PLUS MODEL MAGAZINE October 2015, Love Your Body Issue - Page 135

HOPE interview by tiffany bank What made you decide to become a plus size model? Growing up I never dreamed of being a model, let alone a plus size model. Back then the definition of what a model was to me and probably majority of society was tall and slim only. I never grew up seeing women with curves being portrayed in a positive light in media. A local photographer friend of mine was always pushing me to just try it modeling out. It took me about 3 years to agree to do my first photoshoot; I just didn’t think a girl my size could Name: Hope Kiriisa Resides In: Florida/New York Height: 5’9” - 12/14 model. It wasn’t until my sophomore year in college that I was discovered by a fashion stylist for a National Online portfolio: HopeKiriisa.Com Television Network, Home Shopping Network. We exchanged information and from there my journey into Favorite Quote: There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs. - Zig Ziglar the world of plus size fashion began.