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Myla Dalbesio is an American model, artist, and writer.
June 26, 1987|
Pageantry and modelingEdit
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 when she came in for a meeting at age 18.
In December 2014, Dalbesio appeared on the cover of Lady magazine, shot by Daniel Arnold. In April 2015, she was featured on the cover of Tush Magazine, photographed by Armin Morbach, followed by covers for Glamour Iceland, Madame, Lifetsyle, Suited, Feeling, and a self-portrait for P Magazine.
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.
Dalbesio has appeared in campaigns for H&M, Levis, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Coach. She was named the face and brand ambassador for Prima Donna Lingerie for years 2016 and 2017.
In 2016 Dalbesio photographed herself for a self-portrait story for the first non-nude issue of Playboy.
Dalbesio identifies herself as a "multi-disciplinary visual artist," and explains that her work "is greatly influenced by the examination of traditional and sexual femininity, mystical nature, and the place where the two meet."
In 2011, she had three performance art shows called Homecoming, Homecoming: Sophomore Year, and her Young Money exhibition. 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.
Dalbesio has exhibited her work internationally, 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". The show was lauded by critics, including gaining a glowing review by from critic Paddy Johnson.
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.
Dalbesio identifies as a feminist.
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- "What is Ode to Curves?" Prima Donna Blog November 27, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2017
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- "P Magazine" issue no. 4, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
- "About". Our Stories, Ourselves. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
- Dalbesio, Myla (February 11, 2015). "Girl on Girl: Introducing Model Myla DalBesio's Column for ELLE.com". Elle.