Wilhelmina Models has been one of the world’s top modeling agencies that have launched the careers of many small-town girls. If you’re not into the whole “modeling scene”, you may recognize the name as being a Sponsor for the earlier seasons of America’s Next Top Model (ya know, before Rita Ora ruined the show and got fired from hosting).
The Bigger News…Duh!
Wilhelmina has typically been known for hosting casting calls for the thinner girl, but as of today, things are-a-changin’. This morning on Twitter, Wilhelmina posted an open call for curvy cuties to strut their stuff to potentially be represented by the worldwide brand.
This is a YUUUGGGGEEEE step for #BodyPos as they’ve rarely represented plus and curvy models before.
This Wednesday (tomorrow) we are holding a curve open call in NYC! Come out and meet us. pic.twitter.com/zQA40L9lue
— Wilhelmina Models (@Wilhelmina) May 23, 2017
There’s STILL a Problem.
While it’s great that Wilhelmina is expanding their representation, my issue with this open call is the prerequisite. The open call asks that models be 5’9 or taller (yay me, I just made it) and be between the sizes of 8-18. Ummm…yeah, that’s not me nor is it a lot of beautiful curvy women. I’ve been seeing this a lot lately where agencies want curvy women “to a certain extent”. *Insert dramatic eye roll*
To Wilhelmina: baby steps, I get it, but you should also get that there are a lot of women who are gorgeous and STILL don’t and won’t meet your half-assed standards.
If you were a modeling agency, what would you require of your potential models? Comment below!