As years pass by and new fashion weeks and runway castings take place, there is more and more talk about expanding the inclusivity and diversity of the fashion industry. Brands have began to embrace the fact that not all women are size 4 – they are different in their sizes and shapes, and their main objective is to feel confident and beautiful in what they wear. One way to prove this point is to put women of all sizes and shapes on the covers of popular fashion magazines wearing the clothes that women want as opposed to always using standard or skinny models to display the same clothes. And if you’re into fashion and embrace shapewear, here’s some tips for stopping your shapewear rolling down – so you can still look your best and feel as confident as your favourite plus-sized models. Today, we want to highlight a couple of women who are involved in this drastic shift in the fashion industry. These are women who are are proud of their body shapes and sizes, as well as their overall personalities.
Ashley is probably our most recognized plus-size model, and she is quickly become the face of the body positivity movement in the fashion industry. Just recently, she’s has been features in a series of unretouched photos in Vogue, and she is the very first plus-size model to be features in Sports Illustrated. To add on to this, she is also strutting her designs on the runway alongside big names like Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner. She’s achieved so much as a plus-sized model that she was called up once again to feature on the cover of Vogue alongside an amazing headline “no norm is the new norm”. This is big win for plus-size models, and she’s been a key proponent of inclusivity and diversity in the overall fashion industry.
You cannot fail to mention Tess Holliday when talking about beautiful plus-size models. She is the one of the key figures behind the body positivity movement, and has been a strong advocate for women with ‘larger’ physiques for many years. In 2015, she made the news when she was first plus-size model to join a major agency. She went on to flaunt her beautiful size 22 figure on TV ads and magazine covers. Her brash, bold and loud attitude led her to invent the hashtag #EffYourBeautyStandards, encouraging all women regardless of their body sizes and shapes to feel beautiful and love their their bodies. We definitely think that she is a role-model for many plus-size models out there today.
Amy is one of our more captivating plus-size models. For most of her career, she was a ‘standard-sized’ model as dictated by the existing norms and practices of the fashion industry. She got her first major gig at the young age of 14 when she featured on the cover of the Italian Vogue. In later years, she went on to feature on the covers of Marie Claire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, as well as being the key fashion figure in campaigns that involved brands such as Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein. However, once she was done with her college studies, she began to shed light on the dark side of the industry that favoured ‘standard-sized’ models. She went on to become a plus-sized model and began flaunting her curves in a bid to encourage women to have a high self-esteem no matter their body size.
Philomena is an amazing woman, model and overall human being. This is a woman who you would enjoy being friends with. She is an amazing plus-size model and a big supporter of women’s rights, maternal health and diversity. She is also a key figure in the body positivity movement and a promoter of self-love. When she’s not on the runway or in front of the camera, she is doing some work on her charity called The Lily Project. She also a big advocate of affordable healthcare and also calls for more diversity in the fashion world, for both size and race. We are very eager to see what she’ll be upto next.
So, that’s all for now. These are just some of the remarkable plus-size models taking over the fashion industry. As the body-positivity movement continues to grow and thrive, we hope that more plus-size models get the recognition they deserve.