If there’s one thing about the fashion industry we wish we could change, it would be its lack of diversity. While there are plenty of campaigns and editorials aimed to push boundaries and redefine standards of beauty, we can’t say we’re completely satisfied with what’s generally recognized as “normal,” size-wise anyway.
But that doesn’t mean we’re not making progress. In fact, there are plenty of plus-size bloggers and supermodels who have made major waves this year — and they’re doing it in a big way. From Vogue’s “Lingerie For All Sizes” editorial to Candice Huffine’s much-buzzed-about debut on the 2015 Pirelli Calendar, we’re really excited about where things are headed.
It’s been a year of serious plus-size fashion moments that’ll be remembered for a long time coming, so scroll down to celebrate the ones that got us all talking. And make a note to follow the fresh faces you see here, because this won’t be the last time you see these models and influencers striking a pose for your favorite magazines and retailers — we can promise you that.
Australian model Georgina Burke, 23, was named the first-ever face of Torrid for 2014, fronting the label’s swimsuit catalog as well as ads online and in stores.
Evans Showed a Plus-Size Collection at LFW
Evans is the biggest plus-size retailer in London, so it only made sense that the label would finally show a collection made up of designs from Giles Deacon, Lulu Liu, Clements Ribeiro, and more.
Myla Dalbesio For Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein’s first-ever plus-size lingerie ad will go down in history — not only because it is a step in the right direction for the brand, but because it sparked major controversy. The images received backlash from angry customers because Dalbesio is a size 10, which isn’t technically considered “plus-size.” On the other hand, the model pointed out that the fashion industry hasn’t made much room for women of her size before, and CK never identified her as plus-size in the first place.
Nicolette Mason For ModCloth
Plus-size blogger Nicolette Mason designed her first collection for retro-quirky label ModCloth this year, and she posed alongside founder Susan Gregg Koger for the line’s campaign shots.
Swimsuits For All’s Plus-Size Calendar
Plus-size model Robyn Lawley and blogger GabiFresh, who started the #fatkini hashtag, launched a swimsuit collection with a wide range of styles and re-created the famous Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue shot, featured on the magazine’s 50th-anniversary cover.
Jennie Runk For H&M
Jennie Runk’s campaign for H&M’s Private Paradise line wasn’t her first time modeling for the Swedish retailer — in fact, she made headlines after posing in a swimsuit in 2013 — but they were certainly gorgeous.
Ashley Graham For The Sunday Times UK and Vogue
Source: The Sunday Times UK
Ashley Graham describes herself as a “body diversity ambassador,” which is probably why she’s been featured in many a campaign, covered The Sunday Times UK’s Style issue, and most recently made waves in Vogue’s much-talked-about “Lingerie For All Sizes” editorial.
Hayley Hasselhoff For Yours Clothing
David Hasselhoff’s daughter, Hayley, is not only the face of Yours Clothing this year; she’s also the ambassador of Full Figured Fashion Week.
Whitney Thompson For Panache Lingerie
Perhaps you remember Whitney Thompson of America’s Next Top Model? She’ll go down in history as the first-ever plus-size winner of the show, in its 10th cycle, and now she’s the face of Panache Lingerie’s Sculptresse collection, too.
Robyn Lawley For Cosmopolitan Australia and Mango
Yes, Robyn Lawley is gorgeous. But she’s also one of the most well-respected supermodels in the industry with a huge fan base. She covered Cosmopolitan Australia’s March 2014 issue, and she fronted Mango’s new plus-size line, Violeta.
Candice Huffine Featured in Vogue and the 2015 Pirelli Calendar
Candice Huffine is the first plus-size model to be featured in the 2015 Pirelli calendar, which shows that the fashion industry has made quite a lot of progress. Candice was certainly the right choice — her major modeling gigs prove she’s a confident poser with a lot of personality. Just check out her shot for Vogue’s lingerie editorial.