Plus size models are gaining an insane popularity day by day. They’ve become the definition of new sexy. Both men and women around the globe admire their hot bodies and voluptuous shapes. These starlets prove that gorgeous doesn’t always mean skinny.
Ashley Graham is one of the most mesmerizing and talented plus-size models today. The beauty doesn’t stop wowing us with her charming and sensual photo shoots. She seems to be everywhere these days, even in the sky.
The supermodel takes her new “La Scala” collection aboard on a private jet for Addition Elle. She’s surrounded by handsome suited guys and a cute kitten.
Ashley looks confident and incredibly seductive in every piece of sexy lingerie. No wonder men call her their “erotic dreamboat.”
Ashley isn’t afraid to walk the talk. When the New York plus-size division of Ford closed in 2013, she linked forces with four plus-size models to open ALDA, an organization that aims to break down barriers and promote size diversity. “No man, no job, no friend is going to tell me who I am,” she told Yahoo! “I am going to tell me who I am.”
Graham fired back at critics after this Lane Bryant ad was reportedly banned from Fox and ABC airwaves. She said the whole idea of banning the ad was “sad” and went on to denounce the companies:
“The Victoria’s Secret girls can flaunt around their panties all day long. But when there’s a bigger woman with a little bit extra, they snipped it out immediately.”
Tara, who is nicknamed “The Body,” is best known for posing alongside Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley for the June 2011 magazine cover of Vogue Italia, shot by Steven Meisel.
Throughout her career, she has also fronted ELLE Spain and ELLE France — twice.
You know you’re doing something right when a major magazine puts you on the cover specifically to positively highlight your curves. In February 2012, Elle France’s cover declared Lynn as “the body,” meaning she represented an ideal all women can look to.
We couldn’t be happier. Lynn’s ravishing beauty is cause for celebration for curvy girls everywhere.
Quinn is a Los Angeles native who’s been in the business for years, modeling for top brands like Old Navy and Macy’s.
Recently, she spoke to Glamour about what she’s learned from the industry: “There will forever be people telling you what is wrong with you, and if you are not strong enough, they will convince you of that. I have definitely fallen into that trap during my career, but now I know better.”
In July 2011, Vogue Italia put Fluvia on the map with a four-page editorial that resulted in a new nickname, “the plus-size Gisele Bündchen.”
Philomena may not be a household name yet, but give it time. The London-born model, who has been photographed by Torrid and Lane Bryant, has big plans for the future.
“Of course I dream of the ultimate heights of modelling; a Vogue cover, a beauty campaign (Lancome would be a dream), an international mainstream campaign for a store such as H&M, United Colours of Benton or GAP, but it’s bigger than that,” she told i-D. “Ultimately I would like to use my voice to advance healthcare access around the world.”
If you follow Dita Von Teese on Instagram, then chances are you know Margaret. The Australian model and makeup artist is one of Dita’s favorite lingerie ladies.
Most recently, she starred in a new YouTube series called Project WomanKIND, devoted to help women overcome body insecurities.
Candice has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italia, W and CR Fashion Book, but there’s one remarkable accomplishment that’s topped it all. This year, she became the first “plus-size” model to make it into the prized Pirelli Calendar.
Leave it to Huffine to show us how sexy plus-size girls can get! In May 2012, she covered S Moda completely in the nude. Inside the mag, Huffine gave an in-depth interview in which she offered insight on how plus-size models are influencing people’s perceptions of the female body:
“[The Vogue Italia] editorial opened the eyes of the industry and proved that we are beautiful, sexy and good models. Now people want to see more. Past disputes [over Photoshop] have made the industry understand the people what they want to see is real girls.”
Since appearing in the January 2010 V Magazine editorial called “Curves Ahead,” Marquita has been featured in Vogue Italia, walked Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2011 runway and appeared in countless ads, from Levi’s to Lane Bryant’s viral #ImNoAngel campaign.
New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 was a career-changing moment for Denise, who walked for both Chromat and Serena Williams’ HSN line.
“I remember when I started [plus-size modeling] there were two brackets: you could either be the Caucasion [sic] girl, or you could be the ethnic and obviously darker-skinned girl,” she told Latina. “There was no room for Latinas, Middle Eastern girls, etc. I created a lane that didn’t exist.”
When Glamour’s November 2009 issue hit newsstands, Jennie made headlines as one of the seven plus-size models who bared it all. She has since become the first plus-size model to be featured in H&M’s swimsuit catalog.
Runk is pretty new to the modeling scene, but she is already making headlines. In April, she modeled for H&M’s swimsuit line and became the company’s first plus-size model to sport its clothing. Pretty impressive, especially considering she was modeling the typically curve-resistant category of swimwear.
H&M’s choice to use Runk created quite a stir, enough that Runk decided to pen a moving essay for BBC about the shoot. She stated in the essay that all the attention the campaign received was an “awkward surprise.” She also offered possibly the best advice we’ve heard yet to young girls struggling with body image issues:
“I feel compelled to show girls who are going through the same thing that it’s acceptable to be different. You will grow out of this awkwardness fabulously. Just focus on being the best possible version of yourself and quit worrying about your thighs, there’s nothing wrong with them.”
Camilla Hansen is a plus model who is originally from a small village in Southern Denmark. She started modeling at fourteen years old as a straight model. After four years, she changed to plus modeling. She has lived in Istanbul and Milan, and currently lives in New York City.
She is represented by Model Management UK in London and Wilhelmina in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. Some of her clients include Marina Rinaldi, Elena Mirò, Jessica London, Macy’s, Fiorella Rubino, Avenue, Ulla Popken, Burda, Persona, and Bloomingdales. Her hobbies include fostering and volunteering for an animal rescue center in New York, photographing, and getting lost in new cities.
Victoria is one of the six sexy silhouettes in Lane Bryant’s buzzy #PlusIsEqual campaign, which debuted in Vogue’s September 2015 issue. “I’m aware [body diversity in fashion] is a huge task to tackle,” she told the plus-size retailer. “But I’m definitely up for the fight.”
French-Canadian model Justine, another #PlusIsEqual name, broke the industry mold when she covered ELLE Québec’s May 2013 issue. The public gave her a resounding two thumbs up.
Oh, how refreshing it is when major fashion magazines take the plunge and put a beautiful model with a fuller figure on the cover. Elle Quebec did just that when it cast LeGault for its May 2013 cover. The Canadian model expressed her joy at the magazine’s decision on her Facebook:
The fact that I only got positive feedback about my ELLE cover truly makes me happy. It seems people aren’t so shocked anymore to see curves in the medias [sic]. This is great news!
Jessica Vander Leahy
Full-figured Aussie Jessica is the mastermind behind the Project WomanKIND series on YouTube, which she both directed and edited.
“I had been getting messages from people on Instagram and on Facebook wanting body-image advice,” she told The Cut when asked about the genesis of the project. “It made me really think that there’s a part of this conversation about body image and how women feel about themselves that is missing.”
Stephanie Van den Bergh
Stephanie is a relatively new name on the scene. We first spotted her in 2014 when Models 1, a leading agency in the U.K., handpicked six models from its Curve division to take part in a Spring 2014 promo shoot.
Saffi, a model once dropped from her agency for being “too big,” founded Curve Project London, the U.K.’s first plus-size modeling workshop. Her client list includes brands like John Lewis, Speedo, Bravissimo and Debenhams.
In April, it was announced that British model Karina would be starting the UK’s first-ever plus-size model workshop. Curve Project London features mentoring, hair and makeup sessions, photo shoots, runway lessons, casting tips and experience working with stylists for girls who want to make it in the biz at any size.
We can’t think of anyone more fitting for this role, given that Karina is a former “regular” model who decided to switch to plus-size after her agency dropped her for her changing body. Karina explains her goal wonderfully:
“I want to strive to endorse a positive body image and act as a role model to young women who previously thought ‘thin’ was the only way to get a foot over the fashion threshold.”
Katya Zharkova, hailing from Belarus, Russia, comes in at number 10. She stands five foot ten inches tall and is a U.S. size 14. She is as curvy as curvy gets, with a tiny waist and a large bust.
Most remember her from her nude 8-page spread in Plus Model Magazine, where she clung to a straight-sized model and was accompanied by modeling statistics to raise awareness about the modeling world’s unnatural standards. She was the first plus size model to appear on Russia’s Cosmopolitan magazine and is represented by Los Angeles’ famous agency, Wilhelmina Models.
This beauty is one of Ireland’s most famous plus size models. As a teenager, she was bullied for being heavier and diagnosed with chronic fatigue.
With treatment, she slimmed to her now gorgeous figure of size 14 to 16 and is signed with 8 modeling agencies around the world. O’Reilly also runs a blog called Style Me Curvy, where she shares body positive messages and brands. She is not just a model, but a spokesperson and role model for women all over the world.
Robyn Lawley is a gorgeous Amazon standing at 6 foot 2 and with a tiny 29 inch waist, according to sources. Hailing from Australia, she made a name for herself in the famous Vogue Italia shoot with Candice Huffine and Tara Lynn.
She was the first plus size model to appear on the cover of Vogue Australia, an event that boosted her career. She is now one of the most sought after and influential models in the world.
Lawley just might be the supermodel of plus-size models. She has graced numerous magazine covers, including Vogue Italia, Marie Claire and Elle France. Moreover, she is the very first plus-size model to star in a high-end designer campaign: In September 2012, Lawley announced on “Good Morning America” that she had signed on to model in a series of ads for Ralph Lauren.
“There are so many plus-size models in New York doing so well at the moment,” she told “GMA,” “and it’s only going to get better.”
Nadia is a fashion blogger and model from Miami, though she has Lebanese roots which make her an exotic beauty. She is quite the businesswoman, as she has designed fashions for major retailers and makers, as well as modeling and fashion-blogging.
She is a true beacon of success and an absolutely gorgeous plus size model whose curvy behind has earned her the name, “The New Kim Kardashian.” It is her work ethic and success as a businesswoman that earns her the number 2 spot, in addition to her unique beauty.
We have so much respect for models who switch from “straight-size” to plus-size to improve their health (and their grip on reality). Case in point: Crystal Renn, who said that she switched to the plus-size game after realizing traditional modeling had saddled her with a crippling eating disorder. She’s since spoken out about her experience and the problem with fashion’s challenging standards.
At the “Inside the Modeling Industry: A Conversation About Health and Beauty in Fashion” panel in February, Crystal stated that designers should change the sample size to eight instead of zero: “By having a size 8 sample, you are giving freedom to a designer. Most of the models are going to be size 6s and 8s, and you could have 10s, and if a really amazing model walked in who was a size 0, you would tailor the dress down to her.”
Over her 15 years in the modeling industry, Shimada has starred in spreads for magazines including InStyle and Oh Comely, and has been outspoken about the truth behind plus-size modeling.
Crosse has been in the game a while, and has been dubbed “The Naomi Campbell of Plus.” Recent credentials include shoots in Curvysta Magazine and Volup2.
Dandridge kills it in everything she does, from fun beachside campaigns to super steamy boudoir shoots.
Haitian beauty Henrius has struck poses for Ashley Stewart and Tru Diva Designs, among others.
Rayna Salcido Alvarez
Ramirez has starred in shoots for Cool Gal Blue and SWAK, and Domino Dollhouse, and has been featured in Pose Magazine.