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5 Plus Size Models You Should Know

No longer is fashion solely the domain of stick-thin models. Full-sized models are
beginning to have a growing presence on runways, fashion shows and in magazines.
The following 5 plus-sized models are making their mark on the fashion industry. 

1. Marquita Pring 

New Yorker Marquita Pring began modelling at fifteen. Known for her full-figured,
womanly silhouette and enviable tresses, Pring garnered attention when she appeared
in the V Magazine editorial 'Curves Ahead' in 2010. Since signing with IMG, she's
became part of a curvy group of models called the Alda Women. When Pring appeared
in Paris, France in 2011 modelling Jean Paul Gaultier's spring collection, her fame
skyrocketed.

A Vogue Italia shoot by Steven Meisel changed Marquita Pring's career arc. She's since
spent two consecutive seasons modelling in Levi Strauss & Company's print and
television ads, modelling for Macy's, Bloomingdale, Lane Bryant, Dressbarn, Talbots
and Evans UK and has appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Vogue.com. An avid
athlete, Pring runs track, plays field hockey and enjoys figure skating.

2. Denise Bidot 

Miami, Florida native Denise Bidot switched from acting to modelling at age 18 when
she was told she needed to lose weight to be an actor. She's gone on to model in
campaigns for Forever 21, Lilly Pulitzer and Lane Bryant and designers Chromat and
Serena Williams. In 2016, Denise Bidot launched a website titled 'There Is No Wrong
Way To be A Woman' . Her goal is to raise her daughter in a world where there's not just
one definition of beauty.

In an essay in Refinery29, Bidot said she feels a responsibility to teach her daughter
and other young women they're beautiful and can achieve whatever they work towards
regardless of their size. Bidot wants to instill confidence in young women about their
beauty.

3. Philomena Kwao 

Being different is part of Philomena Kwao's brand. Flashing her signature cropped
hairstyle, this London, England native has been featured in fashion campaigns for
Nordstrom, Evans, Lane Bryant and Torrid. Kwao has an undergrad degree in
Economics as well as a Masters in International Health Management and wanted to
work with a global health agency. Those dreams were put on hold when she was
discovered through a modelling competition held by Cosmopolitan UK Magazine, Evans
and Models1.

Since beginning her modelling career in 2012, Kwao was featured in Essence
Magazine, Pride magazine, Cosmopolitan UK and in nationwide campaigns for Style
369 and Evans. Philomena Kwao also won the 2012 GUBA Rising Star award. In 2013,
she signed with Ford Models, moved to New York and has become well-known on the
international fashion scene.

4. Paloma Elsesser 

A 24-year-old rising star, Paloma Elsesser began her modeling career after moving to
Los Angeles to earn her degree in psychology and English. When Pat McGrath, the
world-renowned makeup artist, discovered Elsesser on Instagram, she took a break
from school. Paloma Elsesser has since modeled for designer Eckhaus Latta, Rihanna's
Puma Fenty line and her recently launched Fenty Beauty cosmetics company. Elsesser
has also modelled for Glossier, a popular beauty brand among millennials.

Paloma Elsesser sees diversity with plus-sized models and models of color about to
make a major breakthrough because of the visibility and demand social media has
created. 

5. Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham was the first plus-sized model to work with Michael Kors and Christian
Siriano and be featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated and Vogue. Born in Lincoln,
Nebraska, the supermodel and body positivity activist burst onto the fashion scene in
2000. Ashley Graham has been on the cover of Glamour, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle
and other top fashion magazines. She's also been in several Addition Elle plus-size lingerie campaigns and spoken widely about body positivity.

Diagnosed with dyslexia and ADD growing up, Ashley Graham became a model after
being discovered in Omaha, Nebraska's Oak View Mall. She has appeared in YM
magazine, Vogue and a Glamour editorial in 2009 entitled 'These Bodies are Beautiful
at Every Size'. Graham has modeled for Lane Bryant, Marina Rinaldi, Elomi lingerie,
Bloomingdale's, Hanes, Nordstrom, Evans, Liz Claiborne Macy's, Target and Simply Be.
In 2012 Ashley Graham was named Model of the Year by Full Figured Fashion Week.
She's gone on to become an international superstar.



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