‘Big and tall’ Hamilton model Kyle Andrew helps change men’s fashion industry

At six foot seven inches and about 215 pounds, Hamilton-based model Kyle Andrew had a tough time breaking into the fashion industry in his early 20s.

The standard sample sizes of clothing used at fashion shoots and shows were too small for his tall frame and, although he had an agent, he had to walk away from the business.

“I was in great shape at the time but I just didn’t fit the clothing — sleeve lengths, all of that stuff — and I had no success,” recalls the 39-year-old, who was born Kyle Andrew Skinner but goes by Kyle Andrew professionally.

These days Andrew’s modeling career is thriving, though, as the men’s fashion industry slowly catches up to the women’s so-called curvy movement and embraces different body types through a wider spectrum of clothing and campaigns.

More agencies are representing larger-sized male models, including Toronto-based B&M Models, which represents Andrew under its XXL division.

Meanwhile, IMG Models now has a Brawn section, which has launched Zach Miko to plus-sized fashion fame, with 86,000 followers on Instagram, his own “Big Things” podcast and an advice column at Chubstr.com.

Then there’s Wilhelmina’s Titan division, which recently teamed up with JCPenney and

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