"I finally quit trying to fit in a “regular” models, and I accepted that I am a curvy model. Since then my modelling career has had a boost. Just like Kim Kardashian or Ashley Graham, I would like to be a role model for other curvy girls. "
According to the artircle on Cosmopolitan,
"Twice a year, the world's top fashion designers converge at fashion week in the four fashion capitals (New York, London, Milan, and Paris) to show their spring and fall collections. Typically, the models they cast are size zero, 5' 11", and white. However, the world's top agency, IMG, is trying to change that. In November, IMG Models Senior Vice President and Managing Director Ivan Bart told Cosmopolitan.com the agency would combine its plus-size board (the term for an agency's grouping of models) with its straight-size board. "We want to be an ageless, faceless, weightless agency," he said. "We just want to represent the best people in the industry." (Straight-size is a term industry models who are roughly 5' 10" with 34-inch hips, while a "plus-size" is the modelling industry catchall for models of a bigger size.)"
We found Sharon on Instagram a few weeks ago. When we searched for #curvemodel, she was the one we agreed on to be featured as our first curve model. There's just something about her face and body that we loved so much. We adore how quick she was in replying to our inquiries. She was patient and humble like the ones we have featured so far.
Please enjoy our interview with the beautiful and amazing Sharon Grobben.
Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a model? Why are you interested in modelling as a career?
I love modelling, if I had the chance of being a professional model, I would love that! I want to be a role model for other curvy girls. As for now, I do the modelling next to my studies / work.
How important is modelling education: Have you attended modelling courses? What related courses or studies have you taken?
I attended a modelling class when I was 13 J I followed the course with my neighbour and my cousin, we had lots of fun @ FashionMove models & more, a boutique design agency in Belgium. Since then I am part of the agency J I have been doing photoshoots for ten years. Since I am curvier, I do more catwalks too.
What do you think makes someone “fit” to be a model?
I think size doesn’t matter. Looks are important; attitude is even more important. You have to take care of yourself, be motivated always to work hard and keep in shape (whatever that shape is ;-))
What are your goals as a model? How do you see yourself progressing in this field?
I finally quit trying to fit in a “regular” models, and I accepted that I am a curvy model. Since then my modelling career has had a boost. Just like Kim Kardashian or Ashley Graham, I would like to be a role model for other curvy girls.
What do you know about the advertisement industry, advertising psychology and photography?
For a long time girls / women in ads or magazines are pictured as skinny “perfect” girls, often there is too much photoshop to make these girls look even more “perfect”. Many curvy or plus size girls felt/feel bad because they don’t fit this “standard”. Also, many men think girls should look like that because that is the image advertising industry creates. So I am very happy there is some small revolution, and people start talking more about size diversity. Introducing “real” girls in ads make everyone feel better J But there is still a long way to go before people think it is normal to see more curvy girls in ads or magazines. It shouldn’t be an exception or a “particular issue”.
How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I am rather shy, I am not a big talker, but that improved a lot by doing modelling jobs. I am friendly and flexible as to clients’ requirements. But I don’t accept indecent proposals J
Do you eat nutritiously? How often do you exercise or go to the gym?
I always try to eat healthily. I eat fresh fruits every day; I love making healthy smoothies. I never eat pig meat but mainly chicken, beef and sometimes fish and vegetables of course. When I don’t have much time to cook or eat I take Herbalife shakes or meal bars (like on a job). I go to the gym three times a week, I play tennis once a week and sometimes we go for long walks.
What is your dream role as a model?
I would like to have more big jobs; I am slowly working on my career. Since I walked the Plussize Fashion Week in Paris, I have more people interested in me as a model. I was asked for interviews, fan signs, ... I also have gained some 5000 new Instagram followers in a couple of months time.I would love to be in other plus size fashion weeks like London or New York. And I am still dreaming of getting signed by an international agency and maybe do some big campaigns.
Do you have any limitations? How do you define your boundaries when choosing to accept a modelling request?
I only accept jobs that would not harm my working career as a secretary. I don’t do naked or topless. If I could be a professional model, that would give me more opportunities in jobs.
State your availability: Would you travel? Work full-time, part-time? Any hours?
I just finished my additional studies as a secretary and also as a makeup artist. I’m looking for a part-time job now to combine with my modelling work. If I could be a full-time model, I would take that chance. Travelling the world would be a big challenge.
Tell us what's your memorable experience so far.
That would be walking the Plussize Fashion Week in Paris.
The past years I worked with many different photographers. But my favourite photographer is my dad J Some people think it is strange that my dad is shooting me, but when we start shooting, we’re just photographer and model J Since we know each other well, I always feel at ease working with him. I adore his style, and he’s always into trying new techniques. You can find him on Facebook Luc Grobben Photography.
Favourite makeup artist?
I don’t have one favourite makeup artist; I watch a lot of tutorials on YouTube. I just finished my makeup artist course. That is very useful as a model.
Favourite designer? I worked several times with the Belgian designer Geert De Puysseleyr, as well for shootings as a catwalk. I adore his creations. If I ever get married, I’ll ask him to design my wedding dress J
My first education was a hairstylist, so I admire people who are creative in this field. I recently had the chance of working with Murielle Katie, a French hair stylist/designer who makes very special creations with hair. I was chosen to model an exclusive dress made of hair.
Model agency FashionMove, email@example.com,
or you can contact me through my different social media.