Crystal Renn isn’t the only (as Tyra would say) “fiercely real” model who’s making waves in this industry: 20-year-old Marquita Pring is well on her way into the mainstream. The charming, upbeat athlete spent the majority of her childhood playing every sport her mom could sign her up for. It was that kind of dedication that secured the native New Yorker face time with photographer Solve Sundsbo in 2009. Sundsbo shot Pring for V magazine’s much-publicized “Plus Size” issue last year, which emphasized her gorgeous size 14 curves. During the spring 2011 collections, Jean Paul Gaultier booked Pring to walk in his Paris show alongside the likes of Coco Rocha and Karlie Kloss. These days, Pring is well beyond being pigeonholed as just a “plus size” face: She’s also one of the current faces of Levi’s and modeled in Joy Cioci’s debut presentation this past New York Fashion Week.
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