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20 Stunning Models That Are Destroying Traditional Beauty Standards

These talented models are taking the fashion world by storm and they’re knocking down some pretty antiquated notions while they’re at it. This group of models is famous for being “plus size,” a label that often marginalizes average-sized women around the world. While they’re curvier than the average high-fashion model, these women actually reflect what many women around the world really do look like. The average American woman is a size 14 and plus size models today range from a size 8 to a 22.  Several of these models have started a viral campaign called #droptheplus so that they can just be called models. Doing away with the “plus size” label and just calling them models could do so much for the fashion industry and women around the world.

1. Laura Wells

Laura has appeared in Women’s Weekly Mag, Swimsuits For All campaigns and Plus Model Magazine. She’s also an environmental scientist and activist. She’s currently pursuing a master’s degree in environmental management.

2. Justine LeGault

Justine has worked for Lane Bryant, Toni +, InStyle Magazine, Eloquii and Michael Kors.

3. Robyn Lawley

Robyn has worked for Mango, Sports Illustrated, Elle Magazine, GQ Australia and Marie Claire.

4. Ashley Graham

Graham has appeared in Glamour, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Harper’s Bazaar and Latina. She’s worked for Lane Bryant, Addition Elle, Nordstrom and Target.

5. Candice Huffine

She’s worked for Mango, Vogue, CR Fashion Book, i-D Magazine and Lane Bryant.

6. Clèmentine Desseaux

The French model and blogger has worked for Gwynnie Bee, Vogue Italia and Lily Cummings Lingerie.

7. Crystal Renn

Crystal Renn is one of the most successful American “plus size” models. She’s worked for Heatherette, Torrid, Lane Bryant, Chanel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Zac Posen and more. She’s also appeared in Sports Illustrated, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D Magazine, Vanity Fair and is a published author.

8. Denise Bidot

Bidot has worked for Zizzi Magazine, Target, Forever 21, Latin Trends and more.

9. Felicity Hayward

The London-based model has worked for Paper Magazine, i-D Magazine, ASOS, Refinery29, Glamour, Vogue, Tatty Devine and Illamasqua.

10. Fluvia Lacerda

Fluvia, known as the full-figured Gisele Bundchen (they’re both from Brazil) has worked for Monif C, Torrid, Bust Magazine, Vogue Italia, Glamour, and Kmart.

11. Jada Sezer

Jada has modeled for ASOS, Miss Vogue UK, Ultimo Lingerie, Harper’s Bazaar and Berlin Fashion Week.

12. Jennie Runk

You might know Jennie from her work with H&M Swim, Marie Claire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elena Miro and Vogue Italia.

13. Kortnie Coles

Kortnie appeared on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 12 and has since worked for Adore Me, Go See Magazine and is also signed to Wilhelmina Models. She also works as a wildlife conservationist.

14. Liris Crosse

Liris has worked for Glamour, YM, Seventeen, XXL, Honey, Essence and Lane Bryant.

15. Marquita Pring

Marquita has worked for Vogue Italia, Cacique, Levi’s, Lane Bryant and Jean Paul Gaultier.

16. Stefania Ferrario

Stefania has worked for Annabelle’s Bridal, Dita von Teese, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vintage Garage.

17. Tara Lynn

Tara Lynn has posed for Elle Spain, Vogue Italia, Paris Match Magazine, Forever 21, H &M, Additional Elle and Oyster Magazine.

18. Lizzie Miller

You may remember Lizzie from a unretouched, nude photoshoot she did for Glamour Magazine. She’s also worked for Italian Vogue and Macy’s.

19. Chloe Marshall

Marshall was a Miss England finalist and has worked for Macy’s, Torrid and Lane Bryant.

20. Whitney Thompson

Whitney won America’s Next Top Model Cycle 10 and has since worked for Target, Converse, Torrid, Forever 21 and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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