Top 10 Most Beautiful American Plus Size, Curvy Models

From inspiring, body positivity accounts to models who continue to deliver cool outfit ideas daily, there's no shortage of things to love about these women and their Instagram accounts. We spend more time than we would like to admit scrolling through Instagram, so why not make that time more enjoyable by staring at beautiful, inspiring women who double as plus size models.

1. Ashley Graham

Top 10 Most Beautiful American Plus Size, Curvy Models

Ashley Graham is an American plus-size model and television presenter. Graham is a proponent of the body positivity and the Health at Every Size movements. In 2016, she became the first size 16 model to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Glamour described Graham's cover as "bringing size acceptance into the mainstream".

Graham has been praised by women on Instagram for sharing photos showing her cellulite.[38] In an interview with Vogue, she said, "I definitely think that my body has changed many peoples’ lives. I’ve used my body as a tool to talk about taboo subjects, such as cellulite or being insecure about lower belly fat—and also [how to] talk life into your body and have an affirmation kind of conversation with yourself.

2. Tess Holliday

Tess Holliday

Ryann Maegen Hoven, known professionally as Tess Holliday and formerly known as Tess Munster, is an American model, blogger, and make-up artist based in Los Angeles. At the age of 15,[8] while she was a US size 16 (UK 18/20) and 5 feet 3 inches tall, Holliday auditioned at a casting call for plus models in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was told she would be lucky to do print advertisements or catalogue work because she was too short and big.

Subsequently, Holliday relocated to Seattle where she stayed for two years and worked as a make-up artist, head make-up artist, hair stylist and creative director at fashion shows. She then moved back to Mississippi and gave birth to her son (at the age of 20). Then following Hurricane Katrina, she returned to Seattle (where she had some pictures taken for her then boyfriend and posted them on Model Mayhem in October 2009) then she moved to Los Angeles in 2010.

3. Candice Huffine

Candice Huffine

Candice Huffine is a plus size fashion model represented by IMG Models. A former teenage beauty queen, she signed her first modeling commercial contract in 2000 and has since crossed over from the commercial world into high fashion.

As a plus-size model Huffine has become known for reducing barriers in the fashion industry. Her A-list work includes being featured in publications such as CR Fashion Book, Italian Vogue (cover), Vogue, W, V Magazine, i-D and Glamour. She has worked with top industry names such as Mert and Marcus and Steven Meisel as well as Carine Roitfeld.

4. Denise Bidot

Denise Bidot

Born in Miami, Florida, in 2014 Bidot became the first plus-size model to walk the runway for two straight size brands during New York Fashion Week. Bidot has worked for clients such as Nordstrom, Forever21, Target, Old Navy, Lane Bryant, Levi's, Macy's. Bidot has been featured on several television shows including nuvoTV's “Curvy Girls, HBO's Habla Women, and Yahoo!

Bidot is one of the featured models in the new documentary film Straight/Curve. In December 2016 Bidot's picture of her wearing a two piece bathing suit in Lane Bryant's new resort collection ad campaign with the photo unretouched showing her stretch marks went viral within hours.

5. Paloma Elsesser

Paloma Elsesser

Elsesser was discovered on Instagram by makeup artist Pat McGrath.

She has modeled for Nike, Inc., Fenty Beauty, Proenza Schouler, and Mercedes-Benz. She has appeared in editorials for fashion magazines such as American Vogue, Vogue España, Teen Vogue, Elle, W, Wonderland Magazine, and Glamour. In 2019, Elsesser made her screen acting debut in the Safdie brothers' Uncut Gems.

6. Jennie Runk

Jennie Runk

Jennie Runk is an American plus-size model. She is best known for appearing in H&M's Summer 2013 beachwear campaign, which was featured on the front page of H&M's United States website in late April 2013.

Runk was discovered in 2003 at 14 in a PetSmart in Chesterfield, Missouri by Mary Clarke of Mother Model Management while she was volunteering for the cat adoption department. At the time, she was a size 8, in between straight size and plus-size modeling. The Clarkes told her she needed to either lose weight or gain weight to model. She chose to gain between 10 and 20 lb (4.5 and 9.1 kg) to a size 10–12 to become a plus-size model.

7. Barbie Ferreira

Barbie Ferreira

Barbara Ferreira is an American model and actress best known for her role as Kat Hernandez in the HBO series Euphoria.

Ferreira began her career as a teenager by sending modeling photos to an American Apparel open casting call. She has since modeled for brands including Aerie, Adidas, Asos, Forever 21, H&M, Missguided, and Target. Unretouched photos and a video interview from Ferriera's Aerie campaign went viral in 2016. Later that year, Time named her among its 2016 "30 Most Influential Teens".

8. Hunter McGrady

Hunter McGrady

McGrady was born in Los Angeles, to American actor Michael McGrady and model Brynja McGrady.

McGrady started her career as a straight sized model at age 15. At 19, she decided to start plus size modeling because she could not maintain the 00 standard set by her agency. In 2017, she became the largest model (size 16) to appear in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 2019, she was the first plus-size model on a cover of The Knot.

9. Kate Dillon Levin

Kate Dillon Levin

Kate Dillon Levin is best known for her work as a plus-size model where she appeared in multiple editorials in fashion magazines, appeared in cosmetics, plus-size, and designer campaigns.

She also worked with top photographers on campaigns and in editorials and appeared in many mass media outlets. Levin was the first plus-size model to appear in U.S. Vogue and was the first plus-size model to appear in a Gucci campaign.

10. Hayley Hasselhoff

Hayley Hasselhoff

Hayley Amber Hasselhoff is an American actress and model. She is known for her role as Amber in the ABC Family original series Huge. She is the daughter of David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach. Hasselhoff starred in the short-lived 2010 A&E reality series The Hasselhoffs. She also starred in Celebrity Showmance.

Hasselhoff has also been modeling as a plus-size model since 2007 when she was 14. She is considered a "plus-size model" as she is a size 14.She has been signed with Wilhelmina Models and as of 2014, is signed with Ford Models. She has walked in shows such as the 2014 British Plus Size Fashion Week, and has modeled for Torrid. She has also been named the ambassador for Pulp Fashion Week in Paris. In October 2019, she began competing in The X Factor: Celebrity.


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