10. La’Tecia Thomas
Appeared for: Fashion Nova Curve, PrettyLittleThing, Mary Holland Lingerie
La’Tecia was first discovered when she was 15 in her hometown Melbourne. She is now one of Australia’s most famous plus-size models. La’Tecia previously competed in fitness modelling competitions as a size 10, but struggled with mental illness and body confidence. Now a size 16, La’tecia is content with her body and feels that plus size modelling is a liberating experience. In the beginning of 2018, La’Tecia took to Instagram to post a comparison between a retouched and unretouched photo, to remind women that not everything in the media is the truth. The body positive model feels that the industry should drop the terms ‘plus size’ and ‘curvy’ modelling, and promote women of all sizes.
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9. Clementine Desseaux
Appeared for: American Apparel, Christian Louboutin
In 2016, body positive model and blogger Clémentine Desseaux teamed up with Charli Howard to launch the All Women Project. The organisation runs self-esteem building events and workshops in schools with an aim to challenge the notion that high fashion models must be of one body type. Her advocacy for a diverse modelling industry makes her worthy of mentioning in our list of top 10 plus size models.
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8. Robyn Lawley
Appeared for: Elle, Vogue Italia, Marie Claire, H & M, Ralph Lauren
Robyn Lawley was the first Australian model of non-straight size to appear on the cover of Australian Cosmopolitan and Australian Vogue. In an interview with Wall Street Journal, Robyn Lawley spoke out against the term ‘plus size.’ Lawley said she hopes the term plus size would outgrow it’s use, feeling that plus-size models were sometimes employed as a shock tactic and grab for press.
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7. Precious Lee
Appeared for: Lane Bryant, Glamour, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, Sports Illustrated.
Precious Lee was the first black plus size model to grace the pages of American Vogue and Sports Illustrated. As a face of Lane Byrant’s body positive #IAmNoAngel and This Body campaigns, Precious Lee proudly advocates for diversity in race, size and gender in her field. Lee believes in encouraging self-love and a healthy body image in young women, earning her a spot on our list of top 10 plus size models of 2018.
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6. Candice Huffine
Appeared for: CR Fashion Book, Vogue, V Magazine, i-D, Glamour
Beginning her career as a beauty queen and competing in pageants across Maryland, Candice Huffine refused to lose weight for agents when she started modelling. She persisted, and her big break came when alongside Tara Lynn, she was featured in Vogue Italia’s plus size spread. A few months later she made the legendary Pirelli Calendar, a publication whose pages have been graced by A-listers like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford. Her exuberance and courage gives her the strength to express her body positivity and self-love to the world.
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5. Tara Lynn
Appeared for: Glamour, Elle, Vogue, Time Magazine, H & M
Next on our list of top 10 plus size models is Tara Lynn, who came into the spotlight in 2011 after her appearance in Vogue Italia’s famous plus size editorial spread. After dealing with her own body image issues in her youth as a UK size 18-20, Tara Lynn now inspires diversity in the modelling industry, and encourages women to embrace their natural figure.
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4. Crystal Renn
Appeared for: Chanel, Jean Paul Gualtier, Vogue, Elle, Jimmy Choo, Dolce & Gabbana
At the age of 14, Crystal Renn was told by agents she would need to lose almost a third of her body weight if she wanted to become a model. After struggling with anorexia, she altered her diet and exercise habits and gained weight, re-emerging as a plus-size model and embracing her body. In 2009 she wrote a novel about her experiences in the fashion industry titled Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves.
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3. Chloe Marshall
Appeared for: Macy’s and Torrid, Plus Model magazine, Lane Bryant
After winning Miss Surrey in 2008, Marshall became the first size 16 model to reach the finals for the Miss England Tiara. Her motivation for becoming a model was to boost the confidence of curvy girls and to challenge the stereotype that only straight size girls can make it to the Miss England finals. Her desire to inspire diversity is why she has been placed in our list top 10 plus size models.
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2. Jennie Runk
Appeared for: H & M, Marie Claire, Vogue, Seventeen
Jennie Runk rose to prominence after featuring in US Vogue’s 2005 Shape issue, but it wasn’t until her beachwear appearance in H&M’s Summer 2013 campaign that she really made waves in the industry. The campaign was featured on the front page of H&M’s US website and received extensive media coverage. As a result, Runk wrote a piece for the BBC on shape diversity in modelling, stating she feels compelled to inspire confidence and show girls that it’s acceptable to be different.
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1. Ashley Graham
Appeared for: Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, Levi’s
What would a list of top 10 plus size models of 2018 be without Ashley Graham? Ashley was first discovered at the age of 12, and since then has been a trailblazer in the fashion industry and an inspiration to women everywhere. In 2016, she was the first plus size model to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, a magazine famous for only featuring straight size models. In the same year, a one-of-a-kind Barbie was made in her likeness. Graham has also collaborated with brands to launch her own lingerie, clothing and swimsuit lines designed to fit women of all sizes. Ashley Graham has made history like no other model has before, and thus she has been mentioned as number one in our list of top 10 plus size models.