Candice Huffine: I won't do runway
Candice Huffine doesn't want to do catwalk unless the designer is definitely making plus-size clothes.
The model is a US size 12 and has become one of the best-known plus-size women in the industry. She has appeared in US Vogue and on the prestigious Pirelli Calendar, but runway work isn't her bag at the moment.
"My theory is that if a designer puts plus girls on the runway, it might imply they are making plus clothing, and until it is clear they are going to do that, it might be best to avoid that confusion or controversy," she told washingtonpost.com.
When she started out Candice didn't know plus size modelling could be a career, and that was something shared by many people. She's pleased to see how far fashion has come on, although it has a long way to go.
She is tired of the predominance of black in clothes for her shape, and hates it when she heads to a plus size area of a store and finds there is hardly anything there. Some shops could do more to cater for everyone, Candice argues.
"There is a store I love to go to, it came over from London, it’s very popular. It carries everything: men’s, lingerie, purses, make-up, accessories, tall, petite, maternity, regular, shoes, amazing shoes - and no plus," she explained. "So if you want to go in with your friend, a girls’ day out shopping, you think, ‘What a fun one-stop shop!’ They’re blasting music, you want a dress to go out tonight. ‘Well, I guess you could go look at shoes and a necklace.’ It is just a bit infuriating.”
The star appeared in the same edition of US Vogue which had Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West on the cover, with Candice loving that each of their inclusions showed how the world is changing.
Pirelli is another thing she's astounded by - the model never dreamt she'd be in the calendar, which is famed for its sexy snaps.
"Pirelli for sure put the period at the end of the sentence. These people, Steven Meisel and Carine Roitfeld, these people believe in beauty that has nothing to do with the size of my skirt," she explained.
“For me, in my career, I think it really, I don’t want to say shook people up, but opened people’s eyes. This is not a trend, this is not a fad, or a way to create controversy with a buzz. It is the way it is now.”