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Every Girl wants to be a Model,
But Every woman can become a Plus Size Model
I am so excited that you are here! Woohoo!
You know that phrase “Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready?” It is time to stay ready!
I’m excited to be your personal guide through this passion-filled, ultra-competitive, yet amazingly fun, inspiring and creative business of Plus Size Model and Acting.
And seriously, despite the evolving arbitress of the Plus Size Fashion Industry at times, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is so much fun, and the excitement is contagious. The hair, makeup, and clothes is an exhilarating transformation.
Can you relate?
Every Girl wants to be a Model,
But Every woman can become a Plus Size Model
My primary market is the global plus size industry which includes women ages 23 -55, sizes 14- 28. They are many women who have modeling and /or acting experience, but have stopped due to family obligations. My secondary market are women who are inspiring plus size models with none or very little modeling or acting experience, but would like to have an opportunity to shine.
What made you want to become a model, and represent for the plus size community?
I believe that every little girl dreams of being a model, and I was not any different. As a student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, I was introduced to modeling. After I had my children and got married I stopped. In 2011 after my mother passed, I decided to try acting. At that time, my daughter was about 12 years old and she started modeling. I had to attend her acting and modeling classes because she was under age, so I started taking acting classes, also. I invested in headshots, and submitted for acting gigs. I submitted my headshots to “Thick Models.” She called me immediately, and the rest is history. It is my pleasure to represent Plus Size, Regular or Normal size ladies. I believe that the fashion industry and Hollywood standards of beauty is quickly eroding. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, races, and ethnicity.
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We have 100’s of casting calls updated weekly. Which will lead to auditions, and ultimately getting booked.
That's only the beginning! When register you will become a working actor or a paid Plus Size model, constantly building towards your making dreams come true. It is time for you to live your best life!
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Los Angeles, California, United States
My name is Jessica Johnson. I was born in San Diego, California on August 31,1987. My parents divorced when I was 6 years old and I grew up with my younger brother and father. My father was a Christian but didn’t really teach me to much about to Bible, he would just preach about it at times when I would get in trouble but I didn’t attend church on Sunday’s regularly. During summer and Christmas breaks, my brother and I would visit our grandmother who live in Toronto, Canada would try to introduce us to God, but it wasn’t enough for me to have a deep relationship with Him. My grandmother would take my brother and I to church when she could but I never grasp that relationship with God like everyone else had. My father remarried and we moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia as that’s where I grew up at. My father got out the army and became a pilot for American Airlines and within time became a captain.
As I grew older I started to see the hypocrisy in my father when it came to him preaching the word to me as his walk with God didn’t fully aligned up to what he would preach to me. My father would commit adultery and had an addiction to pornography. I can remember at 3 years old witnessing my father having sex with women so that was always a problem, as I would have nightmares or flashbacks so I would try to ask my father but he would always denied it but I would remember it as if it was yesterday. One summer my brother and I came home from visiting our grandmother and found out that we had a step-mother by the name of Karolyn. I didn’t have a good relationship with her. At the age of 14 I always had this discernment that I never understood. Due to my discernment one day my father and step-mom had went to the gym to workout and I stayed home. When I stayed home something told me to attend my father’s closet as I entered and looked into his drawer as I saw thousands of letters written from my biological mother who lives in Tokyo, Japan. After seeing those letters I had became rageful as I felt betrayed and lied to by my father. Ever since that day I truly felt that I couldn’t trust my father so our relationship became real rocky.
When my father moved us from Lawrenceville, Georgia to Hawaii Kai, Hawaii and when I went to high school I was bullied because I talked differently, dressed differently and just didn’t fit in. One day at Keizer High School, again my discernment made me feel that something really bad was going to happen to me as I try to tell teachers and the principal but no one believed me. As I was in history class I was jumped by 6 girls in Hawaii and I never went back to that school. My father eventually enrolled me into an all girl Catholic school called St. Francis as I finished off my freshman year.
Again my father moved us and we eneded up living in the Beaverton- Hillsboro area of Oregon. I was 15 years old turning 16 when we moved to Oregon. My relationship with my father started to really get bad, constant arguing, emotional, verbal, and mental abuse. My father would tell me how I would be a prostitute, a slut, a whore and that I would have a baby before I was 18. I started to hate my father because he would say some really hurtful things to me. I was tired of the verbal, mental, emotional and sometimes physical abuse so I ran away from home.
As I ran away from home I ended up on 82nd which is a place where girls would walk the street to prostitute in Portland, Oregon in which I didn’t know. Next thing you know at 16 years old I became someone’s prostitute as I was emotionally, verbally, mentally and physically abused severely by this pimp so I can make his money. He would to take me to different states to make his money and I had to make a certain amount or I would be beaten badly. I ended up getting pregnant so this pimp would try to beat this baby out me and I would be locked in closets, big candles would be thrown at my face, and I always remember being covered in blood all the time from the pimp punching me in my face. I was so terrified, scared and was so sheltered that I didn’t know what to do to get out of this situation. I was in so much fear that if I tried to leave, he would hurt me severely or even try to kill me. After 18 months, I learned the industry of prostituting and learned how to work the streets. Living the life as a prostitute was very dangerous as I was walking the street, getting in stranger cars and I have came across some dangerous situations with these “Johns”! The streets is where I learned how to survived because my pimp wouldn’t really feed me so I learned to manipulate these tricks or clients.
August 2005 I had the baby and gave him up for adoption. One day I was beyond tired of being abused and making this pimp’s money so I called the police on him so I could be free. Eventually he went to jail and I was 19. The police dropped me off my father’s home in Lake Oswego and I was pregnant again with the pimp’s baby as he forced himself on me because he was high on drugs and was beyond drunk. The pimp thought he could trap me into having his baby so he could control me for life but I gave her up for adoption after 4 months of caring for but I knew I had to make a hard decision but it was for the best of us both. Although I didn’t know God and just gave up two kids; I just made a promise that I wouldn’t have anymore children until I was married; which seemed like a legit promise because I didn’t think I would ever get married due to my lifestyle!
As I was dropped off at my father’s home by the police and I wasn’t totally accepted because my father because again he was re-married to another woman than the one I ever knew for the third time to a woman by the name of Teresa as she had a son- Marcel who was the same age as my brother- Josh. They made fun of me and teased me for being a prostitute. Due to my lifestyle as being forced into prostitution I didn’t fit into their lifestyle ( my father a pilot for American Airlines and Teresa a charge nurse) so I was told that I had to leave and live in a home for young pregnant women. Knowingly knowing that I was not accepted by my father I had to leave. I tried to stay in that group home for pregnant women but after having the baby I gave her up and ended up prostituting again because I was hurt and felt I was on my own! Eventually I started smoking marijuana to stop feeling the pain, abandonment and neglect. I started manipulating men for what I wanted and I struggled with prostitution from 19-26 because it became an addiction, well the money did and the ability to con men was like a retaliation for what my father and what this pimp had exposed me to.
I didn’t graduate from high school as I dropped out at 10th grade because I ran away from home but I did obtain my GED and prostitution was used to survive. I had my own apartment, I paid bills like everyone else did, it just wasn’t legal money that I earned but eventually I started to hate living my life as a prostitute. I got married August 27, 2009 to my husband Matthew Johnson Jr but I never told him my secret of struggling with prostitution in the beginning of our relationship as I met him on 222- Chat which was a chat line. After knowing each other after some months we were a couple. 2 years later we got married and then I became pregnant again. I had a baby boy name Matthew M. Johnson III who was born on May 2, 2012. My husband didn’t know what I did in the beginning because I would lie and was afraid of losing a man that actually cared for me but eventually I told him the truth. Regardless of my lifestyle my husband still chose to stay by my side even through my darkness lifestyle.
I had caught my first misdemeanor prostitution charge which allowed me to get my first job as a caregiver so I was happy but I was still prostituting on the side because I was living above my means and my job wasn't fully enough to all the household expenses. I was also modeling- booking photo shoots and building a portfolio. Some of my pictures was used to prostitute and some was to model. I enjoy modeling and wanted a career in modeling but realized that it was just to build my confidence and a form of therapy. On May 16, 2014 I had caught my second charge of prostitution because I was short on my rent and I had tried to ask my father for help but he told me to go do what I knew how to do best, which was prostituting myself. I was so upset so I knew I had no other choice but to go down to Marion County, Salem Oregon to try to get some money for my rent but I got caught by an undercover police.
By now I realize that I have to stop doing what I was doing but I honestly didn’t know how! I knew it was wrong but I somehow ended up going right back to what I knew was wrong which was prostituting myself for money. I eventually lost my care giving job and then I became homeless and that is when my life changed. I realized I couldn’t prostitute because I had a child so I swallowed my pride and signed up for low incoming housing, got on welfare and food stamps. My stood by my side still and we bounced from house to house and with the grace of God, I had my low income vouchers come in so I was able to move into my own home.
I got pregnant by my husband again and found out that we were having twins so I had them February 12, 2017 and they was born 29 weeks early. Tristan and Christian stayed in the NICU for 47 days and then came home. Tristan was diagnosed with a mild case of cerebral palsy as his twin developed fine. Tristan and Christian symbolically means Trust in Christ. Tristan is doing well and slowly healing but yet I wasn’t happy because I was feeling empty or as my soul was dying. I would still go on photo shoots attend Hot Import Night twice and just some gigs here and there but I realized that God detoured me again.
My friend had introduced me to a lady name Betty Campbell who helped me with my walk to Jesus as she bought me my first bible as I started reading it August 17, 2018. I eventually gave my life to Jesus September 12, 2018 but I still doubted God because I couldn’t see, touch, or hear God. October 12, 2018 I had only $60 on my food stamp card as I needed formula for the twins but it was still early in the month and I didn’t know what to do. I heard a voice inside of me tell me to trust God but in my mind I was like this is reality how are you God going to provide?! I went into the store as if I was going to purchase these 3 formula cans as God showed up. I get in the cashier line and the lady in front me asked questions about my twin boys and then said blessings to me, but I didn’t think anything of it. The cashier tells me that I didn’t need to pay for it and I said shut up! What do you mean? The cashier tells me that is why the elderly lady in front of you told you blessings to you. Right then and there I cried, became sweaty and hot! I knew that was only God! The lady behind me says I’m not sure what is going on but every single hair on her body was standing up. I walked out the Fred Myers store to look for this lady and as she was putting her groceries in her car. I stopped her but before I could say anything she says Jesus wants me to tell you to keep doing what you are doing and that Jesus loves you! Oh I cried even more and started to sweat because the Holy Spirit had touched me. From that day forward I never doubted God and that was the day I had faith in God.
I had smoked marijuana for 11 years straight all day, everyday but one day God told me to stop! I was like how? I’ve tried and failed but God led me to 1 Peter 5:8 as it said Be Alert and sober-minded. Your enemy. The devil prowls like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour and October 14, 2018 was the last day I ever smoked marijuana. God carried me as I went through withdraws of having major headaches as the THC was being cleared out of my brain. There were days that was hard but God led me to Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me so when I wanted to smoke he gave the strength to not fall into temptations. As each day passed it became easier. As my faith started to grow because I was witnessing what God was doing for me and letting me know that I used marijuana to cover my burden. Than God took me through a healing journey to where eventually I was able to forgive my past, my father and myself.
November 22, 2018 I had became extremely sick! I had a fever, chills, excruciating pain and was so miserable. I went to the hospital and was told that I had a abnormal size cyst on my right ovary. I was sent home with narcotic pain pills and I didn’t want to take those because I didn’t want to feel high but I did take only two pills due to my excruciating pain. I would pray to God to heal me and I knew he could but I was so weak. Betty my pastor and mentor had called me to pray with me on November 24, 2018 and I told her that I’m not sure if I had enough strength to attend church on Sunday but I’m praying to God that he would. I prayed all night pleading, begging and praying to God to heal me or to give me strength to attend church on November 25, 2018. I woke up Sunday morning and I had enough strength to attend church just so I can touch that altar to be healed. When I went to church Betty was shocked to see me but I made it. The guy preaching that day was Mark Miles and he had told me because of my faith God has healed me and that I would walk out of the church no longer in pain! When service was over sure enough I had no pain. My faith became even stronger and deepened because God had healed me!
The most important day of my life was when I got baptized December 1, 2018 and my life even changed more so. I’m closer to God, I have a war room to which I pray in, my faith in the Lord is so strong and now I am here at Christian Leaders Institute to get the proper training in ministry. I have a small ministry on Facebook called Changing Souls. I am here at Christian Leaders Institute to do what God has plan for me and that’s to minister to others as a pastor. God will provide a church for me one day so I can change souls so God can redeem, restore and heal them just like He has done for me! Everything that I have gone through was a tragedy but God will use my journey in the past as a testimony to help others and to help them be saved by our Saviour Jesus Christ and that maybe I can be a model for Christ!
Jessica Y. Johnson
Sat, September 21, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Hyatt Place Fredericksburg-Mary Washington
1241 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
We are happy to invite you to a fashion show thats filled with quality fashion from some of the most hard working designers in the DMV area! Catch our elite models from kids to plus size and enjoy your view of our indoor/outdoor runway while listening to our international DJs, DJ DR3N AND DJ Kid Kasper from the 540TrendSetters! Catch the appearance of our VIP guest and live performance from rising Virginia star Zye Young!
Join us for a night of FASHION, SHOPPING, MUSIC, FOOD, DRINKS & A GUARANTEED GREAT TIME!
About this Event
Sat, October 5, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
369 Montrose Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707
We are so excited to announce our vert FIRST Curvy Girl Fashion Show
We will be bringing you the HOTTEST Fall Fashion from many designers like Ashley Stewart, City Chic, Torrid, Eloquii, & many more...
Along with our custom Boutique Designers
Seats are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED
Show starts at 7:30
Doors open @ 7pm
Fashion Show/Concert Fundraiser with Celebrity artists and designers
About this EVENT
Don't miss out on the biggest show of the year in this area. Lead Strong Mentoring and UBBC has partnered together to give back to our community. This show is a fundraiser. Some of the proceeds will be given to local charities. With celebrity artists and designers, this is a show you don't want to miss! I'll see you there!
Sun, September 22, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Designer Collections of Panache Bridal Costa Mesa
JEWEL BADGLEY MISCHKA
Ms Couture Lingerie
Romance the Collection
premiere their collections for the first-time at
Soka Founder's Hall World Peace Lake
presented by TONI & GUY USA and the Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy
SEPHORA SOUTH COAST PLAZA
COACH SOUTH COAST PLAZA
CALLING ALL FEMALE MODELS!!! $$$ About this Event
Thu, October 3, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
New York, NY 10002
Looking for female models to participate in paid on-going lingerie photography workshops.
The Plus Size & Big and Tall industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that deserves some recognition. Models, designers, event coordinators, bloggers, publications, retailers, etc. have all worked extremely hard to get to this point of being recognized in mainstream. On November 2, 2019, we will excitedly be launching the first annual Full Figured Industry Awards (also known as The FFIAs).
The FFIAs is a prestigious ceremony of awards and of distinguished recognition honoring the craftsmanship and commitment to excellence across various platforms spanning the full-figured industry.
I have the opportunity to interview Ms. Yolanda Whitaker - Yo Yo.Coming Soon!
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