Standing at 5’8”, wearing a size 26, with massive blue eyes and voluminous, curly blonde locks, Velvet D’Amour is a force. Not necessarily because she’s big. Not necessarily because she’s tall. But because she radiates passion — the kind you just don’t come across often unless you’re in an über-creative environment. D’Amour presence says she has a story; you know she’s seen and done things, and isn’t shy about sharing.
At 46, Rochester, N.Y. native D’Amour is most widely known for her modeling. She penetrated the world of haute couture fashion as not just a plus-size model, but a “super plus-size model” (someone well above the standard size 10 to 16 of plus-modeling), walking the runways of both Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano at 38 years old and 300 pounds. “It was a gift from the world,” she tells Bustle in an interview.