Posts Tagged ‘Gary Dakin’

All Straights and No Curves Make Fashion a Dull World

May 27th, 2011 11:18 am

Fashionista recently published some lovely photos from the new promotional book put out by Ford+, the plus size division of the Ford modeling agency. The models of Ford+ are anywhere from a US size 8 to 18 (UK 12 to 22). The images are slick and high-fashion and, as Leah Chernikoff of Fashionista rightly observes, hopefully represent a trend toward incorporating curvier models into the world of mainstream fashion, beyond the pages of catalogues.

(left to right) Michelle Olson, Inga Eiriksdottir, Leah Kelley, McKenzie Raley

Gary Dakin, who has headed Ford’s plus division for the last 13 years, says that there have been great changes in the plus size model market during his career.  “There are better clients, jobs, photographers, rates, etc.,” says Dakin. “The girls have evolved too…they are challenged now more than ever to be better and they challenge the industry right back.”

Some models, however, still wish that they didn’t have to be labeled as “plus.” Not that they are ashamed of their bodies, but as rising star Marquita Pring says, they feel “the term ‘plus size’ has a negative connotation.” She prefers the term “curvy.”

Marquita was recently featured on Vogue Italia’s website as “a new star in the curvy universe” and walked in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2011 runway show.

Marquita Pring

“I hate to be categorized. I am a model,” Marquita told Fashionista. “I do many of the same jobs as others models regardless of their size, race, or gender. I don’t feel a need to specify my size when telling people about my job. … Personally, I wouldn’t even refer to a woman who’s a size 26 as ‘plus size.’ I find it interesting that if ever I do refer to myself as ‘plus size’ when describing what I do for a living people always have the same reaction. ‘WHAT!?! OH MY GOODNESS I WOULD NEVER CONSIDER YOU PLUS SIZE!!!’ And I always agree with them. I’m proud to set an example for women of all sizes as a bigger curvier model, and I’m so thankful to get letters from women of all sizes thanking me for promoting a more realistic healthy image. As for the word ‘curvy’ I see nothing wrong with it. I don’t need to stress it as my title but I am a curvy, voluptuous, sexy woman and I think the word ‘curvy’ relays a much more positive image. You can be a size 4 or 14 and be considered ‘curvy.’

What do you think about the terms “plus size” vs “curvy”?

Gary’s Model Life-View

March 25th, 2011 11:06 am

We’re having a lot of fun with our latest blog feature in which we bring interesting people closer to you!

Recently, Gary Dakin lent his usual mix of humour and humanity to Anna’s questionnaire.

Gary Dakin runs Ford 12+ with Ford Models in New York– the most famous plus-size division in the world! He represents Crystal Renn (he even walked her down the aisle at her wedding) and Tara Lynn, among others, and is responsible for their increased visibility in mainstream media.

He has always championed plus models in the fashion industry, and equality in the world overall.

Gary With His Girls

What is your favourite part of your body?
Does my voice count? If not, then my lips.

Gary Oscars: Favourite male actor/ favourite female actress?
Colin Firth this year and, of course, Natalie Portman.

Where will you be in 5 years?
Ushering in the next stars of the industry during the week and relaxing on the beach on the weekends.

What would be your dream date?
Ice skating in Central Park followed by a nice walk through the snow toward Bethesda Fountain. (Actually happened!)

What superpower would you like to possess?

What is your favourite movie?
Dangerous Liasons

What is your favourite restaurant?
LaConde Verde in NYC.

What has been your greatest achievement?
Having been a part of a movement that accepts women of all sizes in more areas of fashion than ever before.

What has been your happiest moment?
They keep getting better, so I will let you know when the big one comes!

What is your greatest fear?
That the happiest moment occurred and I didn’t recognize it.

Which living person do you most admire and why?
My mother. She has always pushed me to get the hell out and live my dreams whether I was afraid or not. She continues to inspire me with her support and love always!

What trait do you most dislike about yourself?
I am quite possibly the most stubborn person you will ever meet.

What makes you sad?

How do you relax?
Rose on the beach with friends.

Who is your favourite designer?

Heels or flats?
Women should always have a HOT pair of heels in their bag if not on their feet!

Black or white?

Where would you like to be right now?
Here in NYC.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
“No” is not an option.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who stood up against inequality and hopefully made even a small difference.

What is your favourite song?
“Dear Mr. President”.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
The inability for others to be self-aware.

Have you ever said “I love you” and not meant it?
Hel-lo, I am in fashion.  ;-)

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
REALLY bad TV, and shopping.

What is the worst thing anyone ever said to you?

What is your idea of happiness?
Fire Island at 7am with my dog, a cup of tea and no one in sight.

What do you appreciate most in your friends?
They call it like it is and always listen to me even if they couldn’t care less about how “tough” my day was.

If not yourself, who would you like to be?
Pretty content to be me. Wouldn’t mind being me with a little more cash though.


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