A SIZE 10 woman who was told she was too big for the fashion industry, puts on weight and bags herself a modelling contract.
Despite her long legs, glossy hair and pretty face, at a slimline size 10 Tiffany Newson was considered “too fat” for the modelling world.
The 5ft 11in professional dancer was scouted as a 16-year-old, but as her curvy figure developed and her weight crept up to a healthy 10st she was told she was too big.
But after being told she had broad shoulders, was too busty and needed to slim down by two sizes, Tiffany rebelled.
Instead of starving herself to be accepted, the 24-year-old piled on a further 5st and managed to forge herself a successful career in the plus-size world.
Tiffany, from Hertfordshire, England, said: “Casting agents told me I had a good face but my body was too big.
“They advised me to drop to a size 6, even though I’d have been skin and bones.
“I feel so much more womanly now. I’ve got boobs and a bum and love being curvy like Kelly Brook.”
When she finished dance school at 19, she threw herself into model castings.
She said: “I kept coming up against the same comments about my size and never got the job. I’m a strong person but eventually they got to me.
“I became obsessed with calorie-counting. I started having smaller portions at dinner too. When my mum questioned me, I just made out I wanted to be healthier.
“I stopped going to castings because I wanted to get thinner.”
After four months of watching her daughter count the calories, Tiffany’s mum, Tina Newson, 53, had had enough.
Tiffany said: “She encouraged me to go to a hair model casting in the summer of 2011 and when I got the part, it shook me out of it.
“I realised they’d picked me for me and there was no point trying to be teeny-weeny when I wasn’t. I was sensible after that and got back to eating properly.”
She carried on despite the weight jibes to prove to herself that she could achieve her goals.
Tiffany said: “I was going to castings every week, but getting turned down nearly every time. I felt so low.
“It didn’t help my then boyfriend was always telling me what to eat.
“He was constantly judging me, saying I had too much food on my plate and I’d get fat.”
After two years, the couple split. Tiffany said: “I thought I’d never be good enough for anyone — the agents or a man.
“I hated that and realised I’d spent so long trying to please other people, but I’d been happiest when I wasn’t watching what I ate.
“I’d heard of plus-size models, but was in purgatory. I was too big to be a ‘straight’ model and too small to be plus-size. So I just embraced what was natural.
“I went to dance classes once a week and worked in a pub carvery. I’d graze on cauliflower cheese and when my shift ended load up a plate with roast beef, Yorkshire puddings and gravy.”
By the time she met her new man, graphic designer James Wakefield, 26, in 2013 on a night out, Tiffany was a size 14.
She said: “I felt confident. When I looked in the mirror I saw curves. I loved that I now really filled out my bodycon dresses.
“Later, when James saw thin pictures of me, he admitted that he didn’t fancy me like that.
“He likes curvy girls with plenty of meat on their bones.”
James’s appreciation boosted Tiffany’s confidence and Tiffany no longer worried about putting on a bit of weight.
She said: “I was eating what I liked and loved my new size, so thought, ‘Why not go bigger?’
“Reading up on plus-size auditions, I thought I’d have a better chance if I was larger.
“So I was chomping on cake and soon fitted into a size 16 to 18. I vowed to never slim again.
“Although I dreamed of getting back into modelling, those memories of being told I was too big were hard to shake.
“But James was sure I could do it, he encouraged me to start going to castings again.”
At the first job Tiffany applied for – weighing 14st 8lbs and five dress sizes bigger than when she started her modelling career – she did not know what to expect.
She said: “It was for an Amazon TV commercial and I didn’t think I’d ever get it. I just had to send them my headshot and my CV.
“They picked me and it was amazing to be in this advert for such a huge company.
“They said they loved my figure. On set they told me I looked like Kelly Brook and I was over the moon.”
Since then, she has been picked to appear nationwide in ads for Harry Potter studios and made it to the final 20 of Ms Curvaceous, a competition for plus-size models.
“Walking down that catwalk was one of the best moments of my life. I’ve got so many more castings for high street companies off the back of it,” she said.
Tiffany’s career is on the rise, but she still has a day job as an admin assistant.
She added: “I make sure I’m toned, so still go to dance classes and the gym. I need to be healthy to look good for castings.
“I was under so much pressure to get thinner and don’t want other women to feel like that. You can be big and sexy, I’m living proof.”
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