1. Ashley Graham

Age: 30

Nationality: American

Appeared for: Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Glamour, Levi’s

Instagram: @theashleygraham

What would a list of top 10 plus size models of 2018 be without Ashley Graham? Ashley was first discovered at the age of 12, and since then has been a trailblazer in the fashion industry and an inspiration to women everywhere. In 2016, she was the first plus size model to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, a magazine famous for only featuring straight size models. In the same year, a one-of-a-kind Barbie was made in her likeness. Graham has also collaborated with brands to launch her own lingerie, clothing and swimsuit lines designed to fit women of all sizes. Ashley Graham has made history like no other model has before, and thus she has been mentioned as number one in our list of top 10 plus size models.

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2. Jennie Runk

Age: 28

Nationality: American

Appeared for: H & M, Marie Claire, Vogue, Seventeen

Instagram: @jennierunk

Jennie Runk rose to prominence after featuring in US Vogue’s 2005 Shape issue, but it wasn’t until her beachwear appearance in H&M’s Summer 2013 campaign that she really made waves in the industry. The campaign was featured on the front page of H&M’s US website and received extensive media coverage. As a result, Runk wrote a piece for the BBC on shape diversity in modelling, stating she feels compelled to inspire confidence and show girls that it’s acceptable to be different.

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3. Crystal Renn

Age: 31

Nationality: American

Appeared for: Chanel, Jean Paul Gualtier, Vogue, Elle, Jimmy Choo, Dolce & Gabbana

Instagram: @crystalball1111

At the age of 14, Crystal Renn was told by agents she would need to lose almost a third of her body weight if she wanted to become a model. After struggling with anorexia, she altered her diet and exercise habits and gained weight, re-emerging as a plus-size model and embracing her body. In 2009 she wrote a novel about her experiences in the fashion industry titled Hungry: A Young Model’s Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves.

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4. Tara Lynn

Age: 35

Nationality: American

Appeared for: Glamour, Elle, Vogue, Time Magazine, H & M

Instagram: @taralynn

Next on our list of top 10 plus size models is Tara Lynn, who came into the spotlight in 2011 after her appearance in Vogue Italia’s famous plus size editorial spread. After dealing with her own body image issues in her youth as a UK size 18-20, Tara Lynn now inspires diversity in the modelling industry, and encourages women to embrace their natural figure.

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5. Candice Huffine

Age: 33

Nationality: American

Appeared for: CR Fashion Book, Vogue, V Magazine, i-D, Glamour

Instagram: @candicehuffine

Beginning her career as a beauty queen and competing in pageants across Maryland, Candice Huffine refused to lose weight for agents when she started modelling. She persisted, and her big break came when alongside Tara Lynn, she was featured in Vogue Italia’s plus size spread. A few months later she made the legendary Pirelli Calendar, a publication whose pages have been graced by A-listers like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford. Her exuberance and courage gives her the strength to express her body positivity and self-love to the world.

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6. Precious Lee

Age: 29

Nationality: American

Appeared for: Lane Bryant, Glamour, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, Sports Illustrated.

Instagram: @preciousleexoxo

Precious Lee was the first black plus size model to grace the pages of American Vogue and Sports Illustrated. As a face of Lane Byrant’s body positive #IAmNoAngel and This Body campaigns, Precious Lee proudly advocates for diversity in race, size and gender in her field. Lee believes in encouraging self-love and a healthy body image in young women, earning her a spot on our list of top 10 plus size models of 2018.

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7.Gabi Gregg

Age: 32

Nationality:  American

Appeared for: 
co-founder of plus size brand @PREMME.us

Instagram: @gabifresh


Blogger and designer most famous for creating the fashion blog GabiFresh, where she sells swimwear designed for plus-size women. Her work has led to her being featured in publications like Glamour, Teen Vogue and Seventeen.

Before Fame

She grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2008.


In 2010, she won a contest held by MTV to become the network’s first “Twitter Jockey.”

Family Life

She has sisters.

Associated With

She and fellow plus-size blogger were both featured in the music video “#everyBODYisflawless.”

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8. Tess Holliday

Age: 33

Nationality: American

Appeared for: In 2016 Tess achieved a lifelong dream when she launched Mblm by Tess Holliday, her own line of clothing with Canadian plus size retailer Penningtons.

Instagram: @tessholliday

Ryann Maegen Hoven, known professionally as Tess Holliday and formerly known as Tess Munster, is an American model, blogger, and make-up artist based in Los Angeles.

Tess is a Plus Model, Make Up Artist, Blogger, & Activist based in L.A. who is not only a full time model, but an ambassador for women empowerment. Also, my schedule does not currently permit me to do any trade work. If you would like to work with me please feel free to ask me about my rates.

Recently named one of the world’s top plus size models by Refinery 29, Huff Post, & Vogue Italia!

Founder of the #effyourbeautystandards movement!


Named one of the top 6 Plus Size Supermodels by Refinery 29!


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Instagram: @tessmunster
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9. Denise Bidot

Age: 32

Nationality: American

Appeared for: Lane Bryant, Glamour, Saks Fifth Avenue, Target, Sports Illustrated.

Instagram: @denisebidot

Denise Bidot, 32, born in Miami, FL, is of Puerto Rican and Kuwaiti descent. Denise has traveled the world as a Curve Model and can be recognized for her groundbreaking movements within the Fashion Industry. Her work for straight and plus-size brands has positioned her to be a leading figure for women of all sizes.Presently, Denise is represented by CAA in NYC & LA.

In 2014 Denise broke barriers by becoming the first plus-size model to walk multiple runways during New York Fashion Week.  She walked for straight-size brands, CHROMAT and Serena Williams’ HSN fashion line. Since then Denise has walked runways in London and Copenhagen.

The “Beach Body. Not Sorry” campaign for Swimsuits For All, was a highlight in 2015. The untouched pictures created quite the buzz in the fashion community. 2016 also found Denise taking part in Target’s designer collaborations with, Lilly Pulitzer, Adam Lippes and Marimekko. As well as being featured in Lane Bryant’s campaign “This Body”

In addition to her success as a model, Denise has been featured on several television shows and commercials. Denise starred in the documentary “Straight/Curve” which was released in spring 2017 and was a festival favorite and was a part of HBO Latino’s hit series “Habla : Women” .

As a mom to her 10-year-old daughter Joselyn, Denise wanted to spread more awareness that “being you is what defines real beauty.”  During the summer of 2016, she launched a lifestyle movement called “The No Wrong Way Movement.” Denise hopes this movement will inspire people from every walk of life to claim and own their unique individuality and beauty.

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10. Danika Drysha

Age: 30

Nationality: American

Appeared for: Founder of modelmeals

Instagram: @danikabrysha

From battling a lousy relationship with food to losing weight and gaining it all back, Danika Brysha is a model who has evolved by facing her problems upfront and working with them. Danika went on to start her brand called ‘Model Meals’, which deals with delivering healthy food. She promotes the idea of being healthy but loving who you are. Her modeling career took off when she least expected it and she soon started signing assignments for Forever 21, Kohl’s, etc. There was no looking back after that! She is ranked one of the highest paid models right after Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr, etc.

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