Terri began her modeling career as a 44-year-old grandmother when she answered an ad in the local paper for a in-house fit model at Lane Bryant in Columbus, Ohio. After nine years at Lane Bryant, Terri signed with FORD NY Models and moved to New York to pursue the opportunity of a lifetime. She is a fit and intimate apparel expert. She has modeled in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Canada, and Indonesia. Terri was the fit model at QVC, plus fit model at MSA Models in New York City as well as fitting for many of her own clients. Terri performed in an Off Off Broadway Play, "Welcome to Betsy's R & B Party" at the Producer's Club in NYC, April 2013.
In recent years, Terri has found new ways to bring her extensive expertise in image consulting and modeling to the public. She has become a guest lecturer and educator, with her popular seminars “Lingerie and Lace: A Lesson in Allure” and “Six Steps to Fashionably Fitting the Voluptuous Woman” featured by the Fashion Societé. She has taught “Know Your Foundations” at the Plus Academy NYC, as well as other individualized classes. She has also taught and adjudicated for the Imatge Consulting Company of Mexico City. In her limited free time, she volunteers backstage as a stylist during Fashion Week, the Swarovski Red Dress Event, Broadway Cares, and DIVABETICS to name a few. She's dressed Lainie Kazan, Joan Collins, Billie Jean King and worked backstage at the finale on Project Runway.
As an industry veteran, Terri has been invited to speak in a number of public forums. You might have seen her on The Tyra Banks Show talking about her weight and its role in the end of her 21-year marriage, on The Today Show as the “glamorous grandma,” in Plus Model' Magazine's 2011 “Icon” issue, freelance writer and heard her on Chenese Lewis’ Blog Talk Radio. Or perhaps you saw her as a panelist at the "Women In the Spotlight Now" conference in Atlanta! She was invited to speak at CCAD, Columbus College of Art and Design on Plus Size Historyl Currently, she is quoted in "Get Noticed! Insider Secrets to a Confident & Classy Image" by Brenda Joyce Johnson and in "Plus Model Blueprint" by Kenyatta Johnson, both available at Amazon.
Among other awards and honors, Terri was honored as a "LEGEND" in the industry in 2016 and named the 2011 Plus Fit Model of the Year by a jury of her peers at the Full Figured Fashion Week in New York City!
Lane Bryant wrote: "One 'Legend' familiar to us is Terri Murray of Terri Murray Image, who began her modeling career in 1994 as an in-house fit model at Lane Bryant in Columbus, Ohio. She is a fit and intimate apparel expert whose services have been utilized around the world. Among other awards and honors, Terri was named the Plus Fit Model of the Year at the Full Figured Fashion Week in 2011."
Behind the camera, Terri produced, directed and edited "Vaudvillities," a documentary highlighting their success and continuous performances for over 65 years.
With over twenty-three years in the business, Terri is more active than ever in the fashion community! Listening to the advice of many, she is developing Terri Murray Models, booking models most recently in Columbus, Ohio, New York City, Portland, Oregon and Pennsylvania. QVC contacted Terri to submit models as well. She is the Past President of the New York Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Image Consultants International and former Regional Director of Fashion Group International in Columbus, Ohio.
Terri resides in Columbus, Ohio, recently modeling at FFFWeek, NYC, Legends Showcase, Lord & Taylor, NYC, Macy's at Tuttle Mall, Columbus, OH, with Emme in April, 2015 and coaching pageant contestants. Miss Plus Ohio and Miss Ohio Valley, Christina Turner, was recently crowned will be competed in Dallas at the Miss Plus America pageant, 2016! The second is a young lady competing in the Galliia Blessings Pageant this month. Terri has two daughters and four granddaughters, who affectionately refer to her as “Grandma New York.” She hopes that her successful career as a model, trainer, educator, and consultant will motivate and inspire you to DREAM ON AND DREAM BIG!