With the emergence of beautiful plus size models on fashion ramps worldwide, they teach us to admire our bodies just the way they are. Although “lean and thin” is still considered the most desirable body type, plus-size fashion is catching up.
Size does matter, or size doesn’t matter; it’s your preference. Our society has a preconceived notion of beauty standards, and being plus-sized 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.
It’s about time we saw 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 in standing 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 a size of 14, has had the modeling fever since she was 14 years old. 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 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover. 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 is recognized as the first British Asian plus-size model in the country.
Stone explains that she mostly credits the turning point with embracing her voluptuousness when working as a surgical ward nurse. She says she was working with patients recovering from cancer-related surgeries, which allowed her to see how important her 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 modeling 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 modeling 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 success in cosmetology; she has a Kosmetica salon. In her modeling 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 grows at a very high rate.
The US model with size 12 is proud of her curves and voluptuous body. She is known to appear in the Pirelli Calendar 2015. She is so obsessed with her curves that she bluntly refuses to work when 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 is famous for her cute looks and curvy figure. She appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit issue.
Bianca Mitsuko Davies
Bianca is mixed with Latina/African-American/Japanese heritage. She encourages girls everywhere to embrace their curves and is one of the most beautiful plus size models.
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 modeling agency representing plus-size models and models with curves.
Johanna Dray is a groundbreaking French plus model from Paris. When Dray first began modeling, there were no plus-size agencies or plus-size divisions.
Grisel Paula was born in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, a humble town an hour outside the country’s capital of Santo Domingo. Grisel is the CEO and 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 modeling and quickly found immense success due to her potential and faith. The central turning point came when she won the crown of Miss Plus Size Brazil 2012. Since then, her confidence has only been boosted, and now she does not have any wish to become slim or skinny. She is one of the proudest and most beautiful plus size models.
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 a model school. During this period, Julia understood all the advantages of her appearance. Working as a model is just a hobby; at 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 modeling industry as a straight-sized model before breaking out into the plus modeling 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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