One amazing thing about Instagram, is that it connects you with so many inspiring, creative and talented people. It’s how we recently discovered Lauren Nicole, a journalism student/Curve Model/Blogger from London, who should undoubtedly be topping every Rising Star list out there.
Lauren was signed to IMM Models in October 2016 and is clearly beginning to make an impact with her stunning looks and impeccable personal style. However she didn’t always feel confident in her body and still has days where she struggles with body image.
We’re excited to share this exclusive chat with Lauren, in which she reveals her tips on body confidence, style and her advice on becoming a Curve Model.
What inspired you to start your blog, Fashion Killer?
It was before I even started Fashion Killer. When I was 12, I started my first blog, Teen Gossip. I was really into celebrity culture, fashion and writing, so rather than annoying my friends all day talking about it, I decided to start a blog. A few years later, my interest in celebrity culture faded, but my love for fashion remained. After having a conversation with a mentor about wanting to be journalist and presenter (think Giuliana Rancic, with a sprinkle or Joan Rivers and the grace of Oprah Winfrey), he suggested I start my blog up again.
Which are your go-to brands for the best curve clothing?
Oh, well as most people know, I am the biggest ASOS fan.
What’s the most interesting thing that’s happened to you since you started your blog?
I think being found on Instagram and starting a career as a model. That still trips me out. The power of social media is insane, and I’m very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to model and work with so many of my favourite brands.
What one thing should brands know about you?
Oh, good question. Really, I’m just about the vision, and creating imagery that captivates and motivates (well I hope it does that anyway).
Who takes the majority of your photos?
My incredible photographer, Sarah Ellen. It’s almost a year that we’ve been working together and honestly, she’s one of the best. She gets me, and it just works.
Do you feel there is a pressure for curve models to look a certain way?
Definitely. I wrote a post about it on my blog, but it’s strange being in an industry that determines whether you’ll get the job or be paid based on the way you look. Obviously, I know what I signed up for. But going from judging yourself as a child and young teenager to now going to castings, and going on set and having others judge you, does put pressure on you. It’s no longer just you seeing your flaws, but others.
What’s your advice for aspiring curve models who don’t know where to get started?
Use social media to your advantage. Embed yourself in the (plus-size) community, create content that shows your ability and don’t give up.
Do you think that the attitude towards plus size women and fashion has changed in the last couple of years?
For sure! Look at Cosmopolitan October magazine cover with Tess Holiday wearing just a bodysuit. That wasn’t something you saw on the cover 5…or even 10 years ago. There’s still a lot of things that need to be done, and changes that need to be made. But I trust that it will happen.
Do you ever get days where you feel low in body confidence. If so, what’s your best piece of advice for someone feeling low in confidence about their body?
I’m still trying to figure it out myself. Recently, I’ve found a song that just lifts my spirits, listened to it ten times, if need be, and danced. I also have a ‘laugh’ saved folder on Instagram, so if I ever feel low I refer to that folder for a pick me up. But most importantly, knowing and reminding yourself that you are worthy, you are enough and tomorrow will be better.
What are your goals for next year?
Oh, I got some serious plans. I’ll be free and out of education to really do everything I want to. Expect clothes, books, events, Youtube, everything…