Here’s what Chevaughn had to say in our interview with her!
When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion model and why?
To be honest I kind of fell into it actually. About 10 years ago I was approached to audition for an Essence fashion show and was selected, and from there I caught the bug to model and have been doing it ever since!
Is there anything that you dislike about modeling?
The only thing I dislike about modeling is the fact that plus size models seem to have to work twice as hard as straight models in order to get noticed or recognized. The plus size industry is looked at differently in the fashion world. Although we have made some major strides over the last 10 years, we still have some ways to go until we are looked at equally. I do believe that there is a strong movement happening and one day we will be considered an unstoppable force in fashion and modeling industry.
Now, you’re not originally from California, so tell us where you’re from and what brought you here?
I’m originally from Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. I say I’m from both cities because I grew up in both places and consider both to be my hometowns. For some reason I always knew I would end up here. I went to school in New York City and studied acting and musical theater but I knew that I would venture out west one day to pursue acting. It wasn’t till 10 years ago though that I included wanting to pursue modeling out here as well.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy dancing, reading, traveling, shopping, singing in my church choir, and volunteering just to name a few.
Do you have any advice for aspiring fashion models?
The advice I would give to aspiring plus size models is that if this is something you truly want to do, you have to love, respect and believe in yourself first and foremost. This can be a difficult industry to be in since we are plus size. So you really have to have a strong foundation of knowing who and what you are and not wavering from it. In addition, having self-confidence and a great attitude is a must while remaining humble. You have to have faith and persistence, never let rejection or disappointment bring you down. You have to keep going no matter what and let the desire and passion for modeling lead the way!
What are some of your favorite fashion trends currently?
Even though I never thought I would say this… I actually love the 80’s style that’s back in. The off the shoulder tops paired with leggings or jeggings and heels is a very cute and comfortable look.
Do you have an article of clothing that you absolutely cannot live without?
As cliché as it may sound… I could not live without jeans! I have over 20 pair! All different styles! I absolutely love jeans because they are so versatile. You can dress them up or down, however way you want! To me they are the perfect article of clothing!
What can we expect for you in the future and where can we find you on the web?
This summer, I plan to be involved in more fashion shows with local designers as well as doing more print work. You can find me on the web at http://www.modelmayhem.com/chevaughnfruge .