Fed up with dating frustrations as a plus-size model looking for love, America’s Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson launches an online relationship site specifically for plus-size women called The Big and The Beautiful.
Whitney Thompson, winner of the reality competition America’s Next Top Model in 2008, first decided to launch the online venture because she saw an opportunity to correct the misconceptions that many plus-size women face when navigating the dating world–in real life and online. She told the New York Post:
[When] I would [call myself] a ‘plus-sized model’… guys would expect me to be a really big girl. But if I said: “I’m a model”, [they were] disappointed that I’m bigger. Either way, I wasn’t what the guy was looking for.’
Membership to The Big and The Beautiful is priced at forty dollars per month. On the website, Thompson shares a welcome message: “I created this site for real women with real curves…looking for real pleasure. Unlike other dating sites where members feel pressured to fit a certain mold, posting older ‘flattering’ pictures or even lying on their profiles, everyone here has the freedom to be their true selves.”
And since it’s a dating site, she’s also including men as the site’s potential clients: “And guys, I don’t have to tell you this site is the best place to meet all of your needs. Spend a little time talking to these sexy ladies and I know you’ll be satisfied.”
In 2008, Thompson became the first full-figured model to have won America’s Next Top Model. She launches this business at the age of 24–so young!
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