This is definitely my dream life! I had all these ideas long ago and I spent a lot of time working out how I was going to make it happen. I could never have predicted that the modelling industry would open up the way that it has, in terms of body diversity and social media, but I knew what I liked doing so it all started from there. I think I have always followed my heart – in work, fashion, clothes, people and everything I do! I go with what makes me feel good.
From the outside, it might seem like a fluke, but it’s been hard work. As a new model, you’re flung around the world and have to adapt to living and working in different countries really fast. Plus, I was always going against the tide to a certain extent in terms of my size. I’ve had both extremes: a measuring tape has been waved in my face at dinner, and then I was once told to go eat some burgers before I could work. The market is so much more receptive now to all different sizes, but in the beginning it wasn’t like that. I also credit the people behind my amazing agencies for pioneering that change and believing in me.