Interview with Plus Size Fashion Model Karen Lambe

July 28, 2015 by Modellist-ID

Karen Lambe Interview Plus-size Model

Karen Lambe

Nationality: Irish – Australian

Profession: Model

Agencies: BGM Models Sydney

Milestones: ‘Simply Be’ campaign in Dublin, where my work was on show on billboards, bus stations and buses. It was such a ‘WOW’ feeling. Also, being interviewed by ‘The Midday Show’ on being a plus size model and being a role model for girls who should be confident and happy within themselves.

Current location: Sydney, Australia

Karen Lambe Interview Plus-size Model

Tell us about your career as model. How did you get started?

I have been modelling for 5 years. I got started whilst studying theatre in Ireland. One of the teachers encouraged me to pursue some modelling. She took some pictures of me which were sent to some Irish agencies. Without thinking it would result in anything I was asked to sign with ‘First Option’ Models. They were interested in having a plus size model. One of my first lines of work was regularly appearing on television show ‘Expose’ modelling fashion. I have also done some runway as well as photo work for various companies.

What’s going through your mind when you’re modeling in front of the camera?

My main focus in concentrating on the task at hand, and doing my best to provide what the client needs. I tell myself to focus, whilst still enjoying it as much as possible. Sometimes I imagine that my crush is in the room and I want to look as appealing as possible to him! Ha ha!

It is also important to me that I exude confidence and the appropriate alter ego shines through in my work. In a way, we are playing a part for our clients. As long as they are happy with the work, I am happy, and I always enjoy every role.

What’s your favorite/least favorite thing about being a model?

My favorite part is getting dolled up! I am a real girly girl and I love getting dressed up in different looks. It’s fun all the time. I also really love being a model who represents more curvy women.

My least favorite part would be feeling disappointed if I am not successful in achieving a job I’ve aimed for, though I don’t ever take it personally as the client knows exactly what they want.

Karen Lambe Interview Plus-size Model

Are there any other models in the industry that you look up to?

I am currently in admiration of Gia Genevieve. She is very much that pin up, risqué type of model with awesome curves, which I love.

My all-time favorite however, is the one and only Bettie Page. She had such a presence in front of the camera. She seemed to ooze confidence and sex appeal, and I get from her that she really loved what she did and it was not just a job for her.

How would you define your personal style?

Depending on my mood (perks of being a girl!). I might feel like slipping on a baby doll style dress or be a total tom boy the next day. I do love fitted clothing and like showing off my curves.

And what are some of the heroes of your wardrobe?

Of course you can never go past the classic LBD. Or, a men’s shirt, waist belt, leggings, and heels.

Karen Lambe Interview Plus-size Model

Could you give us your best beauty and exercise tip(s)?

Wear sunscreen every day! And drinks lots of water.

Squats! Squats! Squats! It’s all about the booty nowadays!

What is the one beauty product you can’t live without?

I can’t live without my La Roche-Posay moisturizer. It really prevents dry skin and you wake up with glowing skin.

What is your favorite city and where do you like to hang out there?

It has to be Sydney. As a gal from the western suburbs, I do love visiting the city but I find myself catching up with friends locally more often. When I can get to the city, you can’t go past the beauty of the harbor, amazing restaurants and the view.

Karen Lambe Interview Plus-size Model

What do you believe is the key to success for a model? What qualities does one need to succeed?

Learning to take constructive criticism and then using that knowledge to learn and grow. It is also key to be comfortable in your own skin, confident in your dreams and abilities and possess a strong work ethic where you are always aware that with success comes hard work.

In regards to the plus-sized industry, what are the aspects you love about it? What are some aspects that you don’t about the industry?

In the plus size industry, all types of women shapes beauty is displayed. It’s more about working with what you have got and self-love. It is not so much the stereotypical tall and thin perception that some may say used to exist regarding models. Women come in all shapes and sizes and I am so proud to be a part of that being represented.

What I don’t enjoy sometimes, is having to explain myself when asked what my job is and they look at you with confusion……..sigh…….”I’m a plus size model” (lol). In saying this though, the response that then follows is usually very gratifying.

It’s known that models are often asked to look a certain way or lose weight. Have agencies, designer or magazines asked that of you?

No. Never. I am happy to accommodate a client’s request if it is reasonable and does not jeopardize my health in any way. I strive to take good care of my body every day with a healthy vegetarian diet and daily exercise.

Karen Lambe Interview Plus-size Model

What do you think MODELLIST-ID can do for the model community?

It’s a great networking forum for all aspects of the industry. It’s also a real insight into people involved in the industry and what’s important to those involved.

What are your working on right now and what are your future aspirations?

I have just relocated from Ireland back to Sydney this year and then signed with BGM Models. At the moment I am just concentrating on my career and looking forward to every opportunity that may come my way. It would be great to get to the states one day and try to pursue some modelling work there. I also studied theatre as aforementioned, and appeared in two movie productions overseas which was really exciting. It would be fabulous to get back into that line of work again here.

Karen Lambe Interview Plus-size Model

Tags: Interview, Lifestyle, Model Advice, Plus size model, The Industry


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