4 Reasons Why 2016 Was Such An Incredible Year For Men of Size

2016 was a phenomenal year for men of size.

More fashion, more representation and most of all, more diversity.

Here’s some of our favorite moments in 2016 for plus size men:

Vince Wilfork

Much respect to @espn on the body issue. #Wilfork thanks for you encouragement through words and through actions. I am going to embrace Wilfork's quote: "I don't care what people think. I love myself. So, they can shove it up their you-know-whats." I stand at 6'2 and 324 pounds, so seeing a professional athlete have no regard of what other think of their body is inspiring. Sometimes you are forced into a mindstate where you are too conscious of your size, not any more. This is my structure and it will be that way for the rest of my life. Thank You! Click the link in the bio. – – – – – – – #Fashion #Fitness #BodyIssue #bodylove #BodyPositivity #bodyposi #HardWork #LargeAndInCharge #NFL #ESPN #gentlemenscurb #Curb #PSBlogger #PlusMaleBlogger #BigAndTallBlogger #BrawnBlogger #PSBlogger #VinceWilfork

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When Wilfork graced one of the covers in the ESPN body issue this year, it truly sent the message that athletes come in all shapes and sizes. It was inspiring to see ESPN embrace body diversity and make a positive statement via its cover and issue.

Plus Size Men’s Fashion

This year, many brands emerged on the scene, dedicated to big and tall/plus male/brawn fashion. Men of size have been largely ignored when it comes to fashion so this year was major in that respect.

Brandon Kyle Coates, former creative director for plus size women’s fashion brand Monif C., launched his own contemporary fashion line for men of size in mid-September. Brandon Kyle Menswear debuted during New York Fashion Week with a stunning runway show and has not looked back since.bk_billboard1

Another designer fashion line that launched for men of size is Volare. The brand and its designer Troy Adkins aims to be the “Balmain for big men,” launching during NYFW as well and also having a show at Philadelphia Fashion Week.

Read moreDesigner Troy Adkins Debuts Volare at NYFW

With clothing subscription boxes becoming more popular, such as Gwynnie Bee and Dia & Co, plus size men weren’t ignored this year in that department either. The Maximus Box, a style box for men of size, launched this year, offering curated fashion boxes tailored to each customer and the comfort of trying on new clothing at home.

Read more: Plus Sized Men Get Some Love From Maximus Traxplus-sized-men-get-some-love-from-maximux-trax-7

This month, ASOS launched their clothing line for plus size men. This was a major move in fashion as ASOS is a popular clothing brand worldwide offering on-trend styles.screenshot_20161211-212936

More Plus Male Models

More fashion means more male models and we were happy to see brands using visibly plus men of size on their websites, campaigns and on the runway.IMG Zach main PMM image

From Zach Miko being the first model signed to IMG Models new men’s plus size division called “Brawn” in March to Bridge Models launching their own plus size men’s division in May, it has been a great year for plus size male models.

The Emergence of Plus Male Bloggers

Bloggers were not to be left out this year either! We saw the emergence of plus size male bloggers on the scene, showing us that they can dress just as well as their plus size female counterparts.

Read more7 Male Bloggers Show How They Transition Into Fall With Style

These male bloggers impress us with not only their style but their message of body diversity and brotherhood.

"One day you're going to see him holding hands with someone who took your chance. He won't even notice you because he's too busy laughing at the stupid jokes he makes. And it will burn your heart seeing that beautiful smile on his face and realizing you're not the reason anymore. And then it will finally hit you: it was him, it was always him." #OOTD #wiwt #lookoftheday #dapper #dapperday #simplydapper #menswear #mensapparel #menstyle #gentleman #mensfashionpost #mensfashionreview #mensfashionblogger #mensfashion #fashion #fashionblog #fashionisto #gq #gentslounge #gqstylehunt #sartorial #styleigers #streetstyle #biguomo #psootd #pinoy #plusmalefashion #dailystylebattle #plusmenrevolution #menwithclass TAP FOR DETAILS?????? ?: @mizz_cheekzz

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Unfortunately, we were met with the deaths of athletic men of size Muhammad Ali and MMA fighter Kimbo Slice. RIP.

All in all, 2016 was a great year for men of size. With all of these milestones in 2016, we look forward to what 2017 will bring.

What were your favorite moments for men of size in 2016? Follow us on social media @plusmodelmag or check me out at @gentlemenscurb and let us know!

Many blessings and happiness in the upcoming year.Kavah footer image