US model Whitney Thompson says the right bra can make or break a photo and is crucial for her work.
The model, a previous winner of America’s Next Top Model, was answering questions during a live Q&A with fans hosted on Simply Be‘s Facebook page last week. She added: ‘If you have bits popping out, extra skin on your back, or an ill fit by the armpit, it stands out and that’s what everyone looks at. I want them to see me, not the fit of my bra.’
When asked about her favourite lingerie, Whitney recommended Sculptresse, the fuller figure lingerie label from Panache that she has shot the Autumn/Winter 2013 and forthcoming spring/summer 2014 campaigns for. ‘I love all of the lingerie so much because it fits, it actually comes in my size, and it’s gorgeous,’ she said. ‘That’s hard to find.’
Asked to pick one style from the range, she choose the Dina bra, which she is pictured wearing in this shot.
Whitney, who admitted to be being a fan of leggings and hoodies when she’s not working, also revealed that she dislikes the term ‘plus size’, saying is unrealistic and has negative connotations.
‘I am a UK size 12/14, that makes me a pretty average size and smaller than the majority of American women. In the US, our “plus” size models begin at a size 6. We’re telling women that even if they are below average, they are still considered “plus”. It just doesn’t make sense and worse than that, I think it makes women feel fat, even though they’re not.
‘There is absolutely nothing wrong with your size, whatever size that may be. I get called “fat” and “obese” all the time and it hurts, but if me wearing the plus size label proudly makes just one woman feel better about herself, then it’s all worth it. I hope that women look to me for inspiration and find someone that they can relate to. That’s why I do what I do.’
We couldn’t agree more, Whitney!
You can read all the questions and Whitney’s answers on Simply Be’s Facebook page.