With an incredible following of over 140,000 followers on Instagram alone, Canadian beauty Caterina Moda has come a long way since she first started working as a plus-sized model in 2013. The self-proclaimed ‘Curve Model Influencer’ and blogger references her Italian roots as the reason for her love of fashion and style.
She has collaborated with SexyPlus Clothing, and has built up an impressive portfolio of retail, design, editorial, print and runway experience to her name.
How did you first get into modelling?
My first modelling opportunity came about through a casting call on Facebook for a boutique in the Toronto area.
What are the pros and cons of being a plus-size model?
Being a plus size model is fun! That's definitely a pro. It's been a dream to play dress up and get my picture taken, not to mention all the wonderful people I have met.
Unfortunately though, jobs are limited and I find myself creating my own opportunities.
Have you faced any negativity or backlash due to not fitting the typical 'modelling standard'?
Most of the backlash is from social media. I get the occasional negative comment on my posts but the positive ones totally outweigh the critical ones.
How would you describe your brand?
My brand is sexy, confident and positive.
What is your preferred type of modelling?
I love doing editorial work but there is an adrenaline when doing runway that makes me feel strong and unstoppable.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Still to this day, the highlight of my modelling career was Meghan Bradley's Curvy Expo. I was so honoured to be chosen to walk for Penningtons, Callista Bridal and Toni Plus for the first ever show in 2016.
Do you think the fashion, modelling and entertainment industry has changed in the last 10 years in its representation of fuller-figured women? What is the way forward?
Yes! Women like Ashley Graham, Liris Crosse, Queen Latifah and Rebel Wilson, just to name a few, have changed the game. There is still plenty of work to be done, in particular, the fashion industry where there needs to be more options for ALL plus size women. Why stop at a size 22?
Who is your ultimate plus-size icon?
Of all the plus size women out there, Queen Latifah stands out as the ultimate icon. She carries herself with class and even though she is visibly big, she never plays that role on television or film. She's just another actress falling in love or following her dreams or being funny. I have never seen or heard her refer to her weight in any of her work.
When you aren't modelling, what do you do in your spare time?
When I am not modelling, I am an Early Childhood Educator for the public-school system and in my spare time I am a boxing coach.
Could you have ever imagined yourself being a model when you were growing up? Why?
I never imagined myself modelling but the fashion and entertainment industry always intrigued me. Even though I was a shy child, I imagined myself in the spotlight.
Any advice for other aspiring plus-size models?
My advice is simple. HAVE FUN! Love what you do and opportunities will come.
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Written by Emma Green