Beautiful Plus Size Women Models
BBW and "Plus Size" models featuring Anna Nicole Smith, Mia Tyler, Toccara Jones and more
What do you think of when you think of a model?
Frail little thin creatures that might break if you look at them too hard?
Well in case you hadn't noticed, there is a whole sub section of modeling out there just for plus-size models.
Designers have finally figured out that not everyone is built like Kate Moss, and many have adjusted their sizes accordingly.
They are making fashions designed for "real women" and of course with these fashions, they have to use models that do the clothes justice.
There are Plus-Size promotional modeling agencies like Irene Marie, Agence Plus, Close Models and Goddess Models that do print modeling, fitness, fashion modeling jobs, commercials, and showroom modeling.
To make it as a plus-size model, you need to be photogenic and have a proportional figure.
Most of these models wear at least a size 10 and some may wear up to a size 18, and to look at some of them, you wouldn't think they actually qualify as plus-size, but you have to realize that they are larger than your standard model.
So to help introduce you to this world, here are some of the big and beautiful women, that are the hottest in the business...
Fashion model Whitney Thompson was born on September 26th, 1987 in Atlantic Beach, Florida.
Whitney stands five feet ten inches tall, weighs between 145-159 lbs and is 36-32-43.
She grabbed the spotlight when she won the tenth season of the reality television show America's Next Top Model.
Since America's Next Top Model, she has worked for both the Elite Model agency and the Wilhelmina Model agency in New York.
Sophie Dahl was born on September 15th, 1977 in London, England.
This English author and former model is the granddaughter of author Roald Dahl and the actress Patricia Neal.
Sophie was kicked out of school, discovered by a Vogue stylist and went on to appear on the covers of Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire and of course Vogue.
Besides modeling, she has written three books, The Man With the Dancing Eyes, Playing with the Grown-Ups and a cookbook titled Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights.
Sophie is five foot eleven inches tall. Her weight has fluctuated at times, and she has battled depression and anorexia.
Anna Nicole Smith
Of course we all remember model, sex symbol, actress and train-wreck television personality Anna Nicole Smith.
Anna was born Vickie Lynn Hogan in Harris County, Texas on November 28th, 1967.
I remember the first picture I ever saw of Anna, it was a full face shot and I thought then that she was maybe one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen in my life.
I kept reading that she was gonna be the "the next Marilyn Monroe", and from what I saw, I believed it.
But things went south for Anna, and her career never hit the heights everyone expected.
She passed away on February 8th, 2007 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
On February 17th, 2011, an opera based on her life, "Anna Nicole" debuted at London's Royal Opera House to a sold-out crowd.
Liis Windischmann has been a top model in Canada for over fifteen years.
When she started out, she was rejected by many modeling agencies, but she hung in there and finally gained acceptance.
Liis is an advocate for size acceptance and works to close the gap between "regular" models and plus sizes.
She has organized projects like Walk the Catwalk (with Diane Pellini) and The Fenomenal Calendar to do that.
You can learn more about Liis at her website: http://www.liisweb.com/, or keep up with her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LiisW
Fashion model, actress and television personality Toccara Jones was born on March 13th, 1981 in Dayton, Ohio.
Like her fellow BBW model, Whitney Thompson, Toccara appeared on America's Next Top Model (third season) and came in seventh place.
During the competition, she won "Covergirl of the Week" five times.
Since appearing on America's Next Top Model, Toccara has appeared in Ebony magazine, King magazine, Black Men magazine and Smooth magazine.
She has modeled for Ashley Stewart, New York and Company and Target.
Toccara has also co-hosted an episode of 106 & Park, been a correspondent for The Black Carpet, she appears on The Tyra Banks Show from time to time and she has appeared on VH1's Celebrity Paranormal Project and Celebrity Fit Club.
In 2011, Toccara turned thirty with a huge birthday bash.
Mia Tyler is the "other" daughter of Aerosmith's lead singer, Steven Tyler, which of course also makes her the sister (well half-sister actually) of Liv Tyler.
She was born on December 22nd, 1978 in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Mia's mother was model, actress and groupie Cyrinda Foxe.
Mia has her own clothing line called REVOLUTION 1228.
Besides modeling and designing, she has done some acting including roles in A Little Bit of Lipstick (2000), People Are Dead (2002), Rush Hour 3 (2007), Mirror Mirror Not on the Wall (2009) and The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol (2009).
Mia has also appeared on the reality shows "House of Style", "Celebrity Fit Club", "Really Rich Real Estate" and "Pretty Wicked".
Gorgeous Ashley Graham was born in 1987 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Although she is best known for her work with Lane Bryant, Ashley has done work for Vogue, Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Elle Quebec and Bloomingdale's among many, many others.
She was named Full Figured Fashion Week's Model of the Year in 2012.
Ashley was also featured in Swimsuits For All 2015 ad campaign.