Meet The Models Redefining The Era Of Designers & Their Muses

Photo: Courtesy of Muse Model Management.
A revolution is happening, and it's rippling across the fashion industry at a force that feels like tidal waves of long-awaited disruption. Of course, we're talking about the boom of the plus-size modeling industry. In the past year alone, the runways have grown more inclusive than ever before, transforming the minds of millions and catapulting the faces of the movement from tokenized catwalk queens to household names. Finally, the idea that everyone deserves a chance to embody the fantasies of fashion has become a reality.
From Ashley Graham, who in a historic moment covered Sports Illustrated earlier this year, and can add designer to her résumé of posing and strutting talents, to Candice Huffine, who has collaborated on lingerie collections for curvy women, it's hard to believe the movement has just begun. But feats like these are what influence designers and retailers alike to expand their size offerings: Recently, fashion mogul Lauren Conrad and retail monolith Target have both debuted extended sizing to much fanfare. And how could we forget designer Christian Siriano, who (almost) singlehandedly has lead the conversation toward radical inclusivity on the luxury front.
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But who are these women? And where do they come from? Thanks to the progressive Ivan Bart, president of IMG, and Becca Thorpe at Muse Model Management (whose board boasts some of the most prominent plus names in the business), agents are doing their part to contribute toward widespread change. And the industry is better because of them.
Ahead of Fashion Month, we've got your primer on which models are redefining the era of designers and their pin-thin muses, and which bubbles are about to burst. To be a supermodel means to fulfill the duties of the catwalks that've been marched on before them. When we think of the era that coined the word itself, we reflect upon the great amazons that ruled the world; see: Cindy, Naomi, Christy, and Linda. But there's a new crew in town — think: Paloma, Iskra, and Natalie — and they're just as super as any other model in the game, no ifs, ands, or plus.
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Catch me in the halls with my @verameat pins 👀

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Natalie Nootenboom
In addition to the fact that her aunt and uncle are Devon and Steve Aoki, the mighty Natalie Nootenboom may seem shy at first, but she packs talents beyond her skills in front of the camera. A fiction writer and singer, Nootenboom's star quality shines from every angle.
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she luv rehd, she luhv tiny prada bags, she luhv @tylersphotos she luhv @voguemagazine 🦑 ~

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Paloma Elsesser
They say if you can't take the heat, then get out of the kitchen. Well, Paloma Elsesser is the queen of that kitchen. And when she's not serving up looks on a platter (er, on Instagram), she's stunting for brands like Nike, H&M, and most recently, Rihanna's makeup line, Fenty Beauty.
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Iskra Lawrence
You've probably already seen Iskra Lawrence talk about topics like retouching and self-confidence on YouTube — and good on you for that — but she's also a role model for AerieReal, and an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association.
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With @mrrichmond it's all better ⚡️👅❤️ #taquitobrother #Manchester 3/3 #jocelyncorona

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Jocelyn Corona
Earlier this year, Jocelyn Corona made our 20-under-20 list. And since then, she's walked for Christian Siriano, modeled for Missguided and H&M, and appeared in LOVE magazine. And something tells us we'll be seeing more of her on the catwalk soon.
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Katy Syme
The caption says it all. But there's more to Katy Syme than just her British accent and voluminous hair. In addition to reminding her Instagram followers of swear words that are cuter than your average F bomb (e.g. "frick"), Syme packs a killer, feline-like stare. Her billboard debut in H&M's fall 2016 campaign marked the first time the mega retailer featured a curve model, serving as a precursor to the Chromat catwalk she'd soon dominate.
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Katherine Howe
Take one look at Katherine Howe and you'll probably be reminded of Cameron Russell — and we're not just talking about their looks. In addition to modeling for brands like Mango and Ann Taylor, the model is an advocate for cleaning up the planet, too. So while you're perusing her Instagram, don't forget to click the link in her bio.
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Botticelli 4 life

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Yasmin
Ever the selfie queen and intersectional feminism fan, Yasmin uses her infectious social media presence to not only showcase her work — which includes a campaign for Forever 21, a spread in Jalouse, and more — but her activism, too.
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Anita Marshall
We're not sure why Anita Marshall hasn't appeared in a Beyoncé video just yet, but we have a feeling the Boston native is about to get her big break. Having already slayed jobs for Macy's, Nordstrom, ASOS, and more, she's definitely due for a major runway moment.
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Peachy ▫️🍑▫️ for @dreck.magazine by @katyshayne and @sokumplikaidon

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Tess McMillan
Don't expect newly signed Tess McMillan to put too much out there when it comes to crafting her brand on social media, because if it was up to her, she wouldn't have one. When it comes to modeling, McMillan prefers to let her work speak for itself. And boy, does it ever.
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✨that highlight though 🙌🏾 face by @jodieboland using @beccacosmetics ✨

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Marquita Pring
This gal makes the life of a model look really, really fun. But don't they all? The difference about Marquita Pring, however, is that her realness takes prevalence over the glitz and glam of it all. Our fingers are crossed we'll see this one all over the runways this season.
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HAPPIEST GIRL EVVAAAAA 😊😊😊😊😊🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

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Charli Howard
After going viral with her letter to the fashion industry about being body shamed by casting agents, British model Charli Howard has continued speaking out against wrongdoings in the fashion industry. Co-founder of the AllWoman Project, Howard incorporates her message into her various fashion projects, which, of course, include things like lending her mug to Pat McGrath, fronting the Anne Klein campaign, and more. We're pretty sure this is what smiling from the inside out looks like.
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Thanks for my new mugshot @peeta_em @imgmodels 🖤

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Georgia Pratt
Did you catch Georgia Pratt on the Tome runway last season? Or Christian Siriano? No? Well, maybe you could try Elle? Oh, who are we kidding — just hit the follow button already.
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Some hands just have magic in 'em. 💫 @blairpetty @karo_kangas this was absolutely a day won! 😘

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Candice Huffine
You may remember the badass Candice Huffine on the cover of Elle earlier this year. But in addition to that hallmark moment, Huffine has appeared in Italian Vogue, Vogue Mexico, and many other major glossies. When she's not on the runway, you can probably catch her walking her dog Jerry in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (You can follow him here.)
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❤️ my cellulite

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Stella Duval
"[heart] my cellulite" writes Stella Duval on one of her ubiquitous mirror selfies. And so do we. Apart from being an actual model (like, walking the runways of Paris-type model), Duval is a model millennial of sorts, as well, due to her commitment to using her platform to add her voice to change. Just peep her Instagram to see what we mean.
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Sabina Karlsson
Swedish model Sabina Karlsson has come a long way in the industry. After starting out as a straight-sized model, Karlsson began her journey of finding what she now calls her "true body." After several seasons on the catwalk, with a strut that we could watch for days on end, she's looking to extend her runway repertoire from Chromat, to Christian Siriano, and more.
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Sometimes I button my shirt...😇 #glow #blackgirlmagic

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Precious Lee
You've probably first spotted Precious Lee on Addition Elle's spring 2017 runway at New York Fashion Week. Since then, Lee has landed several high-profile gigs like modeling for the Glamour x Lane Bryant collaboration and walking for Christian Siriano and Chromat. We expect her to be a regular on the size-inclusive runways this upcoming season, too.
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Too much? ❤🖤

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Alessandra Garcia-Lorido
Who is this? Oh, just Alessandra Garcia-Lorido who was one of the only plus-size models to be featured in fashion campaigns this season (in Dolce & Gabbana, at that). Daughter of Cuban-American actor Andy García, this one is destined for the big leagues. But first, she'll (most likely) be walking Christian Siriano again this upcoming season. Not a bad pit stop.
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Back to work feels 👅✌🏽

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Ashley Graham
Of course, a squad of the best curve models in the business wouldn't be complete without Ashely Graham. From Sports Illustrated to Glamour to the New Yorker, we'd say Graham is at her peak. If she's taught us anything between her runway appearances, editorials, and designer collaborations over the past few seasons, though, it's that she's just getting started.
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