I don’t even want to describe Georgina Burke as a “plus size” model. She’s a model, a real one—6 feet tall, blonde hair, sultry stare, sexy strut in sky high heels, and contracts with national brands that pay her New York rent. It just happens that she wears a size 14 or 16.
“I’m exactly the same as a regular model,” Burke says. “On a grander scale.”
And that made her the perfect fit for plus size fashion retailer Torrid, where Burke revels in skinny jeans, fitted tank tops and all the styles she couldn’t find in her size as a kid.
“I was always the tall kid in the back row who didn’t fit into the clothes,” says Burke, who grew up in Australia. “I was bullied my whole life, so putting the word ‘plus’ in front of model isn’t going to offend me.”
Burke couldn’t hide her height and size, which actually gave her “crazy confidence.” But it wasn’t until she met a casting agent through friends that she decided to try modeling five years ago, first in Australia, and then in New York. Her career really took off a year ago when she became the face of Torrid. On Saturday, she’ll represent the brand at Mall of America as Torrid kicks off a national search for the 2016 “face of Torrid.”
Burke’s advice to those auditioning: “Be yourself. It’s all about personality and the vibe you give off. Wear something that shows your body, but keep it simple—maybe skinny jeans, a t-shirt—it’s about you.”
Dressed in a sleeveless knit top, unstructured blazer, and her favorite Torrid jeans, Burke says she doesn’t subscribe to rules about what women with curves should and shouldn’t wear. “Wear stripes. Wear pattern. It’s really about accentuating your best features.”