Here’s a new feature simply titled “5 Questions:” Meet Amanda Tice! I had the honor of meeting the beautiful and extremely nice Amanda in Miami. She was one of the models showcased in a Bali exhibit for their new shapewear. I went over and spoke with the curvy women…of course, and found them to be so down to earth! I knew I had to introduce you to her!
Name: Amanda Tice
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington and Honolulu, HI
Current City: New York
Modeling Agency: Wilhelmina NY, Excel Models UK
Web site or Blog address: www.amandatice.com, www.twitter.com/amandatice
What does being a “curvy” model mean to you?
Being a curvy model is a blessing. I love the fact that I don’t have to stress and obsess over what to eat, that I can live a healthy lifestyle, and that I have the ability to portray an image of what a real body looks like to the mainstream media in a positive light. Being a curvy model also means that I get the opportunity to embrace my full size 10 figure – real breasts, runner’s butt, womanly hips and all! It’s equally thrilling to be a curvy model this year because retailers are finally stepping up their game and realizing that real women want to buy seriously fashionable clothes in all shapes and sizes! I could not be more thankful to be a part of this ground-breaking change.
What or whom inspires you the most?
I am most inspired by my mother. She’s a great role model because she’s smart, confident, independent, loving, AND beautiful. She has always been my top motivating factor in following my dreams and aspirations. If it wasn’t for her unwavering encouragement and support as well as her invaluable advice, I would not be a plus size model today.
Where are your favorite places to shop?
I honestly love trendy clothes…at reasonable prices. Since trends change on such a frequent basis, it’s great to stay current and not break the bank. Because of this, I spend a lot of my time shopping at Saks Off Fifth, Barney’s Co-Op, Forever 21, and H&M.
What is your fashion “weakness?”
My biggest fashion weakness is definitely, without a doubt….SHOES! I absolutely love them. Over the knee riding boots, open-toed stilettos, a solid pair of wedges, you name it!
What advice would you give to any new or aspiring “curvy” models?
My best advice would be…get ready for the ride of a lifetime. It’s a tough business, but also one that can be very rewarding. In order to be successful, you have to always be on your game and always willing to travel and take a leap of faith. If you can’t stand knowing when or where your next paycheck is coming from, this is not the job for you.
(photos courtesy of Amanda Tice)