Liris Crosse (32), dubbed the Body and the Naomi Campbell of the plus size modelling industry, lands major fashion campaigns and a starring role in Jay Z’s music video.
Posted on May 06 2015
As a plus size model, it is hard to break into the world of modelling in the fast paced and fickle world of fashion. 32 year old Liris Crosse, who is now dubbed The Body and The Naomi Campbell of the plus-size modelling world, certainly came from humble beginnings.
You may think, her statuesque form, beautiful cat-like eyes, full lips and flawless complexion would get her through the most model agencies, but she admits her voluptuous shape landed her on the shelf. She was told that if she wants to break into the modelling industry she needs to lose the weight to succeed, but the size 18 model (US 14) proved them wrong. Now the Baltimore, Maryland beauty has proven her doubters wrong and is hoping to take the UK by the storm.
She recalls going to a casting at her junior hear of high school, where they all loved her, but wanted her to lose weight. Despite being a healthy size 10 (US 6), Liris received rejection after rejection due to her voluptuous shape.
Instead of giving up on what she believed in, or into their demands, Liris, who is 5ft 11 in, and now size 18 (US 14), took the matters into her own hands. She became her own agent and utilized the urban market to achieve her dreams with the help of her agency.
Liris began to spread like a wildfire with new success collaborations with Essence, Honey, XXL, The Source and Black Elegance magazine. Soon after, Glamour, Seventeen and Girl caught onto her refreshing image and began requesting Liris for their pages. She was also booked for videos for such artists like Jennifer Lopez, Jay Z, Puff Daddy and starred on MTV as well as landed on film roles.
And that is not it. Liris is now starting to break the UK. She recently appeared in a campaign for Sir Philip Green’s plus-size fashion retailer- Evans.
Liris says: ‘ I want to continue to change the industry by inspiring women to follow their dreams, helping to represent a different body type other than straight size in mainstream fashion like I have done through my work and to also represent for the black plus woman who feels she doesn’t see herself in mainstream fashion and entertainment.’