We've had our eye on Ford+ model Marquita Pring for a while. After she signed with Ford in 2009, she went from infrequently going to castings to landing the Levi's campaign, and, more recently, an editorial for Italian Vogue. Though the industry refers to her as "plus-size," she prefers to be called a "curvy" model, especially since there's not really a standard size for non-straight-size (read: skinny) models. Pring's size fluctuates between a twelve and fourteen, but, even when she has the freedom to — is supposed to — have an ass and hips, sometimes she has to "pad" for clients who want her to be "a solid 14 or 16," she tells WWD.
You pad? What does that mean?
Literally. I don’t know if we should reveal this secret! They’re pieces of foam. So I just lay them flat on each hip underneath [hosiery]. They’re like a solid inch and a half thick.
Like football pads for your hips?
Yeah, to make you seem all around wider. I mean, from the side you look kind of weird — and it feels weird. Like every now and then my arm gets caught on it and I’m like, wait, this isn’t me. But it’s better for me because I can still be healthy and work out and have the body I want. It’s a little bit of model magic.
That might not actually be a bad trick for a lot of straight-size runway models whose bony hips always look as though they might benefit from some extra padding if they were to take a tumble. Also, it would be nice to move on from jutting hip bones, generally. With each upcoming show season, many probably wish for a change, while accepting the sobering reality that the chances of it actually happening are, well, slim. However, we wonder if this is a sign of things to come: Pring also tells WWD that she met Marc Jacobs on her Italian Vogue shoot.
I ask one of the people working on the shoot, “Who are we meeting?” And he’s like, “You’re about to go in for a surprise casting with Marc Jacobs...” They were super secretive about the whole thing. They just said he wanted to see us. I really have no idea what it was for; it was completely under wraps. To this day, I just wonder and wonder and wonder.
It would be lovely if it was for his runway show. Whatever Marc does, everyone follows.