Danielle van Grondelle Shares Positive Body Image & Self-Esteem Advice. She Also Talks About Redefining Beauty, Her Favorite Designers, Her Beauty Must Haves & More!

Danielle van Grondelle is a plus-size model who grew up in Rotterdam, Netherland. Danielle’s mother agency is Ego’s Models in Amsterdam. Brigitte Models, Munich, Model Management UK in London, and 12 plus UK in London also represent her. She still lives in Rotterdam close to all of her friends and family. Danielle loves her job, and whenever she has time off, she spends it with the people she loves.

How did you start your career as a plus model?

I was scouted on the street in Amsterdam when I was fourteen years old. Ever since I was fifteen years old, I tried to be a straight-size model, but I was never skinny enough. Even when I was really small, my hips where always too wide. So, I tried every diet there was, but I couldn’t get down to the size they needed me to be. Whenever I booked a job, I was always afraid that I wasn’t going to fit into the sample clothes. After a couple of years, they decided to put me on the “special” board, and I had an odd job here and there. Then I did a job for a magazine with stylist Edith Dohmen. She told me that I would be perfect as a plus-size model. I had no idea what a plus-size model was, so at first I didn’t do anything about it. After finishing school, I had a dream to contact a plus-size agency. After I did, I had a meeting with Ego’s Models and was signed right away. After six months, I quit my designing job to model full-time. That was five years ago, and I absolutely love my job!

Who are some of the clients you have worked with?

I’ve worked with so many wonderful clients. Here are some examples: Avantgarde magazine, BY s’oliver, Evans, Ulla Popken, Marina Rinaldi, Chic magazine, Grazia magazine, Veto jeans, Freundin magazine, Burda magazine, Neckermann, Otto, Happysize, and many more.

What do you love most about modeling?

I love being creative and making a beautiful product in the end. I love traveling and meeting new creative people every day. What I love the most is that I can show the world that plus-size modeling is beautiful, and that I can be a role model for young girls.

Do you think that plus modeling is helping redefine beauty?

I think it is! A woman’s body is lovely in its natural form. If you are naturally curvy, then that’s gorgeous. If you are naturally skinny, then that is also beautiful. The thing I don’t like is when woman are trying to be something they are not. Starving yourself is never beautiful; you can see the lack of nutrition in a woman’s hair and skin. I think that with plus-size modeling, we show the world that curvy is gorgeous and that you don’t have to be skinny to be beautiful.


Have you ever struggled with self-esteem?

No, I have never had a low self-esteem. I think that’s because of my upbringing. My parents always let me know I was beautiful inside and out. I was always very confident in my own skin, whatever size I was.

What advice would you give to girls and women who are struggling with body image and self-esteem issues?

Every body is beautiful; don’t be your own worst critic. Try to focus on the positives, and surround yourself with positive people. And, the most important thing is to love yourself.

Where do you shop for clothes and who are some of your favorite designers?

I am a true clothing junkie. I think a woman can never have too many clothes, shoes, and bags. I love to have expensive key items, like a nice bag, belt or shoes. I love Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Chanel, Betsey Johnson, and D&G; but I love to mix those pieces with vintage. I love belted vintage dresses! I shop a lot at H&M, Topshop, ASOS, and River Island. I love how they translate the looks from the catwalks to the streets. I also love wearing statement jewelry; I make a lot of my earrings myself.

What are some of your favorite beauty products or must-haves?

I love Clinique 3-Step Skin Care program, and I love Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair and DayWear. Whenever I work a lot, my eyes get sensitive. I found a very good eye makeup remover that’s so soft: Chanel Precision Demaquillant Yeux Intense. I am addicted to lip gloss and lip balm, I love Labello Fruity Shine, and I love Guerlain Terracotta lip gloss.

What does being healthy mean to you?

I am not a big health freak, but I like to be comfortable in my own skin. I drink a lot of water, and I don’t smoke or drink alcohol. I have periods where I am very healthy…so during those times I eat a lot of fruit, vegetables, and steamed fish or lean meat. But, I also have periods were I like to eat whatever I want, and I can now because I need to stay curvy. I think it’s about the balance between the two. Be healthy, but being happy is even more important.

How do you define beauty?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I love that beauty is so many different things to different people. I think if you are beautiful on the inside, it shows on the outside.

Do you have a favorite workout routine?

I used to be a synchronized swimmer, so I love to swim. I love to shop, so walking around from shop to shop is one of my favorite workouts. Also, I have an exercise machine I use in front of the TV.

What do you love about yourself?

I love that I am very loyal to my friends and family. I am always there whenever the people I love need me.

What are you excited about right now?

My long time goal is to live my life with all the people I love around me! I want to stay healthy and be a positive role model. I am looking to buy my very first home now, so it’s a very exciting time.

One thing I’ve learned is…

The sky is the limit…That is my mom’s motto in life and now my own as well.

*Thank you, Danielle!

**What is your favorite skin care line? How do you define beauty? What is one of the most important life lessons you have learned so far?

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  9. monic de Faria Says:

    I enjoyed the interview with Danielle. She has a very realistic look ad life.
    She is a regular sized Natural Beauty.Her beauty is inside and out! Love this!!!!

  10. thanks so much for all the sweet comments,and thanks again for this interview i love plussize models unite big kiss danielle

    • Thank you for interviewing with us! It has been such a pleasure getting to know you, you are such an inspiration to so many! We would love to have you on the blog again, anytime. Much love to you! Thank you for being apart of our ‘family’ at Plus-Size Models Unite!!! xx

  11. Daan, I’m so darn proud of you. I’m glad you’re so down to earth and very proud to have you as my niece. You’re a beauty…inside and out

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    Plus? I think the word we’re looking for is “perfect.”

  13. amazing how regular sized in the modelindustry still translates to plussize. I think 9 out of 10 women would love to look a little bit like Danielle. Great intervieuw with a down to earth model who seems to have all she wants in life. Family good health friends and a great job. Í loved it

  14. Deborah de Faria Juarez Says:

    I really enjoyed the interview with Danielle. She keeps a realistic outlook on life and has a great knowledge of what is truly important in life. She seems very grounded and comfortable in her skin. Great Job Danielle. You are a great inspiration for young girls and young women. We really need rolemodels like you for our young girls today. You are beautiful inside and out. Keep up the good work. So proud of you!!

  15. This interview truly reflects the beautifull person that you are.
    I’m sure you’ll inspire so many girls, just like you have always inspired me. I’m proud of you!!!

  16. Lencola Sullivan-Verseveldt Says:

    A wonderful interivew and great advice from Danielle. She is beautiful inside and out and is a great role model for women of all ages. Truly inspiring!

  17. She has a very pretty face!
    She’s inspiring, I hope girls look up to icons like her instead of pin sized models who strive to be skinnier.

  18. Rabella de Faria Says:

    Wow, love the interview! I’m so proud of her beauty inside and out! A wonderfull rolemodel! xxx

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