When did you first want to be a model? How did you two get into the industry?
Eline Lykke Nytun: Haha, to be honest, I never dreamed of being a model before I became one! There was this small contest with the local model agency in my hometown Ålesund, (Norway) where you could win a modelling contract, and a lot of girls from my school applied so my friends and I decided to as well. For me as a tomboy, it was kind of as a joke but it turned out pretty good. A few days after we applied I got a call, and I was shocked to know I was one of the 20 contestants. To my, and everyone’s surprise, I won the whole thing! My first real modelling job was at Alexander McQueen
How do you feel about the term “plus-size” model?
Eline Lykke Nytun: I don’t really use the term “Plus-Size” model on myself & other models not because I have a problem with the term, but because I don’t think our size matters that much. But if people need to have a word/term to describe a model’s proportions that’s fine with me!
The plus industry has been wildly ignored in the luxury fashion sector – how was the experience walking for a major fashion house like Alexander McQueen?
Eline Lykke Nytun: The experience walking for Alexander McQueen was absolutely amazing. I felt like a fairy-tale princess! But now after seeing how difficult it is and how much extra work it takes to make flattering clothes for curvy bodies, I do understand why the plus industry has been wildly ignored. I am extremely honored to be a part of this fantastic evolution. The fact that Alexander McQueen put not only one, but two curvy girls on the runway in Paris fashion week totally changed the game.
Did you ever feel pressure to fit within the size status quo?
Eline Lykke Nytun: No. Never. My agencies have always supported me to stay as I am if I want to and change if I want that too. I’ve been lucky and I’m happy with my body how it is.