To be a model people assume you have to be beautiful, thin, and tall, but plus size fit model Jeannie Ferguson begs to differ. She’s got the beauty part down. She’s also curvy, fierce, and only stands at 5’3. Slaying any Runway that she steps foot on, Jeannie promotes the image that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, but this is only the beginning for her.
WBM: How did your modeling career begin?
JEANNIE: My career began when my sister made me stand in for an absentee model. I hit the stage at the Jacob Javitz center and got a standing ovation.
WBM: What was your first gig?
JEANNIE: I did a show is Queens called Hips, Heels & Curves
WBM: Why modeling?
JEANNIE: I enjoy the rush of strutting my stuff across the stage. But most of all I enjoy the message I send to women. You are confident and beautiful at any height and or size.
WBM: What are some of the pressures of staying slim/fit in the modeling world?
JEANNIE: As a model you have to maintain your measurements not lose to much or gain too much. You are limited to how much working out you can do and what type of work outs you can do. You have to eat healthy and in moderation. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Especially as a fit model.
WBM: What are some of the misconceptions that comes with being a plus size model?
JEANNIE: The biggest misconception is a woman who thinks just because she’s big and has a cute face she can be a Plus size model. Neither one is a requirement.
WBM: What do you do to stay fit and healthy?
JEANNIE: I go to the gym 3 times per week for 2 hours at a time. I mix up my workout with cardio and calisthenics. I also take a yoga and booty popping class. (Don’t Judge Me)
WBM: Do you think you will ever see a plus sized model become a super model?
JEANNIE: Yes I do. I think we already have plus size Super Models. Mia Amber Davis Yard was the 1st in my eyes.
WBM: What would be your biggest goal as a model?
JEANNIE: To walk on the runways of Paris and Milan.
WBM: What are some of the more rewarding things that you’ve done during your career?
JEANNIE: Helping others get their career as a Plus Model started.
WBM: If you could change the industry what would you do and why?
JEANNIE: I would make is it open for women of all heights. I don’t think height has anything to do with beauty and your ability to be a model behind the camera or on the runway.
WBM: Do you have anything new that you’re working on?
JEANNIE: I am working on a new line for BGU that will hit in the FALL. Also, I am working on taking my runway classes to different states that I have been requested in. A few things I can’t speak of but it has to do with Movies/Television. Very excited about that!!!!
Photo Courtesy of Jeannie Ferguson