9 Curvy Models Taking the Modeling Industry by Storm
Curvy models once could only find modeling jobs in Lane Bryant ads. Today, these curvy girls are in magazine covers everywhere—even the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition features curvy mode. The public has rejoiced and embraced the change, and the movement is not abating. Modeling agencies and scouts welcome all body types and looks, and the success of so many curvy models showcases this fact. While there are several new curvy models on the scene, here are nine important ones.
Georgina Burke, the 23-year-old Australian plus-size model, jumped into the limelight in 2014 when was named the face of Torrid—and her star has been rising ever since. Although she initially began modeling in London, she found greater success upon moving to New York. Burke has also modeled for Addition-Elle, JustFabPLus, Teen Vogue, and Vogue Italia.
Denise Bidot is a model and TV personality known for inspiring a body positivity movement. She's also starred in campaigns for Nordstrom, Target, Macy’s, Lane Bryant, and Forever 21. She first made a name for herself when she was dubbed the first “plus-sized” model to strut her stuff (in New York Fashion Week in 2014) for two traditionally straight-sized brands. Bidot uses her modeling success as a platform to spread her message that, “Being you is what defines real beauty.”
Clementine Desseaux first rose to modeling fame when she was featured on the Christian Louboutin Instagram page modeling a lipstick from the brand. Followers quickly took to her gorgeous, freckled look and her career took off. Desseaux moved to America from Paris in 2012 in search of more modeling opportunities, and it is evident she has found them. Desseaux has been featured in Harpers Bazaar ads, among others.
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Ghanian-British model Philomena Kwao first make a name for herself when she won a U.K. model search after completing a Masters Degree in International Health Management. While she had planned to pursue a career in health management, her modeling career took off instead.
She has since modeled for fellow model Ashley Graham’s lingerie line and has been seen in major magazines like i-D. Kwao is also one of the founders of the Lily Project: a charitable initiative meant to pair young women with mentors they can reach via online chat.
Myla Delbesio won Miss Teen America in 2004 and was scouted as a model at the same time. After being turned away from many straight-sized modeling agencies, she was eventually scouted as a plus-size model by the iconic Ford modeling agency, although she prefers not to categorize herself. She’s been seen in Vogue India, Elle France, Viva Moda, and Elle Italia, to name a few.
Erica Jean Schenk
In August 2015, at only 18 years old, Erica Jean Schenk scored the cover of Women’s Running magazine. Her curvy figure was one of the first of its kind to be seen on the cover and Schenk was rewarded with plenty of media attention and praise. Schenk had been modeling professionally since the age of 16 and never expected that the Women’s Running cover would be the one thing that launched her career. Schenk has also modeled for Torrid, Slink Jeans, and JC Penney.
In February 2016, the clothing line Aerie launched their #AerieREAL campaign which was centered around being entirely un-photoshopped. Model Iskra Lawrence was selected as the face of the campaign, and her stunning images went viral. That was the launching point.
Lawrence notes that until she realized modeling agencies do accept all body types, her career didn’t take off as it could have if she had embraced her body type. Lawrence has since created a website devoted to showcasing unedited modeling photos.
Growing up, Barbie Ferreira was deeply insecure about her body. She thought that her curvy frame would prevent her from achieving her dream of becoming an actor or model. Her courageous decision to stand up to the nay-sayers and go after her dream has proven to be a life-changing decision. When unretouched photos of Barbie were featured in an aerie Real ad, she became an overnight sensation. She now has 295,000 Instagram followers.
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Marquita Pring has been a familiar name in the curvy modeling industry since she first walked the runway in a Jean Paul Gaultier fashion show in 2011 at the age of 19. Since then, she was done multiple Levi’s campaigns, Lane Bryant ads, and has even appeared in a 10-page editorial in a very popular edition of Italian Vogue that showcased curvy models.