Terra Brister Is Making the Mid-Size Model Movement Her Mission

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When you have your feet on two very different (in-between) sides or sizes of an industry, such as modeling, how difficult is it to find your place in it?

It has definitely been a struggle for me being in-between sizes in the modeling industry. I have been told time and time again that I would book consistently if only I would gain 30 pounds and be a true plus size girl. I am very happy with the size that I’m currently at now and want to pave the way for the in-betweeners like myself.

I am a firm believer in always pushing yourself pass your limits and going after what you want, no matter how difficult it may seem to attain it. I truly believe that there is a market for the in-betweeners and will do whatever it takes to get in front of the right people.

Have you ever or do you now struggle with body image? Why do you think that is such a common and difficult struggle amongst women?

Yes, I have struggled with body image issues in my past. Modeling gave me back the confidence that I had been lacking for so long. The industry gave me purpose and has driven me to be the voice for all women that have struggled or are currently struggling with body image and self esteem issues.

I believe it’s a common struggle because, society has placed certain standards on how we should look. Social media is such a great way to connect and market, but also has negative factors as well. A lot of what we see on social media isn’t real and images are constantly being altered to make it appear “perfect” so to speak.

I feel that women should focus on their own self-love and what really makes them happy, for it looks different for each and every one of us. 

Photographed by TheKlark.org

Why do you believe it is important for women of different heights, curves, and waist sizes to see themselves represented in digital or printed media as well as television and movies?

I believe it’s important because, we should not be categorized by one size or shape. We all look completely different and that’s the beauty of being human. The saying goes, “if we were all the same, life would get pretty boring”, and I completely believe that.

Variety is so important when it comes to media, television, and movies. It should not be a “one size fits all” because quite honestly, it does not accurately describe women as a whole. We are all different and that’s what makes us beautiful. 

What would be your words of encouragement to some young girl or lady out there who needs words to uplift her about her appearance and finding her place in any industry, or in this world?

I would tell her that she is beautiful exactly the way she is right now. It’s totally okay to want to better yourself, whether that be by dieting and/or exercising, but that it truly is a journey of self-love and discovering who you really are. 

Beauty starts with confidence first and foremost and I’m a firm believer in working on your mentality before anything else. That’s where self-acceptance begins. We all have doubt about ourselves and all have things that we want to change. I’ve never met a person that was 100% satisfied with their looks and that’s okay! It’s part of being human. But we have to accept and love ourselves exactly how we are in this moment or else we will never be satisfied, no matter the changes we make to our bodies. 

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