Model Monday-Lauri Hill
I am a beautiful young Antiguan woman. I enjoy hanging out with my friends, shopping, having family time with my mom and brother and sister, watching Netflix and going to the beach. I am a driven, a motivated young lady. I have been a chef, an entrepreneur, bartender, waitress, and a police officer – all before 25 years old. I enjoy trying new things and meeting new people. I love when everyone around me is happy.
Congratulations on all of your success as a Plus Size Model. How did you get started modelling?
I was sitting at my computer one day and I was looking for clothing to purchase and all my size was out. That’s when I thought to myself that people always see slim women and strive to be like them. So I started to search the web and came across some articles on plus modelling and thought I would like to do that, and just like that I started a new mission and direction in my life. Shortly after I entered the Antigua Police Queen show
What has been your favourite experience thus far – the one you are proudest of?
That would be my first runway show. It was a hair show in Markham, Ontario called I am man. I met some amazing ladies who were also plus models that inspired and helped me curb some of my fears. I was able to get past them and learned a lot.
Just like any craft there is a learning curve – how did you learn how to model – both print and runway if applicable?
Well I am Antiguan as I mentioned before. I was a police officer in Antigua and the department put on a police Queen show to which I was a part of. This is where I got my taste of modelling first. And I have loved it ever since.
Did you have mentors or role models who helped and inspired you along the way?
I really look up to Ro Reid. She is self-made and self-taught. I admire her ambition and drive and strive to be as devoted if not more so as her. Ever since the I Am Man hair show there hasn’t been a time that when I had a question and couldn’t ask her. If she doesn’t know she finds out and gets back to me or steers me in the right direction. I am proud to have her as a mentor and friend.
The Plus Size Industry has changed and continues to evolve – how do you think as a model you are able to help make an impact in how the world sees plus size women?
Plus size is just about being bigger. The many ranges of sizes in women. I want very much to be an anchor, a voice and light to other women much like myself. I have never been shy in my skin. However, I know of other women who are. I want to reach them. They may not listen to my voice but with the industry growing so rapidly they will listen to someone.
You exude confidence with every step you take, were you always this confident? Tell us a little bit about the journey to confidence.
I actually can’t remember a time when I was not comfortable in my skin. My grandmother used to joke that I love showing my skin too much. Despite this fact that I have really had to build the courage to walk on a runway. My first show, I was all nerves – even the police pageant I was all nerves. In the hair show Ro told me take those nerves and use them. Make them make you better. And now that’s exactly what I try to do. I still get nervous but it amazing how much your mind can overcome, once you know you can do it and believe in yourself.
For our readers who are interested in starting a plus model career, what would you suggest are some top tips to get started?
Research research research, always research. Modelling is just a serious as any other job, just as hard, just a challenging. Don’t think that because it looks easy that it is. It takes time, dedication, perseverance and determination. If you want it, really want it you’re going to have to work for it. Think of it a new business, your business. Build it from scratch make it as big as you want. You have it in you.
As a model you’ve had the opportunity to wear a variety of different styles, but what would we catch you in on an ‘off duty’ day? What would you call your fashion sense and how has this evolved through your modelling career?
High waisted leggings, a crop top (even in winter – just add a sweater,) and probably my corset. Usually all black or black and white. I am into the retro look. I love the pinup look and the Victorian era of styles. Since I have started modelling, I have tried a little of everything but I always seem to come back to those 2 looks, mostly because that’s what I feel comfortable in. However, I started incorporating more colors into my wardrobe now. Starting to love a splash of Color mixed into black ensembles.
What are some of your favourite places to shop your style?
I have so much difficulty shopping, however, I usually steer toward JustFab for my shoes Suzy Sheir Plus for my bottoms and dress and Stitches for my tops. With of course the occasional surf through Amazon where I get some of my camellias corsets from.
What does life look for you outside of the modelling world?
I have a steady job working with Amazon at their fulfillment center in Mississauga. Otherwise, I go shopping, hang out with few friends, stay on my phone or of course shopping. It’s the highlight of my day. Always seems to lift my spirits.
Thank you for taking time to chat with us today! What is one message you would like to leave with our readers today?
Guys and gals remember that we are all made in God’s image, love your bodies. Don’t worry about how someone else thinks you look because without their opinion you are beautiful with their opinion, whether good or bad it doesn’t change the fact that you are still perfectly you, and that is the best way to be.