7 Full-Figured Models You Should Know

In recent years, the fashion industry has witnessed a significant shift towards inclusivity. One of the most notable changes has been the increasing visibility of full-figured models on runways, magazine covers, and advertising campaigns. Plus size models are now more than just a token presence; they are becoming prominent figures in the fashion world, challenging traditional beauty standards and paving the way for a more inclusive representation of body types.

This seismic shift can be attributed to a growing demand for diversity and inclusivity in the industry. While plus size fashion has made inroads, there is still a ways to go! We have noticed the recent reduction of this inclusion on the runways during the various fashion weeks. The plus size community and the business fashion professionals have rightly called this out. Consumers are increasingly rejecting the notion that beauty comes in only one size, and brands are slowly taking notice. Fashion is no longer synonymous with slim figures and unattainable ideals. 

This is why we thought it important to feature and highlight a few of the plus size models who are blazing the runways. The ones who you should keep an eye out for and get to know! Without further ado, let’s meet seven full-figured models who are making waves in the fashion industry.

Jill Kortleve

Jill Kortleve soared on the scene with her runway debut at Alexander McQueen’s spring 2019 show. Just a year later, she made history as the first plus size model to grace the Chanel runway since the Cruise Show 2010. Reflecting on this groundbreaking moment, she expressed her pride and gratitude, acknowledging the significant shift underway in the fashion industry.

Precious Lee

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With her striking features and magnetic presence, Precious Lee has captured the attention of the fashion world. She made history as the first Black plus size model to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Lee later made history as one of the three curve models in Versace’s Milan runway show last fall. She has since become a champion for diversity and inclusivity in the industry.

Marquita Pring

Marquita Pring attends as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit celebrates the launch of the 2022 issue and debut of Pay With Change at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on May 20, 2022 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit)

Marquita Pring is another model you should know out of the lineup of full-figured models. With her stunning looks and charismatic personality, she has captivated audiences worldwide and continues redefining beauty standards in the industry. You may recognize her face, as Marquita has been a well-respected OG in the plus size fashion space.

Jazzmine Carthon

Jazzmine Carthon became the first curve model to claim victory on the 16th season of “Project Runway.” Her impressive portfolio includes appearances in Sports Illustrated and campaigns for renowned brands such as Good American, Ashley Stewart, Rainbeau Curves, and Gwynnie Bee.

On the runways of New York Fashion Week, Carthon has strutted her stuff for esteemed designers like Michael Costello, Esmara by Heidi Klum, Coco & Ilia, and Leanne Marshall, solidifying her status in the world of plus-size modeling.

Solange Van Doorn

Solange Van Doorn embodies a unique blend of elegance and power, seamlessly navigating the worlds of modeling and Jiu Jitsu. The NYC native’s journey reflects a narrative of resilience and empowerment as she defies conventional norms with her multifaceted identity. From the polished garments of the runway to the raw intensity of martial arts, Solange’s story serves as a powerful reminder of the intersectionality of passions, inspiring others to embrace diverse interests and authentically express themselves.

Paloma Elsesser

Paloma Elsesser is a force in the world of full-figured models. She has broken barriers and challenged conventions as a model, activist, and muse. Her effortless style and unapologetic attitude have earned her a loyal following and a place among the industry’s elite.

Ajok Daing

Ajok Daing is an Italian-born South Sudanese model who bravely pursued her modeling career amidst the challenges of the pandemic. Despite the industry’s lack of representation of curve models like herself, Daing quickly made her mark. She made her debut at Sunnei during the S/S 21 season and securing her first campaign for Stella McCartney. Since then, she’s graced magazine covers, walked for Chanel, and collaborated with renowned creatives like Cyndia Harvey and Rafael Pavarotti, emphasizing the importance of size inclusivity. 

These are only 7 of the full-figured models who are making waves that you should keep your eye on. Who has caught your eye this year? Which model inspires you? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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