“THERE IS NO WRONG WAY TO BE A WOMAN” DENISE BIDOT
Denise Bidot, the size 14, Puerto Rican and Kuwait, international plus-size model, TV personality, the voice and advocate for curvy women, and self-love, can be recognized for her groundbreaking movements within the Fashion Industry.
Her work for straight- and plus-size brands such as Forever 21, Macys, Target, Old Navy, Nordstrom, Kohls, Lane Bryant, Levis and as the face of the Danish brand, Zizzi Clothing, has positioned her to be a leading figure for all women of different sizes.
During New York Fashion Week 2014 (September), Denise broke many barriers by becoming the first plus-size model to walk two runways for straight-size brands, CHROMAT and Serena Williams’ HSN fashion line. Denise was personally selected by Serena Williams to be the only plus-size model to walk in her show. At the Serena Williams fashion show, Denise experienced a surreal moment when fashion innovator, Anna Wintour of Vogue Magazine, praised her presence at the show and runway. This was a moment that truly symbolized the change of integrating plus-size within a straight-size brand; a movement Denise has been leading the way with others.
In addition, before NYFW 2014, Denise was the face of Copenhagen’s 2014 Fashion Week, where she closed the week by walking for the brand, Zizzi Clothing. Although she has participated in Copenhagen’s Fashion Week for three years in a row, this was her first debut as a leading model to close the week and show. After receiving great momentum from the fashion and consumer press for her accomplishments during Copenhagen and NYFW, Denise was invited to walk London’s 2014 Fashion Week for the first time.
She walked the runway for the plus-size brand, Evans.
Denise has traveled the world as a plus-size model and has made herself well-known as a role model, and television personality. This leading lady was a part of Jennifer Lopez’s TV network, NUVOtv’s, “Curvy Girls,” which showcased her life as a curvy woman and model. In addition, Denise’s life was profiled in HBO’s “Habla Women,” with other empowering stories of Latinas which includes actress, Gina Rodriguez, Cosmopolitan For Latinas Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Michelle Herrera Mulligan, and female boxer, Marlen Esparza. Denise was also featured as a single mom on the web series with Yahoo! En Español titled “Mama vs. Mama.” On the show, she conducted fun DIY projects and shared parenting tips with fellow latin TV personality, Isolda Peguero.
As a child, Denise was active in theater and acting throughout her childhood and right upon graduating high school. At the age of 18, she decided to move to Los Angeles to further pursue her dreams of being an actor. But after a few failed attempts at acting auditions, Denise realized that she needed a backup plan. That led Denise to enroll in makeup school at Studio Makeup Academy in Hollywood, CA and before she knew it, she was doing freelance makeup on photo-shoots and films.
While doing a segment on the Tyra Banks Show about self-image, Denise met a plus- size who asked if she would do makeup for an upcoming job she had. Always eager to work, Denise accepted and it was at that shoot that she met the photographer that would change her life. Denise went to the shoot, with no expectations, other than networking, and while there, the photographer asked if Denise had ever considered modeling. Up until that point Denise had virtually no knowledge of the Plus Modeling world. But with a “why not,” kind of attitude, Denise agreed to do a test shoot with her, figuring she had nothing to loose. Unknowing to Denise, the photographer posted the images from the shoot on a well-known bulletin board and the photos generated a huge response – enough to make Denise want to explore the new possible career path. Within no time, Denise was getting approached by clients asking her to model for their clothing lines, and shortly after she became a part of a well-known modeling agency and moved to New York.
Currently, she is represented by Muse Models in NYC and is one of the most recognizable plus-size models and house-hold names in the world. Beauty to Denise is seen through all shapes and sizes. With her position as a relatable infuencer, she is focused to continue spreading the message of self-love and confidence. As a single mom to her little one, Joselyn, Denise aspires to continue to focus on spreading the message of “being you is what defines real beauty.”