Last year brought about incredible change in the world of body love—in part thanks to the rise of the plus size model. From the first ever Body Love Conference to plus size models openly discussing their hatred of the term itself, our eyes were opened and our hearts set free on a journey toward loving and accepting our bodies, just the way they are. Now, we’ve all sat around and absorbed the goodness of real life women embracing themselves through Upworthy videos and Buzzfeed posts, but in the world of models and celebrities, there’s still a lot of room for growth.
While it’s true that the world of modeling is still stuck on stick thin women walking the catwalk (we hear that Cindy Crawford couldn’t have become a model today because she would have been considered “too curvy”), there are a few plus size models who redefine hot. These five women give us hope that mainstream media will adapt to what we want to see and we will no longer feel compelled to starve ourselves into our skinny jeans in order to look like an airbrushed version of ourselves. For inspiration, check out the beautiful curves on these fierce and famous plus size models who have smashed their scales and sauntered on the catwalk with the best of them.
1. Andrea Boschim Andrea, one of our fave famous plus size models, is another Brazilian superbabe who is on the older side of the modeling spectrum in addition to being plus size. Born in 1978, her career has included appearing inside Veja, representing plus size women for the first time in the magazine’s history. Since then, she’s become a fashion consultant for television shows and international events. We love that she took a groundbreaking modeling career and turned it into so much more.