Liris Crosse, dubbed “The “Body” and “The Naomi Campbell of Plus” is a model/actress and pioneer in the fashion industry for full-figured and African American women pushing curvy women into mainstream fashion! She has graced magazines from American Vogue, Essence, British Cosmopolitan to Vibe as well as been featured in store campaigns for Lane Bryant and Ashley Stewart. Liris was named one of the “Top Ten Plus Models” in the industry by Vibe Vixen Magazine, the Huffington Post’s “Top Ten Most Popular Plus Models” and Dose.com named her one of the “Top 20 Models Destroying Traditional Beauty Standards”! Liris also made her mark in the video vixen market hailed one of the Eye Candy Models of the decade by XXL Magazine.
In 2013 in her home state of Maryland, Liris was presented with the Plus Print Model of the Year Award at the Fashion Awards MD as well as the Fashion 500 Award from The Block Association. The following year, she graced the first Black issue of Plus Model Magazine. Liris sashayed the runway for New York’s Full Figured Fashion Week and took her runway reign to British Plus Size Fashion Weekend in the UK and Plus Size Fashion Days in Germany. Her popularity there led to being selected as the cover model for Daily Venus Diva, Plus Model and Volup2 magazines. It was that same year Liris launched her Life of a Working Model Boot Camp which offers numerous classes to provide new generation of models with tips and strategies on how to break into the fashion industry and maintain and improve their craft. It has been successful series that has assisted women in signing with major agencies, modeling in high-level runway shows and gaining self-confidence and direction.
In addition to modeling, Liris has added several acting credits to her long resume. She appeared in the films “The Best Man”, “Baby Boy” and on television series “The Wire” and Law & Order SVU.
In 2015, Liris became the first Black model to race the Goddess Lingerie campaign. That same year, she was one of a few models selected to walk the runway for reality TV competition, Project Runway’s, first ever plus size collection at New York Fashion Week. That honor was followed by being chosen as one of the models for the show’s first season to include plus size models for the weekly competition premiering in August 2017. In November 2017, Liris was named one of the two model winners of Project Runway to be featured in Marie Claire magazine, a first for plus models. She is currently the curvy ambassador for mega bridal retailer, Maggie Sottero Designs, breaking size and racial standards in that market. Liris became the first plus model to walk Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week with them!
In 2016, Liris discovered a new gift in motivational speaking. She served as the feature speaker at the Flawless Conference in Washington, DC and the Softer Side Seminars in Pittsburgh. In 2017 she added a new cities to her Life of a Working Model Boot Camp tour(Huntsville, Baltimore, St Louis), was named Full-Figured Fashion Week’s Model of the Year and was a featured guest on the Steve Harvey talk show discussing curvy confidence and spreading it to 15 women who she helped inspire to love themselves. She has since keynoted at Harvard University for AOCC, Princeton University for At The Well Conference and has just been tapped to speak at EssenceFest this summer in New Orleans for the Essence Beauty Carnival.
Liris is the embodiment of her motto, “If you can think it, you can do it”. She’s proven that anyone can make their dreams come true and is passionate about encouraging and motivating others to do so. As her career continues to move forward whether through modeling, acting or mentoring, Liris Crosse is definitely one to watch! Liris is signed to Dorothy Combs Models in the USA & IMM Models in the UK.