Model Behavior. Hunter McGrady is a third-generation model who is killing it…and she’s doing it with kindness and compassion. We were witness to her beautiful vibes during her photo shoot for Story + Rain. One of Hunter’s missions is to help nurture women of all body types. The fresh-faced blonde grew up in the mountains of Malibu and has Icelandic roots. Her mother was personally mentored by modeling industry icon Wilhelmina Cooper. Currently a size 18, Hunter is the curviest model to be featured in Sports Illustrated’s famed Swimsuit Issue, for four years and counting. Her size has changed over the years, and she embraces it. An impressive accomplishment for someone under 30, last year she released her size-inclusive line for QVC. Recently married, Hunter has worked with brands like The Knot to help dispel the common practice of a woman shedding weight for her wedding day. A social media influencer and a brand ambassador, Hunter works with big brands like Olay, Revlon, and Amazon. During our talk we ask Hunter about how her mother prepared her for the business. We discuss the pivotal moment that caused her to take a break, when she was turned away from a photo shoot because of her size. We also discuss her tried and true practice of daily affirmations, and her relationship with anxiety and depression. We asked her about the details of her experience with and the inner workings of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. We get into the treatment that "plus" and curve models receive in the industry, and how she’s navigated that landscape. We needed to get the scoop on how she met her husband on Snapchat. You’ll hear all about her line and her work with QVC. Hunter discusses what it’s like being a brand ambassador, and how she became a social media influencer. We tapped her for the items she loves, the reasons why.
“She used to always say, talking about your body and your weight is so boring. It's the least interesting thing to talk about. It's the least interesting thing about you. That's the mindset I grew up with.” - Hunter McGrady