None of us really love the term ‘plus-size’ model, especially not when labels like this is given to the likes of Robyn Lawley (a size 12). Yet, the fashion industry is still not budging. The only thing I feel I can do, is to celebrate these beautiful curvy models who bring some diversity to the fashion table.
Here are the top 10 plus-size models dominating the scene at the moment:
Robyn was the first plus-size model to appear in a campaign for Ralph Lauren, and was one of the three models on the cover of June 2011 Vogue Italia Curvy issue. The Australian beauty designed and launched a plus-size swimwear collection.
This fresh-faced beauty has appeared in H&M’s 2012 campaign and was one of the three plus-size women in the June 2011 Vogue Italia Curvy issue.
Ashley Graham is best known for her Lane Bryant lingerie ad. She has appeared in several fashion magazines, was awarded 2012 Plus Model of the Year by Full Figured Fashion Week and was the face of several Levi’s campaigns.
Jennie Runk is the first plus size woman to appear in H&M’s 2013 swimwear catalogue. She has modelled for a number of plus-size retailers, including Marina Rinaldi, and in various fashion magazines.
British model Saffi Karina will be launching the UK’s first ever modelling workshop focused on the plus-size figure. Called The Curve Project London, it will feature photo shoots, hair and make-up sessions, and will mentor girls who want to get into the plus-size industry.
Crystal earned respect from everybody when she switched from her ‘straight-size’ modelling career to plus-size to improve her overall health, after stating that she had suffered from a crippling eating disorder.
Justine LeGault made headlines when she was featured on a popular women’s magazine’s cover last year. ‘The fact that I only got positive feedback on my cover truly makes me happy. It seems people aren’t shocked any more to see my curves.’
Candice Huffine was one of the three women featured in the Vogue Italia June 2011 Curvy issue. After this cover, Candice went on to model in W, V Magazine and German Vogue.
Toccara Jones got her start in modelling when she appeared on the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model. Since then, she’s modelled for Ashley Steward, Avon and Torrid and has appeared in many fashion magazines. In 2010 Toccara was featured in a 14 page spread for Vogue Italia.
Whitney was the first plus-size model to win America’s Next Top Model in cycle 10. She has since made a name for herself by modelling for Target and Covergirl as well as launching her own jewellery and candle collection. She has also spoken at the International Fuller Woman Expo.
Via Marie Claire