Meet the plus-size model who posed for Rihanna’s lingerie brand: 'I couldn’t believe they actually wanted me'
When representatives of Rihanna's lingerie brand asked Steven Green for a modeling opportunity, he thought it was a fluke.
"I assumed this was just a mistake and I wouldn't hear from you again," the plus-size model, also known as Steven G, told In The Know. "I was down to earth. I couldn't believe that they actually wanted me to model for them."
And they did. Green posed for photos for a Savage X Fenty collection, and the rest is history.
On October 2nd, the Internet took notice of its presence on the brand's website - and the high visibility of a plus-size model was immediately noticeable.
Countless commentators raved about how nice it was to finally feel "seen" - and to thirst a little for him.
"Never in my adult life have I seen a male model with a body similar to mine," said a Twitter user. "I feel... Almost emotional? As if I can finally buy something that I have seen and want and know that it was made for people like me."
"I want you to respectfully throw me through the wall," wrote one Instagram user.
Green was exceptionally humble about his newfound fame.
"Never in a million years would I have considered myself a sex symbol, but seeing the answers definitely confirmed that my size wasn't a big factor," he told In The Know. "Of course, with the positives, there are always those negative and ignorant people who express their opinions, which in turn highlights some very problematic problems within society."
His response to critics who said the brand promotes an unhealthy lifestyle has been succinct.
"Health has no size," he said. "We all have different builds and our own body types."
The model has long had an eye for the creative side of things. He is a fashion photographer and creative director who has been in the game for nearly a decade.
When Green began to showcase his wardrobe styling services on his Instagram, he caught the attention of Boy Scouts trying to find him after auditions. His experience as a photographer gave him an advantage as he knew what they were looking for.
"If all these scouts get in touch, there must be something about this modeling thing for me as a bigger man," he told In The Know.
He didn't get any of the first castings, but that inspired him to take matters into his own hands and turn to agencies that are the saw for curve and muscle power models. Weeks later he signed a contract.
"I was frankly speechless. I couldn't believe this was actually happening," he said.
The COVID-19 restrictions came in immediately after his big hiatus, but he continued to create content in his own photo studio with a little help from his wife Jasmine Green who took a lot of his photos.
Days before his big Savage X Fenty shoot, Green admits he's got "super nervous".
"This was my very first modeling gig and I would be shirtless in underwear," he told In The Know. "I've literally never been online shirtless in my life and to break the ice I have to be shirtless for the whole world to see. That's pressure!"
He said knowing that he was working with Riahnna's brand and how "innovative, talented and really authentic" they were helped him get through the shoot - which again went smoothly.
"One thing about the Savage team that I loved is that it was very diverse," he said. "That spoke volumes to me and honestly made me ten times more comfortable."
Rihanna did it again - and this time around, she gave us a plus-size style icon in Steven G that we hope will blow up our social media feeds in the future.
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