Hey Kurvy Kuties!
Have you all been following the Torrid Model Search 2018? If your answer is No, girl where have you been…. OMG, Torrid is not playing with us! Since kicking off this year’s model search online in early May, followed by one of the hottest summer live casting tours in four major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, and Atlanta. Torrid has been breaking barriers and making history in the plus size fashion world. Torrid also took their live casting tour international to Canada for the first time this year.
Torrid Model Search 2018
Last year, Torrid had more than 10,000 gorgeous and confident plus size women apply through online submissions and live castings. Fast forward to this year, more than 15,000 beautiful women applied for their shot at becoming the Face of Torrid Model Search 2018 winner. Now being the “Face of Torrid” is a title that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Not only do you get bragging rights, the lucky winner also receives a modeling contract and brand ambassador status.
The Torrid Model Search 2018 finalists were selected by a panel of judges comprised of influencers and celebrities including designer and Project Runway Season 14 winner Ashley Nell Tipton, celebrity makeup artist Priscilla Ono, and supermodel Candice Huffine. During the second round of the competition, 10 finalists were selected and had the awesome opportunity to walk at Torrid’s NYFW debut runway show. Torrid’s runway show was one of the hottest shows of NYFW. The show was ground breaking as a bold new move toward increased diversity and inclusiveness in the fashion industry. The unforgettable event was widely attended by industry insiders, influencers and celebrities.
Now in it’s third and final round of competition, Torrid has unveiled it’s final four contestants. These four beautiful women have all worked hard to prove that they have what it takes to be the next “Face of Torrid”. What is so cool is that Torrid friends and fans, will now make the final decision on who will win the title. Online and social voting is still going on until October 29th.
The competition has been fierce, but there can only be one winner. Kontrol Mag had the chance to ask each of the final four contestants to share their thoughts about being chosen as one of the final four. Let’s take a look below to meet each of the contestants as they share their journey and excitement of the Torrid Model Search 2018 competition.
Meet The Torrid Model Search Final Four
Haley Rudolph- Toronto, ON
“Two months ago, I applied to this contest on a whim after my mom told me about it a couple days before the application was due, not thinking anything would happen. And now I’ve walked in New York Fashion Week, and I am a finalist out of 15,000 applicants to become the Face of Torrid! It’s absolutely incredible. It still feels like a dream, but I’m trying to absorb it all and enjoy the journey. I feel so excited to be part of the Top 4, especially as the only Canadian. I feel the support of my country behind me and I want to make Canada proud.
Whether or not I win, I’m going to continue living my life in a way that I can try to be a role model to other women. I want to be a role model in the sense of living my life to the fullest and celebrating my body and its uniqueness.”
Julia Rose Miller- Round Rock, TX
“Before Torrid, I had only did a little modeling but nothing serious. I went to a live casting in Houston, Tx at the Galleria and from there the rest is history! To be one of the top 10 was a huge honor, but to be in the top 4 feels like a blessing! I’m so grateful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Whether or not I win the final round I want to definitely encourage women to audition next year! This experience has changed my life for the better. Realizing who I am and the person I want to be.”
-Julia Rose Miller
Seairra Thompson- Berkeley, CA
“My experience with the model search has been a dream come true so far! I was shocked and humbled to find out that I had made top 10. Getting to walk at NYFW was amazing! Getting to share that experience with nine other beautiful plus size women who I now have the privilege of calling my friends has been the best part. The bond we have all built is genuine and strong. When I found out that I made top 4 I was in disbelief! I knew it would be a hard choice, so to find out that I made the cut was the best thing I had ever heard!
Whether or not I win the final round I plan on continuing to build a platform where I can share my message of hope, self-love, and recovery. I know what it’s like to have your dreams minimized and criticized because you don’t fit into societal “ideals”. I’ve seen a brighter day and I want to let others know that with hope and determination anything is possible.” -Seairra Thompson
Sophia Ervin- Dallas, TX
“This experience has been so unbelievable. There have been really good times and really hard times. I never modeled before this, so to put my pictures out there for the whole world to see was simultaneously empowering and terrifying. The whole process has taught me to love myself, regardless of how others perceive me. Being told I was one of the top 4 girls was mind blowing! There were so many amazing women that i met in NY I can’t even fathom having to choose between the 10 of us. Words cannot express how honored and grateful I feel to have made it to the top 4.
I plan on pursuing modeling whether or not I win the final round. My message to women is to truly find happiness and love within yourself, and to use that love to inspire other women. I used to think that if I just lost weight, then I would love myself. But the fact of the matter is that by learning to love myself, I was also learning to love my body- just the way it was. Self-love and self-care are so important and they’re not talked about enough. My goal is for every woman to feel loved and accepted. I know what they’re going through because I’ve been there myself. Heck, I’m still on my journey. I want women to know that they’re not alone. They can always find a friend in me, and we’re on a journey of self-love together.” -Sophia Ervin
These ladies are all fabulous, right? So, who will you be voting for? Make sure to leave a comment and let us know! Don’t forget you still have until Sunday, October 29th to cast your vote. We can’t wait to see which beauty’s dream will become a reality. For more information on the Torrid Model Search visit www.torrid.com
Written by Tammy Davis – (@CurvesInTheStreets)