Bra Fitting Tips


Taking Your Measure
Not only will a properly fitted bra feel more comfortable, but it will
make your clothes fit and look better. First step: Learn how to do the
math, so you can figure out your own dimensions.

1. Stand straight and relax. Don't inhale and expand your rib cage as
if you're about to blow out candles.

2. Using a soft tape measure, measure all the way around your body,
placing the tape measure right beneath your breasts (example: 30 1/2).
Add five to that number, rounding up if necessary to the next even
number (36). Congratulations: That's your band size.

3. Next step: The cup. While wearing a bra, measure completely around
the fullest part of your bust (across the nipple) without pulling
tight. Make sure the tape measure goes around your entire back (38).

4. Subtract the number from your band size (38-36=2). The result will
indicate your appropriate cup size, based on the following guide:

0=AA
1=A
2=B
3=C
4=D
5=DD
6=DDD

Fit Tips
The mistake many of us make is settling for a bra that's close enough,
rather than holding out for one that's perfect. How to know if you've
got an ideal model? The most important consideration is comfort.
Here's what to check for next:
While putting on the bra, bend over and allow your breasts to fall
naturally into the cups. Stand slowly and adjust the bra: Put a hand
to each breast and raise the nipple so that it's at the center of the
cup. The center of the bra should lie flat against the breastbone. Be
sure there is no gap.
Check that the bra cups are smooth, with no wrinkles.
Finally, turn to the side and look in a mirror to see whether the back
of the bra hikes up. If it does, then the bra doesn't fit correctly.
The back of the bra should rest comfortably against the middle of your
back.

Curvy vs Skinny

Why are skinny girls always thought of as unattractive? Yes I am what a lot people may refer to as skinny. I don't have a flat tush, but it's not big and round either, it's just small and a little/slightly curvy. I'm straight up and down, no curvy hips or thighs. My breasts aren't big either; I'm only like a 30 B.

But that doesn't make me unattractive because I'm thinner. Big breasts and curves aren't always "sexy," and It doesn't make them any more of a woman than I am.Everyone's body is different. I'm tired of people with the whole "Real women have curves" statement. A woman is a woman, we all have the same thing - a vagina and boobs.

There are some skinny girls that are attractive, and also big girls that are unattractive. I've seen women with curves that had horrible, I mean HORRIBLE bodies. Yet people still compare them to skinny or fit girls (saying they look better than skinny women) that probably look 100 times better and healthier.

The bad thing about this is that they don't compare healthy, beautiful, skinny women with curvier women, rather the unhealthy, malnourished skinny, as if all skinny women were unhealthy and anorexic.

I've heard several women say that the media is saying skinny women are more attractive, but I strongly disagree. Skinny women are used for modeling, and THAT'S IT. But women like Beyonce, J.Lo, and Christina Aguilera are the ones that are really head strong in the media because they are curvier and viewed as more beautiful/ "Real Women."

Many men have said themselves that they like curvier women. I've heard very few men say,"Oh, skinny women are sexy." What I hear most from men is, "Curvy is sexy." It seems that many people are in denial about this. Why is the media so big on making some women feel good, while bringing others down in the process?

Why do people act like this? Why are people still doing the skinny vs. curvy thing? It's getting old, annoying, and sounds sort of stupid. 

"Real women have curves" statement. A woman is a woman, we all have the same thing - a vagina and boobs.

There are some skinny girls that are attractive, and also big girls that are unattractive. I've seen women with curves that had horrible, I mean HORRIBLE bodies. Yet people still compare them to skinny or fit girls (saying they look better than skinny women) that probably look 100 times better and healthier.

The bad thing about this is that they don't compare healthy, beautiful, skinny women with curvier women, rather the unhealthy, malnourished skinny, as if all skinny women were unhealthy and anorexic.

I've heard several women say that the media is saying skinny women are more attractive, but I strongly disagree. Skinny women are used for modeling, and THAT'S IT. But women like Beyonce, J.Lo, and Christina Aguilera are the ones that are really head strong in the media because they are curvier and viewed as more beautiful/ "Real Women."

Many men have said themselves that they like curvier women. I've heard very few men say,"Oh, skinny women are sexy." What I hear most from men is, "Curvy is sexy." It seems that many people are in denial about this. Why is the media so big on making some women feel good, while bringing others down in the process?

Why do people act like this? Why are people still doing the skinny vs. curvy thing? It's getting old, annoying, and sounds sort of stupid. 

HOW TO BECOME A PLUS SIZE MODEL

Becoming a plus-size model may require a little extra height and an ideal size range, but you'll also need drive and a tough skin to make it in the industry. If you've got what it takes and you're interested in plus-size modeling, review the basics to get started and get your portfolio out there.

Create Your Portfolio

When you're first breaking into the industry, you won’t need a full portfolio to begin making inquiries. Instead, concentrate on photographs that show your natural beauty and that aren’t particularly staged or posed. Aim for at least one high-quality face shot and a full-body shot in simple, flattering attire.

Note: If you have poor-quality photographs, it's advised to arrive at the agency without photographs. If you are a beginning model and show potential, many agencies will understand.

Contact Agencies and Companies that hire Plus Size Models

You'll need to get in touch with modeling agencies to jumpstart your professional career, but educate yourself about the "right" agencies. Check out potential agencies' reputations with other professionals in the industry, and never pay fees to apply or sign onto an agency.

Call the top three agencies in your area and schedule appointments to meet. On the day of your appointment, wear comfortable, semi-casual clothing that fit well. Consider wearing a pair of kitten heels to add a little extra height without being overly obvious.

Attend an Open Call

Open calls can be an overwhelming experience, particularly if you find yourself in a large group of hopefuls.

Some agencies may have you fill out an extensive form before speaking with you. You will need to identify your contact information, interests, measurements, and experience. You may also be measured by the modeling agency representative.

Smile, and don't let any criticism get to you. As you attend more casting calls, you could hear comments on your headshots or figure. Simply say thank you and move on.

Know that if you do get signed, you'll be expected to create a portfolio, as well as comp/zed cards. While this is a substantial cards, do not pay an agency to be on their website, to be represented, or to attend their school.

Plus Size Modeling Requirements

While you may need to fit into a certain size to become a plus model, that's not all. Plus models are generally 5'8" to 6' in height, and wear a size 5 and up.

Other guidelines include:

A proportional figure

Shapely legs

Note: Fit models may be required in larger sizes or shorter heights than standard plus-size modeling, and it’s worth inquiring when you call agencies.



How To Have A Better Self Image

Avoid exaggerations.
Correct your internal voice when it exaggerates, especially when it exaggerates the negative. Try to avoid thinking in extreme terms ("I always make that mistake" or "I'll never get that promotion.")
Nip negative thoughts in the bud.
Sometimes putting a stop on negative thinking is as easy as that. The next time you start giving yourself an internal browbeating, tell yourself to "stop it!" If you saw a person yelling insults at another person, you would probably tell them to stop. Why do you accept that behavior from yourself?


Accentuate the positive.

Instead of focusing on what you think are your negative qualities, accentuate your strengths and assets. Maybe you didn't ace the test you were studying for, but maybe your hard work and perseverance led to a better grade than you would have had. Maybe you felt nervous and self-conscious when giving a presentation at work, but maybe your boss and coworkers respected you for getting up and trying.


Accept flaws and being human.
Maybe you did get nervous and blow that presentation at work - so what? Talk to your boss about what went wrong, try to address the error in the future, and move on. All people have flaws and make mistakes. Your boss, coworkers, friends, family, postman, congressman, and favorite movie star have all made mistakes. They've forgiven themselves; so can you.


Accept imperfections.

Perfection is a high goal to aim for -- you don't need to start there or even end there. Make doing your best your ideal -- what more can you realistically do? Focus on what you've gained from the process and how you can use it in the future. Avoid focusing on what wasn't done or 'should have' been done differently. Allow yourself to make mistakes and then forgive yourself. Try laughing instead of criticizing.


Don't bully yourself!
"Should have, could have, would have ... " Try not to constantly second guess yourself, criticize yourself for what you "should" have done better, or expect too much from yourself. Don't put standards on yourself that you wouldn't expect from others. It's great to want to do well, but expecting yourself to be perfect (which is impossible) and then punishing yourself when you fail is a vicious cycle. Using expressions like "I should have" is just a way of punishing yourself after the fact.


Replace criticism with encouragement.
Instead of nagging or focusing on the negative (in yourself and others), replace your criticism with encouragement. Give constructive criticism instead of being critical ("maybe if I tried to do ____ next time, it would be even better" instead of "I didn't do that right.") Compliment yourself and those around you on what you have achieved ("well, we may not have done it all, but we did a pretty great job with what we did".)


Don't feel guilty about things beyond your control.
You are not to blame every time something goes wrong or someone has a problem. Apologizing for things and accepting blame can be a positive quality, if you are in the wrong and if you learn and move on. But you shouldn't feel responsible for all problems or assume you are to blame whenever someone is upset.

Don't feel responsible for everything.

 Just as everything is not your fault, not everything is your responsibility. It's okay to be helpful, but don't feel the need to be all things (and do all things) for all people. This is taking too much of a burden on yourself AND limiting those around you. Let others be responsible for themselves and their actions -- you shouldn't feel responsible for their happiness.


Do feel responsible for your feelings.

 Just as you can't "make" other people happy, don't expect others to "make" you feel happy or good about yourself. In the same way, they shouldn't make you feel guilty or bad about yourself. You create your own feelings and make your own decisions. People and events may have an affect on your emotions, but they can't dictate them.


Treat yourself kindly.

People often feel more comfortable treating themselves in ways they wouldn't consider treating others. Do you criticize yourself with terms like "stupid" "ugly" or "loser"? Would you use those terms to describe a friend? Remind yourself that you deserve to be treated as well as you treat others. Do something nice for yourself sometimes -- either in thought (give yourself a compliment) or action (treat yourself to a nice dinner or new book.)


Give yourself a break.

You don't need to be all things to all people or please everyone. Give yourself permission to decide you're doing the best you can. Remind yourself when you're doing things well -- don't wait to hear it from someone else.


Choose the brighter side of things.

You can choose how to interpret comments and events, so try for the more positive interpretations. If someone says, "You look good today," don't ask yourself "What was wrong with the way I looked yesterday?" Accept compliments graciously (don't ask yourself why you haven't been complemented on something else or why you haven't complemented you before.) Look at temporary setbacks as opportunities for growth.


Forgive and forget.

Try not to hang on to painful memories and bad feelings - this is a surefire way to encourage negative thoughts and bad moods. Your past can control you if you don't control it. If you can, forgive past wrongs and move on. (Don't forget that forgiving yourself is an important part of this process, too!) If you have a hard time forgiving or forgetting, consider talking through your emotions with a good friend or counselor, but try not to dwell. It's important to work through things, but you can't let the past determine your future.


Focus on what you CAN do, not what you can't.

Avoid "can't" thinking or other negative language. If you say something often enough, you may start to believe it, so keep your statements positive, not negative. Don't be afraid to seek help in accomplishing things, but remind yourself that you don't need approval from others to recognize your accomplishments. Focus on what you're able to do. Remind yourself of all your capabilities and positive qualities.

Using just one or two of the above strategies on a regular basis can greatly increase your positive self-image and self-esteem. Making these internal changes will increase your confidence in yourself and your willingness and ability to make external changes and improve your life.