Top 10 Hottest Plus Size Models of 2016

Updated on September 26, 2016
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Noelle Lucia has been a writer and author for over 10 years. She wears a lot of different hats and uses her experience to fuel her writing.

Make Way For Plus Size

The modeling industry, an institution which previously and still idolizes women with nearly no body fat, has had to make room recently for plus size models. With the first plus size model gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, the world is standing up and taking notice of gorgeous women who represent more the United States' average population. Women all around the world are ecstatic to see beautiful women that are closer in size and shape to the working woman, the woman who cannot afford a personal trainer or dietician. These gorgeous models are taking the world by storm, and here is the top 10 list of the most beautiful and versatile plus size models in the world today.

10. Katya Zharkova

About Katya Zharkova

Katya Zharkova, hailing from Belarus, Russia, comes in at number 10. She stands five foot ten inches tall and is a U.S. size 14. She is as curvy as curvy gets, with a tiny waist and a large bust. Most remember her from her nude 8-page spread in Plus Model Magazine, where she clung to a straight-sized model and was accompanied by modeling statistics to raise awareness about the modeling world's unnatural standards. She was the first plus size model to appear on Russia's Cosmopolitan magazine and is represented by Los Angeles' famous agency, Wilhelmina Models.

9. Louise O'Reilly

About Louise O'Reilly

This beauty is one of Ireland's most famous plus size models. As a teenager, she was bullied for being heavier and diagnosed with chronic fatigue. With treatment, she slimmed to her now gorgeous figure of size 14 to 16 and is signed with 8 modeling agencies around the world. O'Reilly also runs a blog called Style Me Curvy, where she shares body positive messages and brands. She is not just a model, but a spokesperson and role model for women all over the world.

8. Precious Lee

About Precious Lee

At number 8, Precious Lee was the first black plus size model in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which has skyrocketed her career and made modeling history. She was also the first black plus size model in Vogue magazine, and only continues to book ads and magazine shoots. She has just appeared in an elegant black-and-white Lane Bryant ad, showing off the brand and her body. She also hosts an instagram page, where she shares photos of not just her body, but her skin, eyes and other features she values about her beautiful appearance. Lee is also good friends with fellow plus size model, Robyn Lawley, and seeks to surround herself with positive role models.


7. Denise Bidot

About Denise Bidot

At number 7, Denise Bidot hails from Puerto Rico and Kuwait, at a sultry size 14. Denise can be seen all over the fashion world, representing brands like Forever 21, Old Navy and Lane Bryant. She made history at New York Fashion Week in 2014, when she was the only plus size model to appear in Serena Williams's HSN fashion line. She started with a potential career in acting, then moved to makeup. On the set of Tyra Banks's show, she was asked by the photographer to get in front of the camera, and her modeling career skyrocketed. She is now modeling all over the world and is a spokesperson for plus size fashion and women.

6. Candice Huffine

About Candice Huffine

Candice Huffine is a gorgeous and curvy size 12, and has been a plus size model for her whole career. She has always been the bubbly type, and competed in pageants and competitions since she was a young girl. When she moved to New York to start modeling, she refused to lose weight for agents. She persisted in pursuing her modeling career and was finally signed as a plus size model. Her big break came when she was signed with Tara Lynn and Robyn Lawley to pose on the cover of Vogue Italia. Now she is in high demand all over the world and remains insanely beautiful.

5. Ashley Graham

About Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham made a huge splash and changed modeling forever when she appeared on Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover. The Nebraskan model was the first plus size woman to ever grace the cover, and she performed beautifully. The world stood up and took notice. She signed with Ford models recently and has appeared in a grip of high fashion magazines and does numerous retail campaigns. She is a multi-talented beauty.

4. Robyn Lawley

About Robyn Lawley

Robyn Lawley is a gorgeous Amazon standing at 6 foot 2 and with a tiny 29 inch waist, according to sources. Hailing from Australia, she made a name for herself in the famous Vogue Italia shoot with Candice Huffine and Tara Lynn. She was the first plus size model to appear on the cover of Vogue Australia, an event that boosted her career. She is now one of the most sought after and influential models in the world.

3. Tara Lynn

About Tara Lynn

Tara Lynn, a model from Seattle, Washington, was the third plus size model to grace the infamous cover of Vogue Italia that featured full figured women in lingerie and suggestive poses. Her career got big after being featured on Elle France and V magazine. Before that she worked a variety of everyday jobs, from grocery stores to fast food. Now she is stunning the world over with amazingly beautiful lingerie ads and shoots, and representing major retailers.

2. Nadia Aboulhosn

About Nadia Aboulhosn

Nadia is a fashion blogger and model from Miami, though she has Lebanese roots which make her an exotic beauty. She is quite the businesswoman, as she has designed fashions for major retailers and makers, as well as modeling and fashion-blogging. She is a true beacon of success and an absolutely gorgeous plus size model whose curvy behind has earned her the name, "The New Kim Kardashian." It is her work ethic and success as a businesswoman that earns her the number 2 spot, in addition to her unique beauty.

1. Philomena Kwao

About Philomena Kwao

Philomena Kwao is not just one of the most beautiful plus size models out there, she is also an avid scholar, campaigner and spokesperson for a variety of different issues. She has advanced educational degrees, and runs her own advising and health business called "The Lily Project", dedicated to answering health and beauty questions of young women. She has been campaigning against segregation of size and race in the modeling industry and is an amazingly influential person. She is beautiful not just because of her looks, she has the whole package, which makes her easily the number one on the list.

Final Thoughts

Though there are a plethora of beautiful plus size models that did not make the list, they are making great strides in the modeling world to make things more diversified. The models listed here are the most influential in the world at this time, and hopefully will keep working toward a happier, healthier world where all women can feel more comfortable in their own skin.

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        catherine coombs 3 months ago

        #1 Philomena Kwao, Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!

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        tong 4 months ago

        very nice

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        yousef 4 months ago

        where is queen of plus size latecha thomas???

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        Plump Couture 4 months ago

        You left out Jen Maitland :'(

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        Shade 4 months ago

        Where is Viktoria Manas and Jennifer Maitland???

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