MODEL - ELIZA JOHNSON

Meet this week's Model of the Week

Eliza Johnson

Eliza is a size 10 model; also known to the American modeling industry as an "inbetweenie", she books work as both a plus model and a regular model.  She has been published all over the globe and is starting to make a name for herself as a model and advocate for curves.  She truly believes that models should be represented in all shapes, sizes and ethnicities.

Eliza grew up in the country, 10 miles outside of a small town in Wisconsin.  She lived half of her life there, and at the age of 15 got an agent and moved to Los Angeles with her mother to pursue her modeling and acting career. She didn't really blow up in the modeling world until about 6 years ago when she decided to represent herself as a plus model.  Even at age 15, standing 5'9.5" tall at 135lbs her agent said due to her measurements she should consider being a plus model. 

"I couldn't believe it - here I was, the skinniest in my grade, and that was the exact reason I decided to give modeling a try.  I knew two things; I loved performing and taking pictures, and that models were unusually thin - therefore, I thought, why not give modeling a try."

It wasn't until she reached her late 20's that her true curves started to form and she was able to finally represent herself as a plus model.  After many agency turn downs and discrimination from multiple publications, she made her way up the ladder, doing what she loved by convincing the companies she worked for that she could sell clothes.  And that's exactly what she did.  She had the highest sell out rate at many of her jobs, which pushed her to the point of having to turn down other jobs and be able to demand pay increases to determine which companies to keep modeling for and which to let go.

"It wasn't easy... I loved my jobs and I loved the people I worked for. For someone to have to take the role of an agent and model is not an easy task, but that's what I needed to do to put food on the table, so that's what I did."  She would work 12 hours a day (including driving), modeling 5 days a week for several companies in Los Angeles - for 3 years straight.  "It was exhausting but extremely fulfilling.".........................................