Plus-size diva chat is a way to get to know curvy divas in our community, who tell their story of what it’s like to be plus-size and overcoming objections of being what some in our society deem as abnormal. This week we interview fashion stylist and plus-size model, Judy K. Jones. In addition to being a radio personality, Judy has modeled for several shows in the Dallas- Fort Worth area and will soon receive a degree in Fashion Merchandising.
How long have you been a plus-size model?
I have been doing plus size modeling since I was 19 years old. When I was 19, I worked in service broadcasting with several urban radio stations in Dallas, Texas. While I worked in the radio industry, my co-workers would tell me I should be a model. Being plus-size, I never really took modeling serious. One day, just for fun I decided to attend a casting call with a company called Xpressions. When I was instantly chosen for their fashion show in 2006, I started to take modeling serious-regardless of my size. From that opportunity until now, I continued to model for various local companies. As a kid, my passion was always music and fashion.
Being a curvy women what are you most afraid of when you meet new people?
In high school I was given the name “Big Booty Judy” so I have to admit sometimes I was afraid of what people would think when I went to casting calls. I always picture in my mind that agencies would say, “what is this hippy, curvy, big chick doing at our casting call?”
As a plus-size individual, what are your goals to inspire other plus-size women?
Honestly, I’m tired of reading the news and hearing that another plus-size person has committed suicide because they didn’t feel beautiful, they didn’t fit into our society or because they couldn’t lose weight. I want to inspire plus-size women and teens to love themselves. I want to make a difference in the modeling industry. I want teens to understand that they don’t have to be a size ‘0’ to feel sexy or to be noticed.
How has your thoughts about being curvy changed since you were made fun of in high school?
I am not just a pretty face I can rock the runway and steal the show. Everyone knows the sexiest thing that a woman can wear is confidence. As an adult, I no longer wonder if I am accepted. I personally feel that it’s not what you wear; it’s how you wear it. When I was younger being called “big booty Judy” was considered bad, but now I own the nickname and realize that God has truly blessed me to be curvy. I’m grateful that I will never need a butt implant. I am so comfortable in the skin I’m in.
If you could work for any modeling agency or event what would it be?
I would love to work with Torrid, Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Coco Chanel and of course Full Figured Fashion Week. I’m glad that these industries have opened their doors to plus-size models and I would love to be a part of the change.
Are you a plus-size model who would like to tell your story? Email us at askJP@justpearlz.com. Would you like to connect with Judy K. Jones to learn how she overcame her objections? Follow Judy on Twitter at @bbjudy817.