The world has truly become a wonderful place if a model can weigh more than two carrots and a tomato and not be called fat. While there’s still a whole lot of carrots-and-tomatoes models out there, we’ve also seen an influx of “plus size” models. Because even though we accept them, we still want to point out they have more meat on their bones. Emancipation is a long, hard struggle.
It makes modeling a more realistic thing where you can actually imagine someone having a body like the model that’s showing off that piece of clothing. It also helps women all around the world understand that there’s nothing wrong with having some curves.
Let’s take a look at these totally gorgeous plus size models.
10. Barbie Ferreira
Barbie’s a real girl – really real and proud of it. She posted images of her stretch marks on Instagram and seems to be a very confident and attractive woman. She’s endured body shaming comments online, because people with Internet connections are still generally retarded.
9. Nadia Aboulhosn
Nadia has started out as a blogger, but has made the jump to modeling. She’s been featured in a whole lot of magazines (Vogue, Complex, America Apparel, …) and she’s not slowing down any time soon. She’s made a career of being body-positive, and that’s perfectly fine with us.
8. Tara Lynn
First showing up on the big scene when she was featured in a plus size shoot for V and Elle, she’s been in pretty much every magazine you can think of. She’s endured a lot of body shaming and bullying, but has overcome this negativity and grown stronger because of it.
7. Precious Lee
Born and raised in Atlanta, she’s featured in a bikini ad for Sports illustrated and posed for Lane Bryant. She’s not ashamed of her body in the slightest and is proud to show off her abundant curves.
6. Saffi Karina
This model was dropped from her agency for being – how dare she – a size 10. She took that rejection with her head held high, however. She now holds workshops to help curvy women get into the modeling business, so kudos to her!
5. Robyn Lawley
This Australian woman has been on the cover of pretty much all the big magazines: Vogue, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, … You name it. She gained most of her fame from being the first plus size model to be featured in a Ralph Lauren campaign.
4. Philomena Kwao
Philomena has taken it upon herself to prove that beautiful black women don’t end with Beyoncé and Rihanna. She’s said in the past that the plus-size industry hasn’t been too great for skin tone diversity. Thankfully, Philomena can help do something about that.
3. Jennie Runk
Runk was discovered at the age of 13 and actually decided to gain weight to become a plus size model. She was featured in H&M’s swimwear ad campaign, which was surprising since H&M usually caters to the carrots-and-tomatoes models.
2. Candice Huffine
Candice has been in beauty pageants since she was a little girl and was a cheerleader in high school. She set out to model but was rejected by all companies except one, which offered her a plus size modeling contract. She had no idea what it was at the time, but she’s become one of its pioneers!
1. Ashley Graham
She was the first plus size model on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which is a huge milestone for her and for plus size models in general. She has also designed her own lingerie collection. And she’s still single!