All year long, we’ve been rejoicing in the fact that our society is slowly but surely learning to embrace different body types, and it's no doubt in large part thanks to the amazing plus-size women leading the charge on the fashion front. Be they models, actresses, fashion editors, or reality stars, these ladies are showing the world that plus-size is far from frumpy. In fact, it's right on par with babely! Today, on National Plus-Size Appreciation Day, we tip our hats to them not only as human beings, but as fashion icons. Scroll through to see who made the cut!
Ashley Graham: One would be remiss in discussing plus-size style icons without mention of Ashley Graham — girl has her own #BodyPositiveBarbie, for Pete’s sake! The woman that all but took over the industry and made fashion history as the first plus-size swimsuit model to ever be featured in Sports Illustrated Swim is still going strong, holding her peers to a higher standard by pointing out the lack of curves on the spring 2018 runways (other than her own, of course, which were on full display at both Michael Kors and Prabal Gurung). “How dope would it have been to see some curves on the runway?” she asked in reference to shows like Fenty, Baja East, and Philipp Plein. You tell ‘em, Ashley! (Photo via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty)
Iskra Lawrence: Not only is Lawrence strutting her stuff for the likes of Christian Siriano and Chromat and acting as a global role model for Aerie, but she’s also helping others learn to love their curves (the way she has) by petitioning for self-care classes in schools and exposing the realities behind perfect-seeming Instagram snaps online. What a gal! (Photo via Pascal le Segretain/Getty)
Danielle Brooks: Brooks’ breakout character on Orange Is the New Black, Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson, might be a far cry from a fashionista in her on-screen prison scrubs, but the RL actress behind them is definitely making a name for herself in the world of plus-size style. Not only did she model designer Christian Sirano’s Lane Bryant collection on the runway back in April, but she also starred in the brand’s gorgeous #ImNoAngel campaign last month alongside fellow plus-size icons Ashley Graham, Denise Bidot, and Candice Huffine. On the flip side of the coin, she’s trying her hand at designing her own fashionable wares in partnership with Universal Standard with the launch of their joint Tria collection, which will be available in sizes 10-28 come November. We can’t wait to check it out! (Photo via Rob Kim)
Chrissy Metz: No plus-size star is hotter right now than This Is Us’ Metz. Nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy so far this year, she’s had plenty of opportunities to serve up red carpet winners, and trust us when we say, girl didn’t disappoint. Whether she’s rocking pin-up style, like she did in her shoot for Harper’s Bazaar, or debuting plus-size fashion lines for TV appearances, she keeps us coming back for more and more. (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)
Diana Sirokai: Sirokai singlehandedly proved you don’t need to have the physique of a Kardashian to wear smoking hot styles with her recreation of one of Kim Kardashian West’s gorgeous swimwear shoots. “WE ARE BOTH WOMEN WITH DIFFERENT BODIES. #slay,” she wrote of her post. With more than 33,000 likes, she’s inspired women everywhere to wear whatever they d*mn well please — and looked amazing doing it. (Photo via Michael Bezjian/Getty)
Roxy Earle: The Real Housewives of Toronto star is showcasing plus-size glamour front and center with her Bravo platform — on purpose. As she told us back in September, joining the cast was a way for her to help those with diverse bodies relate to what they were seeing on TV, a luxury she didn't have when she was younger. “I think it’s great that young girls and women can see people in the media now that [look] like them and they can identify with that,” she said at the time. “It feels good that I can represent for those who don’t feel represented.” In addition to regularly appearing on the show (on hold until 2018) and looking fierce AF, she also started her own feel-good campaign, dubbed #MySizeRox, where she encourages people to embrace their bodies. (Photo via Presley Ann/Getty)
Denise Bidot: By now, Bidot, like Graham, has worked for just about everyone in the biz, be they plus-size centric clients such as Lane Bryant or all-encompassing brands like Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Forever 21, and she’s not showing any signs of slowing down. After proudly bearing her stretch marks for a Cacique ad in the Sports Illustrated Swimwear issue this year and walking the runway for Chromat alongside Lawrence, the future’s definitely looking bright. Who knows? Maybe by this time next year, she’ll be the first plus-size Victoria’s Secret Angel. We certainly wouldn’t object! (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)
Sabina Karlsson: Karlsson is another fashion week fave that's been championing for plus-size gals on designer runways. She’s been fighting the good fight for some time now — the size 14 Swedish babe told Elle that she transitioned from “straight modeling,” which she got her start in at age four, back in 2010. “It wasn’t natural for me to be that skinny,” she says of her decision. Clearly, she made the right choice — she’s booking plenty of gigs, strutting her stuff for fashion heavyweights like Chromat, Christian Siriano, and Michael Kors, and she’s happy — the best look of all. (Photo via Mark Sagliocco/Getty)
Natalie Nootenboom: Nootemboom may be just 16, but already, she’s become a sartorial sensation, breaking down barriers as the first plus-size model to ever walk the runway for Anna Sui (whose roster also just so happened to include both Bella and Gigi Hadid). Though she was admittedly a bit uncomfortable at first (“A lot of people assumed I was on crew because they had never seen a plus-size model walk for Anna Sui”), the stunning beauty, who was discovered on Instagram, says it was a “magical experience. Being the first of anything requires a little uncomfortability.” After all, as she told Elle, “The more than we can expand, the more power we have. There’s almost like this army fighting against judgement and saying, ‘Let’s not be judgmental. Let’s be accepting.’” Hear, hear! (Photo via Peter White/Getty)
Lauren Chan: Chan represents plus-size ladies on the runway as a former fashion model and she also helps make sure they’re represented in the pages of our magazines. As an editor at Glamour magazine, she's both a tastemaker and a body positive consumer, and her work reflects it. She's also not here for the haters. On a post to her Instagram page, she clapped back at those who trolled her following NYFW runway appearance, writing, “My whole body of work as an editor is focused on redefining the social norms about size and making women feel valued no matter what they look like.” She continued on to say that while she had never experienced backlash for including fellow curvy women in the pages of her magazine or helping designers expand their sizing options, putting herself out there in a bikini opened her up to a whole slew of negative backlash that she wasn’t about to put up with. “We are not here to be policed. We are not here to serve as sex objects. We are not here to keep quiet. We are not here to behave or talk in a way that makes you feel comfortable... If even one person reads this feminist statement and feels empowered, you lose.” (Photo via Craig Barritt/Getty)
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