Times are changing and in a good way! No longer are advertisements exclusively for size 2 models, women of all shapes and sizes are representing the industry including plus-size. There are a few models who are leading this change and stand out from the crowd. Here are some of our favorite ladies.
At a mere 31 years old, and with years of experience under her belt, Denise Bidot is one of the most recognizable plus size models out there. The raven-haired beauty has been a model for popular brands like Forever 21, Lane Bryant and Old Navy. Ethnically, her family comes from Kuwait and Puerto Rico. She made a name for herself by being the only plus-size model in Serena Williams’s HSN fashion line during the 2014 New York Fashion Week. She got her start on the set of Tyra Banks’s show, and currently she models worldwide and is a spokesperson for plus-size women in fashion.
Graham changed modeling forever when she and her curvy vivaciousness appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition. Hailing from Nebraska, she made the world notice her by setting a record. Recently, she signed with Ford and continues to grace the pages of numerous high-fashion magazines and retail campaigns.
Lynn was only the third plus-size model to be on Vogue Italia’s cover in a shoot that featured full-figured women in sexy positions and lingerie. Her claim to fame occurred after she was featured on V magazine and Elle France. Beforehand, she worked everyday jobs such as fast food and grocery stores. She currently represents major retailers and stuns in incredible lingerie shoots and ads.
An avid scholar, spokesperson, and campaigner, this model embodies both beauty and brains. She is involved with a plethora of issues and has advanced educational degrees. She runs her own health and advising business, “The Lily Project,” which is dedicated to answering beauty and health questions that young women may have. Moreover, Kwao campaigns against segregation of both race and size in modeling. Her influence is impressive and she uses her beauty for good, proving that models are more than just a pretty face.
Lee made history as the first black plus-size model in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and in Vogue. She continues to partake in magazine shoots and book ads for big names such as Lane Bryant. Furthermore, she has a popular Instagram page where she posts photos in which she promotes loving and valuing yourself. Lee remains as a positive role model for women everywhere and surrounds herself with like-minded people.