Ashley Graham was the first name that would come to mind when thinking about a famous plus-size model for a long time. The fashion industry is increasingly focusing on diversity, and more plus-size models are becoming household names.
There are millions of female fans of Robyn Lawley and Kate Wasley on social media, as well as Tess Holliday appearing on the runway and red carpet.
A surprising fact about plus-size models is that they are defined as size eight and up, even though the average size of an Australian woman is a size 14-16.
Is there any plus-size male modeling out there? Even though they exist and are often seen on popular websites, the men’s fashion industry still has a long way to go when redefining industry standards.
The following are the top 15 most famous plus-size models in the world:
Kate Wasley rose to fame on social media as one half of the Instagram duo @any.body_co, in which she and friend Georgia Gibbs post pictures of themselves to promote body positivity. After shooting for Sports Illustrated earlier this year, Kate is now recognized internationally.
Georgia Pratt is often photographed for the Kiwi lingerie label Lonely, known worldwide for using models of every size and age in their unretouched images.
Barbie Ferreira, 24, was discovered by American Apparel after sending photos of herself to the company. In addition to being one of the most vocal advocates for body diversity, Barbie Collins has become Selena Gomez’s best friend’s inspiration.
Robyn Lawley, 31, is Australia’s famous plus-size model. She was the first to appear in a Ralph Lauren campaign and has shot for some of the world’s most prestigious fashion magazines. She published an essay in 2013 criticizing the “thigh gap” trend as unhealthy and unnecessary.
Model Tara Lynn has most frequently been featured in lingerie and swimwear campaigns. Still, the 38-year-old mother has also graced the covers of international fashion magazines and starred in campaigns for brands such as H&M.
If you’re not already acquainted with London-born model Paloma Elsesser, you soon will be. Her success is attributed to her involvement with Glossier billboards, her role as a face of Fenty Beauty, and her appearance on the cover of US Vogue.
Candice Huffine, a former teenage beauty queen, signed her first commercial modeling contract in 2000 and now fronts campaigns for high fashion brands worldwide. She is the owner of her athleisure label Day/Won, a social media star, and a body positivity advocate.
Precious Lee is the first African American plus-size model to appear on the pages of US Vogue. Despite having been in the industry for almost a decade, she is firmly on the rise. She has walked the runway for brands like Versace and Moschino and appeared in campaigns for Khloe Kardashian’s Good American and SKIMS.
Iskra Lawrence, a British model, uses her platform to promote body positivity and remind her followers that social media isn’t real. Her YouTube channel, everyBODYwithIskra, features workout videos and encourages her followers to love their bodies.
According to her, social media is the most dangerous place where images are made to appear natural, but in reality, 100 photos were taken before they were photoshopped or FaceTuned.
Nadia Aboulhosn, 32, is a model, designer, and fashion blogger, who promotes self-acceptance and self-empowerment through her platform.
Denise Bidot, 34, is the first plus-size model to walk two runways at NYFW in 2014. In 2016, she launched a campaign called “There’s no wrong way to be a woman” and modeled for Nordstrom, Chromat, and Lane Bryant.
Tess Holliday, 35, an American model and mother of two kids, is a strong advocate for more representation in the fashion industry. She said she has given up arguing with those who say she is unhealthy because of her size, saying it is no one’s business.
Despite being the daughter of Knight Rider and Baywatch heartthrob David Hasselhoff, Hayley is a successful actress and model.
Hayley is the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of Playboy’s German edition and is a regular on the plus-size fashion scene. Hayley starred on the covers of magazines such as Dare and walked the runways at British Plus Size Fashion Week. She has worked with brands Elvi, Navabi, and Yours Clothing.
After partying in an East London pub, British model Felicity Hayward got her big break. Felicity was scouted to model for Miles Aldrige when she was dancing for Diana Ross, and the shoot was published in Ponystep Magazine in 2012. Following her signing, Felicity signed to her first agency and the rest, as they say, is history.
Felicity was one of the first models to embrace cellulite, scars, and stretch marks in major campaigns for brands like The Body Shop and Missguided.
Ashley Graham has been on the cover of almost every major fashion magazine, walked in Michael Kors and Prabal Gurung fashion shows, shot advertisements for H&M, and promoted body positivity on her social media platform.
Additionally, she has done a TED Talk, written a book, and had swimwear, lingerie, and dress collections.
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