The Cut caught up with 20-year-old, size 14 model Marquita Pring who is swiftly rising up through the modeling ranks after walking in Jean Paul Gaultier's spring/summer show, bagging a V editorial and posing for a Levi's campaign. Here are some of our favorite Qs and As from their discussion:
How do you maintain that physique?
I work hard to maintain my size. 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.
Do you think there will ever come a time when plus-size models will be equally embraced as "normal" size zero models?
Well, for one, 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. Slowly, as designers start incorporating bigger girls into their shows and campaigns, I'm confident people will start seeing us as normal, healthy models who are just as beautiful and capable as the girls we are used to seeing.
If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would you meet?
I would love to kick it with Mama Cass. Not only do I love her music, but I think she would have some amazing stories to share as well. She was a big woman who was confident and pursued her dreams without letting others bring her down.
Read the rest of the interview at The Cut. And take a look at a handful of photos of Marquita below.