do you love about being a plus-size model?
I love being a model in general. I love traveling and meeting new people. What I do does not feel like work to me. I am blessed enough to have this as my career. Who doesn’t want to dress up, take pictures and get paid to do it?! Haha
IKR” lol -So People often wonder if models dress according to the latest fashion also in their everyday life, how would you describe your style?
I can say I do NOT keep up with trends. My style is frumpy fab. I love a nice pair of sweats. I am beginning to put a little more effort into my wardrobe but heels just are not as comfortable as slippers. Though I can say I do clean up pretty well! 
What advice would you have for an inspiring girl with the dream of becoming a model?
My advice is to do your research. Becoming a plus size model is not as easy as some think. There are requirements. Even if you fit the requirements as far as height and body proportions you have to make sure you have a marketable look. You have to contact different agencies because not all of them are after the same look. With all of that being said you have to be persistent. Go to the castings the agencies have and meet them in person. It’s better when they can match a personality to the face.
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Photo credits-Michelle Alexandra Photography

What is your best word of advice or favorite inspirational quote for all our aspiring readers out there?
Words of wisdom? I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes, “Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.” When I get too consumed in others I am quickly reminded that I am leading my own journey. I am where I need to be at this point in my life.

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