Kumari Suraj is a published full figure model.
As a pre-teen Kumari’s body was physically developed beyond her years. Her womanly figure brought unwanted attention at a young age. As a kid she was shamed by members of her religious community. Kumari was told she was too sexy in a pair of regular pants and a tshirt and usually told to change before service. She was made to feel her body was a sin simply because she had a fuller figure than girls her age. Kumari lived in baggy clothes to cover her shape. Through her teen years she developed an unhealthy complex from a cocktail of religious hypocrisy and mainstream media saying she was too big, too voluptuous, too sexy.
Her photographer mother heard about “plus size” modeling and submitted her to an agency in Portland, Oregon. This was a temporary turn around in self-confidence for this young teen. Kumari walked a few runway shows for Sax Fifth Avenue but, soon found she was too ethnically ambiguous for casting directors to book. The industry’s ignorance towards multiracial faces and women of color struck a final blow to her self esteem. At 15 Kumari gave up modeling to focus on dance.
Kumari spent the next few years reclaiming emotional ownership of her body through the self-assurance she gained with dance, specifically the dance style Waacking. She realized she wasn’t the only “thick mixed chick” on the planet. Kumari’s push back into the curvy modeling world is based on a combination of self love, healthy confidence and understanding of religious/media stigmas on young women. Her ethnic ambiguity gives her a distinct advantage with an incredible portfolio of photos. With the nickname, “Mystique”, Kumari is truly a chameleon in front of the camera she embraces her healthy curves and exotic sex appeal.