Hunter McGrady is plus-size fashion’s latest darling. She’s been popping up everywhere, in Lane Bryant ads, Haute Look’s website, and most recently, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue where she was labeled the “curviest” model of the bunch.
Now that she’s finally got your attention, she’d like to clarify a few common misnomers about what it’s like to be a plus-size model.
First of all, she works just as hard at maintaining her figure as any other model.
“I think people think that we can get away with looking however we want. They’re like, ‘Whatever, she’s a curve model. She doesn’t have to work out, she doesn’t have to eat well.’ Which isn’t true. I have a personal trainer, I eat clean. But on the other spectrum, there is a pressure to have the Coke bottle body, to be really tight. Someone’s always going to want you to be thicker.”
Another common misconception? That plus-size models don’t work as hard.
“I show up, I do the same job as everyone else, I get paid the same, everything is the same.”
And most shockingly of all, she drops the bomb that plus-size models technically start at size 6.
“Fourteen is what really works in the plus-size industry, but it starts at six; I mean, that’s insane!”
That is insane. Size 6 is a pretty average size in America so to call that plus-size is just ridiculous.
In fact, Hunter McGrady first entered the industry as size 2 when she was 15-years-old and even then she was being told she was too big and her hips too wide. Absurd.
The now 23-year-old McGrady joins a growing group of plus-size models who are becoming household names. We couldn’t be more proud!
Watch Hunter McGrady’s full interview on Pretty Unfiltered below.