PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE May 2016 Issue - Page 129

T L KRISTIN interview by tiffany bank tiffanybank.net FB: facebook.com/TiffanyBank IG: @mstiffanybank TW: @TiffanyBank What made you decide to become a plus size model? I wanted to become a plus size model for two very good reasons. Growing up as a bigger girl was not easy for me. I was shy, introverted and completely uncomfortable in my own skin. The fashion industry catered to smaller girls and women. Shopping was not a pleasant experience for me. As I have gotten older, the plus size industry has grown tremendously. I no longer walk into a store wondering if I will find something that makes me look and feel confident. Loving yourself is truly liberating, and attributes to one’s Name: Kristin Gallina self esteem, which leads to another reason I became a plus size Resides In: Brooklyn, NY model. I want young girls to love themselves for who they are, and Height/Size: 5’9” / 16 not be taunted by the pressures of a “thin” society. I want them to be Online portfolio Favorite quote: “Believe you can and you are halfway there” - Theodore Roosevelt happy and confident and not feel the way I did when I was younger. I want to be a role model for all young girls and women who feel they are not good enough just because of their body size. I would love for