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12 Plus-Size Models Who Permanently Changed The Game
  • 2. Emme Aronson

    Perhaps the name most synonymous with plus size modeling, the woman simply known as Emme grew to be one of the most famous plus size models ever. She overcame great challenges when it came to her appearance, including a stepfather who used a black marker to demarcate the areas on her body where she needed to lose weight as a preteen.

  • 3. Mia Tyler

    Another one of the plus size modeling industry's most famous faces is Mia Tyler, younger sister to Liv and daughter to Steven. When she first started modeling in the mid-90s, she became important for bringing a recognizable celebrity name to the industry.

  • 12. Crystal Renn

    At age 14, Crystal Renn was told to lose a third of her body weight if she wanted to pursue a career in modeling. After a series of eating disorders wreaked havoc on her body, Renn decided to pursue plus size modeling full-time.

  • 8. Robyn Lawley

    Perhaps one of the most outspoken models in the plus size sphere, Robyn Lawley famously dropped a ton of weight to fit into industry sample sizes, before gaining it all back and returning to her healthy weight. She memorably blamed designers for the unhealthy standards in the modeling industry, even imploring them to offer more varied sample sizes to help ease the pressure.

    Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
  • 4. Whitney Thompson

    This 26-year-old, size 10 Florida native made modeling history this year when she won Cycle 10 of "America's Next Top Model," making her the first plus size model to do so.

  • 5. Toccara Jones

    Before there was Whitney Thompson, there was Toccara Jones, the first-ever plus size model to compete on "ANTM." Her curvy figure has earned her the esteemed position of being namedropped in songs by rappers like Lil' Wayne, among others.

    Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET
  • 6. Karolin Wolter

    Karolin Wolter made headlines last year when she confessed to becoming dangerously thin to try to fit the modeling industry's standards. The photo to the left shows Wolter at her healthy weight, when her agents began marketing her as "plus size."

  • 7. Saffi Karina

    This British model is important because she just founded the U.K.'s first-ever support group for plus size models, Curve Project London. The size 10 model used to be a standard sample size model, until her label dropped her after her body changed.

  • 9. Natalie Laughlin

    Back before "plus size modeling" was a real thing, Liz Claiborne decided to cast Natalie Laughlin in their campaign for Elizabeth, the line of clothes offered for curvier women. Laughlin instantly became the first face of plus size models, even having her image put up on billboards in Times Square.

  • 10. Kate Dillon

    Another one of the industry's most famous names, Kate Dillon earned notoriety after she openly spoke of her struggles with anorexia while trying to get work as a model.

  • 1. Jennie Runk

    H&M made headlines when highers up made the call to cast size-12 Jennie Runk in its Summer 2013 swimwear campaign. It marked the first appearance ever by a plus size model in an H&M campaign.

  • 11. Justine Legault

    This plus size model's curves got the attention of Elle Quebec, who put her on the cover of the May 2013 issue, making her one of the first plus size models to appear on the cover of any Elle book.


12 Plus-Size Models Who Permanently Changed The Game