How many famous plus-size models do you know? The answer to this right now would be…many. It is a known fact that a lot has changed in the modeling industry in the last few years. If you’ve been in touch with the industry, you would agree that modeling has shifted from what it used to be, as many bold and beautiful women are beginning to embrace their bodies for good and taking over magazine covers and runway shows as well. For most people, a perfect model is someone who is tall, skinny, and flawless but since most women began redefining these standards, more people are beginning to change their perception about what a desirable body type should be.
That said, plus size models deserve to be appreciated, especially because they are gradually beginning to take their place not only on magazine covers and runway shows but also in music, TV, and film. Here is our list of 10 plus size models who are stunningly beautiful and have been doing their fair share in redefining the face of the modeling industry.
Famous Plus Size Models Who Are Really Beautiful
1. Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham seems like the perfect name to start this list with because she is arguably the most famous plus-size models in the world, having graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition in 2016. As you already know, she was the first plus-size model to appear on Sports Illustrated, a magazine famed for featuring straight size models on their magazines.
On top of this, Graham is a designer of her own swimsuit, lingerie, and clothing line and has also worked with Cosmopolitan, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, and many other elite brands. In 2016, she was named as part of the ‘25 Most Intriguing People’ in the world and was also featured in Vogue’s ‘30 Under 30’ list. Being a phenomenal body image activist, she has been in the spotlight for making a difference with her positive body movements and publications. She is the author of the book: ‘What Confidence, Beauty, And Power Really Look Like’. The supermodel, who stands at 177 centimeters tall, was born on 30th October 1987, in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States.
2. Jennie Runk
Jennie Runk became popular in the modeling industry after she featured in Vogue’s 2005 Shape issue, but it wasn’t until her stint at H&M’s Summer campaign in 2013 that she really gained international attention and made everyone forget she was not a straight size model. Following extensive coverage of the campaign in the media and H&M’s US website, Runk’s prominence doubled, leading her to write a piece on shape diversity in modeling for BBC. The article, to date, remains a huge inspiration to many women struggling to embrace their body.
Runk was discovered in 2003 but she became a full-time model in the year 2011. She has appeared on Seventeen, Glamour (twice) and has also done some projects with other notable plus-size models such as Lizzie Miller, Crystal Renn, and Ashley Graham. The New York-based plus-size fashion model has as well, did many jobs for many plus size retailers, including walking in several runway shows by the Italian fashion house, Elena Miro. She is a native of Georgia, United States, where she was born on 13th June 1989.
3. Chloe Marshall
Chloe Marshall became a model after she was inspired to challenge the stereotype that plus-size models can’t make it to the Miss England finals. Her dream came true when she won Miss Surrey in 2008, becoming the first plus-size model to reach the finals for Miss England Tiara. Her victory boosted the confidence of many curvy girls and inspired others to embrace body diversity in the modeling world. Marshall made our list of famous plus-size models because she has played influential roles in redefining societal standards of modeling. The blue-eyed English plus-size model has featured for Lane Bryant, Plus Model Magazine, and Macy’s and Torrid. She was born Chloe Elizabeth Marshall, on March 27, 1991, in Cranleigh Surrey, England, in the United Kingdom.
4. Hunter McGrady
Hunter McGrady was born into a family with a long history in modeling; her grandmother, mom, and aunt were all models. She started out at the age of 16 with the intention of becoming a straight-size model but switched to plus modeling at the age of 19. Today, she is a body positivity advocate who has featured in a number of magazines and for several fashion brands. In 2017, the size 16 model graced Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition and was later inspired to create her own curvy swimsuit line. The 1.8 meters plus-size model is a native of Los Angeles, California, where she was born on 4th May 1993. She is widely known as one of the famous plus-size models around.
5. Danika Brysha
Any plus-size conversation without a mention of Danika Brysha would be incomplete. She is a curvy hottie who has done many projects for clothing brands like Kohls, Target, Forever 21, and many others. In addition to her modeling career, she has a YouTube channel where she shares interviews, clean eating tips, and other lifestyle videos with her fans. The plus-size model is also the CEO and founder of Model Meals, a fast-growing healthy meal delivery service.
6. Tara Lynn
Tara Lynn is a lingerie model who models for plus-size clothing. She earned her big break after featuring in Elle and V fashion shoots. She has also graced the cover of Time magazine (2010), Elle-Québec, Vogue Italia (2011), Glamour, as well as various issues of Lucky Fall Jeans’ promotional magazine. Her resume covers advertisement stints with a gig for H&M being the most notable. A 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie, the beautiful plus-size model is well-loved for encouraging size-inclusive women to embrace their natural bodies.
Tara, who is currently represented by IMG Models, was born in San Francisco, California, United States, on July 26, 1982. She stands at a height of 1.75 meters.
7. Hayley Hasselhoff
While growing up, Haley was bullied for being an overweight kid but now, she seems to be having the last laugh, as she is today one of the famous plus-size models in the industry as well as the CEO of her own plus-size collection. She began modeling as a plus-size model in 2007. Over the course of her career, she banded together with modeling agencies such as Wilhelmina Models and Ford Models and has graced several modeling shows such as the British Plus Size Fashion Week (2014). Hasselhoff was once named the ambassador for Pulp Fashion Week in Paris. She is very beautiful and famous for helping to reshape a whole lot of things in the industry. The blonde beauty was born Hayley Amber Hasselhoff on 26th August 1992, in Los Angeles, California, U.S.
8. Candice Huffine
Supermodel, Instagram influencer, and beauty queen, Candice Huffine is a plus-size model who often expresses her body positivity to the world. She kicked off her career by competing in pageants across Maryland and later had her breakthrough when she appeared on Vogue Italia’s plus size spread. Since then, she has done several jobs for high-profile brands such as V Magazine, CR Fashion Book, i-D, Vogue, Glamour and many others. Candice has also graced the iconic Pirelli Calendar, which has hosted entertainment A-listers such as Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campell, and Kate Moss.
9. Precious Lee
Unarguably one of the famous plus-size models in the world right now, Lee’s modeling career is quite a remarkable one. She is not just a plus-size model but also a body activist who campaigns for appropriate representation of size, gender, and race in fashion. She holds the record as the first black plus-size model to appear on the pages of Sports Illustrated and American Vogue. In addition to modeling for other elite lines like Target, Glamour, Lane Bryant, and Saks Fifth Avenue, she stands as the face of Lane Byrant’s body positive campaigns – This Body and #IAmNoAngel. Lee has worked with fellow plus-size model Ashley Graham in 2016 during Christian Siriano runway collection unveiling.
If you are on Instagram, you can get to know more about other famous plus-size models as well as Precious’ modeling schedules/activities by searching for and following her at @preciousleexoxo. The beautiful soul is one black plus-size model who strongly believes in encouraging young women to go for a healthy body image. She was born with the birth sign Virgo on September 13, 1989, in Atlanta, Georgia.
10. Robyn Lawley
Robyn Lawley is a plus-size model remarkable for modeling for top-notch brands like Ralph Lauren, Elle, Marie Claire, Vogue, and H&M. The beauty stands out as the first Australian non-straight size model to feature on the cover of Australian Vogue and Australian Cosmopolitan. The fashion model has worked with notable agencies such as Milk Management (London), Muse Management (New York), Why Not Model Management (Milan), MIKAs (Stockholm), New Madison (Paris), and Francina Models (Barcelona). She has also done several advertisement campaigns for popular plus-size houses including but not limited to Persona Collezioni, Lane Bryant, Evans, and Marina Rinaldi. Being a phenomenal entrepreneur, she has her own swimwear line which she launched in August 2013. Robyn designs her products in collaboration with Bond-Eye Swimwear.
In June 2013, Robyn was honored with Model of the Year award at the Full Figured Fashion Week while her name was published for Sydney Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of the year award in the year 2011, making her one of the famous plus-size models of this generation. The daughter of Chris Lawley and Janne Lawley was born in Girraween, New South Wales, Australia, on 13th June 1989.