She revolutionized how we see plus-size women and she proved to the world that you do not need to be a size zero to be a successful model. As the Cycle 10 winner of America’s Next Top Model, Whitney Thompson has taken the fashion world by storm.
From having her own shopping site where fans can shop her jewelry and candle line Supermodel, to having her own dating website for plus-size beauties, the luscious model has shown that good things come in all shapes and sizes. She’s modeled for CoverGirl, Forever 21, Saks, Seventeen, Vogue, and many more.
Whitney takes her position as a role model very seriously – she’s teamed up with the National Eating Disorders Association, donating a percentage of profits from her companies to the cause. She is passionate about helping young girls improve their body image.
Shop Whitney’s fashion and accessory picks October 24 to October 31 on My Curvy Closet and read her Q&A to learn more about this confident fashionista.
Q: You’ve come quite a long way since winning Cycle 10 of ANTM! Congratulations on your successes! Of all the projects you have going on right now, which one are you most passionate about?
A: Thank you so much! That’s a tough question. Obviously, I am passionate about all of my projects or I wouldn’t be doing them, but if I had to pick one, I would say that my work with the National Eating Disorders Association inspires me the most. Not only does my company (Supermodel) donate a percentage of our proceeds to the NEDA, but I also speak at universities all over the country on healthy body image. These speeches, as well as meeting young people and hearing their struggles, that is what keeps me motivated in every aspect of my life. Modeling can be difficult. Starting a company in a recession is not easy. Traveling the world alone is trying. Every time that I speak, I am moved by my fans and their stories. Without them, I don’t know that I would have the strength to do all of this. Making a difference in their lives is my passion.
Q: You’ve helped so many plus-size women feel better about themselves after you won – what types of clothes make you feel your best?
A: You really have to find the balance in fashion. I fly almost every day, so comfort is really important to me. That being said, I refuse to buy sweatpants for the fear that I might actually wear them. I love stretchy dresses that accentuate my waistline. They’re great for day or night and they’re so comfortable! I also try to buy eco-friendly, organic, or sustainable (like AlliStyle) fabrics when I can. Not only are these better for the planet, they’re also way more comfortable! I always love finding great accessory pieces. Any cheap dress can look like a million bucks with the right accessories.
Q: We’re excited to have you choosing your top fashions and accessories for BTR! What’s your number one style tip for plus-size fashionistas?
A: Do not be afraid of a size! We put so much emphasis on being the “right” size that most women would rather buy something that’s too small than go up a number. This is only going to make you look bad. If the number bothers you, cut it out as soon as you get home. Do not buy clothes that are are too small because they will only make you look bigger. Plus, some things are just cut differently. It doesn’t mean that you’ve gained weight! Accept that size is just a number and buy for the way things fit. Trust me.
Q: What are some accessories in your closet you could not live without?
A: I wear my “Teardrop sparkler” earrings from Supermodel almost everyday. Models aren’t allowed to wear a lot of jewelry and I travel so much that I tend to lose things. These look super glamorous without breaking the bank. And since I travel so often, all of my purses double as duffel bags. That’s only a slight exaggeration. Even when I get to my destination, I have to pack my purse with my modeling book, heels, and nude underwear for castings, on top of all the normal stuff a girl has in her purse. I couldn’t live without my huge designer bags. Being that I am originally from Florida, I also have a slight addiction to flip-flops. Whenever I’m allowed to take off my heels, you will find me in a pair of blinged-out Yellow Box flops. They feel like memory foam on my tired toes.
Q: We think it’s so great that you’ve teamed up with the National Eating Disorders Association – what advice would you give to young women who are interested in pursuing a career as a plus-size model?
A: Believe in yourself and have a purpose. I didn’t win America’s Next Top Model because I was prettier than any of the plus competitors before me, I won because I had a message. There will always be someone younger and prettier than you somewhere so you have to be more than just a pretty face. I always tell people to learn to celebrate what society has deemed a “flaw”. Your flaws are what make you unique and beautiful. Celebrate them, they keep you from being boring.
Keep up with Whitney by following her on twitter @RealWhitneyANTM and liking her on facebook.
Find her picks in these events: Proenza Schouler, Yoki coats, $179.99 and under and Maker’s boots