Wednesday, August 31, 2011 11:26 PM
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Spanx and spray tanning: Plus-size models Tiffany Bank (left) and Nikki Gomez are seen getting ready for their day in New York in new TLC reality series Big Sexy
They might be on the heavier side when it comes to fashion modelling, but the stars of a new U.S. reality show Big Sexy are determined to prove that big is indeed beautiful.
Models Tiffany Bank and Nikki Gomez, stylist and bikini designer Heather Roach, stylist Leslie Medlick and make-up artist Audrey Curry are seen attempting to break into the New York fashion industry in a bid to challenge stereotypes.
But while the group are determined to change perceptions of bigger women in Manhattan, there are still some model staples they can't do without - namely control underwear and spray tanning.
Working it: On last night's episode, Nikki was seen modelling in a swimwear campaign alongside a slimmer model
Plus-size model Tiffany was seen struggling to pour her curves into a pair of Spanx, while her colleague Nikki was shown modelling in a swimwear campaign alongside a slimmer model.
Talking about the show, Tiffany said: 'People will be surprised about how relatable we all are. People assume a lot of things about plus-sized women, that we’re lazy or unhealthy, but you will see it’s not the case.
'We’re really funny and really interesting, I think people of all shapes and sizes and from all backgrounds will be able to relate to at least one of us.'
Changing perceptions: The three-part series will focus on the five women trying to break into the New York fashion industry
Splash! The women, all aged between 24 and 34, take a running jump into the swimming pool
The first episode of the three-part TLC show showed the five women - who are all aged between 24 and 34 - launch a runway swimwear show after being told they were too big to model on a 'normal' catwalk.
And Tiffany added to Fox News that it's not always easy being a plus-size model.
She added: 'I’m always in really uncomfortable situations, especially in situations when you are at a general casting where you can have plus-sized models and straight-sized models.
Model behaviour: Audrey Curry and Tiffany strut their stuff in a plus-sized swimwear runway show
Not impressed: In last night's show, the girls were seen going to a party specifically for men who love big, beautiful women
'You’re always looked at a little bit longer than everyone else, and there’s this big misconception in the industry that you don’t have to work as hard to be a professional plus-sized model.'
The group were also seen on last night's show being turned away from a Manhattan club for not being slim enough by a bouncer - who then said he would let them inside if they paid an extra $30.
And they were horrified when they went to a party specifically for men who love BBWs - big, beautiful women.
Chilling out: Bikini designer Heather Roach has a lay in the sunshine
A representative for TLC said of the new three-part show: 'They are big, they are beautiful, and they are not sitting at home waiting for life to happen.
'They know better than anyone that real women can be sexy with curves - no matter what society says.'