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Step Aside Victoria’s Secret Angels: These Plus Size Models Are Making History

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Ever since plus-size model Ashley Graham made the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, the internet and media has been going crazy (and rightfully so). If you aren’t familiar with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, it is an annual magazine that features fashion models wearing swimsuits in exotic places from around the world.

Jumping back to Ashley Graham; she has been paving the way for plus-size models ever since the swimwear cover was released earlier this year. While Ashley is personally thrilled, stating, “I’ve never experienced anything like this! This is so much fun,” America is also reacting in a positive way.

Magazine viewers are thrilled to see a full-figured model, who’s body is more comparable to the “average-sized” woman.

“I proved to them that, yes, people want to see a woman my size, and men and women are really excited about it,” Ashley recalls.

More recently, Victoria’s Secret is under some serious heat to feature more curvier models in their products.

This past year, Brittany Cordts asked Victoria’s Secret with an online petition, to use bigger models in its annual fashion show.

“My petition is to encourage them to send models [that are the same size as the lingerie] that they currently offer … 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 — just so there’s diversity, so it’s not all size zero and two,” Brittany stated.

“If they extend their sizes in the future, great, but right now I’d like to focus on stopping that negative image that they send to all these women and teens,” Cordts said to Business Insider in an interview.

In addition, some of the most famous Angels have even said that they would like to see plus-size models added to the Victoria’s Secret roster.

While this may be a soon change, Ashley Graham is not the only plus-size model who will be considered to join the team. Below is a list of a few more plus-size models up for the running:

Robyn Lawley


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Sydney-based 24 year old model was the first plus-size model to star in a Ralp Lauren campaign. She was on the cover of Australian Cosmopolitan and has been featured in Vogue and GQ.

Tess Holliday

Tess is known as the first model of her size to land a major modeling contract. At 5’5″ and size 22, UK-based MiLK Model Management offered her a deal. As for her thoughts on why it took so long to land a contract for her, she stated, “I think people weren’t listening to what consumers wanted. I think for a long time we’ve been saying that we want to see women that look like us in the media, and consumers for some reason seem to think that clothing looks better on smaller models. That’s what we’re buying, we’re buying an image, but in reality, I know that if I buy a pair of size 22 jeans, I’m still going to be a size 22.”

Lizzie Miller

Lizzie posed nude for Glamour, unretouched of course; sharing a story about feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin. Since then, Lizzie has been featured in other magazines and even Glamour has said that “She gave them pause at only using super skinny women.”

Crystal Renn

Author of Hungry, which discusses the pressures of modeling as a plus-size woman, also suffered from anorexia. Today, she is more famously known for walking the runway for Chanel, Zac Posen, Vena Cava and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Quinn Miles

Most famously known for modeling campaigns with Old Navy and Macy’s, she has been in the modeling industry for years. In an interview with Glamour, Quinn spoke about what she’s learned from the industry: “There will forever be people telling you what is wrong with you, and if you are not strong enough, they will convince you of that. I have definitely fallen into that trap during my career, but now I know better.”

Kaela Humphries

NBA superstar Kris Humphries sister; Kaela, recently signed onto Ford Models. She also will be featured in the lookbook for Eloquii; an online retailer for plus-size women.

Candice Huffine

Candice was the first plus-size model to be featured in Pirelli’s calendar. While Candice has been modeling since 2000, her career took off when she was offered to model for V Magazine in 2010. Since then, she has been featured in i-D, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue.

Tara Lynn

Nicknamed “The Body,” Tara is most famously known for modeling alongside Candice Huffine and Robyn Lawley in the June 2011 magazine cover for Vogue Italia. Additionally, she also fronted ELLE Spain and ELLE France.