Earlier this month, news of the Plus Academy opening its doors beyond New York was announced as The Plus Academy branched into five different cities. Today, I am excited and honored to announce that the first West Coast Plus Academy Chapter is coming! The Plus Academy Bay Area is on its way!!!
So what is the Plus Academy?
Since 1999, The Plus Academy has provided unsurpassed training and guidance, helping to launch the careers of several plus models, many of whom have appeared in print ads, runway showcases, television programs, online magazines, designer showcases, pageants and more. They have also offered a variety of personal development and lifestyle workshops for plus size women and pre-teenagers.
Gwen has expanded her Academy to reach plus size women on a regional level. Workshops will be taught by a team of professionals who are experienced in the plus size market and in conducting workshops associated with issues affecting plus size models.
â€œI am delighted to announce the openings of several Plus Academy programs across the nationâ€¦â€ beams Gwen DeVoe. â€œâ€¦aspiring plus models need a place where they can get credible training in an industry that is already very tough to maneuver. We pride ourselves on being the number one resource for all things related to the plus modeling industry.â€
What will the Plus Academy provide?
The Plus Academy provides the aspiring plus size model a formal introduction into the Plus Size Modeling Industry, with formal classes, instruction, leadership, and training about the ins and outs of plus size modeling. From runway, fit modeling, the business of plus size, and posing, the Plus Academy will address the multiple facets of modeling for the plus size model.
Former student and plus model Shanta Washington feels that her training at The Academy was essential to her growth as a model. â€œThe Plus Academy served as the gateway to success AND self acceptance for me at a pivotal time in my lifeâ€¦â€ Shanta reflects. â€œThe Academy was the greatest starting point for me as an aspiring model while at the same time, the instructors and volunteers helped me to become in touch with my inner selfâ€¦they taught me self acceptance on another level. I would never trade my experiences and the knowledge gained through The Plus Academy and the Director, Gwen DeVoe for anything in the worldâ€¦I owe my career to it!â€ Shanta has gone on to appear in several magazines, including Essence.
For more information regarding the Plus Academy Bay Areaâ€™s open house dates and Plus Academy locations across the country, please visitÂ The Plus Academy Fan Page on Facebook or email the regional director, Marie Denee at PlusAcademyBayArea@gmail.com.