Thankfully, every once in awhile, someone enters the exclusive ranks of the industry and shakes things up (a secret weapon, if you will); think what Yves Saint Laurent did for style, or Irving Penn for imagery. For modeling, that visionary is Muse Management agent Rebecca Thorpe. Being a former plus-size model herself, Thorpe's been-there-done-that mentality makes her the perfect agent for the company's plus-size board — that, and her heart of gold (make that yellow gold, which she jokes is her fashion armor). For her, it's all about the girl. Beyond the flashbulbs that make everything look prettier than it actually is, the modeling industry, like most cutthroat endeavors out there, has its skeletons. If it's not an underage labor law being passed, it's one that focuses on "skinny models"; the fact that this type of legislation even has to exist is enough to know things aren't right. The days of "heroin chic" dominating the aesthetic may be long gone, but the scope of what is now considered beautiful is still unabashedly narrow. To wit: There actually are many more models on the scene than Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. And agents like Thorpe are out there trying to bring those "others" to the forefront, to give the industry the edge it desperately needs.
At the end of the day, these girls are models, and they need to have books and careers that flourish like any model.
It's not this cubbyhole in the corner of an agency anymore. It's happening now. It's not like, 'Oh, that's where the plus girls go.' You don't just sit there and say, 'Oh, those jobs are only for you.'