4 Up-&-Coming Plus-Size Models To Watch

As more brands and fashion editorials expand to include larger sizes, more modeling opportunities than ever before have opened up to fuller-figured women. While Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine might not be household names yet, to the plus community they're Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell — especially in an industry that has historically skewed towards one specific body type. And, although we'll certainly never get bored of these gorgeous women, that doesn't mean we're not always on the lookout for the next generation of greats.

“Plus size” seems to be a loaded term these days, causing controversy at every curve. But, it is still the nomenclature used to describe women who work for brands that sell clothing catering to size 14 and up. While “genetically gifted” feels like the most appropriate way to describe these women, the one title we can all agree upon is “model.” The four up-and-comers ahead have certainly earned it. Click through to see which statuesque stunners make our list, and who we’re betting will be the next must-know names in fashion.
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Photo: Lily Cummings.
Philomena Kwao
Not many people can claim they won a modeling contest that they didn't even enter, but Kwao can. After being secretly signed up by a friend in an Evans model search two years ago, Kwao's career has exploded.

New York agency: Jag
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Photo: Lily Cummings.
With her striking good looks and shorn locks, Kwao has landed some prestigious gigs, including walking in the groundbreaking Isabel Toledo x Lane Bryant runway show and becoming the face of the clothing brand Torrid.
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Photo: Roberto Aguilar.
Felicity Hayward
British bombshell Hayward looks like she's strutted out of John Waters' dreams and into the hottest high-end editorials.

New York agency: Wilhelmina
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Photo: Zoe McConnell.
Besides working at ASOS as a stylist for its Curve line, Hayward has shot with illustrious photographers like Patrick Demarchelier and Miles Aldridge, and has appeared in spreads in Vogue, i-D, and Glamour.
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Photo: William Lords.
Victoria Lee
As one of the fresh faces of Lane Bryant's #ImNoAngel campaign, Lee shows that she can hold her own next to veteran stunners like Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine.

New York agency: Wilhelmina
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Photo: Ricky Day.
Besides booking the controversial Lane Bryant commercial, Lee walked the runways for Isabel Toledo x Lane Bryant and Cabiria, the first plus-size line to show at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.
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Photo: Rafael Clemente.
Clementine Desseaux
When we first met Desseaux at Eloquii's re-launch event, she greeted us with a freckle-faced grin and a jar of homemade jam. Clementine, of course. Desseaux, a native of France, not only knows how to make a first impression; she possesses that je ne sais quoi that so many of us yearn to emulate.

New York agency: Muse
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Photo: Lily Cummings.
Clementine's innate sense of cool is apparent in her poses and on her blog, Bonjour Clem, where she playfully documents everything from her kitchen concoctions to how to pull off that effortlessly chic French-girl style.

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