Plus Sized Models - The Top 10
10. Mia Tyler
Mia Tyler is already famous because her father is Aerosmith, or the famous Steven Tyler. Her sister is the actress Liv Tyler, who is actually her half sister. Mia started her modelling career as a plus size model when she was 20 years old. She appeared in Seventeen magazine at the time. Many companies who represent Mia enjoy her rock n’ roll lifestyle and like to depict her in this way. Mia Tyler has appeared on Figure Magazine and in the United States Vogue. Her career is not that big but she is well known.
9. Kate Dillon
Kate Dillon used to be thin and had problems with anorexia. Once she beat anorexia she quickly gained a lot of weight going from a size 6 to a size 14. Her initial career was as a thin model with a signed contract for Elite NYC. This career didn’t do so well but after she gained weight and became a plus size she has been more successful and happier with herself. She has made it to the cover and been the spotlight of many editorial magazines such as Vogue magazine and MODE magazine. Many photographers that have taken a liking to her include Patrick Demarchelier, Albert Watson, Mario Testino, and Francesco Scavullo. Kate Dillon has made feature appearances on television for America’s Next Top Model and in advertisements for Gucci and Nine West.
8. Toccara Jones
Not only is Toccara Jones known as a plus size model but she is also a favourite television personality. She was one of the contestants in a television series titled, America’s Next Top Model. She tried hard to get into the mainstream as a plus size but she didn’t have much success landing any contracts with big agencies as a plus size. Toccara Jones has been photographed by Steven Meisel and appeared in Lifestyle Magazine and Vogue Italia.
7. Natalie Laughlin
A controversy occurred when plus sized model Natalie Laughlin ended up on a billboard in New York’s Time Square. She was the first plus size to reach a featured advertisement of such stature. Liz Claiborne has honoured this model on numerous occasions. Natalie Laughlin was the very first plus size to make it to the United States edition of Glamour magazine also. Natalie Laughlin is a favoured top plus size model and many photographers absolutely adore her.
6. Maggie Brown
Maggie Brown's big break as a Plus Size model came when she won Tyra Bank’s Thick and Sexy Top Model Contest that appeared on the Tyra Banks Show in 2006. Not only did she win the title but she also landed a contract with Wilhelmina Models and a photo shoot with bombshell Magazine. She has had many features with Bombshell magazine, Plus Model Magazine, Igigi Model of the Month and more. She has been spotted in television broadcasts including AM Northwest, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, and the Tyra Bank’s Show. She even appeared in a show on Lifetime titled ‘How to Look Good Naked’. Maggie Brown has modelled for many department stores which include Mervyns, Macy’s, ElegantPlus, Wal-Mart, and more.
5. Barbara Brickner
Barbara Brickner has been a plus size model internationally for over 10 years. She is known around the globe to be an extremely hard working model. She is known to be one of MODE magazine’s favourite models because she is featured inside it all of the time, with many photos. She is known to be a preferred model to many of the designer clothing professionals of plus sized clothing. She even launched her own line of clothing related to maternity called BB maternity. Women can shop for her clothing line in the United States. Barbara Brickner is not modelling too much anymore, nor does she have any big contracts, but she is one of the top plus sized models known in the industry.
4. Crystal Renn
Crystal Renn as a plus sized model has intrigued the interest of photographers like Steven Meisel who landed her a spot on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, different international Vogue editions, and more. She has signed various contracts with big clients like Evans, Lane Bryant, and even Torrid. Crystal made a runway appearance for Vena Cava, Jean-Paul Gaultier and others. She is currently signed with Ford Modelling Agency and has been given a book deal. Crystal Renn is a favoured plus size model and many men think she is very sexy with the way that she carries herself.
3. Emme Aronson
Emme Aronson is a plus size model that has always had a problem losing weight. She has made appearances on television, hosting Fashion Emergency on the television show E!. She has been spotted on many television channels and cable networks promoting women’s related issues and social life. She has made it into print in People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People, Ladies’ Home Journal, and even Glamour. Emme Aronson is a published author, three times over, with topics of depression, beauty, and relationships.
2. Chloe Marshall
Chloe Marshall is a plus sized model from Southeast England. She was the very first British model in plus sizes to pass into the finals in the Miss England contest beating off seven other girls for the title in 2008. She has a curvaceous figure which is very unusual to some. It is said that she promotes obesity for women and even an unhealthy diet. The Models Plus Agency signed Chloe and commented on her size as being luscious. Chloe Marshal was the first runner up for the title of the Miss England contest in 2008.
1. Whitney Thompson
Whitney Thompson was discovered on America’s Next Top Model television show’s 10th season. Her career started from this show and has shown to be quite successful. She has done some print work with In Touch Weekly, Supermodels Unlimited, and Seventeen Magazine. She has made numerous runway appearances modelling clothing for Saks Fifth Avenue and JCPenney, House of Dereon, and even for the Tyra Banks Show. Whitney Thompson has made television appearances with Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, and even with Regis and Kelly.
And an "Honorary mention" to Tyra Banks
Whilst not actually featuring in our list of 10 plus models, we simply had to give Tyra Banks a mention here. Tyra is probably one of the best known models in the USA and internationally now and this has been aided through the fact that she has now done a lot of series of America’s Next Top Model and rolled this format out to many other countries.
As Tyra put on weight, she elected to re-invent herself as plus sized. When you watch episodes of her subsequent shows, you will soon realise that she is tending to favour this genre of model.
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