The fashion industry’s ongoing expansion made way to some of the world’s full-figured women. Some of the biggest names who represent the curvier side of modeling industry include Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine, and Crystal Renn. These names have recently been making headlines and have been described to be the plus-size counterparts of top models like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Gisele Bundchen. However, like fashion, there is also a steady rise of upcoming plus-size models who are certainly ready to take the world by storm.
Meet the plus-size industry’s darling models that you should watch out for.
1. Philomena Kwao
Twenty-two-year-old Philomen Kwao is widely known to be an academic achiever. However, she is yet to add another item to her list of achievements—to become Britain’s very first black plus-size model.
This economics geek broke into the limelight after beating thousands of other hopefuls in a nationwide contest for the clothing brand Evans, in cooperation with the modeling agency Models 1 and Style369.com.
Kwao was one of the five girls who vied for the title before bagging the prize. She first signed up with Models 1, a modeling agency that launched the careers of iconic models like Twiggy and Linda Evangelista. It later expanded with the launching of a sister company named Excel Models 1, which caters to curvier women.
Since then, her model career took off and has done photo shoots and campaigns for The Philes and for magazines like Shape. Her other prestigious gigs include walking for fashion brands like Isabel Toledo X Lane Bryant and by becoming the face of the clothing brand Torrid.
She currently is signed under Jag modeling agency.
2. Felicity Hayward
Here’s another British plus-size model who seems to represent the Golden Girls of the Hollywood age.
This blonde bombshell was first discovered while dancing at pub in Shoreditch. Felicity Hayward was discovered by Ponystep founder Richard Mortimer who later introduced her to famed photographer Miles Aldridge.
The 18-year-old initially signed up with modeling agency Storm before finally signing up with the famed modeling agency Wilhelmina Models. Since she was introduced to the modeling world, she has worked with ASOS, a stylist famed for its Curve line, and later graced the spreads of prestigious fashion publications like Vogue, i-D, and Glamour. She has also worked with famed photographers like Patrick Demarchelier.
3. Victoria Lee
Plus-size model Victoria Lee first came into the limelight following the successful #ImNoAngel campaign of the famous plus-size clothing line Lane Bryant. Although little is known about this fresh-faced model, Lee has proven that she can hold her own while being next to plus-size veterans like Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine.
Currently signed up with Wilhelmina Models, Lee has booked runway gigs for brands like Toledo X Lane Bryant and Cabiria, which is credited to be the first plus size line to show at the Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.
4. Clementine Desseaux
The freckled face French plus-size model caught everybody’s eyes during the relaunch of Eloquii, the famed clothing line for plus-size women.
This French beauty took the initiative to become a model by sending vacation photos to a local agency in Paris. Some of her most notable modeling jobs include modeling for American Apparel and being the face of the French multibrand online store Castaluna.
Desseaux currently runs her own fashion blog called Bonjour Clem that features not just her modeling career but also a variety of tips and tricks on how to pull off a French-inspired look and tasty kitchen meals.
The continued rise of the number of plus-size models truly has opened doors for aspiring women to pursue their dreams as models even if they have fuller curves. They have proven that one does not have to fit the standard definition of beauty to be called beautiful and to become a respected model.