Curvy women regularly rock fashion runways, so why not give them wings? We nominate Ashley Graham, Tara Lynn, and more gorge plus-size models
The World is Ready for a Plus-Sized Victoria's Secret Angel
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Elsa Hosk and Jac Jagaciak, two of the newest Victoria's Secret models to earn their wings, believe it's time for a plus-size Angel. "I think the whole world is more open to plus size [models] and I am sure at some point [Victoria's Secret] will be ready for it," Jac told the Daily Mail at an event last week in New York City's Times Square. (Meet all 10 New Victoria's Secret Angels.)
And why shouldn't they be? After the lingerie giant's controversial campaign "The Perfect Body" last year, which only featured size zero models, they now know that women are hungry for promotional strategies that not only inspire but also show the real American woman's body type. While VS hasn't actually announced any formal plans to do so, adding plus size models to the lineup—or, really, models of all sizes—would offer the kind of acceptance and body positivity that both the brand and Internet have recently been striving for.
If VS needs some help handing out wings, we're happy to weigh in! Here are seven of our favorite plus-size models who have the curves and spunk to sport their own wings.
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Not only does Graham have the gorgeous face for the job, but she's also got the résumé. She's currently a lingerie model for Lane Bryant (she even launched her own line of bras and panties for Addition Elle) and she's modeled for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
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This Australian model knows swimsuits and lingerie well. She was the first plus-size model to be chosen as one of SI's Rookies of the Year in the 2015 Swimsuit Issue, and she posed in a bikini from her own swimwear line. Plus, she's been on the cover of three Vogue Italia issues.
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She's already been featured in an H&M swimwear ad (and, as a result, become an unofficial spokesperson for plus-size models everywhere). A move to VS would provide her with the perfect microphone to lend her voice to the end of body shaming.
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The plus-size model has quite the list of accomplishments, modeling for Forever 21, fronting H&M's "Big is Beautiful" campaign, appearing on the cover of Elle Spain, and opening for runway shows in Madrid. Pair that with Lynn's doe eyes and sultry pout, and she's already an Angel in the making. (She also has one of the most Fitness-Inspiring Instagrams from Plus-Size Models.)
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With over 146,000 followers on Instagram and modeling creds from Seventeen and Self, Ferreira already has the makings of a top model. In an interview with i-D, fellow model Diana Veras said, "There's no in between [size models]. And that's why I think what Barbara and I do is good. We're the in between." Not fitting in a size zero or a size 14? Now that's a body type most of us can relate to.
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The American model is starring in the latest body positivity campaign—SwimsuitsForAll's "Beach Body. Not Sorry." In the accompanying video, she says, "It's time to stop apologizing. I want women to feel confident and sexy by knowing that there's nothing wrong with being yourself." (We caught up with Denise Bidot on Fashion Week, body confidence, and more—check out A Plus-Size Model Shares Her Story: "I Started to See Myself As Beautiful.)
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The 24-year-old New Yorker is already confident rockin' minimal clothing as a Lane Bryant model, but also representing mega-brands (she just became the face of Levi's!). Plus, she's pinned herself as striving to be a role model for young, curvy girls—something VS Angels' automatically become once they walk that runway in December.