Melinda Parrish began modeling at the age of 16 in Columbus, OH. After deciding to take a break from modeling to pursue a college education, she attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 2007, and was commissioned as a Naval Officer. Due to a back injury requiring multiple surgeries, she was medically discharged from the US Navy in 2008. For the next 7 years, she pursued a career as a Communications Consultant working with a variety of commercial, nonprofit, and government entities in the Washington, D.C. area.
In 2014, Melinda signed with TRUE Model Management in New York City as a Plus Size Model. In 2015, she signed with Brigitte Modelsin the EU. In 2016, she signed with Ford Models Chicago and Miami, as well as Le Management. She has worked with Jockey RealFit Bras, Lane Bryant, Gwynnie Bee, Rachel Roy swimwear, and Danskin, among other brands. She has appeared on the Wendy Williams show, as well as in Romper.com, Bustle.com, SELF.com, Curva Magazine, and Plus Model Magazine. In addition to modeling, she is a blogger for the Huffington Post, a contributing writer for Women’s Running and Gaiam Life, and is currently working on a book on body positivity related to her hashtag, #healthyatanysize..
Because of her life experience, Melinda created the #healthyatanysize community for women to connect and receive support in embracing their bodies as they are, and showing their bodies love through movement. Melinda is committed to developing content that encourages women to transform their relationships with their bodies in order to become the women that they want to be in all aspects of their lives.
In addition to her work as a Plus Size Model and a Body Positivity Advocate, Melinda also works with United Village Transformation, a nonprofit organization committed to creating opportunity for women and children in the developing world. Melinda is based in Washington, D.C. but works primarily out of New York City for fashion bookings.
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