For most models, a spread in Vogue is nothing short of a pipe dream.For plus-size models, it’s even more of a rarity. But Marquita Pring,who fluctuates between a size 12 and 14, has already been there, donethat. Now the 21-year-old New Yorker has a couple other things to tickoff her bucket list. “I want to have my own tapas place someday. In anideal world, I would just peace out to an island somewhere and open oneon the beach,” says Pring, who’s been repped by Ford since 2009. “We’dhave hummus, guacamole and fried ice cream.” Since posing for Vmagazine’s plus-size issue last year, her star has been on the rise. Shewalked in Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring show and then landed that VogueItalia cover this past June. Here, the young model chats about thoseexperiences, as well as padding up, shooting with Steven Meisel and hersecret meeting with Marc Jacobs.
I think you’re the firstmodel I’ve interviewed who’s from New York. It’s surprisinglyrare. I’m not from the city though. I grew up in this teeny upstate towncalled Clinton. What’s it like up there? Just yourcookie-cutter suburb. Everybody was sort of the same so it was a littlesuffocating. We had a college, Hamilton College, so it was very preppy.Everyone wore Abercrombie & Fitch, which I couldn’t even fit into.
Howdid you get into modeling? When I was 15 my mom heard somethingon the radio about this scouting contest. People had said I should be amodel but I always assumed that you had to be superskinny to do it, butI decided to give it a try anyway. So I went to Toronto, where thecontest was and they liked me.
Were there a lot of plus-sizegirls there? No, I was definitely the only one. I rememberlooking around and noticing that right away. But it wasn’t like I wassurrounded by a bunch of models. I was surrounded by a bunch of peoplethat were trying to become models so I didn’t feel too out of place orlike I didn’t have a chance at all.
The whole discussion ofwhat qualifies as plus-size is a nebulous one. How do you define it? Ihate the term. I don’t consider myself “plus-size.” I don’t considerany of the girls on my board plus-size whether they’re smaller or biggerthan me. But it’s true that there’s really no true definition. Thesecond I say to someone, “I’m a plus-size model,” they just look at youlike, OK, if you’re plus-size then I must be oversize. So I would loveto just do away with the term and say “curvy” instead.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.