In a society where thin is the best, it is refreshing to see those proud of their curves. However, as with most interesting social phenomena, a limited number of models exclusively cater to the plus-size market. With this limited choice of models, it can be hard to pick the one you like and want to support without going through hours of scrolling through poorly lit photoshoots on Instagram.
Plus-size models are often featured in fashion magazines, make-up campaigns, and high-end runway shows. The term plus size very broadly describes women or men who wear clothing sized 12 or above (US sizing) with a waist of over 31 inches. In the fashion industry, the average size of an editorial model is supposed to be a size 12-14. As a result, many models featured in these ads and campaigns tend to have a skinny build, while some have a curvier figure.
In recent years, the modeling style has drastically changed, with more curvy women being featured in editorials and campaigns instead of super-thin girls. This post will introduce you to 40 of the hottest plus-size models in the fashion industry today.
Table of Contents
- 1. Ashley Alexiss
- 2. Ashley Graham
- 3. Kate Wasley
- 4. Georgia Pratt
- 5. Barbie Ferriera
- 6. Robyn Lawley
- 7. Tara Lynn
- 8. Paloma Elsesser
- 9. Candice Huffine
- 10. Iskra Lawrence
- 11. Nadia Aboulhosn
- 12. Denise Bidot
- 13. Tess Holliday
- 14. Jessica Leahy
- 15. Danika Brysha
- 16. Lexi Placourakis
- 17. Tabria Majors
- 18. Anita Marshall
- 19. Fluvia Lacerda
- 20. Melissa Masi
- 21. Miranda Walz
- 22. Inga Eiriksdottir
- 23. Bishamber Das
- 24. Nyome Nicholas-Williams
- 25. Jennie Runk
- 26. Steven Green
- 27. Chloe Marshall
- 28. Darnel Gramm
- 29. Hayley Hasselhoff
- 30. Jada Sezer
- 31. Felicity Hayward
- 32. Ben James
- 33. Sonny Turner
- 34. Hunter McGrady
- 35. Gabi Fresh
- 36. Precious Lee
- 37. Olivia Campbell
- 38. La’Tecia Thomas
- 39. Clementine Desseaux
- 40. Crystal Renn
1. Ashley Alexiss
Ashley Alexiss was born in 1990 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a model discovered at age fourteen, and soon after, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel and was featured on the front cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue V-75. Since then, she has been featured in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, and has walked the runway for Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenburg, and a face of Tiffany.
Ashley has become the face of the plus-size clothing brand Good American and is featured in campaigns for their styles such as the “That’s What She Said” collection, “It’s Not Just What Happens.” She also appeared in a campaign called “Love Your Curves,” which focused on promoting healthy body image for women of all sizes.
2. Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham was born in 1987. She is an American model and television presenter. Ashley Graham is a model who was also discovered at a young age and soon became a well-known face in the fashion industry. She has been featured in multiple editorials and has been photographed several times by top-name photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino, and Terry Richardson. Her weight was initially a stumbling block to her becoming a model. Many designers would not represent her due to her size, but she soon convinced them to take a chance on her and has appeared in campaigns for numerous brands such as Lane Bryant, Anna Sui, Yigal Azrouel, and Macy’s. She has also been featured in many high-end fashion magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar US, Glamour, and Teen Vogue.
3. Kate Wasley
Kate Wasley was born in 1994 in Beverley, a small town within the East Riding of Yorkshire. She is a plus-size model who has been featured in editorials for Vogue and appeared in the Pirelli calendar. In addition, she has been featured in campaigns for brands such as Yoox, Chris Benz, and Loft. In 2017 she appeared on the cover of Vogue Italy alongside fellow plus-size models Candice Huffine and Precious Lee. She is a model who has been very vocal about healthy body image and has spoken at conferences such as the National Eating Disorders Association (US).
4. Georgia Pratt
Georgia Pratt is a famous model; she was born in 1990 in New Zealand. Georgia Pratt is an internationally published model who has appeared in editorials for Vogue Italia, Vogue Japan, L’Uomo Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, to name a few. In addition, she has appeared in campaigns for brands such as Marc Jacobs while also being the face of many other brands such as Selfridges. Georgia Pratt is one of the most significant models within the plus-size industry and has spoken openly about what it takes to be a truly successful model.
5. Barbie Ferriera
Barbara Linhares Ferreiraborn in 1996. She is an American actress and model. Barbie Ferriera is a model who was signed with Ford Models from the age of 14. She has been featured in editorials for numerous magazines such as Vogue, Teen Vogue, and Elle. She has also appeared in multiple campaigns for brands such as Ralph Lauren and has walked the runway at both New York Fashion Week and London Fashion week. Barbie was featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan US alongside Ashley Graham, Tess Holliday, and Dani Mathers.
6. Robyn Lawley
Robyn Lawley, born in 1989, is an Australian plus-size model. She was the first plus-size model to be featured in the Ralph Lauren ad campaign. Robyn was discovered in 2008 while she was modeling in Sydney. Robyn Lawley has been featured on the covers of magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Glamour and has graced the runway for some of the biggest fashion designers like Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs. Her first runway show was for Jean Paul Gaultier, and she later appeared in a Ralph Lauren ad campaign called “Curves,” which featured models who had some extra weight.
7. Tara Lynn
Tara Lynn was born in 1982. She is an American plus-size model from Tacoma, Washington. She was discovered in a bar when she was in her early twenties. Her career started in 2006, and since then, she has been featured on the covers of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour. Tara Lynn has been featured in numerous print campaigns for Lane Bryant, Macy’s, Garnet Hill, Torrid, Debenhams, Kohl’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and MayCo.
8. Paloma Elsesser
Paloma Kai Shockley Elsesser was born in 1992. She is an American plus-size model who has walked the runways for some of the top designers. She was raised in Los Angeles and dreamed about becoming a model but was told that she could not be one due to her curvy body type.
After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in Spanish and French, she moved to Paris to live with her sister. While there, she got cast in the Marc Jacobs show, which made her realize that she could become a model after all, despite what people told her back home.
9. Candice Huffine
Candice Huffine was born in 1984. She is an American plus-size model represented by IMG Models. She has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, GQ, and Italian Vogue. Candice’s career started in 2001 at age 15 when she was photographed for an ad campaign for Old Navy. Along with her modeling career, she is also a professional ballerina and even studied ballet at the Juilliard School.
10. Iskra Lawrence
Iskra Lawrence was born in 1990. She is the Global Role Model & a model for the lingerie line brand Aerie, which means she’s one of the few plus-size models who don’t even need to be invited to walk the runway. She was discovered in 2005 by music icon Mary J. Blige, who recommended her to the plus-size model search at the agency Wilhelmina Models. Iskra is a friend of Keke Palmer and shares a lot of similarities with Keke physically and emotionally.
11. Nadia Aboulhosn
Nadia Aboulhosn was born in 1988. She is an American fashion blogger, model, and designer from Orlando, Florida. As a model, she has been featured in campaigns for brands such as Torrid and Lane Bryant. In 2017, she co-founded the plus-size clothing brand Eloquii with her sister Hayley Aboulhosn. Aboulhosn also runs a successful YouTube channel where she posts videos about beauty, fashion, and lifestyle topics.
12. Denise Bidot
Denise Marie Bidot born in 1986. She is an American plus-size fashion model. She started her career at seventeen when she gained attention for her photos in “Shape” magazine. She was also featured in the “Allure” interview series. Bidot has appeared in campaigns for Lane Bryant, A Pea in the Pod, Old Navy, Juicy Couture, and H&M.
13. Tess Holliday
Tess Holliday was born in 1985, are an American plus-size model, blogger, and author. When she was five years old, Holliday was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which causes fatigue and chronic pain. To deal with the pain, she turned to overweight modeling after participating in a drug trial for anorexia nervosa at fifteen. She has been called one of the most influential plus-size models of all time, inspiring women worldwide to be proud of their size.
14. Jessica Leahy
Jessica Leahy is an Australian model; she was born in 1992, she is a size 14. She is one of the few Australian models to have been signed by IMG. In 2008 she appeared on the cover of “M” magazine and had two years later appeared on the cover of “V” magazine. She has appeared in advertisements for Calvin Klein, Pantone, and New Look and has modeled for brands such as German sportswear brand Puma, American lingerie brand Maidenform, and Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana.
15. Danika Brysha
Danika Brysha is a well-known Model. Danika was born in 1987 in the United States. Danika Brysha is the new face of the plus-size clothing brand Prabal Gurung. A modeling agency discovered Danika at age seventeen while she was working in a fast-food restaurant. Later on in her career, she got signed with Wilhelmina Models, becoming an international cover girl for Woman’s Wear Daily and The Wall Street Journal.
16. Lexi Placourakis
Lexi Placourakis is an American model. She was born in 1992. She is a size 22. Lexi has been featured in numerous fashion shows and ads. She was the face of the popular release in 2015, “What is real,” a line straight from the clothing company, Lululemon. Lexi’s career started at a very young age. At 14 years old, she started her journey as a plus-size model and later moved to the runway, shifting from modeling swimsuits to high fashion clothing. In 2015 Lexi walked for New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park. In 2017 Lexi walked for Lane Bryant’s I’m No Angel showing off the fall collection.
17. Tabria Majors
Tabria Majors is a plus-size model and social media personality from America. She was born in 1990. Tabria Majors is a size 16. In 2013, Tabria Majors was discovered in a clothing store in Tennessee. She has been featured in campaigns for brands such as Macy’s, Desigual, and Lane Bryant. After being discovered in the store when two Desigual reps came to take photos of her, Tabria’s career skyrocketed into the world of modeling. Her success continued when she was allowed to walk for New York Fashion Week in February 2017 at Bryant Park.
18. Anita Marshall
Anita Marshall is a famous Model. She was born in 1991 in the United States. Anita Marshall is a model with a size 18. She has been featured in magazines such as “Glamour, Vogue and Elle” and in popular tv shows such as “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Next Episode” and many more. Anita Marshall was the ambassador for plus-size clothing brand Target and featured in their 2015 annual report. Anita Marshall is an advocate of healthy eating, and she started her blog called “Fit 4 Life”.
19. Fluvia Lacerda
Fluvia Lacerda was born in 1980. She is a model who was discovered in Brazil at the age of twelve. Fluvia is a size 8. Fluvia Lacerda is an endearingly curvy model who loves to wear stylish clothes that are flattering for her body shape. Her passion for fashion has led her to work with several brands on different projects and locations, including Milan, Paris, and New York.
20. Melissa Masi
Melissa Masi is a plus-size model. She was born in 1991. Melissa Masi is a size 14. She is a very outgoing and fun model who loves traveling to new places, hanging out with those she loves, and taking care of her body! Melissa Masi has worked for many different brands such as Mall of America, Old Navy, and H&M. She also appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and walked the runway for the 2009 American Music Awards.
21. Miranda Walz
Miranda Walz is a plus-size model in Los Angeles. She is 31 years old. She was born in Santa Monica, California, and started her modeling career at age 15. Miranda has been featured in Lane Bryant, Nordstroms, Macy’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue campaigns. She has also appeared in L’Oreal’s “Curves,” and Cover Girl’s “Lipstick Collection: Curves Vol. 2”. Miranda once worked as an intern at Playboy modeling for the Petites division of Playboy Enterprises.
She has been modeling since she was a teenager. In 2012, she started gaining exposure when modeling for various retailers such as Torrid, Lane Bryant, and New York and Company. She is best known for being featured in Lane Bryant’s Clear the Rack campaign.
22. Inga Eiriksdottir
Inga Eiriksdottir is a successful plus-size model. She was born in 1984 in Reykjavik, Iceland. She is a former Miss Iceland and has modeled several high-fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Marc Jacobs. She has been featured in numerous commercials, such as one for H&M with Jared Leto. She was also the face of Marc Jacobs’s Fall 2013 campaign titled “Luxe,” featuring models with different body shapes wearing black and white looks.
23. Bishamber Das
Bishamber Das is a plus-size model from London. She was born in 1992 in London. Her height is about 5′ 7″. She is a size 12-14. After being featured in the hit television show America’s Next Top Model, she is also a well-known name in the modeling industry. Bishamber has appeared on the cover of Marie Claire magazine. She has also been featured in campaigns for Donna Karan and Nordstroms and appeared on the runways at New York Fashion Week for Monique Lhuillier and Glamour Kills.
24. Nyome Nicholas-Williams
Nyomi Nicholas-Williams is a UK plus-sized model and Social influencer. She was born in 1988 in London. She is infamous for being the first plus-sized model to do a lingerie shoot for Victoria’s Secret and be featured in Vogue Italia and Maxim. She is also known for her curvy figure and the fact she was considered a plus-sized model at a size 10. Nicholas-Williams has been featured in campaigns for Salon Services and Lipsy while appearing on the cover of Nylon magazine.
25. Jennie Runk
Jennie Runk was born in 1988. She is an American plus-size model. She was discovered in 2007 at a modeling convention in New York City by a modeling agent. She has been featured in numerous high fashion brands such as Dereon and Viktor, and Rolf. She was also the first and only plus-size to walk the runway for Marc by Marc Jacobs in 2012. Since then, she has been featured numerous times on the cover of American Curves Magazine, and her “Bunny” mascot has exploded with popularity on social media.
26. Steven Green
Steven Green is a plus-size model. He was born in 1983 and hailed from New York City. He has been featured on the cover of the British “Elle,” which is a high fashion magazine, and is one of the faces for the Size Does Matter campaign. In addition, he has walked the runway for designers such as Hugo Boss.
27. Chloe Marshall
Chloe Elizabeth Marshall was born in 1991. She is an English plus-size model from Cranleigh, Surrey. At six years old, she weighed 100 pounds and was taller than the average girl her age. She started modeling at sixteen after being scouted twice in two weeks. She took part in Elite Model Look UK in 2009 but did not make it into the top ten. She has walked the runway for designers such as Prada and Chanel. She has been featured in print ads for Liz Claiborne, where she was styled by Camilla Nickerson, who is a plus-size interior designer and fashion stylist.
28. Darnel Gramm
Darnel Ghramm was born in 1984. He is a plus-size men’s model. He is from Los Angeles, California. He is 6′ 3″ in height, which is fairly tall for a man but is pretty average for plus-size models. He has appeared in advertisements for companies such as Express, and he is the face of the clothing company Target Man. He has participated in runway shows for brands such as Balmain, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein Collection, and he walked the runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in 2012.
29. Hayley Hasselhoff
Hayley Hasselhoff is an actor and plus-size model from the United States. She is best known for starring in the television series The Secret Life of an American Teenager as the lead character. She was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Chapman University. She was named one of ten models launching the latest plus size line for Walmart called “Miss Marketplace.” This line will be debuting exclusively at Walmart stores across the United States starting April 1.
30. Jada Sezer
Jada Sezer was born in 1989. She is a plus-size model. She is from Los Angeles, California. She has walked the runway for designers such as Louis Vuitton. She has appeared in magazines such as “Teen Vogue,” “L’Officiel,” and “Allure.” She was also the face of E! Networks show, “I Wanna Work For NBC,” where she worked at Glamour’s fashion magazine.
31. Felicity Hayward
Felicity was born in 1988 in Suffolk, England. She is a plus-size model who has been featured in magazines such as Marie Claire, Elle, Glamour, and Vogue España. Her campaign work includes the “D&G Jeans Collection,” “Prada SS15,” and in international magazines like “Vistas” in China. Felicity has also worked with brands like H&M, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren Polo Sport, where she was their face of the fall campaign. Felicity has recently become the face of the clothing brand Wildfang.
32. Ben James
Ben James is a popular male plus-size model, and body-positive activist from Yorkshire Ben became a model in 2018. He was born in 1995 in the UK. Ben has appeared in magazines such as DIVA Magazine, Gay Times, Attitude, and UK Plus. Ben is currently the face of the clothing brand M&S. He has also collaborated with firms such as Love Magazine, where he was featured with model Aaron Philip. Ben James has become very popular on social media
33. Sonny Turner
Sonny Turner was born in 1998. She is a plus-size model who has become very popular on social media due to her natural looks. Sonny has appeared in Tush, Queen Street Size 10, More Magazine, Queen Street Lifestyle Magazine, Vogue Italia, and Oyster. She has also appeared in campaigns for Blanket London and La Senza. Sonny became the first black model to be featured in Playboy.
34. Hunter McGrady
Hunter Sienna McGrady was born in 1993. She is an American plus-size model. Hunter has been featured in magazines such as Vogue Italia, Glamour, Interview Magazine, and Elle. She has also appeared in campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Gap, and Victoria’s Secret. Hunter currently appears as the face of shapewear shaper Acewear.
35. Gabi Fresh
Gabi model plus size and fashion blogger from Detroit. She was born in 1987 in the USA. Gabi began her career in modeling at the age of 16. Gabi has done campaigns for Forever 21, Macy’s, Revlon, and PETA. She became the first plus-size model to be featured on the cover of NYLON Magazine. There are countless runway images of Gabi that can be found online or on her social media pages. Gabi is featured heavily on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, where she regularly makes videos about fashion, beauty, and her personal experiences.
36. Precious Lee
Precious Lee was born in 1989. She is a plus-size model who began modeling at the age of ten and made her first runway appearance at age 16. She worked as an exclusive plus-size model for The Limited and Prada. Precious has also walked the runways for Marc Jacobs, Ann Taylor, and Chico’s. Precious is currently signed to Wilhelmina Models.
37. Olivia Campbell
Olivia Campbell was born in 1989. She is a British plus-size model with an hourglass figure. Olivia is best known for being the face of the lingerie brand, Intimissimi. Her catwalk appearances include Rodarte, Giorgio Armani, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, among others. Olivia has graced magazine covers, including Elle Germany and W magazine, among others. She has also been featured in Moschino, Louis Vuitton, Chloé, and Givenchy, among many others.
38. La’Tecia Thomas
La’Tecia Thomas was born in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia. She is a plus-size model based in New York who first started modeling at the age of 15. La’Tecia has walked the runway for Anna Sui, Badgley Mischka, Carmen Marc Valvo, Christian Siriano, Cynthia Steffe & Co, to name a few. Thomas has also been featured in campaigns for Reebok, Roberto Cavalli’s fragrance “Just Cavalli,” and Sonia Rykiel, to name a few.
39. Clementine Desseaux
Clementine Desseaux was born in 1988 in France. She is a plus-size model, born to a French mother and Brazilian father. Clementine started modeling at the age of 16 and is currently signed with IMG models in New York. Some of her earliest work includes featuring in British Elle and British Marie Claire. Since then, Desseaux has been featured in Ralph Lauren and American Eagle campaigns, among many others.
40. Crystal Renn
Crystal Renn was born in 1986 in Miami, Florida. She is an American plus-size model and author. In 2009, she wrote a book about her life titled “Hungry,” a New York Times bestseller. Renn began modeling at the age of 15 and struggled with anorexia nervosa throughout high school and college. Her appearance has been compared to Marilyn Monroe.