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International Model Laura Wells Says, “Emotional health is such a major part of being healthy. Learning to be happy with yourself and surroundings goes a long way towards leading a positive and stress free life.”

Posted in Australia, Beauty, Hair, & Make-up, Body Image, Confidence, Family & Friends, Fashion, Fitness & Health, Food, Hobbies, Inspiration, Media, Models, My Story, Parenting, Plus-Size Modeling, Self-Esteem, Shopping, Trade Tips, Travel, Unique Beauty, Wilhelmina, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2011 by Liz

Laura Wells is a plus-size model from Sydney, Australia. She has earned degrees in both Science and Law. She is signed with BGM Models in Australia and Wilhelmina in New York. Her sister, Courtney, is also a model. Laura is currently living in NYC and modeling internationally. She has shared the catwalk with Crystal Renn and many other beautiful women!

We would love to hear how the both of you got into modeling.

Courtney, who is a straight-size model, went to NYC to go see agents about five years ago. I went with her and got asked by a few scouts if I was a plus-size model. At that stage of my life, I didn’t even know such a model existed and I really had no interest in modeling at all. That was my sisters department and I was busy at a university and traveling at the time. When I got back to Australia, I got in contact with BGM Models had an interview. My agent, Darrianne Donnelly, signed me. My first job came two weeks later and since then, I haven’t looked back.

What advice do you have for aspiring models?

I think one of the most important aspects of modeling is finding an agent that understands what you want from the industry and an agent that you can have a great relationship with. Go with your gut instinct as well. If you feel uncomfortable during a shoot, you should speak up and if you feel like you need more direction, you should always ask for it, as it is a great way to learn more about your body and your best shapes and angles. Be true to yourself. Love yourself and your body, and show how proud you are of yourself through your work. A good model exudes confidence in herself and should be able to convey that to her audience whether it be in print or in person.

Have you ever suffered from self-esteem or body image issues? If so, what advice do you have to girls and women who are currently struggling?

When I first starting modeling and during high school, I was never really confident with my curves. I also thought of myself as a lot bigger than everyone else, especially my friends. I never really understood that curves were a blessing! Since modeling, I have become a lot more aware of my body shape and finally take pride in the fact that I have a curvy body. I dress to show off my curves and am now no longer afraid to do so. With the increasing awareness of plus sizes and curves in the media, I really think that a positive message is being spread and that anyone that is struggling with body image should take this on board. You have to learn to love yourself and what you have been given in order to lead a healthy life. There are many clothing brands out there now catering towards the plus industry, if you are not sure of how to dress to show off your best features, I think it is a great idea to talk to a stylist and find out what works best for you.

The Cosmopolitan editorial featuring the both you and your sister Courtney is beautiful. What was it like working together?

It was fantastic. It was the first time we have ever worked together and we had a blast! The shoot really showcased just how different our body shapes are and the team did a great job with the styling.

What effect do you hope this editorial, featuring a straight-size model and a plus-size model, will have on the fashion industry?

The shoot definitely shows a diversity of beauty between sizes and it would be great if this beauty were reflected more within the industry. Hopefully, this shoot can propel the industry into realizing that diversity is important and that the plus size industry is here to stay and should be included in editorial work more often. The plus size industry and models instill a great amount of reassurance and a sense of connection with the average woman and have the same ability to sell as the straight size industry.

Do you feel it is important to represent women of different sizes? Why?

Yes, it is definitely important to represent women of not only different sizes, but different ethnicities as well. By representing everyone, it gives people a sense of acceptance and self-assurance. Fashion is for everyone. Clothing is a part of everyday life and it should therefore include every type of person!

What is your go-to outfit?

I usually go for something that hugs my curves, otherwise I can tend to look like a brick. A figure hugging dress, leggings, and boots are at the front of the wardrobe right now as it is winter in Sydney.  I also love a good pair of fitted jeans. I love my jeans from Embody Denim. They fit perfectly and look awesome.

Where do you love to shop?

Since I have been in Europe for most of the year, I have been shopping in Topshop and Zara. We don’t have these shops in Australia and I absolutely love the range they have. The credit card has been hurting but I have bought some great pieces!

Favorite beauty products and must-haves?

Traveling definitely takes its toll on your skin, so I always have a good moisturizer with me. I think I must look like a freak on the plane sometimes because I am constantly re-applying moisturizer to my face every hour. It’s like obsessive-compulsive behavior, but I know if I don’t do it, my skin will break out, and that’s not always the best when you jump straight off a 36-hour flight into a shoot!

I have a big supply of cleanser and a strong eye makeup remover on me at all times. Sometimes eye makeup remover can be a life saver, especially when you finish a shoot with crazy makeup and have to get onto public transport (yes, we models often take public transport, none of this private drivers, haha) A little bit of remover can be the difference between you getting a whole lot of strange looks on the subway!

I also carry a concealer/ highlighter pen with me. They are great for covering those unwanted blemishes and adding a bit of sparkle under the eye!

What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Every piece of advice I get from both my mum and dad has usually been spot on. Even though there has been times and different ages in my life when I didn’t listen, at all, or though that it was completely ridiculous, their advice has always been right in the end!

What do you love about yourself? Why?

I love the fact that I am able to adapt to any situation I am thrust into. Modeling in different countries means dealing with language barriers and situations that are completely different than the norm. I have always been able to make the best of any situation and stay positive during the tough times. Being mindful and making an effort to speak in the native language, no matter whether it is a simple ‘hello’ or a full conversation, goes a long way to showing the client and the shoot team that you are an open-minded person and willing to make an effort.

My way of adapting to new countries and situations includes doing a little research before I get there, not only so I know a little about the country and people but so that I know I will be safe and know exactly where I am going and how I am getting there. Being one-step ahead and always prepared with enough money, a map, and a phone is a good strategy to keeping yourself safe and fitting in with your new surroundings.

What does being healthy mean to you?

I believe that being healthy is a mixture of physical and emotional health. Having a balanced diet and exercise routine is a must have. Its fine to treat yourself but over-indulging can get the best of you on most occasions. I try to mix up my diet and exercise so that I don’t get bored or stuck in the same routine. When I go to the gym, I usually do the classes they offer, as I need some form of motivation and the class and the teacher provide that.

Emotional health is such a major part of being healthy. Learning to be happy with yourself and surroundings goes a long way towards leading a positive and stress free life.

What are you reading right now?

It may sound nerdy but I am reading a book called ‘Heaven and Earth, the missing science of Global Warming’. I have a science degree and a law degree and try to keep up to date on current issues in the environmental science field. I am actually really loving this book right now. I tend to read more non-fiction than fiction novels.

What are you excited about right now?

I am excited about my move to NYC. I have been signed with Wilhelmina in NY. I can’t wait to hopefully start working for some great American brands.

*Thank you, Laura!


Three Models Share Their Makeup Free Monday Experience!

Posted in Beauty, Hair, & Make-up, Body Image, Confidence, Models, Parenting, Plus-Size Modeling, Self-Esteem, Unique Beauty with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2010 by Liz

Here we go again…Makeup Free Monday! In an effort to remind women of the importance of real and inner beauty, to promote better body image, to prevent eating disorders and to encourage conversations about unrealistic body ideals, Alexis Wolfer launched Makeup Free Mondays. The movement is all about empowerment. It’s about recognizing inner beauty, expanding the definition of outer beauty, and showing the world what both look like. It’s about real beauty. Many of you already know that from our first Makeup Free Monday article. You can find that link at the bottom of this article.

Amber Herendon is a wife, mother, and model.

I love the concept of Makeup Free Monday!! I usually don’t wear makeup, unless I’m going somewhere special, so for me, it wasn’t a huge change at all. I actually get more of a response from my friends if I am wearing makeup. I love the idea of being confident in our true skin and I think it’s very empowering to women. Rock on ladies!! 🙂

Tracie Stern is a plus-size model, mother of two boys, entrepreneur, and wife.

I am a model; our job requires us to show up to work with a clean face, which means not a stitch of anything but moisturizer. While working, they put on so much makeup that by the end of the day you just want to scratch the makeup off. So, I typically will take my face off the minute they clear me of the job. I’ve even been known to hit the airport bathroom and do a full scrub down before my flight. I have also found that after three or four days of wearing photo makeup, my skin needed a few days to recover, so I would go clean until the next job.

I don’t think anyone asks or wonders why I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis because I’ve gotten in the habit of not wearing any unless I have a business function, social, or casting. For the last seventeen years, I’ve showed up to work with a clean face; it just feels more natural to be natural than to be made up. I also feel that personally, wearing makeup every day tends to age me even more, so by keeping my skin clean all day, as often as possible, to me keeps it looking fresh and young. Being a mom now to two young boys, keeping my skin clean makes the morning routine go a lot faster!

Angela Jones is a wife, mother of two children, a model, and the co-creator of Plus-Size Models Unite. She is on a mission to help create a world of confident girls and women.

When I was asked to participate in Makeup Free Mondays, I knew that it wouldn’t be a difficult task for me, since I do not wear much makeup in my day-to-day life. But, it made me realize just how far I have come on my personal journey of self-acceptance.

It brought me back to the day I went into labor with our first-born daughter. My husband and I were on a walk and my water broke. I immediately went into the house, took a shower, did my hair and makeup, and got dressed…to give birth!!! I do not know what I was thinking! My husband didn’t either, but he knew not to argue with his pregnant wife!

I have realized that Makeup Free Mondays really isn’t about makeup. I went on with my daily routine, I had a meeting in the morning, dropped off and picked up our kids from school, grocery shopped, and did my normal routine throughout the day…but it was about taking a step back and acknowledging  just how far I have come as a person. Years ago, it would really have been a struggle to walk out the door with no makeup on and feel beautiful, but today…I did. Because today, I know that beauty is not just skin deep…to me beauty is about feeling confident in who I am as a person and how I live my life. There are elements that played a part in getting to where I am today and continuing to grow and for me they are pushing myself out of my box, going for goals, pursuing dreams, sometimes being knocked down and getting right back up, even if it takes me awhile 🙂 but, never giving up! The other is my constant support from my family and true friends.

I love makeup. My normal everyday makeup consists of mineral powder, bronzer, mascara, and cherry chapstick and I love to take it up a notch when we go out for a date night or with our friends. When I work, it is so much fun having my makeup done; the makeup artists are so talented and it is fun to learn little tricks and tips! I feel it is important to take a little extra time to make yourself feel extra special!

Thank you, Beauty Bean! Thank you for this opportunity. It was a very memorable day. To allow our daughter to witness mommy participating, talking with her about what true beauty means, and that being beautiful is also about being respectful to yourself and others. Throughout the day, I never felt I had to explain what I was doing, but I did feel that I wanted to share the idea with others and see if they would like to try Makeup Free Mondays out next week!

*Thank you, ladies!

**Here is a link to more information about Makeup Free Mondays