I am Misty Schmidt and for the last year I have worked as a print and runway model. I have a huge passion for empowering women and I love being in front of the camera. I mainly shoot fashion, swimwear and beauty/accessories, but I also enjoy creative projects
and themed work. I am currently a freelance model on the West Coast. My photos have been published in numerous magazines. I am available for photo shoots on the West Coast, but available to travel to other destinations as well (passport ready). I am tall
(5’9), long hair natural brunette with piercing blue eyes, which makes me a good model for print modeling. For more information and a portfolio of my works, please contact me
Congratulations on all of your success as a Plus Size Model. How did you get started modeling?
I went on a trip to St. Martin in 2015 that included a photoshoot. I went for some soul searching and came home to my modeling career taking off and being published.
What has been your favorite experience thus far – the one you are most proud of?
I would have to say walking in New York Fashion Week 2016 as a Plus Model is definitely one of the moments I am most proud of.
Just like any craft there is a learning curve – how did you learn how to model – both print and runway if applicable?
Practice! Practice! Practice! Like anything else, taking my failures and learning from them and working toward a better version of that is key. I definitely had those moments of
tears and fears, but to continue on past the fears and failures is where my success is.
Did you have mentors or role models who helped and inspired you along the way?
I would have to say, Melinda Parrish is someone who I enjoy following on social media to see what she is going to do next. I don’t personally know her, but I feel we have a very similar focus of empowering women and self-acceptance. Also, my #curvetribe of women in Portland that continue to encourage one another as we succeed together.
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?
I believe continuing to do what I am doing. Empowering and encouraging the people I work with locally, as well as encouraging designers I meet to start creating plus size designs. As I continue to travel and meet more women I plan on helping them see their strengths and the beauty in themselves that they don’t see. I am definitely a rebel when
it comes to conformity. I will help women express their style and beauty in
ways they never thought was possible.
You exude confidence with every step you take, were you always this confident? Tell us a little bit about the journey to confidence.
Definitely not. I was raised in a culture, family, and a time that told me that beauty looks and acts a certain way and I did not portray that since I was bigger. I spent so many years hiding myself, working out hours a day and tried every diet I could think of to be “beautiful”. Finally, one day I realized I was different and it was okay to be different. I realized that I had so much beauty inside myself that I used to help others that I needed
to start using that positivity on myself. I started giving myself compliments in the mirror daily instead of shaming myself. Every time I would have a negative thought come to mind I would shut it down and compliment myself. I had to retrain my brain from society’s lies and see the truth that was staring me right in the face each morning. Now, I love myself. I work on myself emotionally, physically, and spiritually each day. I don’t beat myself up
anymore, but I give myself grace to grow.
For our readers who are interested in starting a plus model career, what would you suggest are some top tips to get started?
Find your “why”. Why are you wanting to
be a plus model? Your “why” will give you the drive and perseverance to keep going even when you may not see a light. My “why” is to help empower and encourage women everywhere. When I feel like I may not be moving as fast as I want, I remember it isn’t
about me, it’s about the women I am impacting.
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?
I definitely am an everyday business casual or classy chic girl. It fits my busy lifestyle yet still fashionable. I am a lover of scarves. You will definitely catch me in a scarf and accessories with cute heels. My style has definitely changed since trying a variety of
styles. I feel more comfortable and confident buying fun designer dresses and wearing them out to dinner or events now. I used to play it safe with clothing, but I feel comfortable wearing different designs now.
What are you some of your favorite places to shop your style?
I definitely love to buy designer clothes off the designers I work with on the runway. A couple of my last pieces purchased are from 2 B Continued Jeans and E.G.O. boutique, I also enjoy shopping at the local stores such as Forever21Plus and Torrid.
What does life look for you outside of the modeling world?
I spend most of my time with my family, my two beautiful daughters are my world. I
am in school full time working towards a Master’s Degree, volunteering, writing motivational workbooks for free, traveling, going to the gym, and enjoying the beautiful moments in life.
Thank you for taking time to chat with us today! What is one message you would like to leave with our readers today?
Take time to love yourself, like truly love yourself, and give yourself grace.