Greetings and welcome! I am Petite Plus Model: Monique C. Gaines. My career as a model started completely by chance. After winning concert tickets during the intermission of the first Full Figured Fierce charity fashion event in 2015, I stepped out on faith and joined the ladies of Full Figured Fierce. Shortly after, I was selected to become a member of Alabama's elite plus modeling team, The Runway Killers. Soon I was named as one of the Brand Ambassadors of Full Figured Fierce.
Being a part of this team has afforded me the opportunity to become a brand ambassador for Classic Maven Boutique in Jacksonville, FL where I was able to be seen and recognized by Supermodel Cynthia Bailey. I was also selected to walk for Lane Bryant's first time showing in Huntsville, AL. I have also been recognized by New York & Company and Gabrielle Union for replicating her advertisement for New York & Company.
During my first year of modeling, I also became a member of Alabama Fashion Alliance (AFA). For my two-year stint with AFA, I met Mychael Knight of "Project Runway" and walked for several local designers and retail establishments I appeared in Alabama Fashion Week (2016,2017) and Alabama Fashion WeekEND (2017).
While I love the runway, working with various photographers has its own rewards. Most notably I had the opportunity to shoot with Rick D. Jones (whose work has been published in "VOGUE" magazine) and give real-world application to the training I received from Walk Like HER (Model and Confidence Class taught by Dionne Reeves-Grubbs) & Life of a Working Model Bootcamp (taught by Liris Crosse). I've relished the experience to step off of the runway and in front of the camera, but the fun doesn't stop there.
I am on a crusade to educate the fashion industry about the plight of the #tweenie. Some may say I am too short to model at all. Some say that I am too small to be considered "plus size" and most say that I am too big to be "standard". Buying clothes has its own hurdles when you are between sizes and heights. As a result it is my mission to make it known that #tweenies have a place in this fashion world. Sizes and heights are only numbers. But fahion truly is universal!
With a fun loving and out spoken personality, I have also been asked to host several events from the Curvy Girl Walk Off by Full Figured Fierce, Alabama Black Expo, as well as a book launch for "Beyond Existence: The Purple Passage" by Kerri Davis.
I am Monique C. Gaines, petite plus model and I'm just getting started...