The New Guard Of Plus-Size Models

The controversy regarding plus-size models seems to go in circles. Some women get called out for looking too thin, while others are accused of representing or encouraging an unhealthy ideal. But, when it comes down to it, we have much better things to discuss.
In fact, let's turn the conversation around entirely. After all, no matter what size they may wear, these models have posing skills that could revel the supers. And, they're finally bringing some much-needed body diversity to an industry that's been falling behind. Specifically, we're referring to the five up-and-comers ahead.
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With major campaigns and editorials under their belts, these are the models who are currently carving a place for themselves in the fashion industry — plus-size or other. They're gorgeous, talented, and, yes, have been blessed with curves in all the right places.
Click on and meet the women who don't fit the straight-size mold. Thank goodness!
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Photo: Courtesy of SWAK Designs.
Alex LaRosa
When ModCloth started heavily promoting its expanded plus-size range, Alex LaRosa became the embodiment of its full-figured customers. Balancing her time between major campaigns, she recently became the center of a curvy controversy for appearing “too voluptuous” in a recent SWAK Designs ad.
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Photo: Courtesy of IPM Model Management.
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Photo: Courtesy of IPM Model Management.
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Photo: Courtesy of Muse.
Denise Bidot
Many women have moved to Los Angeles in hopes of breaking into modeling and acting, but very few actually turn it into a reality. So, Densie Bidot’s story may be right out of a modern-day fairy tale. After moving to L.A. after high school, Bidot accidentally began modeling after working as a makeup artist on a shoot, and she's parlayed her talent and good looks into a starring role on Nuvo TV’s Curvy Girls. At this rate, we’re expecting to see her in a leading role in the near future.
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Photo: Courtesy of Muse.
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Photo: Courtesy of Muse.
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Photo: Courtesy of Facebook.
Elly Mayday
Once only known for her voluptuous curves and beautiful face, Elly Mayday recently came into the spotlight for a life-altering reason. Only 25 years old, Mayday found herself fighting against a rare form of ovarian cancer. She hasn’t let this disease be a setback though; she’s still modeling for Forever Yours Lingerie; bald head, scars, beauty, and all.
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Photo: Courtesy of Facebook.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ford Models.
Marquita Pring
Having previously modeled in campaigns for Lane Bryant, Levi’s, and Evans, Marquita Pring also showcased her curves in V magazine’s infamous Size Issue. And, as she's no newcomer to the controversy within plus-size modeling, Pring recently admitted to having to pad her curves to increase her size for certain clients. Padded or not, IMG’s most recent addition is definitely one to watch.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ford Models.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ford Models.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rosie Mercado.
Rosie Mercado
Costarring with Bidot in Nuvo TV’s Curvy Girls, Rosie Mercado is changing the idea of who a plus model is with her very voluptuous frame. Shutting down the haters with her extensive résumé, beauty pageant winner Mercado splits her time between posing in front of the camera, inspiring others as a motivational speaker, and being a mother to her three kids.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rosie Mercado.
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Photo: Courtesy of Rosie Mercado.
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