Updated: 13:29 EST, 26 July 2011>
Not curvy enough? Plus-size model Marquita Pring, 21, sometimes pads her hips to make them look larger
She's one of the plus-size modelling industry's hottest names. But Marquita Pring has admitted that her body is still not quite curvy enough for some of the clients that hire her.
The 21-year-old, who has appeared in campaigns for Levi's and Evans, and even walked the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier, revealed in an interview today how she sometimes pads her hips to make them look larger on photo shoots.
She told WWD: 'Some [clients] like you much smaller, [U.S.] size 10, size 8. Some people would prefer a 14 or 16. So for me, I’m right in the middle at a sort of small 14, high 12. So I pad sometimes since I’ve got clients who would prefer a solid 14 or 16.
When asked to elaborate, she admitted that she probably shouldn't be dishing on such tricks of the trade.
'I don’t know if we should reveal this secret! They’re pieces of foam. So I just lay them flat on each hip underneath [hosiery]. They’re like a solid inch and a half thick... [and] make you seem all around wider.
'From the side you look kind of weird - and it feels weird. Like every now and then my arm gets caught on it and I’m like, wait, this isn’t me. But it’s better for me because I can still be healthy and work out and have the body I want. It’s a little bit of model magic.'
Miss Pring, who is from Clinton in Upstate New York, has been modelling since the age of 15, but describes a recent shoot for Vogue Italia as a career highlight.
She revealed that she almost missed her chance to take part, though, because she had been travelling in South Africa without a phone.
'My agency practically hunted me down,' she recalled. '...they told me that Steven Meisel wanted me for Italian Vogue and that they’d been trying to find me for the past four days and I had to get on the absolute next flight back to New York or else I was going to miss it.'
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She also said that the plus-size modelling world is more close-knit and friendly than the so-called 'straight-size' industry because the community is smaller.
But as for the term 'plus-size' itself, she believes it should be phased out altogether.
Control: The model revealed that it was important to her clients that her weight doesn't fluctuate too much, and that exercise and a healthy diet was essential
In an interview with New York magazine in March, she said: 'I think we need to phase out the category "plus-size models." I'm a model. I'm doing the same catalogue and editorial jobs as the "normal" models.'
She added: 'My stance is that the industry needs to embrace diverse women... I mean, let's be honest, economically and psychologically it is in everyone's best interest to include all sizes and models, regardless of the titles put on them.'
But plus-size or not, she explained that it was important to her clients that her weight doesn't fluctuate too much, and that a healthy diet was essential.>Enlarge
Real women: The model, far right appeared in V Magazine's groundbreaking Size Issue last year alongside other top plus-size names
'I work hard to maintain my size,' she said. 'People often think that by being a plus-size model we just let go of ourselves and have no self-control. I work harder than some of the smaller girls.
'We have to maintain our size and be careful not to fluctuate too drastically, especially when we have consistent clients that need us at specific measurements.
She said that even though she is a keen athlete and works out regularly, she sticks to a low-wheat diet in order to prevent bloating.
'I'm a fairly healthy eater,' she said. 'I love to start my day with oatmeal or Ezekiel bread and fruit. Salads, chicken, and fish are major parts of my diet. But of course everyone has their own indulgences. Chocolate happens to be my guilty pleasure.'
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