[UPDATED 20 Nov 2016] 7 Bold & Beautiful PLUS-SIZE MODELS You Must Meet

1. Tess Holliday
Tess is the first woman of her size and height to score a major modeling contract. She is a jet-setting star featured in Vogue Italia. She was told most of her life that she was too heavy and short to be a model; today, though, she’s the one of the most-successful plus-size models signed to a mainstream modeling agency, MiLk. Her resume is impressive: she shot a campaign for Benefit Cosmetics, worked with David LaChapelle, and has been featured on magazine covers around the world. She describes herself as a “body positive activist” and created her #effyourbeautystandards movement on Instagram to advocate for people of all shapes and sizes. Tess is also a mother and currently engaged to be married. (Source: YouTube)

 

2. Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham made history by posing in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue.

 

3. Denise Bidot
Denise Bidot made history in 2014 when she became the first plus-sized model to walk two New York Fashion Week runways for straight-sized brands.

 

4. Liris Crosse
“- Liris Crosse, 32, was rejected due to her ‘voluptuous size’
– Took matters into her own hands and is now a top plus-size model
– Her idol was always Naomi Campbell and now she’s compared to her”
Full story at Daily Mail
Liris Crosse

 

5. Barbie Ferreira
The 19-year-old curvy model whose unretouched photos took the Internet by storm…
– Read more at Time

 

6. Katie Knowles
Katie, 25, is UK’s first plus-size disabled model.
– Full story at The Sun

 

7. Stefania Ferrario
Stefania is a 23-year-old Australian girl who works as a model and actively resists the practice of people like her being labeled “plus-sized”.
– Read more at Bright Side
Stefania Ferrario

Featured Image: Tess Holliday/Instagram