Beautiful women come in all races, colors, shapes and sizes. Recently, however, the trend toward plus sized models has gotten more increasingly popular – and rightly so. This is because these women are more than just pretty faces. They are advocates of positive body image, self-esteem, strength and more. Here are five plus size models who have stolen everyone’s hearts worldwide.

Ashley Graham

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, or in a remote island where there is no internet or any form of mass media, you may have noticed that Ashley Graham is becoming quite a rock star. She has graced the cover of so many magazines and appeared in TV shows and movies. Whether she is sporting a swimsuit on the cover of Sports Illustrated, barely covering herself with a white shirt on the cover of Maxim, or donning her long gowns in some lifestyle magazines, this brunette can pull everything off.

Ashley Graham is totally stunning and it is not too surprising how she became everybody’s sweetheart so quickly. She is great at what she does and she manages to steal the hearts of everyone who lays eyes on her. Ashley Graham has surely redefined what plus size means and has raised the standards for this category of female models.

“Don’t let your image, don’t let your size, hold you back. If I had let my hips or my jiggly thighs hold me back or the fact that I’ve got these big heavy breasts, then I would not be where I am today.” – Ashley Graham

Bishamber Das

Bishamber Das has always been on the big side since she was a little girl, but unlike most girls her sizemodelingshe was not really bullied for it. Instead, people kept telling her that she was beautiful as not everyone really cared about how big she is. Later on, her curvy figure would cement her spot in the modelling industry as a pioneering Asian plus size model. She has even beaten David Hasselhoff’s daughter in a beauty contest. She would go on to more achievements when she would be recruited as the model of Yours Clothing in the Middle East.

This beautiful woman has made a really big impact that she has constantly challenged the traditional perception of beauty. Because of this, she has become a role model for thousands of young girls as she pushes them to be comfortable with themselves, regardless of weight, height, color or race.

Naomi Shimada

She has recently risen to Instagram prominence for her advocacy of changing the way fashion should be in this age. This goes to show that this 28-year-old is more than just a pretty face. Aside from being a model, Shimada is also an activist, spokesperson, documentary filmmaker and considers herself a self-confessed professional loudmouth.

This half-Japanese Belle who was raised in Spain and is based in London and New York is barely ever seen out of rainbow hues. She has a unique idiosyncratic style which is marked by Issey Miyake pleats, berets, trinkets and crop tops.

Liris Crosse

Liris Crosse is actually a veteran in this field and has been dubbed as the Naomi Campbell of plus-size. Her stunning good looks and ability to look great in everything she wears in front of the camera have made her one of the most sought after models in this category. Crosse has already been there before the term “plus-size” came up and now spends a lot of her time mentoring other models and giving inspiration to aspiring plus-size models.

Katie Knowles

You might think that Katie is your typical beautiful ordinary girl, but she is not anything close to being that. Knowles is a law student that had been struck down by disc degenerative disease and spinal stenosis when she was just 15. This disease was very rare for somebody very young and this illness left her moving around in a wheelchair. However, this has done very little in slowing this strong woman down.

Katie has rubbed elbows and been on some of London’s most high profile catwalks with models with models able and disabled. Despite her condition, Knowles worked very hard to lose weight. Now being able to walk with limited mobility, she has been slaying in everything she does from bridal shoots to lingerie shots.

With beauty, brains, tough personality and more beauty, it is not very surprising how these women have captured hearts wherever they are seen. These women actually stand for something which speaks louder than just their pretty faces. What do you think of these gorgeous women? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.

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