Unless you’re born with Kate Moss’ cheekbones or Karlie Kloss’ endless legs, making it as a model in the fast-paced and fickle world of fashion is no mean feat – and something Liris Crosse knows all about. For Liris, 32, who is now dubbed The Body and The Naomi Campbell of the plus-size modelling world, certainly came from humble beginnings.
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When starting out, her statuesque form, cat-like eyes, full lips and flawless complexion got Liris in the door of most model agencies, but she admits her voluptuous shape landed her on the shelf. Liris, who grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, shares her candid journey to the top with FEMAIL, how she proved her doubters wrong and how she’s hoping to take the UK by storm.
‘I can recall studying all the major fashion magazines as a little girl so I could see Tyra Banks and my model idol, Naomi Campbell,’ she said of her earliest fashion memories. ‘I watched fashion TV for all the runway shows and obsessed over Naomi Campbell’s runway walk.
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‘I still idolise her poise, body and skin to this day and I practiced in my mother’s heels back and forth in the kitchen. I’m honored that the plus fashion world calls me the “Naomi of Plus” because she’s taught me from afar unknowingly.’