Why this Australian model thinks the term plus-size is 'irrelevant'

A trip to New York City has put this 30-year-old Australian model in high demand, after she was previously told she wasn’t the “right size” for a career.

As a teenager, Bree Warren was scouted by modelling agents multiple times, but was never able to build a real career due to her size.

“I think even then it was pretty clear that I was never going to have that super-tiny model frame,” Warren told The Daily Mail. “I had hips and a booty even in high school. “

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During university the Brisbane, Australia native went to New York City on holiday with her sister, and wound up signing a contract with a major industry as a plus-size model, a label Warren doesn’t pay much attention to.

“I think the term plus-size modelling is becoming increasingly irrelevant,” Bree explained. “Labelling women is getting a little old.” Still Warren knows the plus-size label would have held her burgeoning career back 10 years ago. 

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“Luckily, I think times are changing and the industry is opening up now,” said Warren. “Models are being booked because they’re amazing, not because of the measurements on their card.”

Warren has worked with several labels in Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom, including Tigerlily and Lorna Jane, and is now one of the most sought after plus-size models.

As someone often booked for swimsuit jobs, Warren spoke openly about the struggles for curvier women to find suitable swimwear.

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“Good, curvy swim is hard to come by, that’s why I started the hashtag and made every #breekini I wear shopable on my site, “[sic} Warren explained. “While it depends where your curves are, my personal favourite brands to wear are Monday Swimwear, Solid and Striped, Tigerlily and Vitamin A.”

For Warren, it’s important that models are seen as more than their measurements. “Incredible healthy models don’t just come in a size 8,” she said. “I don’t think brands and magazines can afford to portray only one type of beauty.”

“Times are changing,” Warren added. “I am grateful to be a part of it.”

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