There a lot of stereotypes surrounding curvy women. They can’t wear this, that won’t look flattering. A lot of clothing companies don’t know how to dress plus size women so they just try to hide plus size bodies behind large, billowy, dark fabric. The clothes are not fun and far from flirty. But slowly the industry’s mindset has been changing towards plus size women and their fashion. Plus size models have been making waves recently and starring in clothing campaigns and gracing magazine covers. The change has truly revolutionized the modeling world.
These models have been spreading their confident, positive mentality through their Instagram accounts. If you’re looking for a little bit of a confidence boost or just some Instagram inspiration these are the 10 best body positive Instagram accounts to follow.
Ashley Graham was the first plus size model to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit issue and ever since she has been a force. Graham, 29, has been on multiple covers including Vogue and Glamour.
Hunter McGrady is another swimsuit model who was featured as one of Sports Illustrated‘s rookies for their swimsuit issue. She turned heads when she showed up to the iHeart Music Awards in a see-through corset and sheer skirt. It was an iconic look.
Barbie Ferreira is known for her Aerie Real campaign photos. She has a huge Instagram following and never uploads a retouched photo. Her feed is full of photos of selfies of her in underwear and one-pieces. She’s super open about her stomach rolls and how hard the modeling industry is for plus size women.
Diana Veras has been on the cover of Harper Bazaar and Teen Vogue. She’s also in MAC’s new makeup campaign. She spreads the body positivity movement through all social media platforms. She recently clapped backed at a Twitter troll over the bikini photos she posted. It was iconic.
Ellana Bryan is a plus size model who has “encourage confidence” in her Instagram bio. Her Instagram is full of body positive photos of Bryan with captions that motivate her followers to love their bodies just as much.
Gabi Gregg started her blog Gabi Fresh in 2008 and paved the way for plus size fashion bloggers. Now, her blog is her job and not just a hobby. Gregg has appeared on many talk shows like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in Glamour, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan and many more publications.
Tess Holliday got her start through a model search competition for Torrid. In 2014, she uploaded a video called #everyBODYisflawless with Gabi Gregg and other plus size model Nadia Aboulhson. The video went viral and so did Holliday. She used to be bullied in school for her weight and now she is spreading body confidence all over the world.
Tara Lynn is primarily a lingerie model with the occasional magazine cover. When Lynn was on the cover of French Elle, the headline by her name was “The Body,” idolizing her curvy figure. Since the international cover, Lynn has been in Glamour and done campaigns for H&M
Sonny Turner is a UK model that has done shoots for ASOS and Aerie. Her latest Instagram was about the perils of shopping for a bathing suit when plus size. She popped off in her caption and even provided tips for how to make a proper plus size suit. The post has gone viral.
Paloma Elsesser has grown in the modeling world thanks to none other than Pat McGrath. McGrath, a legendary makeup artist, chose Elsesser to be the model for her Golden Makeup series. Since becoming one of McGrath’s muses, she has been starring in Nike’s campaign for their new plus size workout line.