Welcome to another installment of plus size models gallery where we feature a beautiful Curvy Goddess in the plus size model biz. In this article of plus size models gallery Curvy Goddess Lounge features the multi and mega talented Larissa Laurel.
In the plus size models gallery article, Larissa talks about her workouts, what she eats, and her dreams for the future.
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Why did you decide to become a plus size model?
At the urgency of my roommate, who was a successful plus size model, wanting me to try since in 2001 there were hardly any ethnic looking plus size models…especially Mexican-American/Native-American. I figured why not give it a shot. I also thought it complimented my acting career nicely.
What do you enjoy about plus size modeling?
The money, excitement, and the fact I can still eat ;). It is a great way to support myself since I am an actress/singer. I am still pursuing my acting career and modeling gives me the flexibility and income to do so. It is really exciting to book gigs that also get your face and name out there.
What’s your least favorite thing about the business?
My least favorite thing about the business is the fact that it IS a business. You are a face, a measurement, a look, etc. The clients sometimes forget you are a person. You become a product.
Your favorite physical feature about yourself. Why?
My eyes are my favorite feature. Because they never lie about how I’m feeling and I can dress them up with makeup!
Your favorite fashion trend for this season. Why?
Hosiery! There are some new plus-size hosiery coming out with patterns and I love the fact we are going back to it. It’s amazing how sexy you feel when you wear a simple pair of fishnet stockings. It’s a hollar back to the past that celebrates femininity and curves.
What is your gift to the world and to others? Why?
I feel my gift to the world is inspiration and laughter. I love breaking through barriers and breaking the mold. I’m only 5’7″ and ethnically ambiguous…10 years ago no one would have ever thought I would be so successful in this industry. I have been very blessed to have the career I have in modeling.
Now as far as acting goes, I think laughter is a true healing art! I love performing in comedic fare and having the silly side of my personality come through. I think when someone laughs, they can forget their troubles even if for a couple of seconds.
Do you think it’s important to convey health as a plus size model?
ABSOLUTELY! I work out constantly! I am saddened when I meet very young girls who want to be models and think that because they are plus-size they don’t need to work out. Those same girls also don’t have a career 5 years later down the road because their body is too soft. All the plus-size models I know, who work and have successful careers, watch what they eat and exercise. Your being paid to look great…you have to keep it up.
What’s your favorite food?
My favorite food is Korean! I LOVE it. Can’t get enough of it. All the little plates they serve you before and then the BBQ. It’s perfection
Do you workout? If so what do you do?
I work out 3 times a week doing cardio. I also work out with a trainer 2x a week. My favorite exercise activities include dancing, zumba, pilates on the reformer, rollerblading, and the Arc Machine.
What kind of activity (exercise) would you like to try out? and Why?
There is a new workout called Kangoo!!! You are suppose to put on these boots that make you jump like a Kangaroo and it’s suppose to be an amazing workout. It looks like a blast! I haven’t had the nerve to try it out yet, since I tend to be a klutz, but I’m sure I will try it soon!
What is a goal or passion or project of yours that you are pursuing or you would like to pursue in the near future?
My passion is acting/storytelling. I LOVE to bring a script to life and explore different sides of my personality and imagination to breathe life into a character. I also love researching for the role or script. I learn so much about culture, time periods, etc. I feel so blessed when I can take others along on that journey with me.
I am currently working on a sci-fihorror webseries you can check out at www.haywireseries.com
My goal is to land lead roles in Feature films and TV that showcase my humor and my real woman curves!
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Thanks so much for being a featured Curvy Goddess in the Plus Size Models Gallery Larissa!
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