5 Plus Size Models Taking Over The World

It's a good year to be thick and fabulous.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Gone are the days when magazine covers were reserved exclusively for waifs and size 0 blondes. Body positivity and diversity is more popular than ever, and plus size models can be seen everywhere from mainstream ad campaigns to high fashion editorials. Here are 5 plus size models to keep your eye on. 

1. Tess Holliday

Tess first turned heads in 2013, when her body positive #effyourbeautystandards movement started gaining traction on Instagram. When she was signed by Milk Model Management this year, she became the first plus size model to be represented by a mainstream agency. Tess is, arguably, the model who brought plus size modeling into the mainstream world, and her visibility only increased when she graced the cover of People magazine last May.

2. Ashley Graham

Even though Ashley Graham has been in everything from Vogue to Glamour to Harper's Bazaar, most people will probably recognize her from the Levi's campaigns she shot in 2013, or the steamy lingerie shoots she's done for Lane Bryant. She was also featured in a much talked about ad in Sports Illustrated. Most recently, Ashley just designed a super sexy lingerie line with Addition Elle that she'll be debuting at New York Fashion Week.

3. Denise Bidot

Considering she's modeled for the likes of Forever 21, Target, Levi's, Nordstrom, Macy's, and Lane Bryant, Denise might be a familiar face to some. During last year's fashion week, she became the first plus-size model to walk the runway for straight-size brands, Chromat and Serena Williams' HSN fashion line (earning the praise of Anna Wintour in the process). Denise has also done a ton of TV work in the Latin community, starring in NUVOtv's "Curvy Girls," and being profiled in HBO's “Habla Women," so her star is definitely on the rise.

4. Robyn Lawley

Hailing from Australia, Robyn made history this year when she became the first plus size model to be featured in the annual swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. Prior to that, she broke barriers when she became the first plus size model to appear in a Vogue Australia‍  editorial. Robyn has also modeled for a variety of plus size lines, including H&M, Evans, and Lane Bryant, in addition to walking runways and appearing in magazine editorials all over the world.

5. Erica Schenk

Erica turned heads when she became the first plus size model to be featured on the cover of a fitness magazine. Besides looking totally fab, her cover started a lot of important conversations of what being healthy can look like. Not a bad accomplishment for an 18-year-old. 

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