With each new year, the newest fashion week along with the latest runway casting, the demands for more inclusivity and diversity within the fashion world gets louder. Brands are finally beginning to realise that women in the real world, are not always the size 4 models and that they come in a variety of sizes and shapes. In addition to this, every woman should strive to feel confident and beautiful the way that she is.
The easiest way to instil this confidence is showing these ladies that “normal” women that come in these sizes and shapes can also proudly appear on the covers of the magazines that they love the most. Other ways include displaying clothing in the shops that they love most and show that these models are also as successful as the “standard size” skinny models. One of their secrets are panty girdles which can smooth, lift and accentuate the figure, showcasing their assets and giving them the wow factor. Here we will showcase some of these women who are achieving exactly that, and how they too are making a real difference within the fashion world.
Ashley Graham is perhaps the best known plus-size model trending on the circuits at the moment. She is also becoming a de-facto face for the positivity movement of this type of body for very good reasons. Recently, she made very noticeable waves when she appeared in Vogue with a series of photos that were untouched, and she is also the very first plus-size model that appeared in Sports Illustrated. Today, she continues to impress where she has been seen on the catwalks with models like Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner. She managed to make a significant impact for the plus-sized models when she was asked to appear in Vogue again, with the cover page title that declared “no norm is the new norm”. This is regarded as a massive step forward when it comes to the “body-positive” movement and she is one of the main players when it comes to promoting plus-sized modelling within mainstream culture.
We simply cannot discuss plus-sized models without a mention of the beautiful Tess Holliday. She is regarded as the initial spark behind “big is beautiful” movement, she has also been one of the advocates for the plus-size women throughout her career. In the year 2015, Tess made the headline when she became the first plus-size model in the world to be signed on with one of the major agencies, where she went onto flaunting her curves (size 22) on TV ads and magazines. Her brash and loud attitude resulted in the creation of her hashtag #EffYourBeautyStandards, where she encouraged women of every size and shape to love who they are and to feel beautiful in their bodies. We think she is a true beacon of acceptance, happiness, and hope in the world of plus-size models, and we would love to see more women just like her.
Amy Lemons history is one of interest. Over the course of her long-standing career, she was once classified as a “straight sized” model as she fitted into the industry standard for model sizes. Amy landed her 1st job at only 14, where she starred on the Italian Vogue cover. From here she appeared on cover pages of Harpers, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and Bazaar. She also starred in a number of campaigns for the high-end brands which includes Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein. On graduating from college, she began speaking out about the “zero standard” of the modelling industry and promoting self-esteem that is healthy for younger women. It was from here that she made the transition into a plus-size model and she has been flaunting those beautiful curves since then while promoting self-esteem and good mental-health for younger women.
Philomena is a truly fantastic woman, plus-size model and an all-around person. This is the type of lady you would want to call your best friend. She is not only a stunning plus-size model but also a fierce supporter of maternal health, diversity, along with women’s rights. She is also one of the aggressive role models when it comes to self-love and positive body images. She spreads her career over strutting her stuff on the runways and posing for the camera, and the rest of her time is dedicated to running a charity known as The Lily Project, where she promotes healthcare reform, along with tackling the diversity within the modelling industries, for both size and race. We cannot wait to see her again in not only the media but also on the runways.
So there it is, just a few of our best and favourite plus-size models. There are many more of these amazing women out there. The “body positivity” movement is really starting to make an impact, which is encouraging society to embrace women in every size and shape. We are excited to see a lot more plus-size models making names for themselves.