How many famous models do you know? The answer to that right now would be….a lot. It is a well-known fact that much has changed in the modeling industry in recent years. If you have been in contact with the industry, you will agree that modeling has changed from what it used to be, as many beautiful and daring women are beginning to kiss their bodies for good and take control of magazine covers and fashion shows. For most people, a perfect role model is someone who is tall, lean and flawless, but since most women have begun to redefine these norms, more and more people are beginning to change their perception of what a desirable body type should be.
That said, large-format models deserve to be appreciated, especially since they are gradually taking their place not only on magazine covers and fashion shows but also in music, television, and film. Here is our list of 10 plus size models who are stunningly beautiful and have done their fair share by redefining the face of the modeling industry.
Famous Plus Size Models Who Are Really Beautiful
1. Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham seems to be the perfect name to start this list because she is probably the most famous Plus-size model in the world, having made the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition in 2016. As you already know, she was the first tall model to appear in Sports Illustrated, a magazine known for featuring straight size models on their magazines
In addition to that, Graham is a designer of her own line of swimwear, lingerie, and clothing and has also worked with Cosmopolitan, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, and several other luxury brands. In 2016, she was named one of the 25 most intriguing people in the world and was also on the Vogue 30 Under 30 list. As a phenomenal body image activist, she has been in the spotlight for making a difference with her positive body movements and publications. She is the author of the book: ‘What Confidence, Beauty, And Power Really Look Like’. The Supermodel, who measures 177 centimeters tall, was born on October 30, 1987, in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States.
2. Jennie Runk
Jennie Runk became popular in the modeling industry after her appearance in the 2005 Shape issue of Vogue, but it wasn’t until after her move to the H&M summer campaign in 2013 that she really caught the international attention and made everyone forget that she was not a normal size model. After extensive media coverage of the campaign in the media and on H&M’s US website, Runk’s notoriety doubled, leading her to write an article on the diversity of forms in modeling for BBC. The article, to date, remains a great source of inspiration for many women who struggle to embrace their bodies.
Runk was discovered in 2003 but became a full-time model in 2011. She has played on Seventeen, Glamour (twice) and has also done some projects with other larger models such as Lizzie Miller, Crystal Renn, and Ashley Graham. The tall New York fashion model has also done a lot of work for many tall retailers, including walking in several fashion shows at the Italian company Elena Miro. She is originally from Georgia, USA, where she was born on June 13, 1989.
3. Chloe Marshall
Chloe Marshall became a model after being inspired to challenge the stereotype that tall models can’t make it to the Miss England final. Her dream came true when she won Miss Surrey in 2008, becoming the first tall model to reach the final for Miss England Tiara. Her victory strengthened the confidence of many curved girls and inspired others to embrace the diversity of the body in the modeling world. Marshall made our list of famous tall models because she played an influential role in redefining societal norms for modeling. The blue-eyed English model was presented for Lane Bryant, Plus Model Magazine, Macy’s and Torrid. She was born Chloé Elizabeth Marshall on March 27, 1991, in Cranleigh Surrey, England, United Kingdom.
4. Hunter McGrady
Hunter McGrady was born into a family with a long history in modeling; her grandmother, mother, and aunt were all role models. She started at the age of 16 with the intention of becoming a straight waist model but moved to modeling more at the age of 19. Today, she is an activist for body positivity who has appeared in many magazines and for several fashion brands. In 2017, the size 16 model honored the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition and was later inspired to create its own line of curved swimsuits. The 1.8 meters tallest model is from Los Angeles, California, where she was born on May 4, 1993. She is widely known as one of the famous larger size models around.
5. Danika Brysha
Any larger conversation without a mention of Danika Brysha would be incomplete. It is a curvy bomb that has made many projects for clothing brands like Kohls, Target, Forever 21, and many others. In addition to her modeling career, she has a YouTube channel where she shares interviews, healthy eating tips and other lifestyle videos with her fans. The plus model is also the CEO and founder of Model Meals, a growing healthy meal delivery service.
6. Tara Lynn
Tara Lynn is a lingerie model who models larger clothes. She won her chance after participating in Elle and V Fashion Shoots. She has also been on the cover of Time magazine (2010), Elle-Québec, Vogue Italia (2011), Glamour, as well as various issues of Lucky Fall Jeans promotional magazine. Her curriculum vitae covers periods of advertising with a concert for H&M being the most remarkable. A rookie in a Sports Illustrated 2019 swimsuit, the beautiful large format model is much appreciated to encourage women of all sizes to kiss their natural bodies.
Tara, who is currently represented by IMG Models, was born in San Francisco, California, USA, on July 26, 1982. She stands at a height of 1.75 meters.
7. Hayley Hasselhoff
As a child, Haley was intimidated because she was an obese child, but now she seems to have the last word, as she is now one of the most famous models in the industry as well as the CEO of her own larger collection. She started modeling as a large format model in 2007. During her career, she has partnered with model agencies such as Wilhelmina Models and Ford Models and has participated in several model fairs such as the British Large Size Fashion Week (2014). Hasselhoff has been appointed an ambassador of Pulp Fashion Week in Paris. She is very beautiful and famous for helping to reshape many things in the industry. The blonde beauty was born Hayley Amber Hasselhoff on August 26, 1992, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
8. Candice Huffine
Supermodel, Instagram influencers and beauty queen, Candice Huffine is a tall model who often expresses her body positivity to the world. She began her career by participating in beauty contests across Maryland and made her breakthrough when she appeared on the Vogue Italia poster for large sizes. Since then, she has worked for several renowned brands such as V Magazine, CR Fashion Book, i-D, Vogue, Glamour and many others. Candice also honored the iconic Pirelli Calendar, which featured renowned artists such as Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campell, and Kate Moss.
9. Precious Lee
Undoubtedly one of the most famous models in the world at the moment, Lee’s modeling career is quite remarkable. She is not only a tall model but also a body activist who advocates for an appropriate representation of size, gender, and race in fashion. She holds the record for the first large-format black model to appear on the Sports Illustrated and American Vogue pages. In addition to being a model for other elite lines such as Target, Glamour, Lane Bryant and Saks Fifth Avenue, she is the face of Lane Byrant’s positive body campaigns – This Body and #IAmNoAngel. Lee worked with Ashley Graham in 2016 when Christian Siriano’s fashion show collection was unveiled.
If you are on Instagram, you can learn more about other famous Plus size models as well as Precious’ modeling schedules/activities by searching and following it on @preciousleexoxo. The beautiful soul is a larger black model who strongly believes in encouraging young women to choose a healthy body image. She was born with the sign of Our Lady’s birth on September 13, 1989, in Atlanta, Georgia.
10. Robyn Lawley
Robyn Lawley is a remarkable taller model for modeling for top brands such as Ralph Lauren, Elle, Marie Claire, Vogue, and H&M. Beauty stands out as the first Australian non-straight model to feature on the covers of the Australian Vogue and Australian Cosmopolitan. The model has worked with renowned agencies such as Milk Management (London), Muse Management (New York), Why Not Model Management (Milan), MIKAs (Stockholm), New Madison (Paris) and Francina Models (Barcelona). She has also done several advertising campaigns for large popular houses, including Persona Collezioni, Lane Bryant, Evans, and Marina Rinaldi. A phenomenal entrepreneur, she has her own line of swimwear that she launched in August 2013. Robyn designs her products in collaboration with Bond-Eye Swimwear.
In June 2013, Robyn received the Model of the Year Award during Full Figured Fashion Week and her name was published in Sydney Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of the Year in 2011, making her one of the most famous models of this generation. Chris Lawley and Janne Lawley’s daughter was born in Girraween, New South Wales, Australia, on June 13, 1989.