For centuries, women from different cultures were so pressured to contort their bodies to physical extremes that many had to suffer in silence just so they can appear “normal” to society. If you’ve flipped through fashion magazines over the years, you probably didn’t realize that models back then had to endure the misery and peer pressure they frequently faced to grace the front cover. But times have changed. Thanks to the evolving mindset in today’s women, they’re now fighting for their beliefs — including how they want to be seen.
The list here shows how a new generation of models today have stepped up and carved their definition of “sexy” through their curves. See how these women rock their plus-size bodies — without any hint of shame or whatsoever!
1. Fluvia Lacerda
You can’t go wrong with Fluvia, a heavenly plus-sized stunner who turned a lot of heads. She’s the true definition of an all-around heavyweight beauty worth watching. She’s glowing with pure feminine beauty and strength. A true woman defined for who she is in this lingerie outfit. Add that to her luring appearance and aura, and you’ve got yourself a beauty who will definitely turn heads!
2. Ashley Graham
Ashley has no fear when it comes to flaunting her body. She walks the talk without hesitation. When New York decided to shut down its plus-sized division a few years back, she joined forces with several other full-figured beauties to launch ALDA, a group aiming to push boundaries while promoting diversity for plus-sized models. Ashley strongly believes that she’s defined from what she sees for herself. Not others.
3. Denise Bidot
What you see is what you get! And we’re not talking about the tropical backdrop. You gotta give credit to Denise’s smokin’ body. Even today’s beach babes would have a hard time competing with her gorgeous wide frame. The black swimsuit hugging her plus-sized figure easily puts other ladies down the road to shame. Add that with a beautiful beach backdrop and you have yourself a natural beauty posing without regrets.
4. Tara Lynn
Tara, who garnered the infamous “The Body” nickname, has been known to appear with ultra-famous powerhouses Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley for the June magazine cover in Vogue Italia’s 2011 edition (naturally shot by Steven Meisel). All throughout her plus-sized modelling career, Tara has taken the covers of ELLE Spain and ELLE France — two times!
5. Quinn Miles
Quinn, a native of Los Angeles, who has been in the modelling business for years, has posed for popular brands including Macy’s and Old Navy. Just recently, she revealed what she unearthed from the industry to Glamour Magazine: Regardless of what people think for so many reasons, it’s important to not easily be swayed by opinons. Falling into traps is part of the process and once you know the ins and outs of the industry, you can use the experience as tools to know and do better.
6. Philomena Miles
You may have heard of Philomena in the modelling circles just yet, but give it a bit of time. The London native, who has captured the professional interest of Lane Bryant and Torrid, definitely plans to make it big in the near future. While she has her sights on modelling for big time agenices like Vogue, Lancome, H&M, GAP,and Colours of Benton, she wants to go beyond that. She wants to use her professional career as a platform to promote healthcare access all over the globe.
7. Candice Huffine
Candice has made multiple magazine appearances in W and CR Fashion Book, Vogue Italia, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. With her accomplishments, she felt she could so much better by breaking boundaries and venturing into other brands on her own. This year, she gained recognition for being the first plus-size model to make it to the Pirelli Calendar.
8. Jennie Runk
Ever since Jennie graced the cover of Glamour’s issue in November 2009, her appearance spread like wildfire all over the fashion industry. Jennie made headlines as one of several plus-sized models during that year to have bared it all. Since then, she was recognized as the first plus-size model to land the catalog in H&M’s swimsuit edition.
9. Sabina Karlsson
Scandanavia’s Next Top Model alum, Sabina, kicked off her modeling career in the straight-size category. She modeled for renowned fashion designers which include Jean Paul Gaultier, Tracy Reese, and Betsey Johnson. But she didn’t feel content with her slim figure. A short time later, she broke through her own physical discomfort and crossed into the plus-size modeling territory.
10. Victoria Lee