At the end of last year, the Philippines hosted an international competition among plus-size models. Russia was represented by the Nizhny Novgorod Maria Gorodnicheva. Maria is not a model, and her main work is not related to the fashion industry. But the development of plus-size modeling in our country is of great interest to her. For this, she went to the Philippines. Life around Nizhny Novgorod asked her about the contest, the Russian perception of large sizes and the proper education of girls.
About finding yourself
Interest in the direction of plus-size appeared in my summer. He was associated with my attitude at that time. A few years ago I gave birth to a baby and moved into the large category. As a student, I worked as a model, and a change in appearance excited me. There was no tragedy in this, I was rather surprised. And she began to look for ways to accept herself. The plus-size modeling topic has captured me. I chose the models that I like, followed them on Instagram. Of the Russian models, Marina Bulatkina and Ekaterina Zharkova are very attractive to me. From overseas - Tyra Banks, when she was in the size of plus-size.
I thought that I could work in this direction. Maybe even start your project. For example, organize a plus-size beauty contest or open a plus-size agency. In general, prove yourself. But for this you need to know well how everything works there.
I began to formulate a portfolio, sent it to several agencies. In parallel, I was looking for information about the most significant contests among plus-size models. I was looking for a place where I could determine what to strive for. So I came to the application for the Asian, in fact, the beauty contest Ms. Top of the World Plus Size. I did not set goals to win, but I was the only participant from Russia, so I tried to speak with dignity. I really invested in this contest - both financially and emotionally.
About the contest
I must say that in Russia there is no national selection for international beauty contests. For example, participants from Ukraine, Belarus, the Philippines, before participating in the Ms. Top of the World Plus Size, won a similar contest in their homeland. And in Russia there was an absentee selection conducted by Natalya Rogova, the national director of the competition in Russia. She helped prepare and traveled with me to the Philippines - supported and trained.
I was preparing for the trip for two months. Two Nizhny Novgorod fashion designers worked with me - Olga Koroleva and Inna Mironova. I studied with a vocal teacher for a talent show, filmed a video about myself.
The competition program was intense. First, a dinner party was waiting for us to meet. After that, serious work began: a photo shoot in a swimsuit, a talent show and a fashion show. There were many security guards and journalists with us. Ms.Top of the World Plus Size was very widely covered in the press. Filipinos love beauty contests, there are many similar contests. There is even a similar competition among transgender people.
Plus-size fashion has been going to Russia for a very long time. We have strict expectations from women. Almost everyone is preoccupied with how they look, whether their appearance coincides with the "how to"
When I was driving, I was afraid of unhealthy competition, but in the end, for me it was not like a competition. I carried out the task that I set for myself, and all the time I felt tremendous support. Hundreds of people wished me victory, they said how beautiful I am. The live broadcast on the podium was watched by all my friends, mother, and child. I miraculously felt this energy. There were no more Russian citizens at the competition - only me and Natalya Rogova. Although the hall was well-disposed, they still supported their own louder. And I focused on the cameras, knowing that right now my relatives are watching me.
Becoming the second vice-miss at Ms. Top of the World Plus Size (i.e. take the third crown) is an overfulfilled plan. Asians love contests and vote very actively for their participants, so the winners are Asian. The first place is Singapore, the second is Filipina. The third is mine. I think I managed to be remembered because of the colorful costume in the concept of "Princess Swan" based on Russian fairy tales.
About the plus-size industry in Russia
Plus-size fashion has been going to Russia for a very long time. We have strict expectations from women. Almost everyone is preoccupied with how they look, whether their appearance coincides with the "how to." I think full women are still lucky - they can lose weight. Worse for those who do not have enough weight. Or, for example, low - they will not be able to grow another few centimeters. We lack the ability to accept different types of beauty, as the same Filipinos do, for example.
As far as I understood, while I delved into the topic, in Russia plus-size models are mainly women who have a basic, “model-free” job. There are few plus-size agencies in the country. Large - a couple in Moscow, a couple in St. Petersburg. There is an agency in Siberia. The pool of women who do this is small in our country. And there are not many brands that work with the plus-siz line.
My mother decided that I would hear words of support and compliments as often as possible from childhood. I think that’s why I became a woman who loves herself and is absolutely sure that the most beautiful
On the education of girls
I am not an expert in pedagogy. But my life experience suggests that you should not skimp on compliments. This is not enough. I grew up in a family where I was always praised and supported. My parents taught me not to criticize myself and often said that I was the most beautiful.
So they brought me up, but my mother is an example of a reverse educational moment. Grandmother was afraid to spoil her daughter, she was afraid of the evil eye, so she did not tell her how beautiful she was. Mom began to realize her attractiveness when she already became a student, when others began to compliment her. But she herself did not feel beauty.
Of course, my grandmother brought up just like that solely from good intentions. Nevertheless, mother, having felt this moment on herself, decided that I would hear words of support and compliments as often as possible from childhood. I think that’s why I became a woman who loves herself and is absolutely sure that she is the most beautiful.