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Marquita Pring: 'Growing Up I Was Always The Biggest Girl In My Grade' (PHOTOS)

04/08/2011 07:56 am ET | Updated Jun 08, 2011

Fashionista caught up with 20-year-old, size 14 model Marquita Pring, who is quickly becoming one of our favorite faces -- and bodies!

We first introduced you to Pring last month, when she told The Cut, "I think we need to phase out the category 'plus-size models,'" (and spoke of her unyielding fondness for Mama Cass). This time around, she told Fashionista, "As for the word 'curvy,' I see nothing wrong with it. I don't need to stress it as my title but I am a curvy, voluptuous, sexy woman and I think the word 'curvy' relays a much more positive image. You can be a size 4 or 14 and be considered 'curvy.'"

Pring also revealed how she was discovered:

Growing up I was always the biggest girl in my grade. I had always been told that I had "such a pretty face," but everyone seemed to feel the need to stress that it was only my face that was so pretty, never any mention about me just being beautiful, only my face. It was always a compliment but I always wondered why just my face? Around the age of 15 I really wanted to give modeling a try. I figured I could do beauty work but I never even considered I could model clothing. My mother and I went to a casting agency call in Canada where I met with dozens of agencies. A few were interested, some told me they'd need me to get much smaller but I knew that wasn't happening. At the time I was seriously active in competitive basketball and my body was extremely toned and fit. There wasn't much weight for me to lose. Luckily there were a few agencies telling me I could work at the size I was but I needed to do a test photo shoot so they could see if I was comfortable in front of the camera. I was, and I brought my photos to an agency an hour after the shoot and they signed me on the spot.

Read the rest at Fashionista. And take a look at Marquita's test shots, courtesy of Ford Plus.

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