In the history of fashion, models have always been expected to be thin, and the fashion industry has often been criticized for promoting unattainable beauty standards. In more recent years, these beauty standards have been challenged by both the public and brave individuals within the industry. These plus size models are trailblazers and have been successful in reshaping the fashion narrative. Not only have they created a niche in the fashion world, but they have also permanently changed the game, celebrating diversity and challenging long-standing norms.
1. Paloma Elsesser
A breath of fresh air in an industry known for its exclusivity, Paloma Elsesser has become a beacon of hope for body positivity. With her radiant complexion and unapologetic curves, she is changing the face of fashion. Paloma has worked on campaigns for brands such as Fenty, Glossier and Vogue. Her strong advocacy for her body diversity, combined with her undeniable beauty and charm, has set the stage for the changing face of fashion.
2. Jessica Leahy
Australian beauty Jessica Leahy has a unique approach to modeling that is not only about being “seen” but also “being heard.” Known for her stunning curves and radiant smile, Leahy has been an inspiration to countless women. She has made it her mission to promote the causes of body positivity and mental health through her platform. Modeling for a variety of brands and continually challenging society’s beauty standards, Leahy’s impact is undeniable.
3. Mandy Blanco
Model Mandy Blanco promotes a message of self-love and acceptance. With her infectious smile, Blanco is little by little changing the perception of plus-size in the industry. She is excited about embracing her size and spreading the empowering message of loving yourself just the way you are.
4. Barbie Ferreira
Barbie Ferreira shows unfiltered honesty about her body. And she has paid off, as she has landed a major modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models and has participated in numerous campaigns for brands such as H&M and Aerie. Known for openly challenging unrealistic industry standards, Ferreira’s presence is a testament to the power of authenticity.
5. Denise Bidot
Denise Bidot, a captivating beauty of Puerto Rican and Kuwaiti descent, has made a significant impact on the fashion industry. She was the first plus-size model to walk for regular-size brands during New York Fashion Week. As an ardent advocate for body positivity and diversity, Bidot’s passion and influence have brought her undeniable success.
6. Ashley Graham
One of the most recognizable faces in plus size modeling, Ashley Graham has revolutionized the fashion industry. Graham has appeared on the covers of prestigious magazines such as Vogue and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She is also an entrepreneur, designer and television host, who constantly advocates for body positivity and diversity in the fashion industry. Graham’s achievements have made her a pioneer in the field of plus size modeling.
7. Tess Holliday
Tess Holliday has never shied away from challenging social norms. She created the #EffYourBeautyStandards movement, encouraging women around the world to accept their bodies. Holliday was the first model of her size and height to sign with a major modeling agency, and she has since appeared on the covers of magazines such as People and Cosmopolitan. Despite facing severe criticism, Holliday’s determination and influence continue to inspire a new generation of models and admirers alike, redefining what it means to be beautiful.
8. Melissa Owens Miller
Melissa Owens Miller has consistently challenged stereotypes in the fashion industry. With her beautiful curves and undeniable grace, Miller has become an influential figure in the plus size community. She has modeled for prominent brands and has appeared in the pages of high-profile fashion magazines. Miller’s success highlights the much-needed change in the industry, where beauty is no longer confined to a certain size and is recognized in its various forms.