15 February 2011
Bailey Benton: Alt Model Interview
Bailey Benton is an alt model who is proud of her curvy, voluptuous figure. Originally from Cornwall, Bailey is a classically trained singer with many years of acting experience. She is currently studying a Music Technology Foundation Degree in Weymouth, with plans to complete her Music BA Hons Degree at Plymouth. She says "I am heavily into music of all types, and these courses are a brilliant way of learning new things and immersing myself in everything it has to offer."
Keller caught up with her to find out a little more about her alt modelling career.
How did you get involved with modelling?
A couple of years ago, I was on a lot of Facebook groups for 'Curvy Pride', and it was through these I met working plus-size models, one of which ran a modelling group named Faint Fascinations. I applied, got in, and started learning of modelling portfolio sites such as ModelMayhem and Purestorm... through these I was able to meet local photographers, and the rest is history!
As a proud curvy model, why do you think our British culture needs images of plus-size models?
I think the modelling industry should be just as diverse as British culture itself, using every size; not just the most fashionable! Because curves are NOT synonymous with obesity, I personally tend to take notice more when I see models such as Kate Dillon, or actresses such as Christina Hendricks; healthy, voluptuous, and beautiful women! These women are a UK size 14 - my size - so I love seeing this and think it should be more prominent in the media.
Is the alt modelling world more accepting of curves than the mainstream is?
Yes and no. There are a few barriers that still need to be broken. The most successful models still seem to be the smaller models, but there are a lot more curves in this industry than in the mainstream; seeing curvy models in corsets and pin-up or figure-hugging latex suits aswell and it's a pleasure to see.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
Honestly? I would say people like my friends and family. I have been doing my own thing for a couple of years and developing my own style, and I grow as a model through the constructive criticism of the people closest to me. I know I can rely on them to tell me where I'm doing well and what I could do differently, because they know I dislike sugar-coating.
What has been your biggest modelling achievment so far?
The best is yet to come I think. I have done a few things, like modelling for jewellery companies such as Razorblade Mermaid, and I also took part in some promotional shots for the Theatre Royal in Plymouth, and this year I will be making an appearance in a few magazines and e-zines, spreading the word of Bailey! In the past 12 months, I got to work with one of my long-time favourite models Pyretta Blaze under her photography name; Lilith in Bloom. This year I would love to work with her in a duo model shoot; that would be pretty exciting.
If you could make one change to the modelling world, what would it be?
I would get rid of the pre-conceived measurement restrictions. Aside from the catwalk, where clothes are made to look a certain way - and therefore, so must the models - it makes no difference. It doesn't matter if you're 5ft 4" and a size 18 or 5ft 11" and a size 6, if you're photogenic and take a good photo then what does it matter?
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
Regarding modelling? To discover my 'best bits'; angles, shapes, poses and to show them in shots. Knowing this has made it a lot easier to create great shots that both me and the photographer can be proud of.
What are you plans for the future?
To do what I always do - strive for the best. I want to take music and modelling as far as I can go and plan on taking on every challenge as they come. I love living this way.
All photography by Lillith in Bloom.