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Plus model Katie Wijas interviewed by Sydney's Closet

Meet Model Katie Wijas

Updated: October 16, 2020

Model Katie Wijas rocking TE1620 in navy plus size prom dress by Sydney's Closet & Tease Prom

Background Information

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Shoot: 2016 Prom Collection
Shoot Date: July 1-2, 2015
Shoot Location: Dallas, Texas

Finish this statement: I never leave the house without (give 3 things)...
My iPod, Amber oil perfume and wallet!

What's the one favorite item in your closet that you could never be persuaded to give away? Why?
My University of Kentucky baseball jersey we made for my brother. He pitched for the baseball team for 4 years and it was a great time for our family.  

What do you wear when you dress to impress?
Skinny jeans, booties and flowy top. I feel most confident in that.

Finish this statement: When I want to stop traffic I wear...
A dress and heels. I rarely wear either but when I do people are surprised

katie Wijas modeling for Kohl's


How did you get started as a plus size model?

I just left the first university I attended and was at a junior college figuring out my next move and I thought why not try modeling? I was always told I had model hair and model height. So I sent my pictures to Dorothy Combs and she called me the next day to sign me and the rest is history :)






Updated: Katie is no longer with Dorothy Combs. She is now represented by: @fordmodels@omodelsagency@option_models

Finish this sentence: If I could live anywhere, home would be...
Anywhere my family and friends are. I don't think home is a place but a feeling. And anywhere they are is where I want to be.

What is your go-to comfort food?
I love chicken nuggets and fries. There is no wrong time to have them. Easily the best food ever.

Katie Wijas with our 2016 Tease Prom Catalog

Tell us about the Charity of your choice. Why did you choose this organization? 
The American Brain Tumor Association. My cousin Mick was diagnosed with a brain tumor almost 10 years ago and they have helped him and his family so much. We do the Brain Tumor Walk together every year and it's a great way to bring everyone together and raise awareness. 

If I could spend an hour with any Celebrity, who would it be and why?
Demi Lovato. I would spend an hour with her because I can relate to a lot of the things she's been though and I think she's beyond talented. I would love to know how she came up on top and how she dealt with all that she did.

What fashion trends are you obsessing over right now?
Ilove boho fashion. I love flowy tops, flowy dresses, over sized sweaters, jean shorts. All of that - I really love Free People.

Katie Wijas

Want to know more? Find Katie on social media:
Instagram: @katiewijas
Twitter: @Kawijas