The Camera Loves Curves! 6 Plus Size Models Breaking The Mold in the World of Modeling

The Camera Loves Curves!

Plus Size Models Breaking The Mold in the World of Modeling


Curves, curves, and more curves! Plus size models are breaking the internet and are really making a statement in the fashion industry. Women are now fighting for all body types to be equally represented in the media as well as in stores. No longer are women allowing the media to portray just one type of woman. Barriers are being broken as models of all sizes are strutting their way into the modeling industry — giving women everywhere a chance to see that all body types are beautiful and deserve to be flaunted.

Publications like Sports Illustrated, which recently shot Ashley Graham as their first plus size cover girl, are now opening the doors for plus size models to be front and center for the world to admire. Gone are the days where thin was the only thing that was in. Check out these plus size models who are breaking the mold of the modeling industry while making a lasting impression on all fashion-lovers!



Ashley Graham 

IG: @theashleygraham

Ashley Graham’s accomplishments go beyond her becoming the first plus size model to be featured in a Sports Illustrated ad and the countless campaigns she has been a part of. She has proven to be more than just a model, but also an entrepreneur with her own line of lingerie which can be found at


Whitney Thompson

IG: @whitneyantm

Whitney Thompson made her way into the modeling industry by becoming the first plus size model to win the title of America’s Next Top Model. Whitney launched a jewelry and candle collection called “Supermodel” in 2014 and even owns her own restaurant!


Denise Bidot

IG: @denisebidot

Denise Bidot made history at New York Fashion Week in 2014 when she became the first plus size model to walk two runways for straight-size brands, CHROMAT and Serena Williams’ HSN fashion line. You may recognize this Latina, international model from her appearance on the Tyra Banks Show during a segment on self-image.


Philomena Kwao

IG: @philomenakwao

Philomena Kwao has modeled for international brands such as Torrid, Nordstrom, Lane Bryant and Evans. She is proof that beauty and brains is a great combination since she has a Master’s degree in International Health Management. She is also the founder of the Lily Project, a mentorship program for young girls.


Tess Holliday

IG: @tessholliday

Tess Holliday is the model behind the infamous hashtag #effyourbeautystandards which she has developed into an Instagram page that embraces curves (@effyourbeautystandards). Tess made her mark in the world of modeling by becoming the first model over the size 18 to model Monif Clarke‘s clothing line.


Precious Lee

IG: @preciousleexoxo

Precious Lee is one of the first size-14 African American women to appear in an ad in the same issue of Sports Illustrated that Ashley Graham covered. Precious can be seen in the Lane Bryant “This Body” ad which revealed her to the world.

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