Bandelettes celebrates women of all shapes and sizes. That means we love seeing plus-size models changing the fashion industry.

Plus-size women represent 68% of shoppers, yet for too long we haven’t seen them in magazines, advertisements or on the runway. But fortunately, the past decade has seen improvements in diversity. More and more brands are casting size-inclusive models for their campaigns. As we move into a new decade more plus-size models are experiencing success – but there’s still progress to be made.

10 Plus Models We Love

Ashley Graham

Ashley is an American model and TV presenter who has become a household name in recent years. You’ll have seen her in campaigns for Nordstrom, Simply Be and Target. She made waves when she became a Sports Illustrated model. She was one of the first plus-size models to appear in the pages of the Swimsuit Issue. Ashley is also an advocate for body positivity and has even given a TED Talk advocating for self-acceptance.

Plus Size? More Like My Size – Ashley Graham TEDx Talk

Tess Holliday

Tess is an American model, blogger, and make-up artist based in Los Angeles. You may have seen her in campaigns for Benefit, Yours Clothing, H&M, and Penningtons. Tess is proud of her size. In 2013, she started her #effyourbeautystandards movement on Instagram. She’s also the author of The Not So Subtle Art Of Being A Fat Girl: Loving the Skin You’re In.

Candice Huffine

Former teenage beauty queen Candice is one of the world’s top plus models. She has broken down barriers by appearing in high fashion magazines including CR Fashion Book, Italian Vogue, Vogue, W, V Magazine, i-D, and Glamour. In 2015 she became the first plus-size woman to be featured in the Pirelli Calendar.

 

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Robyn Lawley

Robyn is an Australian plus-size model who has been featured on the cover of Vogue Italia. In 2012 Roby was on the cover of Madison. This made her the first Australian plus-sized model to appear on the cover of an Australian fashion magazine. You may have seen her in campaigns for Evans, H&M, Mango, Panache and Ralph Lauren. Robyn has also designed her own, size-inclusive swimwear line which goes up to a US size 18.

 

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Hunter McGrady

Hunter is an American plus-size model who has graced the runway for Chromat wearing our very own Bandelettes thigh bands. In 2017, she became the largest model (size 16) to appear in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She created a body-positivity campaign called #AllWorthy, and frequently works with body-positive charities.

 

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Jameela Jamil

Jameela is an English model, actress, radio and TV presenter. You may have seen her on The Good Place. But these days she’s more known for her activism with her ‘I Weigh” project. The project asks women to think about their weight in terms of everything they bring into the world. She created the I Weigh Instagram account. It’s a safe place where people can come together and celebrate body positivity and what self-worth means to them.

 

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Tyra Banks

Tyra is an OG model who has long advocated for body positivity. She started as a “regular” model but transitioned her career when she became curvier, paving the way for younger plus-size models. She was a trendsetter in a climate that wasn’t yet ready for plus size models. Tyra is now an American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, and model. As the host of America’s Next Top Model, she ensured girls of all sizes were represented. Now in her 40’s and not slowing down, Tyra’s modeling career is still going strong. She even returned to cover Sports Illustrated 23 years after her first appearance

 

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Alexus Rackley

Atlanta-based stunner Alexus is an American Model. A relative newbie on the scene, you may have seen her in campaigns for Nordstrom, Christian Omeshun and Amazon. Alexus is a model we’re sure to be seeing more of soon.

 

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Iskra Lawrence

Iskra is a British model and the Global Role Model for Aerie. She also modeled for Chromat and wore Bandelettes at New York Fashion Week. In Paris 2017 she modeled for L’Oreal. Iskra is also a body positivity leader. She presented “Ending the pursuit of perfection” at TEDxUniversityofNevada in 2017.

 

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Jessica Vander Leahy

Jess is another Australian model, writer, and presenter. Jess is a regular contributor to Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Body&Soul, Whimn, news.com.au + other publications. You may have seen her in campaigns for Running Bare. She’s also the founder of Project WomanKind a site ‘dedicated to celebrating women’.

Take inspiration from these gorgeous ladies. Embrace the body you have and be comfortable in your own skin with Bandelettes. For more inspiration check out our Ultimate Guide To Body Positivity.

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