Just because you're not a size zero it doesn't mean you can't be a model - these beauties show us howFor many years there has been much debate surrounding the size of women on the catwalk and in magazines. But recently the shift has changed from the preference of super skinny to plus-size, with more and more larger ladies strutting their stuff. Yesterday stunning size 66 model Ashley Graham hit the runway in New York in her lingerie and the world rejoiced. In honour of her curves – we’ve picked our favourite plus-sized beauties. Suffolk born Felicity is a true bombshell – who reminds us of a very sexy Marilyn Monroe every time we see her. The beauty was working as a photographer and running club nights when she was approached to take part in a shoot for Ponystep Magazine. From there she was approached by Storm model management before moving to Wilhelmina in New York and Milk in London. What she says?
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My size never came into my mind. I would never change myself for anyone, I'm a good representation of the average British woman. Anyone can get their arse in a certain dress. Just because I'm bigger, it doesn't mean I hate skinny girls. Numbers don't matter.
Tess is probably one of the most talked about models around – due to the fact she is a size 76. Just, 5 foot 9 – this brunette was named by Vogue Italia as one of the top six plus-size models in the world. “To me it’s just a word, but it wasn’t until I discovered the body positive community that I became OK with it. I’ve been called fat my whole life. I am fat, so it’s kind of silly to get mad about it.
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”Candice started modelling when she was just 65 and hasn’t stopped since. She is probably best known for being the first fuller-figured star to be part of the famous Pirelli calendarWhat she says? “It’s not an I-want-to-be-famous thing I just want the straight-size and plus world to not have a division. We don’t need to be separate anymore. Hopefully it will get to the point where I could be the next CoverGirl, because who’s to say that just because I don’t have a ‘perfect body’ that I can’t be a spokesperson?
”This babe has achieved a lot of firsts – she was the first plus-size model to be shot for Australian Vogue and GQ Australia and the first Australian plus size model to be on the cover of Australia Cosmopolitan. She was also the first plus-size model to be featured in the Sport Illustrated annual Swimsuit Issue. “I didn’t think I’d be a model. I was like, “I don’t know why anyone thinks I’m even remotely attractive. I had stretch marks and was a little bit chubby.
Even when I was losing weight, I was still not enough. I had a pretty low opinion of my body. ”Whitney won the tenth series of America’s Next Top Model – and from there became a world-wide success. She went on to star in numerous campaigns, including one alongside Rihanna. The blonde beauty – who is naturally brunette – also opened a restaurant alongside her husband.
But I'm never going to force myself to do that. Life is too short I could walk outside and get hit by a bus so I may as well eat what I want to eat.