Toccara Jones | Biography
The successful plus sized models rising in the modeling industry that idolizes skinny figured women over curvy are inspirations for curvy women all over the world. These models who don’t fit the conventional expectations of a model type body shape are empowering plus sized women all over the world. One of these successful plus sized models taking over the industry is Toccara Jones. Born on March 13, 1981, Toccara Jones is an American fashion model and television personality who rose to prominence as a thriving contestant on the popular model hunt competition, America’s Next Top Model. Following her departure from America’s Next Top Model, Toccara has gone on to become a sought after model in America.
Toccara is a graduate of Stivers School for the Arts where she studied dance and theatre. She is originally from Dayton, Ohio. The model has even been honored with a key to Middletown city in Ohio. She received the key at the Freedom Fund Gala from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Toccara starred in the second season of the reality series, The Ultimate Merger, a spin-off series to The Apprentice where she met Jason Newcome. After the series, Toccara and the model dated for a while.
Toccara was a participant on the America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 which aired on UPN from September 22 to December 15 in 2004. She remained a contestant on the reality competition until the eight episode. While on the series, she was named the Covergirl of the Week several times, also being voted the among the most popular models by AOL Entertainment. After America’s Next Top Model, she signed a contract under Wilhelmina Models and soon appeared as the cover girl on magazines like Be, Black Men, The Next Level Magazine, Black Hair, King, Braids and Plus Model Magazine. In 2008, she was also featured in the December issue of the popular Ebony Magazine. She has worked as a model with Ashley Stewart, Torrid, Avon, Target, New York and Company, and magazines like Smooth, Vibe and Essence. She has walked on the runway for shows like Third Annual Full Frontal Hip Hop Fashion Show, Rip The Runway 2, Luxe & Romance Fall in 2005, and Elle Girl’s Dare To Be You among others. In 2007, she was featured in a campaign for a plus-size clothing line by Rocawear. She popularly appeared in the Vogue Italia for its July issue. The issue featuring her photography by photograph Steven Meisel was the highest grossing issue of the magazine of all time. She was also one of the models of CoverGirl’s Cycle 11. In 2010, she had her first international modeling campaign in the UK for a clothing store. As a host, she appeared on the BET Network on Take the Cake and The Black Carpet. She has also hosted 106 & Park. She has also made appearances on The Tyra Banks Show, America’s Next Thick and Sexy Model and America’s Next Top Model: Exposed. She is also best known for her appearance on the celebrity weight loss show on VH1, Celebrity Fit Club in 2008. She was also featured on Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Club. She also appeared on the second season of The Ultimate Merger, a dating reality series.
As an actress, Toccara has appeared in a music video for I Got A Thang for You by artist Trina. She travelled all over the country as a part of the cast of The Vagina Monologues in 2009. She has a cameo appearance in Think Like A Man.
Toccara Jones has enjoyed wild success as a plus sized model and has successfully taken her career to other areas of entertainment like film and music.