Myla Dalbesio is known for being one of the most popular plus size models with modeling portfolio that includes some of the best brands. Having appeared in the editorials of popular magazines such as Elle, Vogue, and Purple.
Born Name Myla Dalbesio
Nick Name Myla
Occupation Model, artist and writter
Born: June 26, 1987, 31 years and 7 months, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Sun Sign Cancer
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Blue
Height 5 ft 10½ in or 179 cm
Measurements 37-28-39 in or 94-71-99 cm
Bra Size 34C
Myla Dalbesio was enrolled at a small private art school.
She then went to the university art school for a couple of semesters.
Mother – Her mother passed away when she was young. She battled breast cancer for 5 years.
Siblings – She has a sister who runs a dance studio.
Pageantry and modeling
In 2004 16-year-old Dalbesio was crowned Miss Wisconsin Teen USA. Through the pageant she was scouted by Jeff and Mary Clarke, who tried to put her in regular-size modeling.
After being turned away by “straight-size” model agents at a scouting event in St. Louis, Missouri, at age 16, Dalbesio was eventually signed by the Ford Modeling Agency as a plus-size model (size 10), when she came in for a meeting at age 18.
She has appeared in editorials for magazines including LOVE, Purple, Vogue India, Dazed & Confused, Lui, Bon, Oyster, Twin, Viva Moda, Elle France, and Elle Italia.
In December 2014, Dalbesio appeared on the cover of Lady magazine, shot by Daniel Arnold. In April 2015, she was featured on the cover of Tush Magazine, photographed by Armin Morbach, followed by covers for Glamour Iceland, Madame, Lifetsyle, Suited, Feeling, and a self-portrait for P Magazine.
Dalbesio was selected for Calvin Klein’s “Perfectly Fit” underwear campaign in 2014. Her designation as “plus-size” caused some controversy. In an interview with Elle magazine, Dalbesio said although she was larger than previous models used in Klein campaigns, she considers herself “in-between” rather than plus sized.
In 2015, Dalbesio was placed on Models.com’s “Hot List”, a ranked category for rising stars in the modeling world, and Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 for 2015].
Dalbesio has appeared in campaigns for H&M, Levis, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Coach. She was named the face and brand ambassador for Prima Donna Lingerie for years 2016 and 2017.
In 2016 Dalbesio photographed herself for a self-portrait story for the first non-nude issue of Playboy.
Dalbesio identifies herself as a “multi-disciplinary visual artist”, and explains that her work “is greatly influenced by the examination of traditional and sexual femininity, mystical nature, and the place where the two meet.”
In 2011, she had three performance art shows, called Homecoming, Homecoming: Sophomore Year, and her Young Money exhibition. Her last performance art piece, titled Young Money, included dressing up like a stripper and covering herself in fake tanner and champagne at the Chelsea Art Walk. It was reviewed favorably by The New York Times.
Dalbesio has exhibited her work internationally, and published two books. The first, Born Rich, was published by Edition Faust in 2013, and the second, Studies of Ecstasy, was published by Melville Brand Design in 2015.
In 2016 Dalbesio curated an all-female art show for the New York-based fair SPRING/BREAK. Titled You Can Call Me Baby, the show featured artists whose work “aimed to reclaim symbols traditionally used to undermine women”. The show was lauded by critics, including gaining a glowing review by from critic Paddy Johnson.
In the December 2016 Vulture, critic Jerry Saltz included the show in his list of the 10 Best Art Shows of 2016.
Dalbesio’s photographs have appeared in magazines such as Playboy, HEARTS, 2003, and P Magazine, the latter of which included both interior and cover appearances.
In 2017 she launched a website called Our Stories, Ourselves with curator Jayne Johnson, which serves as a “non-partisan space for women to share their experiences” in video responses to weekly prompts.
Dalbesio has written short essays for a number of publications including Suited, Twin Magazine and Oyster, and wrote a regular column for Elle.com called “Girl on Girl”.
Dalbesio identifies as a feminist.
Myla is represented by
Mother Management – St Louis (Mother Agency)
Next Model Management – London
MP Mega – Miami
Francina Models – Barcelona
Next Model Management – Milan
Next Model Management – Paris
Next Model Management – New York
In 2016, she was signed up as a brand ambassador for the Prima Donna Lingerie.
In 2014, she was selected to feature in the Perfectly Fit underwear campaign launched by Calvin Klein.
She has also done endorsement work for
Abercrombie & Fitch
Myla has not appeared in a theatrical film but, was seen in a 2015 short romantic film Scratch’n’Sniff.
First TV Show
In 2006, Myla guest appeared in the talk show Droit au Coeur (Radio-Canada) as herself.
After trying various fad diets and spending hours in the gym to look normal, Myla has accepted her body and only focuses on watching her diet instead of starving and depriving herself.
Her typical diet plan is like –
Breakfast – Paleo banana bread.
Lunch – The turkey chili and soups.
Dinner – She likes to have anything she fancies.
In case, the hunger pang strikes in between meals, she has her own nut mix around in the huge mason jar. The nut mix comprises of nuts and fruits (roasted pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cranberries and white mulberries) leftover from her other recipes.
She is a big advocate of cooking healthy meals on your own and also advises drinking a lot of water.
Myla Dalbesio Favorite Things
Cheat Meal – Sour Cream and Onion Ruffles
Myla Dalbesio Facts
In 2014, Myla created a history by becoming the first model to have modeled for plus size campaigns for Calvin Klein.
She has opened up about her addiction to Speed drug during her early modeling days.
At age 16, she was named Miss Wisconsin Teen USA.
She excels behind the camera as well and is a talented photographer. In fact, she created her own piece of history by photographing herself for the first non-nude issue of Playboy. The issue was titled as How to Photograph a Woman.
Apart from being a model and photographer, she is also an accomplished visual artist with her work being exhibited all over the world. In 2016, she curated female art show by the title of You can call me Baby in New York City.
Myla has published two art books – Born Rich, which was published in 2013 and Studies of Ecstasy, which entered markets in 2015.
During the 2016 US Presidential election, she was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton.
While studying in high school, she used to teach jazz, tap, ballet and modern dances at the studio run by her sister.
She is a vocal supporter of feminism and women rights and was one of the many high-profile participants at the Women’s March held in Washington just after Donald Trump’s election as US President.
As her career progressed, she was mortified with her former beauty queen tag and even tried to find a way to get it removed from Google.
In February 2017, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue named her as one of the rookies of the year.
Official website @ myladalbesio.com.