´It’s not my size but it’s my enthusiasm, beauty and charisma that makes me shine!´
Hi, I am Linda Caffa, I’ve been working as a plussize model since I was 20. You can book me for photoshoots, runway shows (catwalk) and technical fittings. On this website you can find photos, sizes and publications of me.
In 2003 I had my first photo shoot and in the beginning I couldn’t believe that the pretty girl in the photo was me, until I realised that it is all about the way you shine and not about your size. Of course you have to feel comfortable in front of a camera and you mustn’t be shy, but if you feel good about yourself and you like to show that, people see that in your photos and size doesn’t matter anymore..
I started expanding my portfolio via TFP (Time For Pictures) photo shoots with photographers, make-up artists and stylists who wanted to develop their skills just like me. After that I visited model agencies and showed them my portfolio. And that is how I started to make a living out of modelling.
I hope to inspire and motivate people and show them that size has nothing to do with the beauty and happiness you can feel and show to others.
Kind regards, Linda Caffa
I still enjoy each assignment and I will always encourage everyone who would like to become a model just to try it. It is you who has to find out whether you feel comfortable or not in front of a camera. Have you got courage, do you feel self- confident and would you like to find out if you have got the Wow- factor, just go for it and who knows I will meet you backstage one day!
Just a few requirements and tips for girls who would like to become a plus size model:
- A good skin is a requirement to model. I drink a lot of water, clean my skin well, I use high quality skin care products (Maria Galland) and I don’t smoke or drink coffee to keep my skin healthy and beautiful.
- A lot of spare time / flexible job is also very important, because you want to say YES to all those great job requests.
- You have to be confident and really feel good about yourself because a client doesn’t pay money to make you feel at ease on set.
- You have to be tall (at least 1.75m)
- Your body has to be in proportion, this means both your upper as well as the lower part of your body need to have the same size.
- Your weight needs to be stabile (not a different size each month). So live healthy and do enough exercises to maintain your body and stay in shape.
- It is important always to look the same, so always keep the same hair colour as well as hairdo.
My last tip: You do not need really glossy photos to register at model agencies, they prefer to see a natural looking girl who shines from the inside out over very photo shopped photos or the usage of a lot of make- up.
Throughout the years I have been interviewed and I won’t bore you with all those full interviews, but I will show a few interesting parts of them.
Vrouw – News paper Telegraaf 2016: Models only eat vegetables and drink water right?
No absolutely not, well a least I don’t. Variety is what makes my lunch time special every day. Sometimes I eat a good filled chicken or pumpkin soup, a cracker or just an old fashion Dutch sandwich with old cheese for lunch.
RTL News: Do you understand that some big (-ger) women think differently and that they might be less eager to wear a bikini?
“Yes I do so that’s why I do not claim to say that every woman should wear a bikini this Summer. You have to wear things which make you feel comfortable. When standing in front of the mirror and feeling insecure, please don’t wear it and put on a swimsuit. The main thing is that you should listen to yourself and not to what others say.”
Link to (Dutch) interview
Vrouw – News paper Telegraaf 2015: My body shape
I have large breasts and wide hips, but a slim waist and I am 1.80 meters tall. So you could say I am a bloated Barbie doll; so a larger size of ‘the perfect body’.
Trendy Twente: Fashion trends
Personally I am not that trendy and fashion minded but more a basics-girl. But lately I hear that plus size women complain about the big price difference between the ‘ordinary well known shops’ like Miss Etam/Hennes Mauritz/MS Mode and the real ‘plussize boutiques’. My advice would be to combine a simple and affordable basic outfit with a real eye-catcher from a boutique.
Talkies: What kind of modeling jobs do you do?
The jobs that I get are mostly commercially focused (so let’s say, anything that needs a smile to sell it ;-)). For example: I model for new brochures and shop-posters for the stores of Dutch fashion chains like TerStal and Promiss, I wear pants for the webshop of Miss Etam, walk on the catwalk for various plussize brands, I am a technical fit model for the new collections of Hunkemöller but I also do a lot of fashion shows in shops and on fairs like the Margriet Winterfair.
People sometimes come up to me and ask if I am happy although I am overweight. But what does that have to do with it? Because of the way I was raised I know that confidence comes from inside and doesn’t have anything to do with your weight. Don’t think about what other people might think of you, just think: Here I am! If you feel good, you can see it, because then you shine.
Vrouw – News paper Telegraaf 2012: Linda as a child
I have always been big, even as a child. If you see old photos of my class and I at primary school, you see a group of really cute children and I am between them, the giant child. But I have never seen it as a problem. My father is tall and big, my mother is big and I have got both of their gens.
Yes: There must be a lot of hatred and envy, or not?
Most of the time the people are friendly at fashion shows, but there are of course girls who behave rather bitchy. Just the other day, one girl was putting some extra push up in her bra and all of a sudden she says: “Well you’ve got enough filling, haven’t you?”. Most of the time I think: Well girl, after this fashion show they will talk about me – ‘Wasn’t that great that there was a bigger girl too? – but they have forgotten all about you.”
Substitution: Guest column
On a catwalk we shouldn’t only see skinny people, but please let the apple and pear shaped people join in as well!”
Length: 1.80 cm (70,9 inch / 5″9)
Bust: 111 cm (43,7 inch)
Waist: 98 cm (38,6 inch)
Hips: 120 cm (47,2 inch)
Clothing size: 46 (14 US / 18 UK)
Shoe size: 42 (11 US / 9 UK)
Eye colour : Blue
Hair colour : Blond
Hair length: Long