These plus size/big and tall Models dominated in 2018 and show no signs of slowing down in 2019.
Whether it’s new models on the scene or veterans continuing to work with major campaigns, we’re loving the strong presence of diversity, not just in fashion but in other segments as well.
Beauty brands are starting to take notice as well as major lifestyle brands, which shows us that diversity is on the rise and 2019 has us excited!
Here’s 10 models who are owning the spotlight and busting down those doors to create a more diverse space for all models to come through and be seen.
#1: Denise Bidot
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I’ve always been insecure about my skin. But for the first time in my life I’ve felt truly confident. Still on cloud nine walking the @olay runway MAKEUP FREE! Thank you to all the amazing women who came together and spoke their truth with this campaign. I have made some powerful connections through this process and I have loved every moment of it! Thank you again @olay for believing in me. Truly has been an honor! #FaceAnything #ad
Bidot continues to be one of the top plus size supermodels out there. She spent 2018 working on major campaigns (Oil of Olay, Hello!), appearing on TV as a judge and now a dancer (Nuestra Belleza Latina and Mira Quién Baila), and being seen on a billboard in Times Square. The single mom and creator of the No Wrong Way movement shows no signs for slowing down in 2019. Team Denise!
#2: Fluvia Lacerda
This veteran model worked non-stop in 2018, jetsetting all over the world while balancing modeling, TV segments, motherhood and designing. The Brazilian beauty has recently been in her home country, shooting for local businesses and designers, as well as doing meets and greets. We love her dedication to her home country but her willingness to go all over the world to spread the message of body positivity is what makes her a standout.
#3: Paloma Elsesser
Where do we start? Simply, Elsesser is killin’ it! From doing campaigns with major brands such as Glossier, Converse, Reebok, Nike and 7 For All Mankind to gracing magazine covers (Vogue!), 2018 was her year. She’s so fearless in her style and uses her voice to be candidly honest about an industry that didn’t accept her until now. She continues to break barriers and doors so we’re sure 2019 is going to be epic for her.
#4: Philomena Kwao
Kwao is not just a model but a humanitarian and activist who uses her voice to bring more awareness to women of color and body positivity. She also uses her platform to speak to women about body image and self confidence, all the while, being seen EVERYWHERE in 2018. So she is definitely one to watch this year!
#5: La’Tecia Thomas
Thomas started her career as a size 6 but after dealing with self loathing and body image issues, she is now a happy size 16, using her voice to speak about the importance of self love and acceptance. This Aussie model slays it in brands such Fashion Nova and Pretty Little Thing and launched her own collection with InTheStyleCURVE. We’re hoping Sports Illustrated scoops her up for their next Swim Issue.
#6: Tabria Majors
Majors makes no apologies for being visibly plus in an industry that is just beginning to use models who are not a size 10. She is very active, sharing workout videos on social media and being vocal on topics such as self love, acceptance, body image and sex. She was featured in Sports Illustrated’s 2018 Swim Issue, has a podcast called The Thick Podcast, and shows that you can rock a bikini at any size. We love seeing her everywhere, modeling for many plus size brands and we’re excited to see where her career goes in 2019, hopefully in mainstream campaigns.
#7: Miguel Perdomo
Perdomo has been in the modeling game for years, starting out as a straight size model and now is an emerging star in the Big and Tall modeling industry. Having worked for major brands such as Target, Old Navy, Party City, Van Heusen and JC Penney, Perdomo has cemented a name for himself in the industry while remaining humble and down-to-earth. The new father is also an artist and uses his platform to speak on body positivity, pursuing your dreams and realizing your true purpose. 2019 is going to be his year!
#8: Rob Robinson
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“😍 if you like Papi on the runway sporting @mvp_usa! (Mo Vaughn you already know how we do!) . . . . . #mvpcollections #fallfashion #runway #riptherunway #mvp #bigandbeautiful #bigandbeautiful #bigandtallfashion #selflove #bodypositive #bodypositivity #loveyourself #bodygoals #zaddy👅 #zaddy
This breakout model has been featured by brands such as MVP Collections, Bad Rhino and DXL as well as gracing the cover of our Love Your Body issue in 2018. His funny videos and willingness to speak about his past body image issues makes him so relatable to fans. He partnered with plus size model Christina Mendez in 2018 on a model workshop and also uses his platform to promote being healthy at any size. 2019 is surely going to be an amazing year for Robinson.
#9: Zach Miko
Being the first Brawn model signed to IMG Models, Miko is the trailblazer who has made such an impact on the big and tall fashion industry. Having worked for major brands such as Bonobos, Target, Kingsize, DXL, and Izod, he also launched his own podcast Big Things With Zach Miko in 2018 as well as appearing in an episode of America’s Next Top Model, walking in a swimsuit fashion show in Australia and continuing to be candid about his own body struggles. Not to mention, he’s such a nice guy who is extremely humble. We know 2019 is going to be incredible for him.
#10: Maxey Greene
Greene made some serious moves in 2018 and to see this size-18 apple shaped model gracing advertisements for brands such as Macy’s, American Eagle, Lane Bryant, Eloquii and more, is simply amazing. She continues to also use her platform to push the message that beauty isn’t a size and it’s okay to love yourself as you are. She’s also a photographer and blogger. Talk about a triple threat!
Who are some of your favorite plus size models who are owning the spotlight? Follow us @plusmodelmag and let us know!