Plus Sized Models You Should Know In Honor Of The First Plus Size Appreciation Day

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Plus-sized models you should know:

Ashley Graham

One of the most popular models in the industry, she admitted that she's okay with a little Photoshopping > here and there

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Plus-sized models you should know:

Ashley Graham

One of the most popular models in the industry, she admitted that she's okay with a little Photoshopping > here and there

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Saffi Karina

According to her Instagram, Karina is a devout feminist who works to promote diversity and body-positivity.

Saffi Karina

According to her Instagram, Karina is a devout feminist who works to promote diversity and body-positivity.

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Justine LeGault

LeGault is currently managed by Heffner Management, one of the largest agencies on the west coast.

Justine LeGault

LeGault is currently managed by Heffner Management, one of the largest agencies on the west coast.

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Katya Zharkova

At just 14-years-old, Zharkova was considered the first plus-sized model of her hometown Belarus, Minsk.

Photo: Katya Zharkova Instagram

Katya Zharkova

At just 14-years-old, Zharkova was considered the first plus-sized model of her hometown Belarus, Minsk.

Photo: Katya Zharkova Instagram

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Tara Lynn

The size 14-16 model landed on the November 2013 cover of Elle Spain, though she admits she didn't become > comfortable with her size

until her college years.

Tara Lynn

The size 14-16 model landed on the November 2013 cover of Elle Spain, though she admits she didn't become > comfortable with her size

until her college years.

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Kaela Humphries

She's Kris Humphries little sister (aka: Kim Kardashian's former sister-in-law).

Kaela Humphries

She's Kris Humphries little sister (aka: Kim Kardashian's former sister-in-law).

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Jennie Runk

The 5' 10" size 12-14 model is best known for her work in H&M's swimwear ad a few years back. Runk says she was discovered when she was 13 and had to decide whether to lose weight to become a traditional model, or gain weight to > be a plus-size model

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Jennie Runk

The 5' 10" size 12-14 model is best known for her work in H&M's swimwear ad a few years back. Runk says she was discovered when she was 13 and had to decide whether to lose weight to become a

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Denise Bidot

The 31-year-old made history by becoming the first plus-sized model to walk two "straight size" runways at New York Fashion Week in 2014

Denise Bidot

The 31-year-old made history by becoming the first plus-sized model to walk two "straight size" runways at New York Fashion Week in 2014

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Whitney Thompson 

The 5'10" size 12-14 star was the first plus-sized contestant to win "America's Next Top Model."

Whitney Thompson 

The 5'10" size 12-14 star was the first plus-sized contestant to win "America's Next Top Model."

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Nadia Aboulhosn

This model is also a fashion blogger who has had her work (or herself) featured in Lucky Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue and others. Can we just point out for a second that her eyebrow game is on point?

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Nadia Aboulhosn

This model is also a fashion blogger who has had her work (or herself) featured in Lucky Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue and others. Can we just point out for a second that her eyebrow

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Candice Huffine

This size 16 model was the > first plus-sized woman

to be featured as a "Calendar Girl" in 2015's Pirelli Calendar.

Candice Huffine

This size 16 model was the > first plus-sized woman

to be featured as a "Calendar Girl" in 2015's Pirelli Calendar.

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Robyn Lawley 

This 6'2" model announced in October 2014 that she was > expecting her first child

with her fiance.

Robyn Lawley 

This 6'2" model announced in October 2014 that she was > expecting her first child

with her fiance.

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Lizzie Miller

Miller shot to stardom when she was featured in a September 2009 issue of Glamour as part of a story about women who are comfortable with their size.

Lizzie Miller

Miller shot to stardom when she was featured in a September 2009 issue of Glamour as part of a story about women who are comfortable with their size.

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Marquita Pring

In the plus-sized world, the curvier, the better. This model admitted to > padding her hips

at times so she would look bigger.

Marquita Pring

In the plus-sized world, the curvier, the better. This model admitted to > padding her hips

at times so she would look bigger.

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Emme Aronson

Known by her first name only (a la Cher and Madonna), Emme is practically a legend in the plus-sized modeling world. She crossed over from modeling to hosting "Fashion Emergency" on E! several years ago and is still active in the industry.

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Emme Aronson

Known by her first name only (a la Cher and Madonna), Emme is practically a legend in the plus-sized modeling world. She crossed over from modeling to hosting "Fashion Emergency" on E! several years

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Tess Holliday

The size 22 Internet sensation > landed a modeling contract

in January 2014 after a series of photos the 29-year old

took of herself tagged with #effyourbeautystandards went viral.

Tess Holliday

The size 22 Internet sensation > landed a modeling contract

in January 2014 after a series of photos the 29-year old took of herself tagged with #effyourbeautystandards went viral.

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Mia Tyler

Part of a famous family, Mia (right) is the daughter of Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and sister to "Armageddon" star Liv. While the connections obviously didn't hurt, the tatted-up star made a name for herself and forged a career of her own.

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Mia Tyler

Part of a famous family, Mia (right) is the daughter of Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and sister to "Armageddon" star Liv. While the connections obviously didn't hurt, the tatted-up star made a name

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Toccara Jones

Voted one of the most memorable contestants on "America's Next Top Model" by AOL Entertainment, Jones signed on with the elite Wilhelmina Models after the show.

Toccara Jones

Voted one of the most memorable contestants on "America's Next Top Model" by AOL Entertainment, Jones signed on with the elite Wilhelmina Models after the show.

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Plus-size models are officially a part of the fashion world's new normal.

Many companies and runways like Target, Michael Kors and Christian Siriano are now including curvier women in their shows and ad campaigns. 

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Though it has been a challenge, the body-positivity movement is making headway.

Ashley Graham is tired of being called "brave" — and she’s making sure everybody knows it. Over the weekend, the plus-size model and vocal advocate for body positivity posted an un-retouched paparazzi picture to Instagram to make an important point about self-confidence. In the photo — seemingly taken on the set of the model's recent Baywatch-inspired shoot with Swimsuits For All — Graham is seen from behind, straddling a jetski and wearing the iconic red Baywatch one-piece.

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According to the National Day Calendar, an organization called Women Rock, Inc. — which works to promote "self-love despite societies' stigma" — founded the day in 2016. 

October 6 was officially proclaimed by the registrar of National Day Calendar as Plus Size Appreciation Day to be celebrated for the first time in 2017.

Take a look through the gallery above to see some of the plus-sized models who are leading the body image movement.

Source : http://www.chron.com/life/article/Plus-sized-models-Plus-Size-Appreciation-Day-12259128.php

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