How I got my job as a plus size model

We chat to plus size model Lotte who has featured in everything from glossy editorials to brand campaigns. Including a few of ours. In fact, if you head over to our homepage, you’ll see her gorgeous face beaming back at you. But right now, let’s get down to business…

What is your job?

I work full-time as a model.

How did you get your job?

People always told me I had the potential to model, if only I lost weight. I’m not built very petite, so luckily I got scouted as a curvy model through Facebook and got signed to an agency.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Every day is different. I often set my alarm early so about 5am, get up, splash cold water over my face, head to the set and go straight into makeup. After that it can be shooting anything from web campaigns to magazines, or on location for a catalogue etc. It all depends on the booking.

What’s your go-to work wardrobe?

Nude underwear, haha! I get dressed on the job of course, but in meetings or castings, it’s a top, black jeans, and heeled ankle boots.

What’s the best thing about your job?

So cliche but true: I love the travelling. Not so much the waiting times at the airport/train stations, but going to places I’ve never visited before for work is so cool! I also enjoy the creative side a lot: getting crazy makeup and creating cool images with the team. Oh and a great snack table always makes my day.

What do you find most challenging?

Letting go of control. As a model you’re being managed and you don’t know much of what’s going on behind the scenes. And planning things in advance, such as a holiday or simply going for a coffee with a friend is very difficult because you never know what opportunities will pop up.

If you could job swap with anyone for a week, who would it be?

I am passionate about human health and nutrition so I would love to do something with communication around health topics with the general public. I would also love to be a background dancer at a huge concert for Beyoncé or Shakira, then afterwards it would be great to keep the dance skills.

What advice would you give someone who wants to do your job?

First step of a successful modelling career is getting signed to an agency who believes in you. After that it will take time to develop and get clients. I think it is super important to always be kind to everyone you work with, be social even when you’re feeling tired and grumpy. This is because clients probably won’t rebook you if you are difficult to work with and team members won’t recommend you. is funded by navabi ( We do this to push for fairer representation of plus size women in the media. If you share this goal, please do share any article you agree with. (And, of course, do feel free to browse 10,000+ dresses, tops, suits, etc at if you'd like to support us further.)