are wearing and use all the hashtags that are used on IG where people repost images, such as ours #CelebrateMySize. Some models walk in and are signed on the spot. While for others, it takes years before an agency signs them. Vanessa Rose Asks: I am seeing more and more bloggers working as models in the plus size industry. Is it more beneficial for me to try and be a blogger versus a model? I don’t believe that models are going anywhere. Brands will always need models. With that being said, bloggers offer brands what many models cannot, which is a body type that customers can relate to and additional marketing. The bloggers you are seeing in campaigns have MANY followers and work very hard to maintain their blogs and image. Whether you are a model or blogger, you’ll have to invest money and time into it. My suggestion is that you research both and ask yourself which route you’d like to take and can commit to. Jessica Rios Asks... I negotiated my own rate for a local boutique shoot. I was shooting with another local model and she told me her rate, which was more than mine. We both did the same work and I don’t think it’s fair. The same boutique reached out to me again and when I asked for the rate the other girl was getting, they did not book me. Was I wrong to ask for more money? Great question! When you do not have an agency discussing rates, it’s very difficult to figure out rates and know what you should be asking for. Some of the things you have to consider are: Was the other model a more experienced model? Is she someone that has been working with them for a long time? Has she been signed? Was she telling the truth about her rate? There are many variables here and this is why we always suggest not discussing rates with anyone because you never know why a company will pay some models more than others. If this was your first time working with a local brand, it may have been a good idea to work with them a few times before asking for more money.