April 1, 2019
A new wave of models – Bree McCann
On first appearance, Noosa-based model, Bree McCann is quintessentially an Aussie beach babe. She’s known for her fuller figure, becoming the first curve model to feature on the cover of Women’s Health Australia, but, for years, her ‘plus’ size body couldn’t book jobs. Bree opens up to Profile about the fight for body diversity and proving that beauty is not a single size.
Biding my time in a crowd of fashionistas, craning their necks to meet and speak with the ever stunning model Bree McCann, at Melbourne Fashion Week, she was simply impressive in the way she held herself. Smiling and looking relaxed, with her beach tousled waves, her bubbly demeanor and tall stance, but, then I thought, how could this woman possibly be ‘too big’? The size 12-14 model explains she was too small for plus size gigs and not the right shape for the mainstream industry. Bree was signed to an agency while she was studying both Journalism and Business Management at University of Queensland, but, she admits, she never got any work.
“I don’t think I even had one paid shoot. There was just no work for my size here at that time. The rest of the world was already embracing curvier models but Australia wasn’t quite there yet,” she says.
“In 2010, while on holiday with my sister in New York, I was signed to a major agency’s plus size division. I think what most people don’t really understand is that ‘plus size models’ are just anything over a size 10 and, back then, agency boards were all segregated in that way.”
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