It's that time again! Another Model Spotlight feature. They just keep getting better and better. I am so excited for this young lady. Because surprisingly, I had been reblogging her photos on my tumblr for quite sometime before I desided to take my blog seriously. So it is such an honor that she has agreed to this. So without further ado lets meet our June Model Spotlight!
Name: Samantha Lebbie
Clothing Size: 16
Agency (if applicable): IPM Model Management
Blog name (if applicable): www.SamanthaLebbie.com / SamanthaDModel
What made you want to become a model?
I’ve always enjoy empowering other women to love the skin they are in and embrace their curves. Being a Model My actions speak louder than my words. I’ve always been a curvy girl and I’ve always embraced my curves so I’m elated I can be a platform for other women who are just the same
What are some of the brands that you have worked with?
I’ve worked with Curvysta Plus, Shanda Says, Jill Alexander, Youtheary Khmer, Ashley Stewart, Qristyl Frazier, Tru Divas, Eyani Couture, Empress Lingerie and soooo many more.
How long have you been working?
I have been Professionally Modeling for about 1 ½ years
So many girls want to become a model what advice would give them? What should they expect?
You have to do your research. Modeling is a Business and it should be treated as such. The Plus Size Industry has many exceptions to the rule and you never know you may be one. So if modeling is a career choice you really want to pursue you must put in the hard work, time and money to get it done. Consistency and Dedication is key!
A common misconception is that plus size/curvy/thick models live unhealthy life styles. What do you say to people who think like that?
Ha! That is so untrue. I think the hardest part with being a plus model is that you have to stay a certain size… you can’t lose too much or gain too much weight! It can become stressful so most plus models live a healthy lifestyle to maintain the figure they have. I’m pretty sure we work out a lot harder than our straight size counterparts.
Was this your dream career? How did you get to this point in your career?
I've always dreamed of being in a position in my life where I can help people! Being a Model I've helped so many people most of them I don’t even know. It took a lot of hard work, prayer, consistency and dedication to get to where I am today. I try to always stay positive and I refused to be defeated especially by myself. I have an incredible support system. I have AMAZING Supporters.
If you could be doing anything else other than modeling, what would it be?
I would start a Clothing line! Although being in front of the camera is awesome I would love to be behind it as well. FUTURE PLANS (hint)
Where do you get your confidence from? How do you stay in a positive frame of mind?
I've always been a positive person even before being a Model. Life is so short and we shouldn't allow the issues of the world to bring us down. I’ve never been bullied or teased about my size and I feel it’s because of my confidence, I learned to accept myself and embrace my curves at an early age although at times as most women I wanted to lose weight but I never allowed it to stop me from loving me for who I am right now. Confidence is EVERYTHING! When you put Self-Acceptance and Confidence together you are unstoppable.
Why do you think it so important for plus size/curvy/thick models to have the same respect as straight size models?
Just as our straight size counterparts we sell to a market of people. However, Statistics show that the Average woman in America is a size 14….What does that tell you!!!! Plus Models are becoming a priority in the Industry it’s taking a while for Industry Professionals to catch on but in due time there will be no Plus Models or Straight Models…Just MODELS!
So many girls grow with such low self esteem. Were you ever like that? If so what advice woulf you give young girls struggling with her self esteem?
Fortunately, I didn't have self-esteem issues growing up! I was always the curvy girl within my group of friends and I didn't stick out because of my size…I was a very confident girl growing up I was always told I was beautiful at home and outside and allowed my confidence to show. However, I did have friends and associates who weren't on the same page as me. I would let them know that you have to accept yourself for who you are… everyone is uniquely made and to God you are PERFECT! And as I said before with Self-Acceptance and Confidence you are unstoppable so I encourage every women to allow their confidence to exude not only through your walk but through your talk Confidence is something that others can see and feel.
The last couple questions are just to have fun with….
1. Hagen Daz or Ben & Jerry?
Ben & Jerry
2. Favorite tv show growing up?
3. Favorite Halloween costume?
4. Louis Vitton or Hermes?
5. Buying your boyfriend his favorite video game or those new pair of shoes?
Sorry!!! New Pair of Shoes
Until next time loves
Until next time loves