THREE years ago, Sharon Clawson was repeatedly told she would never become a model – branded "too fat" for her dream job.
But now the 25-year-old, who's a US size 14 (UK 18) is working for top brands including Good American – the inclusive jeans company Khloe Kardashian launched in 2018.
The model, from California, was hounded by trolls and even told she wouldn't make it in the industry by members of her family.
But the negative comments only inspired her to keep showing off her curvy body – posing for Ulta Beauty and Fabletics.
In an exclusive chat, Sharon says: “I have always wanted to be a model, but my family said it is unlikely to happen.
“I began to believe them whilst growing up as there wasn’t anyone of my size or skin tone in the media.
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‘I started studying to be a nurse at college as I believed it was more of a stable job but after four years whilst working in a restaurant.
“But in 2019, I quit both to pursue my dream. My old manager was positive I would be back as she assumed I wouldn’t make it as a model.”
Sharon signed with The BTWN agency in December 2020 and the rest is history.
She has since been the face of many cosmetic and clothing campaigns.
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She says: “This route was scary for my family but with things constantly changing I knew there was a way around my weight.
“The industry needs people like me to offer diversity.
“It’s wild because I feel more confident when I am on set with size six models.
“It is a reminder that I am on the shoot for a reason and because they want me there.
“It’s empowering. I thank the people who doubted me as they motivated me more than ever.
“I made a promise to myself that I would do what I love to do and I did it. I was meant to do this."
Sharon hopes her story inspires other women to follow their dreams.
She said: “Women shouldn’t stop pursuing their dream because of how they look.
“The importance of representation is crucial and plus size women are needed.
“I hope my story reminds people they have a purpose.
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“I spent many years feeling insecure but now I know, I can make a positive impact on other women’s life.
“I am showing women you can do anything you set your mind to.”
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