Plus-size model Candice Huffine's career has been on the verge of taking off for several years now, from starring on Vogue Italia's plus-size cover in 2011 to being the first plus-size model to appear in the annual Pirelli calendar in 2015.
But if she's been on the precipice of supermodel-dom, her latest news should push that over the edge: Today, IMG Models announced that Huffine is the latest addition to their "Curve" divison. Huffine joins the prestigious agency — home to the likes of Gisele Bündchen, Kate Moss and fellow plus-size phenom Ashley Graham — from her previous agency, Muse Management. It's not only a big move for Huffine, but for IMG, who also just announced the launch of its "Brawn" division with Zach Miko, its first plus-size male model.
A rep for IMG tells Fashionista that the agency is "thrilled" to have Huffine, a model they say represents the curvy girl in high-fashion. "She really does fit in perfectly," the rep says, and Huffine couldn't agree more. We hopped on the phone with the 31-year-old model to get her take on how this move will impact the fashion industry, and what it means for the future of her career.
What was behind your decision to join IMG?
I've always admired and related to IMG's outlook on the future of fashion. You can tell by their diverse roster of talent and their board that they have the same vision that I do, and that's something that I was always drawn to, so it's just a perfect fit. I'm excited to get to work! I just love the possibility that comes with being there.
IMG just launched its Brawn division. What are your thoughts on that launch, and what it means for the industry?
I think it's an incredible sign of the times that we're in! Fashion should be for everyone, the world is made up of all different people — there's beauty in that and fashion is embracing that. You can feel that there's an understanding and appreciation for all people that's really being showcased now, so I think he's a great face and a great representation for that kind of guy — for a brawn, buff, studly dude. I mean, why not? It's great! It's exciting to see what's next.
What does this move mean for you and your career?
I do think, now more than ever, the sky's the limit for sure. I think that there's a really great opportunity to push the envelope and break through on a more mainstream level, and to encourage and inspire brands to advertise or represent different sizes, or even to extend the sizes of their current collections. There's constant work — and a voice, and a message — in showing that curvy women are chic and fashionable, and to represent that across the board in all media.
IMG represents such iconic models. What does it mean to be one of them now?
I know, it's really exciting! I'm really proud to be on the board with all those girls. I'm hopeful to have a similar career, I'm excited to see what's next. The best part of this industry is the uncertainty of what's next — there's always an incredible surprise around the corner. I think today is representative of that in this awesome announcement. With all the positive change that's going on, I know that we're on the brink of something huge, and that's what I want for myself. I'm ready to breakout and break through!