Don’t curb the curves!
Today’s fashion world is starting to embrace plus size modeling, thanks to the efforts by some big names in fashion magazines.
Sports Illustrated, Elle, Vogue, and other active players ruling the fashion industry are giving curvier women a platform.
The requirements for plus size modeling include:
- Sizes 12-14 perfect for print media and size 18 is great for modeling. If you are size 18-22, it’s a call to hit the runways as a plus size model.
- For height, a plus size model need anywhere from 5’9” to 6” for high fashion. Still, don’t be discouraged if you are more or a bit less. Boldness, self-confidence, and the desire to achieve goals has been the lesson from successful plus size models.
- For body shape, you need a waist of 10 inches lesser than your hips.
This is just the general standard. Plus size modeling is an industry that is open to changes that run across diversities.
We hope you learn the real thing and gain a great deal of inspiration from the 10 plus size models presented below.
Enjoy reading and be sure to leave your comments below.
Ashley Graham (@theashleygraham)
Ashley Graham is a popular plus size American model born October 30, 1987, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
She has appeared on top fashion magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle and featured for Levi’s campaigns as well as appeared in different Television programs including CBS News, Entertainment Tonight and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Her Instagram stats show over 2000 posts and more than 6 million followers, more than any other plus size model as of today! Her features include her brown eyes, brown hair and she stands 177cm (5 ft. 9 1⁄2) tall, and is a size 14.
She joined the Super Model status in 2016 and appeared in the Paris Fashion industry where she walked the Paris Fashion Week to participate in H&M’s Fall 2016 Studio show with Freja Beha Erichsen and Jourdan Dunn.
Liris Crosse (@lirisc)
Liris Crosse is a 35-year-old accomplished American plus-size model born in Randallstown, Maryland. She is a rising star who is an actress and pioneers full-figured women & black women in the fashion industry.
Her Instagram stat has over 9000 posts, and over 58k followers. Dubbed as “The Naomi Campbell of Plus” size model, Liris Crosse owns Life Of A Working Model Boot Camp where future supermodels are groomed. She is a size 14 and 5’ 11” tall with brown eyes and hair.
She has featured on Vogue, Essence, Cosmopolitan and Vibe magazines as well as featured in movies and television shows. You can connect with her at www.loawmbc.com, her personal website or follow her on Facebook
Tara Lynn (@taralynn)
Tara Lynn is a plus size American model born 26th July, 1982 in Tacoma, Washington.
She is a size 14 best known as a lingerie plus size model.
Tara was featured in V and Elle’s plus size fashion shoot in 2000. And has gained more exposure in high profile magazines including Time and Glamour to mention a few.
Her early life shows Tara was precisely cut for showbiz. She had classical voice training at 12, studied and sang jazz in (Pierce and Bellevue) College.
Tara’s Instagram page shows over 700 posts, more than 547k followers.
You can also connect with her on Facebook
Naomi Shimada (naomishimada)
Naomi is a 31-year-old self-proclaimed global citizen who has graced several world-class news media and magazines including the BBC, Refinery29, Elle, The Gloss, The Guardian, Vogue, and The Observer.
Naomi is a plus-size model, activist, role model and body positivity champ. She is a multi-talented person, an astute storyteller, a TV personality, and an amazing model who started regular modeling at 13 to become a plus-size model at 22.
Naomi is a multi-location resident having lived in New York, Tokyo, London and Andalucia. This gives her a wider perspective of the fashion industry and sharpened her focus to enable her to create a mark in the modeling industry.
Her Instagram stat reports over 4000 posts and more than 57k followers.
Hunter McGrady (@huntermcgrady)
Hunter MacGrady is a 24-year old plus size model. She was born on May 4, 1993, in Westlake Village, California.
Hunter started her modeling career as a straight-size model at the age of 16. She never liked the term plus-size, but size-inclusive.
Hunter’s rise to stardom isn’t so much of a surprise to many, being a daughter of a TV actor, whose mother, grandmother and aunt were models. Basically, she grew up in a showbiz family and she hasn’t disappointed her heritage by her current achievement as a rising star in the modeling business.
Her showbiz background notwithstanding, Hunter’s self-believe and unrelenting efforts in her chosen career contributes massively to what she has achieved today.
Her Instagram profile shows over 1600 posts with more than 411k followers. Hunter is a size 16 and almost 6 feet tall.
Tess Holliday (tessholliday)
Tess Holliday isn’t the typical plus size model you know, she is something more.
Also known as Tess Munster and Tess Typhoon, Tess Holliday was born and named Ryann Maegen Hoven on July 5, 1985, in Laurel Mississippi, USA.
Tess also spends a great time as a make-up artist and blogger, while committing her energy to her modeling career. She is a mother of two, married to Nick Holliday since 2015.
The body positive activist modeling career was influenced by her childhood bullying and criticism owning to her plus size.
At age 15, Tess started attending auditions, but not until in 2010 when she moved to Los Angeles working as a receptionist and later discovered by A&E to feature in the documentary “Heavy.”
She is a size 22, 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 280lb. Tess has more than 5000 Instagram posts, over 1.5 million followers.
Bree Kish (@breekish)
Bree Kish is a plus size model born in the US on February 6, 1996, from Orange County.
She started modeling at age 14 and has since grown to become a celebrated supermodel in history.
Bree claims to belong to different nationalities, being partly Spanish, Dutch, Irish and African American. Her entry into modeling was through encouragement by family members and people around her because of her physique.
She featured in several magazines and has a large following on her YouTube channel. Her brands include Forever21+, Torrid, Rue 21, Lane Bryant etc.
Bree is considering acting in horror movie genre as her next big move.
She is a size 14 supermodel measuring 5’9” in height
The plus-size has over 1000 posts and more than 150k followers on Instagram.
Her rising career shows there is still more to expect!
Gabi Fresh (@gabifresh)
Gabi Gregg is an example of Big Bold and Beautiful!
Gabi, who was born in Detroit, MI on September 9, 1986 and left school to start her modeling career in 2008.
Gabi Fresh, as she is known by, loved fashion and journalism as a kid. She decided to pursue her inner conviction despite not having any modeling experience.
Gabi is a body positivity crusader who encourages all plus size women to embrace their bodies and be proud of whom they are. She took to blogging to have a voice in selling her ideas and ventured into fashion as a bikini/swimming suit model.
As a regular face in leading fashion magazines, her desire for more led her to until now to developing her own clothing line, Premme! The clothing outfit targets plus size women, giving them a brand that celebrates their inclusive size.
On Instagram, Gabbi has over 1,600 posts to date, with more than 550k followers.
Tabria Major (@tabriamajors)
An American born plus-size model and social media sensation, Tabrias Majors was born on March 19, 1990.
Tabria has made several Magazine photo shoots before climbing the stardom of plus-size model. She is managed by Natural Models Management. She also co-hosts The Thick, an iTunes podcast.
The voluptuous hourglass figure made her mark in the swimsuits fashion niche, appearing for SI Swimsuits Issue in 2018. And she’s a notable plus-size model in the bikini/lingerie modeling genre too.
Tabria is an 18-size measuring 5’10” in height and weighing 215 lbs. She’s a body positivity advocate and spends time empowering women to accept their plus size figures. And to maintain undeterred confidence and comfort in their great body.
On Instagram, she has more than 700k followers. We expect those numbers to swell significantly by time the you’re reading this.
Anita Marshall (@anitamarshall)
Anita was born in Boston, Ma on February 25, 1991. This plus-size model is known for her representation through Muse Management and Dorothy Combs in NYC.
Anita is a full-figured woman with a delectable passion for what she does.
The plus-size model has featured in major fashion magazines and in an advertising campaign for Universal Standard website.
Anita Marshall is a size 16, and stands 5’11” in height.
Her reminder to upcoming plus models is to never undermine their worth by comparing themselves to others. To her, life is a solo journey and you have to do it alone!
Her Instagram page has over 75k followers, with 400 posts.