After being signed as a plus-size model as a teenager, Halchishick’s agency told her she could work more if she gained weight–and she obliged (unwittingly) by gaining the freshman 15–or 20 in her case–after starting at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She hit a max of 200 pounds (size 14), and worked the most she ever would as a model, often banking six figures in a year. Then she met her boyfriend, who’s a physical trainer.
Halchishick ended up losing 50 pounds–and subsequently all her modeling clients–when she got down to 145 and a size 8.
Katie ended up leaving her last agency and started her own about a year ago, called Natural Model Management. Its goal is to promote the mantra “Healthy is the new skinny” and many of the girls who the agency reps are in traditional modeling no-man’s-land: sizes 6-10. Is this a revolutionary idea?
Fashionista: Will an Agency for “Normal Sized” Models Actually Work?