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Indie Fashion: 12 Plus Size Designers Killing The Fashion Game Indie Fashion: 12 Plus Size Designers Killing The Fashion Game


Indie Fashion: 12 Plus Size Designers Killing The Fashion Game



Plus size indie fashion designers were making major moves in 2019.

Indie fashion has us feeling like 2020 is going to be an even more exciting year, and we’re here for ALL of it.

Plus size indie fashion designers truly design pieces that are sure to make you stand out. No basic offerings here where you might bump into someone wearing the same look. 

They’re also passionate about what they create for their customers so when you find an indie designer who loves to dress plus size women, support them 100%. They’re here for us, to offer us clothing that’s fabulous, fits well and is slay-worthy.

Here are 12 plus size indie designers we personally love that we will be shopping this holiday season to prepare to slay in 2020, so watch out!

#1: Tamara Malas

1-Indie Fashion-Tamara Malas

(Dana Two-Piece Coat)

With features in Nylon, Glamour and, 2019 has been Malas’ year! She is on the rise at a time where luxury plus size fashion is rapidly growing and her luxury high-end pieces are quirky, fun and fashion-forward. That sets her apart and has quickly made her brand a favorite among plus-size fashionistas. Her goal with every collection is to offer unique-statement separates that go way beyond basic styles. 

Instagram: @tamara.malas
Size range: 10 – 32
Price range:  $32 – $499

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#2: Hannah Caroline Couture

Designer Hannah Nodskov has tapped into an underserved market with her custom wedding gowns, prom dresses, and formalwear for women of all sizes, especially black wedding dresses and bridal jumpsuits. She creates every piece by hand to your exact body measurements because she believes that we shouldn’t get caught up in what size we wear. She aims to get your perfect fit and make all women feel beautiful. She’ll also custom make anything you want so let your imagination run wild!

2-Indie Fashion-Hannah Caroline Couture

(Zinfandel Lace Organza Ball Gown)

Instagram: @hannahcarolinecouture
Size range: Everything is made customized to your measurements
Price range:  $129 – $1299 [divider] . [/divider]

#3: 2B (Continued) Denim Boutique

3-Indie Fashion-2B (Continued) Denim Boutique

(Tropical Safari Maxi Train Dress)

Owner and designer Conchita E. Jamison believes in style, comfort and the perfect fit. That’s how 2B (Continued) was born. Jamison is tapping into a popular market where there are major fit issues… denim. Her custom denim business has now evolved into offering dresses, tees, outerwear, skirts and kids clothing, made with the same principles and fit goals. If you’re looking to slay 2020 in some great fitting jeans and other styles, this brand is it.

Instagram: @2bcontinuedjeans
Size range: 10/12 – 30/32 (custom also available)
Price range:  $20 – $150 [divider] . [/divider]

#4: Christian Omeshun

4-Indie Fashion-Christian Omeshun

(Kelsey Glimmer Set)

Atlanta-based designer A’Shontay Hubbard is the brains and talent behind Christian Omeshun, who set out to create a line that would offer modern, sophisticated styles to plus size women, which she felt were needed in the fashion industry. Hubbard offers 100% customization on all her garments because she’s passionate about catering to all women, including those who are tall or petite. Her goal is to offer timeless pieces that are showstoppers. She not only offers ready-to-wear but also bridal and prom.


Instagram: @christian_omeshun
Size range: 12/14 – 30/32 (100% customization on all garments)
Price range:  $65 – $900 (gowns) [divider] . [/divider]

#5: Courtney Noelle

5-Indie Fashion-Courtney Noelle

(Darla Dress)

Courtney Noelle is all about self-empowerment and confidence. She is known for her statement mermaid pieces and her recent ‘Uncomfortable’ collection took her talents to new levels with sexy, glam pieces that are stunning and made so well. Designer Courtney Smith designs sophisticated pieces with a funky edge that are unique and guaranteed to have you slaying all year long in 2020.

Instagram: @courtneynoelleinc
Size range: L – 4X
Price range:  $25 – $599 [divider] . [/divider]

#6: Zelie For She

6-Indie Fashion-Zelie For She

(Autumn Leaves Dress)

Blogger Elann Zelie launched Zelie for She in Fall 2012 and seven years later, her brand has evolved into this popular and incredible brand that offers up unique, statement-making pieces for plus size women who yearn for a boho-luxe feel. And right now, everything is on sale, so stock up for the holidays and beyond!

Instagram: @zelieforshe
Size range: 1X – 3X
Price range:  $32 – $149

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#7: Jibri

7-Indie Fashion-Jibri

(Black/Gray Textured High Waist Slouch Pants)

Atlanta-based plus size indie designer Jasmine Elder is all about creating dramatic, bold, stylish pieces that are truly statements. Her high waist slouch pants put her on the radar of many fashionistas and she hasn’t looked back since. That was 10 years ago! She has since launched a bridal collection (in 2018) and expanded her line to include kids clothing! For custom pieces, be sure to contact Elder via her website. 

Instagram: @jibrionline
Size range: 0 – 4
Price range:  $60 – $1650 (bridal) [divider] . [/divider]

#8: Proud Mary Fashion

8-Indie Fashion-Proud Mary Fashion

(2 Fat 2 Furious Tee Shirt)

Los Angeles-based plus size indie designer Jessica Hinkle decided to not only create her own line but also open a storefront where she can also offer vintage pieces along with her original clothing and accessories. She caters to that customer who seeks vintage pieces and statement clothing. Most notably, her 2 Fat 2 Furious tee and her FAT tee are her best-sellers, helping plus size fashionistas take back the word and make it a positive descriptor, instead of a negative connotation.

Instagram: @proudmaryfashion
Size range: XL – 5X
Price range:  $26 – $102 [divider] . [/divider]


9-Indie Fashion-URTÜMUCH

(Aries Mini Caftan)

With a tagline “Too much of a good thing is beautiful”, plus size indie designer Jen Wilder is making caftans the central focus of her new line, with designs that are statement-making, luxe and simply, so much fun! She offers caftans in different lengths, eye-catching colors and beautiful fabrics. Wilder also runs the popular resale and vintage store The Plus Bus in LA that also sells indie designer pieces.


Instagram: @urtumuch
Size range: 1 – 2 (oversized fit, please see website for measurements) or custom
Price range:  $88 – $588 [divider] . [/divider]

#10: Cutting Shapes Club

10-Indie Fashion-Cutting Shapes Club

(The Filthiest Dress Alive)

When Australian plus size alternative fashion blogger Kobi Jae of Horror Kitsch Bitch launched her new dress line Cutting Shapes Club, her mission was to provide unique prints created by indie artists in an effortless dress silhouette, up to size 6X, because as she states, “You can sit with us.”. She currently has 5 dresses on her site, all in fun, quirky prints including one that features the face of iconic drag queen Divine (shown above) and one that pays homage to blogger Margot Meanie. There’s even a Riots Not Diets dress! 

Size range: 1 – 6 (You can check out their size charts here)
Price range:  All dresses are the same price – $130AUD ($88.65 USD) [divider] . [/divider]

#11: Generose

11-Indie Fashion-Generose

(Lisa Dress)

Mexican plus size indie designer Melina Alarconi created her brand to empower plus size women to embrace their own inner queen and know that beauty comes in ALL sizes. Using luxe fabrics in vibrant, eye-catching colors and paying attention to fit details make Generose a brand to watch in 2020. The luxe, fashion-forward designs showcase the brand, whose name was inspired by the feminine plural form of the word “Generoso”, which means well-born, noble, superior and excellent.

Instagram: @generosemx
Size range: 14 – 30
Price range:  $49 – $297

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#12: Rene’ Tyler Designs 

12-Indie Fashion-Rene' Tyler Designs

(‘Madison’ Pleated Gown)

Not only does designer Angela Rene’ use her brand to make all women feel beautiful and stylish but she has also turned this into a family business where her son Chase is the Creative Director of the brand. They have since opened a boutique in the famed Grand Canal Shoppes at The Palazzo, making it the only plus-size boutique on the Las Vegas Strip. She doesn’t care if you’re a celebrity or an everyday woman, she treats all her customers like queens, dressing them to the nines, whether it’s ready-to-wear pieces or that gown to wear on New Year’s Eve. You can shop via her website or if you’re in Vegas, stop by her shop for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Think personal assistance, large dressing rooms and a body-positive atmosphere. She’ll have you ready for the holidays and 2020, looking your best.

Instagram: @renetylerplussize
Size range: 0X – 6X
Price range:  $79 – $429 [divider] . [/divider]

Who are some of your favorite plus size indie fashion designers? Follow us on social media and let us know! @plusmodelmagFacebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter

A body positivity advocate, freelance writer and author, Marcy is on a mission to empower everyone to love the skin they’re in. Her blog Fearlessly Just Me is the go-to blog for women seeking inspiration in fashion, confidence, traveling and more.


May 16 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week



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Plus Size Fashion Inspiration from YOU! Our fabulous readers share plus size fashion inspo on Instagram!

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Remembering Mia Amber Davis: A Pioneer in Plus-Size Fashion



Remembering Mia Amber Davis: A Pioneer in Plus-Size Fashion

Remembering Mia Amber Davis: A Pioneer in Plus-Size Fashion…

Thirteen years have passed since the world bid farewell to Mia Amber Davis, a beloved figure whose vibrant spirit and unwavering advocacy for plus-sized individuals left an indelible mark on the fashion industry. Mia’s sudden departure at the age of 36 sent shockwaves through her family, friends, and the fashion community, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and uplift.

Mia’s journey was one of resilience and determination. Born with a passion for modeling and acting, she fearlessly pursued her dreams despite the challenges that often accompany unconventional beauty standards. Her magnetic presence graced the screens and pages of entertainment, most notably in the cult classic film “Road Trip,” where she fearlessly challenged stereotypes in a memorable love scene alongside D.J. Qualls.

Yet, Mia’s impact extended far beyond the silver screen. As a trailblazing plus-size model based in New York, she shattered boundaries and paved the way for future generations of curvy models. Her work transcended mere representation; it was a testament to self-love, confidence, and empowerment. Mia’s advocacy for body positivity resonated deeply with audiences worldwide, earning her the adoration and respect of countless individuals.

In the wake of her passing, the fashion industry mourned the loss of a true icon. Madeline Jones, editor of PLUS Model Magazine, encapsulated the collective grief, expressing how Mia’s absence left a void that could never be filled. Mia’s commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusivity was not just a profession but a way of life—one that touched hearts and inspired change.

Though Mia’s time with us was cut short, her legacy endures through the countless lives she touched and the barriers she broke. Her journey, marked by triumphs and challenges, serves as a beacon of hope for those striving to embrace their unique beauty and pursue their dreams against all odds.

As we reflect on Mia Amber Davis’s remarkable life, let us honor her memory by continuing her legacy of acceptance, kindness, and unwavering self-belief. Though she may no longer walk among us, her spirit lives on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her, reminding us to love ourselves fiercely and unapologetically, just as she did.

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May 9 Edition – Our Favorite Plus Size Style Moments Of The Week



Style Moments of the week

Plus Size Fashion Inspiration from YOU! Our fabulous readers share plus size fashion inspo on Instagram!

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Unveiling the Power of Self-Care Rituals: Insights into Mental Wellness



Unveiling the Power of Self-Care Rituals: Insights into Mental Wellness

Unveiling the Power of Self-Care Rituals: Insights into Mental Wellness…

For some of us stress seems to be an inevitable companion, and prioritizing mental health has become a crucial aspect of our lives. As the spotlight on mental wellness intensifies, individuals are increasingly turning towards self-care rituals to nurture their minds and souls. In this exploration, we delve into the realm of self-care practices, unveiling their significance in promoting mental well-being.

Self-care goes beyond pampering oneself with occasional treats; it embodies a holistic approach to nurturing our mental, emotional, and physical health. It encompasses activities that recharge our batteries, soothe our souls, and rejuvenate our spirits amidst life’s demands.

Discovering the Tapestry of Self-Care Rituals

  1. Mindfulness Meditation: Engaging in mindfulness practices such as meditation or deep breathing exercises can help anchor our minds to the present moment, fostering a sense of calm and clarity amidst chaos.
  2. Nourishing Nutrition: Fueling our bodies with wholesome, nutritious foods not only sustains physical health but also nurtures our mental well-being. Incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into our diets can bolster our mood and energy levels.
  3. Creative Expression: Whether through art, music, writing, or any other form of creative expression, channeling our inner creativity can serve as a therapeutic outlet for processing emotions and fostering self-discovery.
  4. Physical Activity: Regular exercise not only benefits our physical health but also has profound effects on our mental well-being. Whether it’s a brisk walk in nature, a yoga session, or a dance class, moving our bodies can release endorphins, alleviate stress, and enhance our overall mood.
  5. Digital Detox: In an era dominated by screens and constant connectivity, unplugging from digital devices and immersing ourselves in offline activities can provide much-needed respite for our minds, allowing space for introspection and relaxation.
  6. Quality Sleep: Prioritizing adequate sleep is paramount for mental health and overall well-being. Establishing a bedtime routine, creating a restful sleep environment, and practicing relaxation techniques can promote restorative sleep and enhance cognitive function.

Embracing self-care rituals isn’t just about indulgence; it’s about cultivating resilience, nurturing self-compassion, and fostering a deeper connection with ourselves. By prioritizing our mental well-being and incorporating self-care practices into our daily lives, we empower ourselves to navigate life’s challenges with grace and authenticity.

As the discourse around mental health continues to evolve, integrating self-care into our collective consciousness is imperative. By embracing self-care rituals as a cornerstone of our lives, we not only prioritize our mental wellness but also contribute to the creation of a culture that values compassion, authenticity, and holistic well-being. So, let’s embark on this journey of self-discovery, one self-care ritual at a time, and pave the way for a brighter, more resilient future.

In the tapestry of self-care, let us weave a masterpiece of mental wellness—one nurturing gesture, one mindful breath, and one compassionate act at a time.


What are your favorite self-care rituals? How do you prioritize mental wellness in your daily life? Join the conversation on social media and share your insights!

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SwimStar All Stars Partnership With Renowned Plus-size Model and Swimsuits For All Ambassador, Denise Bidot



SwimStar All Stars Partnership With Renowned Plus-size Model and Swimsuits For All Ambassador, Denise Bidot

Inclusive Swimwear Brand Collaborates with Prominent Plus-Size Model Denise Bidot to Empower Aspiring Models

Swimsuits For All, a pioneer in inclusive swimwear, proudly introduces its inaugural SwimStar All Stars campaign in partnership with renowned plus-size model and Swimsuits For All ambassador, Denise Bidot. This collaboration marks a significant milestone, nearly a decade following Denise’s groundbreaking “Beach Body, Not Sorry” campaign with Swimsuits For All in 2015, which showcased unretouched imagery aimed at promoting unapologetic confidence.

Denise Bidot and Swimsuits For All have jointly unveiled the SwimStar All Stars nationwide search, dedicated to discovering emerging talent in the realm of swimsuit modeling. Encouraging aspiring models to share their personal narratives, the initiative aims to inspire women of all backgrounds, shapes, and sizes. Following a rigorous selection process, Brittany Wilborn, Camryn Henry, and Sharon Clawson emerged as the chosen winners. In January 2024, these models embarked on a transformative journey to Harbour Island, where they had the unparalleled opportunity to shoot alongside Denise under the expert direction of internationally acclaimed photographer and director, Ben Watts.

Reflecting on the initiative, Denise Bidot remarked, “This was a truly exceptional opportunity to celebrate the diversity of plus-size models and cultivate an atmosphere of support, empowerment, and knowledge sharing. The camaraderie on set was palpable, and I am deeply honored to impart the wisdom and insights I’ve garnered throughout my career. Opportunities like these are scarce for plus-size models in the industry, and it has been a privilege to collaborate with the exceptional team at Swimsuits for All to bring this campaign to fruition.”

The models showcased the latest swimwear offerings from the Swimsuits for All 2024 collection, featuring innovative designs tailored to meet the diverse needs of women, including:

Feel-good Fits: Addressing common concerns such as tummy bulges and fit issues, Swimsuits for All offers a range of fits designed to instill confidence and comfort in every body. Incorporating features like Power Mesh for a smooth, flattering silhouette, and adjustable straps for customizable support, the collection caters to various body types.

Bold Prints & Colors for Summer: The summer swimwear collection boasts vibrant colors and captivating prints, injecting excitement and personality into beach and poolside attire. From vivid neon hues to tropical motifs, the collection encourages self-expression and style experimentation.

Liquid Shine: Introducing Liquid Shine, a striking swim fabrication characterized by a glossy, liquid-like finish, adding an edgy allure to beachwear. Available in multiple silhouettes, including bikinis, Liquid Shine ensures you stand out with confidence.


Bikinis that Suit You Best: The Mix & Match Bikini collection offers a personalized approach to swimwear, allowing individuals to mix and match colors and silhouettes for a bespoke look tailored to their preferences.

Beyond showcasing inclusive swimwear designs, the SwimStar All Stars campaign embodies a celebration of women uplifting one another in an industry often marked by competitiveness. Throughout the week-long shoot, models engaged in one-on-one sessions with Denise, fostering meaningful dialogue about the evolving representation of plus-size bodies in swim and fashion.

Jordan Hauser, Senior Director of E-Commerce & Marketing, expressed, “This campaign transcends conventional notions of body positivity and representation in the swim and fashion industries. It is a testament to the power of storytelling and authenticity in reflecting the diverse experiences of our customer base. We are committed to fostering a movement where women find strength in unity, and we are thrilled to embark on this journey alongside Denise Bidot, one of the industry’s foremost advocates for inclusivity.”

The summer 2024 swimwear collection is now available. For further details about Swimsuits For All and the SwimStar All Stars campaign, please visit

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Get to Know Our Cover Model Sharon Dumfries…



Get to Know Our Cover Model Sharon Dumfries…

Imagine being scouted while you are performing a dance routine in baggy clothes and not even thinking about becoming a model. This was in part our cover model’s journey to where she is today. This month we are celebrating our journeys and embracing the steps that have brought us to where we are today.

Get to know our cover model Sharon Dumfries…

PLUS Model Magazine - May 2024

Photographer, Milton Goedhoop

Please tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in the modeling industry.

I’m Sharon Dumfries, born and raised on the Island of Aruba but my parents have a different background and are Dutch Indonesian and Surinam Haitian. As a kid and teenager, I got bullied for my looks and for being different, and I had a hard time standing up for myself. It was also hard to find fashion in my size. Taking dancing classes helped me get out of my comfort zone and get better self-esteem during the years. I moved to the Netherlands at 18 years of age to study and today I’m a model and teacher for over 13 years.

I got scouted unexpectedly after dancing a ”Hip-hop and House” routine in my baggiest outfit during a fashion show with primarily straight-size models. I started as a catwalk model on weekends after doing an intensive catwalk and fashion show training, next to finishing my Biology and Teachers degree. A few years later I got scouted by a big brand during a fashion show and this was the stepping stone to getting signed with a bigger agency in Amsterdam.

Get to Know Our Cover Model Sharon Dumfries…

We have spoken to models from all over the world about the plus size industry in their respective countries, and realize it’s different outside of the United States. Can you share the plus-size industry as you see it in The Netherlands?

A lot of brands tend to book models in the same country, so if you really want to make a career it’s sometimes best to be ”on stay”  for a while in the UK or Germany. We don’t have a lot of ”go-sees”. The sizes of most models that get booked are usually smaller than in the US. The sizes size 42- 44- 46- (Sometimes 48) EU are very popular because of the Sample Sizes.


For those of us getting to know you, can you share your work with us as an educator and coach?

I currently teach Biology in High School for the past 12,5 years and have managed to work as a model part-time. I’m also a coach at school and help students with their emotions such as fear of failure. Through coaching, I’m given the opportunity to speak to teenagers who aren’t able to come to school due to anxiety about participating in school in the regular classes, heavy bullying, or being kicked out of school for other reasons. This is still fully new and just started at our school a few weeks ago.

What role do you believe social media plays in today’s society as we raise children and also tend to our mental health?

The stress level is rising earlier on due to pressure to not only be cool and accepted in real life but also online. The level of bullying online is where there is no supervision and it is getting out of control. Teenagers already get burned out at a very young age. There is too much non-visible pressure that everyone needs to be above average. Some try to over-achieve and get burned out and others give up and don’t get to make small steps forward and stay stuck, which in turn also causes a lot of stress.

Get to Know Our Cover Model Sharon Dumfries…

What tips do you have about navigating social media for both the younger generation and those of us who remember the days before the internet?

I am not the best in Social Media, a little bit by choice. I don’t want it to be a must. But a lot of people make a living out of it. It takes a lot of time and effort, so for it to really make it work it’s a full-time job or you need a team. For the ones who remember the days before the internet: just try, and have a bit of fun along the way trying to figure it out, it all changes so quickly nowadays. But most of all be authentic. For the younger generation, I would say the same. It is not a must as a model to have a huge following. It’s about being visible that counts, that people and brands can find you. It’s best to start small and make baby steps. It took me more than 10 years to get where I am now. I believe working together and genuinely spreading love makes the difference.


As a model, teacher, and coach what are some of your goals for the future and what changes would you like to see in the plus-size modeling industry?

In the future, I would like to combine my knowledge as a teacher, model, and coach. Preferably by helping others to realize what true beauty is. As cheesy as it sounds, from the inside out. In the future, I would like see more diversity and inclusiveness, not as a trend. I would like to see bigger sizes being booked just as often as small sizes. And also better education about what being healthy means. I would like to see more respect from people behind their laptops, to always show love, if there is hate, keep it to yourself ;). In the best scenario, brands need to book models for their charisma and make the clothes fit them. I would like less plastic surgery, and more natural imperfections to be celebrated. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and is different in every culture, never let that define your beauty. You are good enough just as you are <3

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