These 15 plus-size models are blazing a trail in the modelling industry...and it's easy to see why
It takes a hell lot of courage to be a plus-size model in the glamour industry. Not only have they dusted off the dirt of bullying and fat-shaming, but have risen to the top of the charts with their drop-dead gorgeous looks and stunning presence. Here's our take on the Top 15 plus-size models who have proven their mettle and showing us that large is beautiful.
#15 Johanna Dray
She has graced the covers of magazines such as French Vogue, Gala, and a few others. What makes her stand out is that she began her career without the assistance of any agency or talent management company at a time when plus-size was still a niche concept.
#14 Natalie Monet
Natalie has worked for brands like Lane Bryant, and Forever 21+, among others. She has also been featured in Plus Model Magazine and appeared in A Perfect 14 in which she spoke about the plus-size modeling industry and what it is like to be a plus-size model. Her line of work not only includes modeling, but she is also training as a wrestler and is a vociferous advocate of healthy living.
#13 Tess Holliday
Tess has been a pioneer for plus-size modeling. At size 22, she's has graced the covers of People's Body Issue, starred in a campaign for H&M, landed a major modeling contract, and spearheaded the #effyourbeautystandards campaign on social media.
#12 Mercy Rose Watson
Australian by birth, this gorgeous plus-size beauty has been a part of a campaign for US-based retailer David's Bridal that highlighted a woman the same size as its average customer — size 14 – for their wedding couture.
#11 Melinda Parrish
She has been inspiring the world with her body-positive messages that she openly shares with the world. “This challenge IS NOT about weight-loss or changing your body to meet a standard of perfection, it’s just about taking a few minutes a day to focus on taking care of yourself and loving your body through movement,” Parrish writes on her website. Way to go, gorgeous!
#10 Rosie Mercado
Her real-life struggles have inspired million of girls to embrace their body shape, no matter what the size maybe. This Mexican beauty is widely known for having lost more than 400 pounds after a tumultuous weight gain and loss period. After which there has been no looking back for the Las Vegas-based model and now fashion designer and celebrity make-up artist.
#9 Jakaliene Rivera
This Hispanic goddess has been hailed as the epitome of sexiness — thanks to her long locks, tanned skin, and oh-so-perfect curves. Weighing in at a hundred and seventy-five pounds, she shows off her body and does not care what people think of her.
#8 Lornalitz Baez
Baez started her journey in entertainment industry as a model at the age of 12. She started in beauty pageants and earned the first runner-up slot in the Miss Puerto Rico National Day pageant. At that age she was a size 10 and was 5’8", but that never stopped her from feeling beautiful. Although the model has struggled with eating disorders and weight management, she says that she has reached a place where she is only driven by her career and work and doesn't care what other's have to say about her body.
#7 Clementine Desseaux
Miss Desseaux made headlines back in 2015 when she landed a campaign with Christian Louboutin's beauty line. In addition to her modeling work, the freckled-faced beauty is a food connoisseur and you can find all the foodinspo you want on her Instagram feed.
#6 Robyn Lawley
Robyn is the titleholder of the first plus-size model to have appeared in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition. Other than modeling, she has a penchant for designing too. Lawleyonly recently launched her own line of swimsuits for women that range from size 10 to 20.
#5 Tara Lynn
Her curvy features and deep eyes have landed her shoots for brands like Addition Elle, Forever21, H&M, and Junarose. Tara's also been featured on the covers of international magazines like Elle and S Moda.
#4 Jennie Runk
Runk was spotted volunteering with the Open Door Animal Sanctuary and there has been no looking back since then. Jennie's unadulterated honesty about her line of work on Instagram offers a refreshing insider's take on the modeling industry.
#3 Gabi Gregg
Those who complain about the lack of swimsuit wear for plus-size women say no more. This plus-size blogger has created a following that led her to start her career in the world of fashion designing. She's collaborated with Swimsuitsforall.com to create a line of chic swimwear for women sizes 12 and up.
The blonde beauty has openly voiced her concerns about the need for more diversity in the modeling industry. This gorgeous activist has launched numerous campaigns to dispel myths associated with body shaming and shapewear along with her modeling career.
#1 Ashley Graham
The most recognizable face among plus-size models, Ashley was the first model to debut Forever21's first-ever plus-size activewear campaign. She has also collaborated with Addition Elle to create her own line of lingerie for women with bra sizes from C to H. But the real jewel in the crown comes from her messages about body positivism and self-acceptance that has the world bowing in respect for this stunner.
After seeing these gorgeous photos, all we've got to say is that you can either love 'em or hate 'em but you can't ignore 'em at any cost. Who's your favorite among them all? Share your answers with us in the comments section.