Plus-size model clinches deal to write book for 'curvy' girls
A MOTHER who halved in size -- from 28 stone down to 14 -- has taken the Irish modelling world by storm and landed a 'curvy girl' book deal.
Mum-of-three Vicki Maloney (34), from Ballytore, Co Kildare, said her life had "completely turned around" since she entered a modelling competition a year ago.
"I didn't win, I came second in the Simply Be model search but within days I was modelling on 'Xpose'," she said.
Former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche recently signed Vicki up as a plus-size model with her new agency. The size 16-18 model is now a regular on 'Ireland AM' and 'Off the Rails', as well as being booked for fashion shows and photoshoots.
"The big surprise came when Blackwater Press asked me to write a book," she told the Irish Independent.
"Myself and my friend, Anna Carroll Brown, were blogging about where curvy women can buy clothes and they invited us to write a book giving advice. The working title is 'Curvilicious, The Curvy Girl's Guide to Looking and Feeling Delicious'."
A single mum, Vicki had surgery for a gastric band after she hit 28 stone at 28 years of age. A year and a half after going to the Weight Management Clinic in Loughlinstown, she had a gastric band inserted in 2005 and dropped to 14 stone within 12 months.
"I had gained a pound a month, that's a stone a year, which is very easy to do. When you're 28 and you're 28 stone it's horrific. I was the girl who sat at home and did not go out shopping because people looked at me from the head down and said, 'my God, look at the size of her'. It absolutely kills your confidence, you feel so low in yourself."
As the search was launched to find the 2012 'face of Simply Be', a successor to artist Karen Forde from Mayo, Vicki said her confidence had risen like a star over the last 12 months.
"If I'm being honest, it can be terrifying as a bigger girl in the modelling world full of skinnies. It can be intimidating, but I'm an incredibly confident curvy girl since I entered a competition on a whim. I still have weight on my tummy but nobody's perfect. This is the way I am, take it or leave it."