Posts Tagged ‘Saffi Karina’

Plus Size (Role) Models

June 14th, 2013 8:00 am

Velvet d’Amour was listed in Huffington Post’s recent feature on who’s dominating the plus size industry right now.

Velvet and her online magazine Volup2 have definitely appeared on our blog a lot lately. She did a very sexy photo shoot with Anna (they are old friends) for the most recent issue of the magazine. Velvet is the Editor, Creator, Art Director and Photographer of Volup2, which invites readers to “revel in their every ‘imperfection’ and celebrate their bodies in their glorious entirety.”

Velvet d'Amour

d’Amour first came into the limelight when she flaunted her curves on the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring-Summer 2007 show in Paris. Since then, she has continued to be an outspoken advocate for the transformation of the fashion industry into a more inclusive place for people of all shapes and sizes.

In an interview with Frockwriter, d’Amour said, “The true meaning of FASHION in all likelihood it encompasses and revels in Change, in decadence, in obscurity versus ordinary, in risk-taking. While fashion beckons followers and innovation creates fashion, it’s those who deviate from accepted norms who create so much of our fashion from the get go.”

Other fabulous curvy women who were celebrated by HuffPost as inspiring innovators were Saffi Karina (who recently started her own plus model workshop called Curve Project London), retro pin-up model and blogger Tess Munster, and plus model of the moment Jennie Runk.

Saffi & Tess

To read about all of the women, click here!

Coaching for Curves

May 3rd, 2013 4:58 pm

Saffi Karina started out as a straight-size model, but was dropped by her agency six years ago after her body changed and her hips grew. Now, reborn as a plus-size model, Karina also has founded Curve Project London, the UK’s first plus model workshop, which will give aspiring plus models the skills necessary to make it in the industry.

Saffi Karina

“As you grow older, you become more womanly and I actually didn’t want to change that, so I started looking for what else was out there,” Karina said in an Evening Standard interview. “I began working as a plus-size model and it is a very positive and happy industry. I still got to do what I loved and travel the world.” Karina has gone on to land campaigns with Debenhams, Speedo and Bravissimo.

The monthly workshops at Curve Project London include in-depth mentoring and experience working with stylists as well as photo shoots, portfolio advice, runway lessons, casting tips and hair and make-up sessions.

“There is a real thirst for ‘normal’ sized women, especially for commercial brands,” Karina says. “I want to strive to endorse a positive body image and act as a role model to young women who previously thought ‘thin’ was the only way to get a foot over the fashion threshold.”

Successful plus-size models Laura Wells and Marquita Pring

Perhaps there are positive changes on the horizon for the modelling industry generally.  Just recently, a new Health Initiative was launched across 19 editions of Vogue magazine, aiming to address the problem of unhealthy body image and behaviours amongst working models. British Vogue has signed off on an additional Equity Model Code of Conduct. Further, curvier models are openly calling for larger sample sizes.

Tocarra Jones and Kaela Humphries

Read more here!


© Anne Kroul, 2013.