beautiful and talented: denise bidot on modeling, motherhood and changing what beauty means

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beautiful and talented: denise bidot on modeling, motherhood and changing what beauty means

  • What are your thoughts on the DREAM Act?

    Being that I am from Puerto Rico, I am thankful that I am a born citizen. The DREAM Act to me, is almost a double edge sword, because on one hand it's wonderful that these kids get the opportunity to live here legally with either going to university or serving in the military, but on the other hand, it encourages illegal aliens to bring their children. It's a hard choice but I do think that the DREAM Act will do more good than harm.
  • What’s more important: to understand or to be understood?

    I think to understand is more important. If you understand that you won't always be understood then life won't be disappointing. I love the career I have because I have the ability to travel and learn culture to further gain understanding of life.
  • What do you feel is your most important accomplishment to date?

    Being a mom is the biggest accomplishment to date. It's amazing to show her that dreams come true and I strive daily to change the ideal of beauty so that she grows up secure and feeling perfect.
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  • What advice do you have for young women of color considering careers in modeling?

    I want everyone to know that all they have to do it believe and anything is possible. Also that rejection is a part of our business and not to take the no's personally. Be nice to people and enjoy the roller coaster that is a life in fashion because it's wonderful.
  • Do you feel like plus size models like yourself are changing what “beauty” means in the U.S.? How?

    Growing up I didn't really relate to anyone in the media. It wasn't until Jennifer Lopez came out, that I finally thought it was beautiful to have curves. I want to show girls everywhere that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. I truly believe that being a size 2 doesn't make you beautiful and everyone should just be the size that is healthy for them.
  • Did you encounter plus-sized models in magazines growing up?

    I don't remember seeing any plus size women growing up. But when I did start noticing, it was faces like Emme, Barbara Brinker, then it was Crystal Renn and Tara Lynn who inspired me to really give 100% to my modeling.
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  • How did you get your start in the modeling business?

    At the age of 18 I moved to Los Angeles from Miami thinking I'd be a Hollywood actress instantly. Then I realized that work was harder to find as a curvy young lady and so I attended makeup school hoping to at least stay involved even if it was in the background. I was scouted while doing makeup for a photoshoot. I had no idea plus size modeling even existed and so I did small jobs not fully grasping the magnitude of the possibility. Through modeling, I gained a certain confidence and appreciation for my body. I started studying the models that were out there and soon my passion evolved. Fashion is a form of art and it's an honor to be able a part of this magical world.
  • Puerto Rican model Denise Bidot shares with us about her most important accomplishment, how she became a model and her thoughts about the DREAM act.
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