Size does matter, or size doesn’t matter; it’s your preference. Our society has a preconceived notion of beauty standards, and being plus-size doesn’t fall under the norms. There is a real struggle for women to fit into the societal framework of being ‘perfect’ and in a specific shape. The ideal would be skinny, tall, and flawless, but it is not always achievable.
With the emergence of plus-size models on fashion ramps worldwide, they teach us to admire our bodies just the way they are. Although ‘lean and thin’ still are considered the most desirable body type, plus size fashion is catching up.
It’s about time we see beauty for what it is and not what we think it should be. And today, we will talk about a few women who are taking the lead and are at the prime of their modeling game.
According to well-established measurements, a plus-size woman is someone who has a size of 12 or up. Even for being a plus-size model, there are requirements that you need to meet. Primarily, your waist must be 10 inches smaller than your hips.
Despite the baseless shaming and prejudice, these women have chased careers in modeling, despite what society, or even the world of modeling itself, considers ‘model material.’
They’ve broken down barriers. They’ve showcased their true selves. And they see no reason to give in to unrealistic expectations to satisfy a market saturated with unreasonable biases. Step aside, stereotypes.
Each of these curvy, plus-size models is not just smoking hot. Still, more importantly, they come from a place of depth that recognizes the beauty and chooses to go despite the odds. These plus-sized models have taken center stage, and they see no purpose to stand down.
Jennie Runk is an American plus-size model. She is best known for appearing in H&M’s Summer 2013 beachwear campaign, which featured her on the front page of H&M’s United States website in late April 2013.
The Russian model, also known as Katya, with size 14 had the modelling fever since 14 years of age. She has made various appearances for different campaigns, especially for Forever 21.
Ashley Graham is an American plus-size model and television presenter. In 2016, she became the first size 16 model featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Glamour described Graham as “bringing size acceptance into the mainstream.”
Bishamber Das is wildly known for her contribution to the plus-size industry in the United Kingdom and the United States. Bishamber has is recognized as the first British Asian plus-size model in the country.
Stone explains that she mostly credits the turning point of embracing her voluptuousness when she worked as a nurse in a surgical ward. At the time, she says, she was working with patients recovering from cancer-related surgeries, which allowed her to see how important her own body is — regardless of size or what it looks like.
The girl with a chubby cute face and full figure worked in grocery stores and restaurants. Tara Lynn appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue and works for various lingerie ads.
Born in Miami, Florida, in 2014, Bidot became the first plus-size model to walk the runway for two straight-size brands during New York Fashion Week.
Iskra Lawrence, the size 14 model, is making waves for promoting body positivity. At just 15-years-old Iskra was dropped from her first agency because her hips were “too big” before being told they were “too small” by plus-size agencies.
Hunter McGrady was born in Los Angeles to American actor Michael McGrady and model Brynja McGrady. At 19, she decided to start plus-size modelling because she could not maintain her agency’s 00 standards. In 2017, Hunter became the most extensive model, size 16, to appear in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 2019, she was the first plus-size model on the cover of The Knot.
Silvia Rho is a very hot Korean plus-size model. She is working with Los Angeles, CA-based models agency.
Justine LeGault is a Canadian model known for her successful modelling career. She has graced the covers of popular magazines and has done endorsement work for numerous brands like Torrid Fashion and Catherine’s Plus Sizes.
Having her roots in Miami, this beautiful plus-size model is known for her fashion blogs. Also, she is an entrepreneur with significant business and commerce skills.
Stephanie is also a makeup artist and has achieved good success in cosmetology, and she has a Kosmetica salon. In her modelling career, she became famous after working with such brands as Debshops, GS Love, and Forever 21.
Graciela is one talented Mexican girl whose fame grew because of her positive attitude about life. She is also an entrepreneur and runs her makeup label too.
The 30-year-old beauty is very well known for her women’s assets. Conquering the hearts of various people, her Insta family increases at a very high rate.
The US model with size 12 is very much proud of her curves and voluptuous body. She is known to appear for Pirelli calendar 2015. She is too obsessed with her curves that she bluntly refused to work when she asked to shed a few pounds.
Anastasia is a popular plus-size model who has gained an enormous fan following on the Instagram platform. She is from Russia and famous for her cute look and curvy figure. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit issue.
Bianca Mitsuko Davies
Bianca is mixed with Latina/African-American/Japanese heritages. She encourages girls everywhere to embrace their curves.
Vanessa Romo is a 26-year-old Chicana plus-size model and University of California Santa Barbara Alumni. Having over almost 100 thousand social media followers combined, Romo has worked with major brands like Forever 21, Good American, Fashion Nova, Windsor, CYA Moda, and more.
An English plus-size model has worked to help promote body positivity with her popular Instagram page. She also created the Curve Project London to help inspire other women to understand the importance of size acceptance.
Emilee Peer is represented by Natural Model Management, a successful modelling agency representing plus-size models and models with curves.
Johanna Dray is a groundbreaking French plus model from Paris. When Dray first began modelling, there were no plus-size agencies or plus size divisions.
Grisel Paula was born in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, humble town hours outside the country’s capital of Santo Domingo. Grisel is the CEO & Founder of Rebdolls, an online fashion retailer committed to providing unapologetic fashion to women of all sizes.
Melissa Masi model plus size from the United States. She is represented in DcM.
Allexa is a plus-size model who has lifted the lid on her struggle to give up starving herself to pursue her dream.
Cleo started modelling and got immense success rapidly as a result of her potential plus faith. The central turning point came when she won the crown of Miss Plus Size Brazil 2012. Since then, her confidence is only being boosted, and now she does not have any wish to become slim or skinny.
Kristina Yeo is well established in the industry and brings that experience to bear most effectively. Kristina also has a very curvaceous appearance and uses it most stylishly and effectively.
Julia Lavrova was born in St. Petersburg. In high school, she began to attend model school. During this period, Julia understood all the advantages of her appearance. Working as a model is just a hobby; on the main work, her support and understanding are Julia’s aspirations to change the standard idea of the beauty of the female body.
Danielle van Grondelle
Danielle started at the age of 14 in the modelling industry as a straight-sized model before breaking out into the plus modelling industry and becoming Holland’s first curvy top model.
31-year-old Robyn Lawley is Australia’s most well-known plus-size model, the first to appear in a campaign for Ralph Lauren and shot for some of the world’s most prominent fashion magazines.
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