The fashion industry isn’t the most body-positive industry out there; they aren’t really generous to anyone over a size 2. In fact, several brands use the term ‘plus-size’ to describe anyone over a size 6, which seems ridiculous. Magazines will have you thinking dressing as a plus-size woman is a competitive sport, with the amount of rules they instate. It’s as though life as a plus-size woman is a series of do’s and don’ts.
10 Gorgeous Plus-Size Models
These body-positive women could not care less about avoiding horizontal stripes, and body-con dresses. They fearlessly pose in front of cameras, and march across runways, all the while defying expectations, and demanding representation of fuller busts, thicker thighs, and wider hips!
1. Candice Huffine
Just a girl. Standing in front of the world. Loving her body. Asking you to do the same for yours. #bebold #beyou #lovetheskinyourein #thisbodywasmadeforME #timetoshine • • • • New @lanebryant #ThisBody campaign by @cassbird// Stylkng by @jordenbickham// Hair by @lacyredway// Makeup by @ladyalicelane Thank you @lairdandpartners and all involved for allowing be to apart of such an important movement!!! This is it!!
Candice was signed as a plus-size model when she was merely a size 6, and since then has grown into a size 12. Her impressive body of work includes features in Harper’s Bazaar, photographs by Karl Lagerfeld, and campaigns for Lane Bryant, Bloomingdale’s, and Target. She rose into international stardom after posing on the cover of Italian Vogue, wearing nothing but a black bra corset!
2. Bishamber Das
Bishamber Das is making history as Britain’s first Asian plus-size model, after winning the international title of Miss India Europe in 2014. She has appeared in campaigns for Yours Clothing and Nubian Beauty.
3. Jade Allwaze
4. Andrea Michelle
5. Katie Knowles
So proud to be in the #weightwatchers magazine July 2015 edition, 4stone down feeling better than ever styled by @charlotteellis85 with my #glamstick to take "the dull out of disability". #Modelsofdiversity #disabledmodel #diversity #disabilityglam #CatwalkContender @simplybeuk #strongwomen #fashion #ootd #riverisland #newlook #curvymodel #plussize #spinalcordinjury #spinalstenosis #spinalfusion #supportmodelswithdisabilities #makemeacurvemodel #asos @models_1uk skirt @riverisland shoes @newlookfashion
Katie Knowles is breaking all kinds of barriers as a disabled, plus-size model. Diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a rare condition that causes the disks in the spinal cord to degenerate, Katie was told she would never walk again at age 15. Now able to walk with limited mobility, Katie stars in glamorous bridal shoots as well as other modeling projects.
6. Jezra M
Jezra M. is a fearless body-positive blogger, with strong messages about, self-love, self-awareness, and self-confidence. She has been featured in Refinery 29, and campaigns for AFRO PUNK and Forever 21.
7. Jessica Milagros
Jessica Milagros has no shame flaunting her curves, and brings the Puerto Rican community great pride with her striking success as a model. She has been featured in Plus Model Magazine, and several editorial campaigns, most notably Ashley Stewart.
8. Katya Zharkova
Katya Zharkova is considered the first plus-size model of Belarus, and is also the first plus-sized woman to appear in Cosmopolitan Russia. She is a strong advocate for health and wellness in young women, and continuously challenges the standards of ‘plus-size’ beauty with her blog and TV presence.
9. Olivia Campbell
10. Philomena Kwao
Philomena Kwao rebukes the old stereotype that models aren’t smart. With an MSc in Health Management from Imperial College in London, Philomena also dazzles in the groundbreaking 2016 #SwimSexy campaign for Sports Illustrated. Since then she has been featured in Italian Vogue, Paper Magazine, and Vice.
Kudos to these ladies for breaking the mold, and thriving in such a narrow-minded industry. Share this article to let everyone know that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes!