The Models Behind the Glamour Magazine Plus Size Model Photo

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Glamour officially released their November Cover of the top Plus Size models who are hot right now; however, do you know who these real women are? Have you seen them around? Chances are, if you read any fashion magazines, you have, but just didn’t know their names.

Read on for more information about the women behind the cover, the plus size models who are shaking up the magazine and fashion industry!

Plus Size Glamour Spread

The Models Behind the Glamour Magazine Plus Size Model Photo

Crystal Renn

Down the runway in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Spring pret-a-porter show carefully edited just for her sensual curves; cover girl for Harper’s Bazaar; featured spreads in Vogue magazine; Crystal Renn has redefined and exposed the true beauty of being a plus size model. Crystal Renn recently released her memoir, Hungry, a memoir of her life and her true embrace of her curves.

Amy Lemons

This size 6/8 model started at Modelogic at the age of 15, moved to New York to be with IMG Models in Manhattan, and landed the cover for Italian Vogue. After trying to fight her natural curves, she embraced them, learning that every body has its own healthy weight.

Ashley Graham

Discovered in a Nebraska, at age twelve, Ashley Graham is blazing throughout the plus size arena. By the age of fifteen, Ashley Graham signed with Ford Models and at age seventeen, she was living in New York. Currently, she is writing a handbook for teenage girls going through body-image crises.

Kate Dillon

No stranger to fashion, Kate Dillon initially launched her career as a six, but established her career comeback, as a size 14 plus-size model. Most notably recognized for her spreads on the cover of MODE Magazine, Kate Dillon has fashioned covers and editorials in mulitple language editions of Vogue magazine, and has been photographed for high fashion magazines and campaigns by such photographers as Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton, Francesco Scavullo, Albert Watson and Mario Testino.

Anansa Sims

Daughter of the legendary super model Beverly Johnson, Anansa took quickly to her mother’s modeling gene. After losing 40 pounds to become a straight-size model, she quit and went for M.B.A. Now, as a size 12-14 a plus-size model, she frequently speaks to girls about body image.

Jennie Runk

From St. Louis Missouri, Jennie was discovered at only 13 years old. Volunteering with the Humane Society, she was spotted by a scout. Within a year, she booked an assignment with Vogue. Since then, Jennie Runk has fashioned spreads in Marie Claire, Cosmo Girl and Seventeen magazines.

Lizzie Miller

Known for her recent nude spread in the September 2009 issue of U.S. Glamour, Lizzie Miller participated as part of a story on women who were comfortable in their own skin. The photograph, which shows Miller’s un-retouched curves, sent waves through the fashion community.

These women have been leading the pack, but they are one of few who have been making moves. The Judgment of Paris highlights scores of plus size models who have been making moves within the fashion scene for years.

What do you think of the spread, the news surrounding curves? Do you think this is a step in the right direction?

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Written by Marie Denee

I am the Editor in Chic of The Curvy Fashionista. Often goofy. Forever emo. Always a Virgo. You can find me somewhere grooving to 90s R&B.

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  1. Beautiful photo! I haven’t seen these models around personally. The problem is, they are always the exception and not the norm. You may have one token “plus-sized” model in one issue of a magazine lost in a sea of super thin models.

  2. I’m still shocked that a size 6/8 is a plus size model. I am just under five feet ten inches and in my early twenties was quite skinny looking at 130 lbs and a size twelve ( sizes have recently changed and what I wore then would now be a size ten). I am now in my early forties, never weigh myself and wear a size fourteen or sixteen. The more expensive the clothes the smaller the size, so I might sometimes wear a twelve. I am comfortable with my curves most of the time.

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