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Myla Dalbesio (born June 26, 1987, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is an American model, artist, and writer.[2]

Myla Dalbesio
Born (1987-06-26) June 26, 1987 (age 31)
Modeling information
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBlue-green



Pageantry and modelingEdit

In 2004 16-year-old Dalbesio was crowned Miss Wisconsin Teen USA.[3] Through the pageant she was scouted by Jeff and Mary Clarke, who tried to put her in regular-size modeling.[4]

After being turned away by "straight-size" model agents at a scouting event in St. Louis, Missouri, at age 16, Dalbesio was eventually signed by the Ford Modeling Agency as a plus-size model (size 10), when she came in for a meeting at age 18.[5]

She has appeared in editorials for magazines including LOVE, Purple, Vogue India, Dazed & Confused, Lui, Bon, Oyster, Twin, Viva Moda, Elle France, and Elle Italia.

In December 2014, Dalbesio appeared on the cover of Lady magazine, shot by Daniel Arnold.[citation needed] In April 2015, she was featured on the cover of Tush Magazine, photographed by Armin Morbach,[6] followed by covers for Glamour Iceland, Madame, Lifetsyle, Suited, Feeling, and a self-portrait for P Magazine.[citation needed]

Dalbesio was selected for Calvin Klein's "Perfectly Fit" underwear campaign in 2014. Her designation as "plus-size" caused some controversy. In an interview with Elle magazine, Dalbesio said although she was larger than previous models used in Klein campaigns, she considers herself "in-between" rather than plus sized.[7]

In 2015, Dalbesio was placed on's "Hot List", and Maxim magazine's Hot 100 for 2015.[8]

Dalbesio has appeared in campaigns for H&M, Levis,[citation needed] Abercrombie & Fitch,[9] and Coach.[citation needed] She was named the face and brand ambassador for Prima Donna Lingerie for years 2016 and 2017.[10]

In 2016 Dalbesio photographed herself for a self-portrait story for the first non-nude issue of Playboy.[11]


In 2011, she had three performance art shows, called Homecoming, Homecoming: Sophomore Year, and her Young Money exhibition.[12] Her last performance art piece, titled Young Money, included dressing up like a stripper and covering herself in fake tanner and champagne at the Chelsea Art Walk. It was reviewed favorably by The New York Times.[13]

Dalbesio has exhibited her work internationally,[citation needed] and published two books. The first, Born Rich, was published by Edition Faust in 2013, and the second, Studies of Ecstasy, was published by Melville Brand Design in 2015.

In 2016 Dalbesio curated an all-female art show for the New York-based fair SPRING/BREAK. Titled You Can Call Me Baby, the show featured artists whose work "aimed to reclaim symbols traditionally used to undermine women".[14] The show was lauded by critics,[15][16] including gaining a glowing review by from critic Paddy Johnson.[17]

In the December 2016 Vulture, critic Jerry Saltz included the show in his list of the 10 Best Art Shows of 2016.[18]

Dalbesio's photographs have appeared in magazines such as Playboy,[19] HEARTS, 2003, and P Magazine,[20] the latter of which included both interior and cover appearances.

In 2017 she launched a website called Our Stories, Ourselves with curator Jayne Johnson, which serves as a "non-partisan space for women to share their experiences" in video responses to weekly prompts.[21]


Dalbesio has written short essays for a number of publications including Suited, Twin Magazine and Oyster,[citation needed] and wrote a regular column for called "Girl on Girl".[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Dalbesio identifies as a feminist.[15] She married Nathan Hageman in 2018.[23]


  1. ^ "Myla Dalbesio - Model".
  2. ^ "An Ambitious Calvin Klein Model Sets Her Sights on the Art World". W.
  3. ^ "Blast from the Past: Myla DalBesio, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2004". Pageant Cast. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  4. ^ Chernikoff, Leah. "Meet Ford Model and Performance Artist Myla Dalbesio: Is She the Next Crystal Renn?". Fashionista. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff (October 22, 2014). "Calvin Klein's New Model Opens Up About Battling Her Weight Obsession". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved November 9, 2014. Size 8 is "within the range that the modelling world calls an 'in betweenie' – not big enough for plus size, but not skinny enough for designers' runway shows."
  6. ^ "Tush Spring 2015 Covers". Tush. 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  7. ^ Swash, Rosie (November 10, 2014). "Calvin Klein Ads Featuring 'Plus Size' Model Myla Dalbesio Ignite Online Debate". The Guardian. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Hot 100 for 2015"]. Maxim.
  9. ^ McCall, Tyler (September 1, 2016). "Here's a First Look at the New Abercrombie & Fitch". Abercrombie & Fitch.
  10. ^ "What Is Ode to Curves?" Prima Donna Blog November 27, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2017
  11. ^ "Myla Dalbesio Knows the Perfect Way to Photograph Women". Playboy. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  12. ^ Barna, Ben. "Artist and Model Myla Dalbesio Confesses Her Sins". Bullet Media. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  13. ^ Wright, Io Tillett. "Notes From the Underground | Myla Dalbesio". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  14. ^ Dazed (March 2, 2016). "Why are people still shocked by female sexuality?". Dazed. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  15. ^ a b Okwodu, Janelle (March 21, 2016). "Myla Dalbesio Is Starting a Revolution". Vogue.
  16. ^ DeBrincat, A.M.; Thornton, Johnny (March 2016). "ROLL CALL: HIGHLIGHTS FROM SPRING/BREAK 2016". ArtFile Magazine.
  17. ^ Johnson, Paddy (March 7, 2016). "The Artist-Centric Movement has its Milestone Moment: SPRING/BREAK". Art F City.
  18. ^ Saltz, Jerry (December 2016). "10 Best Art Shows of 2016". Vulture.
  19. ^ "Myla Dalbesio Knows the Perfect Way to Photograph Women". Playboy. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  20. ^ "P Magazine" issue no. 4, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  21. ^ "About". Our Stories, Ourselves. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  22. ^ "Girl on Girl: Introducing Model Myla DalBesio's Column for". Elle.
  23. ^ Chen, Joyce (August 15, 2018). "Model Myla Dalbesio Honored Her Late Mother With a Lavender Wedding Dress: See the Photos". The Knot News. Retrieved May 27, 2019.

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