Generally, when we think of the top plus-size models in the industry, one particular face comes to mind: that of Ashley Graham. In the past two years, Graham has risen from relative obscurity to household name status, thanks to her Sports Illustrated, Vogue and ELLE covers, her role as resident model mentor on the reboot of America’s Next Top Model, her turns on the runways of Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano and H&M. Some (particularly millennials) might also think of Aerie frontwoman, body positivity activist and fellow Siriano and H&M fave Iskra Lawrence, who now boasts over 4.1 million Instagram followers.
Fortunately, it’s not just these two who are getting all the work. The fashion world’s new emphasis on inclusivity has opened the doors for many a plus-size model (we’re not fans of the term, but it’s the still the industry standard, hence our continued use of it). Now more than ever, rising, non-sample-size stars are booking the kinds of work (Vogue covers, major beauty deals, high-end runway shows) that previously eluded fuller-figured models. Change is upon us, and it’s not just Graham and Lawrence leading the current charge. Get to know some of the most popular plus-size models of the day by clicking on the slideshow above.
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