They are gorgeous, Latina, plus-size and very proud of all that defines them. We spoke with editor and founder of PLUS Model Magazine, Madeline Figueroa-Jones, and Latina models Rosie Mercado and Denise Bidot about their journey into the fashion industry's "plus side."
Madeline Figueroa-JonesEighteen year-old Madeline Figueroa-Jones was thumbing through a fashion magazine when she came across one of the first makeovers ever done in publishing; the particular article took a few girls, put them on a diet, and then, made them over. This Boricua got so aggravated that she took three of her own larger-sized girlfriends, styled them to the nines, had her boyfriend take pictures and sent them along with a passionate letter proving how these girls could readily represent chic style and kick ass beauty in their own sizes. Years later, Madeline Figueroa-Jones (along with fellow Latina Valerie Amador) would launch PLUS Model Magazine, becoming one of the most influential publishers in the industry.
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