Kris Humphries' sister Kaela on why she quit her day job to become a full-time plus-size model
17:59 GMT, 23 May 2012
18:31 GMT, 23 May 2012
Kim Kardashian's former sister-in-law, Kaela Humphries, has revealed why she quit her career as a medical sales rep to pursue plus-size modelling.
The 29-year-old sister of NBA star Kris Humphries moved to New York from Minnesota in March, after she signed on to Ford Model's plus-size division.
As the new face of Limited's Eloquii line, she told People magazine: 'I didn't know about plus-size modeling, or that you could make a career out of it!'
New life: The 29-year-old sister of NBA star Kris Humphries moved to New York from Minnesota in March, after she signed on to Ford Model's plus-size division
After a photographer saw Miss Humphries' picture, saying she had 'pretty eyes,' she decided to 'go for gold' with full-time modelling.
Shortly after, she booked shoots with both Nordstrom and Kohl's.
Miss Humphries, who attended college on a full sporting scholarship, said when she retired from swimming to focus on modelling she went up three dress sizes.
Standing at 5'11, she admits she recently lost 40lbs to fit the preferred U.S. size 16 of the plus-size modelling industry.
Model moment: Ms Humphries is the new face of Limited's Eloquii line, and admitted to gaining three dress sizes after she quit swimming every day to focus on modelling
'It's competitive out there there,' she explained.
Ms Humphries says she avoids carbs after 8pm and works out twice a day for up to two hours, but still indulges in treats every now and again.
She said: 'Even if I am a plus-size model, I have to be in the best shape for me.'
'And I'll have the hamburger,' she added, 'But I should probably say I'm getting a salad.'
It's in the family: Kim Kardashian (left) was married to NBA star Kris Humphries (middle) for 72 days, which helped Ms Humpries (right) land her first modelling break
Ford is confident she will follow in the steps of Crystal Renn and Ashley Graham, saying in a statement: 'A true size 16-18, Kaela will be in a league of her own.'
Ms Humphries became a household name after her brother married reality TV personality Kim Kardashian on in 2011.
Before it was announced that Ms Kardashian filed for divorce from Mr Humphries after 72 days of marriage, Ms Humphries appeared on Kim & Kourtney Take New York.