Successful Plus Size Models

Glamour magazine is leading the way in examining the fashion industry's fascination with stick-thin models


    It's a Curve Convention!

    It all started in Glamour's September issue with a photo of "the girl on page 194." The tiny photo of plus-size model Lizzie Miller with her natural-looking belly roll showing began a deluge of letters to the magazine declaring it "the most amazing photograph I've ever seen in any women's magazine."  Due to the overwhelming response, Glamour took the conversation a step further in its November issue, on newsstands October 6, commissioning Matthias Vriens-McGrath to shoot plus-size models Lizzie Miller, Crystal Renn, Kate Dillon, among others, in a style similar to what Herb Ritts did with nude supermodels in the 1980s.  Click Next Image for more of the most famous plus-size models working today. More From

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    Lizzie Miller is the latest plus size model to take the industry by storm after this nearly-nude photograph of her appeared in Glamour magazine showing a slight belly. Glamour magazine editors were flooded with emails and comments from readers who were thrilled with the photograph, prompting the decision to feature more plus size models in the magazine. The Photo That Started It All: Meet “The Woman on p.194”


    Model Kate Dillon has gone on to be one of the most successful plus size models in history. The redhead conquered her demons and left the fashion industry to return two years later as a plus model. Since then, she has been featured in such major magazines as Vogue, Glamour, People and more.  FEATURE: Pressure to Get Skinny Still Rules in Fashion, Even Among Plus Models


    Crystal Renn is a former straight size model who began her career at 14 years old. After years of starving herself, she transitioned into the world of plus size modeling and became a hugely successful model. She recently released a book about her struggles entitled "Hungry" and has appeared in such major publications as Vogue, Elle and Glamour magazine. Plus-Sized Model Crystal Renn's Chilling Anorexia Details (Photo: Torrid)

    Mia Tyler

    Mia Tyler is the daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, but built a name for herself as a plus size model. She has appeared on MTV's "House of Style" and Vh1's "Celebrity Fit Club." (Photo: Reuters)

    Christina Mendez

    Model Christina Mendez has appeared in such magazines as Essence, Glamour and Latina in addition to appearing in fashion segments for BET, FOX News and Lifetime television. In addition to her work as a model, she is also an activist for autism awareness. (Photo courtesy of Christina Mendez)

    Toccara Jones

    Toccara Jones got her start on the hit show "America's Next Top Model," but went on to carve a name for herself with workout dvds, hosting gigs and appearances on "Celebrity Fit Club." (Photo:AP)


    Brazilan model Fluvia Lacerda has become one of the top models in the industry for the past five years and has been the face of such major lines as Fashion Bug and Catherine's. (Photo: Plus Model Magazine)


    Whitney Thompson made history when she became the first ever plus size model to win "America's Next Top Model." She has since appeared in Seventeen and In Touch magazines, in addition to work with JCPenney, House of Dereon and Saks Fifth Avenue.

    Nicole Lebris

    Model Nicole Lebris has appeared in ad campaigns for Fruit of the Loom, Lane Bryant and Marina Rinaldi. She is also a professional makeup artist.


    Model and actress Mia Amber Davis made a name for herself after she appeared in the film "Road Trip" as "Rhonda." She has worked on such major ad campaigns as Ashley Stewart and is also a fashion and image consultant for plus size women.  


    Model Maiysha Simpson has appeared in such major ad campaigns as Lane Bryant, Fruit of the Loom and Fashion Bug. 
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