5 Plus Size Style Icons We Love

Ashley Graham at Glamour Woman of the Year
Ashley Graham may have been a trailblazer as far as plus size style icons go, but she’s got company now. Read on for our fav curvy-girl icons to watch.

In need of some fresh sartorial inspiration? One of the best ways to get motivated about stepping into new looks is to see them on body types like your own. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite plus-size style icons of the moment. These ladies are known for rocking impeccable style, while exhibiting the kind of body-confident attitude anyone can appreciate.

Iskra Lawrence

I love my real skin, lumps, bumps, scars, squish, fat, muscle, pigmentation.

Iskra Lawrence

As the first global #AerieREAL Role Model, Iskra Lawrence knows a thing or two about keeping it real and championing women of all shapes and sizes. She pulls it off no matter what she’s wearing, from sexy cold-shoulder jumpsuits to ethereal princess gowns to chic and sleek pantsuits.

As for that whole keeping-it-real thing, she’s not one to hide from the faux reality that heavily glossed over, highly edited and well-lit images depict. It’s precisely why she shared an image of herself from two angles in two different lights — sans airbrushing. “I love my real skin, lumps, bumps, scars, squish, fat, muscle, pigmentation,” Lawrence posted proudly. Love!

Tabria Majors

If you’ve ever perused Forever 21 or Fashion Nova online, odds are you’ve come across Tabria Majors before. She’s only the second plus size black model to appear in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, and she’s the epitome of a modern-day overnight success story.

It wasn’t until a talent agent spotted her on Instagram — back when she had less than 2000 followers, no less — that things started to change. At the time, she worked as a cleaner and held high hopes of making it in the modeling industry.

In addition to Majors’ fashion success, she also co-hosts The Thick Podcast with Mindy J.

Veronica Pome’e

If you don’t yet know of Veronica Pome’e, you soon will. In the summer of 2018, Veronica decided — on a whim — to enter the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search. When she got the life-changing call that she was chosen as one of the top six finalists, she was thrilled as you can imagine.

Pome’e is the first Polynesian woman to pose for the prestigious magazine, and also someone who recognizes the value of empowering others through her unique position.

Making the final 6 for @si_swimsuit has allowed me to inspire the same girls who don’t feel like their [sic] skinny, pretty, curvy, or even skin tone worthy enough.

Veronica Pome’e

Chrissy Metz

Over the past couple of years, few actresses have had as significant an impact on the small screen as Chrissy Metz. The This Is Us star has been candid about her struggles with self-doubt and insecurity, a point that makes her rise to fame even more meaningful.

Metz has used her spotlight to cast a bright light on what it means to feel left behind in life.

Then I stopped comparing and despairing. My journey is my very own as is yours.

Chrissy Metz

On her IG feed, you’ll find amazing style inspo, from a repurposed Tanya Taylor gown to a brilliant floral print.

Tinder Badhesha

As a self-proclaimed “international curve model,” Tinder Badhesha is one of the few Indian plus-size models in the industry. She’s walked the runways at New York Fashion Week and campaigned for Kohl’s and JCPenney, among others.

The Punjabi Sikh’s feed is basically a study in how to pull off anything with complete confidence. Whether she’s rocking a black bikini, jeans and a plaid shirt, a gorgeous halter maxi dress, or a chic pink jumpsuit, Badhesha proves it’s easy to make anything work with the right attitude.

Tanya

Staff Writer at The Budget Fashionista
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.