38 plus size models to follow on Instagram, like, right now

Laura Capon
·8-min read

From Cosmopolitan

We spend more time than we would like to admit scrolling through Instagram, so why not make that time more enjoyable by staring at beautiful, inspiring women who double as plus size models (in-between Spongebob memes of course)?

From inspiring, body positivity accounts to models who continue to deliver cool outfit ideas daily, there's no shortage of things to love about these women and their Instagram accounts.

Here at Cosmopolitan UK, we're about inclusive style - just check out our Curve section, your go-to point for all things plus-size fashion related and as well as the best new drops from ASOS Curve - so where better to celebrate the stories of these fabulous curvy models?

Scroll down for our list of the women you need to follow, to make your Insta-feed a happier place.

1. Jada Sezer

Jada is an inspiration to anyone with GG boobs who thought they couldn't run. In 2018 she ran the London marathon in nothing but her underwear to prove that fitness comes in all shapes and sizes.

2. Simone Charles

Simone has been named as one of LIKEtoKNOW.it's 'body positive influencers to watch out for', and we're so on-board with her passion for diversity and female empowerment.

3. Lauren Nicole

Our very own Contributing Curve Editor, Lauren Nicole, is also a blogger and model, who's candidly spoken about her battle with body dysmorphia before finding her love of modelling. Oh, and did we mention she's also a CEO? Talk about goals.

4. Sonny Turner

One of the reasons we love Sonny is her outspokenness, both for the struggles of bikini shopping when you have big boobs, and her decision to ditch Instagram edits. Pretty inspiring, huh?

5. Precious Lee

Precious Lee is definitely a name to remember. Not only is she the first African American curve model to appear on the pages of American Vogue, but she's also an advocate for both size and race diversity in the fashion industry. She also starred alongside the likes of Rihanna, Lizzo and Bella Hadid in the 2020 Savage x Fenty show.

6. Barbie Ferreira

You likely recognise Barbie for her role as Kat Hernandez in Euphoria, but did you know that the Brazillian-American actress is also an amazing model?

7. Saffi Karina

I mean, do we need to even accompany this picture with a caption? Saffi is not only an advocate for seeing different body shapes on the catwalk, but also ethnicities.

8. Naomi Shimada

Naomi is the definition of cool girl. An ASOS Curve regular, we can guarantee you will want to become her BFF after a quick scroll through her grid.

9. Candice Huffine

Body positivity and workout motivation go hand-in-hand on Candice's account, inspiring girls everywhere to start running one Instagram post at a time.

10. Ashley Graham

You didn't think we were going to do this list and not include Ashley, did you? Exactly. As one of the most famous curvy models, Ashley has paved the way for more inclusivity and body diversity in the fashion industry, empowering others to make a name for themselves and generally love their bods.

11. Hayley Hasselhoff

When your Dad is David Hasselhoff, you're destined for greatness. As well as being a hugely successful curve model, Hayley has released for own range with fashion brand Elvi.

12. Riley Ticotin

We love Riley for her beautiful images, as well as her relatable af captions. What more could you want from an Insta account?

13. Diana Veras

A passionate feminist and total boss lady, Diana isn't here for your stereotypical model preconceptions. I'm also 3000% obsessed with her hair.

14. Marquita Pring

Marquita is a total babe who will make you want to throw on a bikini almost immediately.

15. Tash Ncube

If the thought of getting in swimwear fills you with dread, unfollow those accounts that make you feel bad about your body and follow Tash immediately. We think we've just found our new summer holiday muse, just sayin'.

16. Julie Henderson

Model, actress, writer and former basketball player, Julie Henderson, really is wonder woman. If you're ready to feel like you can do absolutely anything, do yourself a favour and give her a follow.

17. Iskra Lawrence

Iskra is one of the most famous curve models out there, and with good reason. We love her for constantly keeping it real with her Instagram posts, making the social media platform feel like a safe and exciting place, rather than one of isolation and airbrushing.

18. Brielle Anyea

If you are struggling with confidence, Brielle's posts about self love are just what you need to hear... Plus have you ever seen someone look hotter in a bikini? Answer: no. Give her a follow and reap the rewards every day.

19. Bella Golden

Bella's body affirmations are just what we need in our life and the story of how she found modelling after working at Disney Land will warm your cold, black heart. You keep doing you, Bella!

20. Bree Kish

What with a Forever 21 campaign under her belt already, Bree is set to be the next big thing.

21. Tara Lynn

Tara is encouraging curvy women all over the world to love their body one sexy bikini Instagram at a time, and who doesn't want more of that in their life?

22. Bree Warren

If you're an ASOS Curve shopper, you will immediately recognise Bree. Plus she's from Australia so expect all of the beach shots. Looking for summer holiday inspo? Look no further than her feed.

23. Tess Holliday

Cosmopolitan UK covergirl, Tess, always leaves us reaching for the clapping hand emoji, whether she's owning the red carpet or talking about the fashion industry ignoring plus-size women.

24. Leslie Sidora

Pretty sure the fire emoji was designed for Leslie and her work modelling PrettyLittleThing's plus range. Since then, the French model's gone on to model for the likes of Rihanna's Savage x Fenty brand. Talk about kicking goals.

25. Paloma Elsesser

Paloma got her first major mag cover in 2018, when she appeared on the cover of Vogue Arabia with Ashley Graham. She's also werked the runway at various fashion weeks and we couldn't be prouder.

26. Natalia Lorenzo

Twitter went wild for Natalia when ASOS showed her posing in this red dress complete with the back rolls we all know and love.

27. Hunter McGrady

What does Hunter do when she's not writhing around in the sand looking mighty fine? She designs her own swimwear line, that's what. Y'know, just casually.

28. Olivia Campbell

If you do one thing today, it should be to read this interview with Olivia and her thoughts on the commercialism of the body positivity movement. Oh, and follow her Instagram, because there's lots more Olivia goodness on there.

29. Vivian Eyo-Ephraim

You're probably more used to seeing Vivian in your ASOS shopping cart in a bright yellow bikini looking fine as hell. She also knows a thing or two about how to strike a killer pose for the 'gram, so check her out before you next semi-spontaneous photoshoot.

30. Joann van den Herik

There is way more to Joann than being the cousin of Gigi and Bella Hadid. Read how she learnt to love her body and why she doesn't want to be labelled 'plus-size' here.

31. Felicity Hayward

If you watched Love Island (don't lie, I know you did), you'll have spotted Felicity in the Missguided adverts encouraging you to embrace your curves. This just makes us want to say 'ALL OF THE YES!'.

32. Louise O'Reilly

Louise is a model, presenter and blogger, AKA a triple threat who gives genuinely helpful styling advice on her page.

33. Sophia Tassew

Sophia is a drop-dead gorgeous ASOS influencer who constantly delivers fresh and fun outfit ideas for everything from cute brunch plans to drinks with the girls.

34. Shay Zanco

Shay is one of those women who can't help but look effortlessly cool. Plus, we're obsessed with her understated, chic style. Think she looks familiar? It could be because she modelled Molly-Mae Hague's stunning PrettyLittleThing Christmas collection alongside the Love Island star.

35. Nahuane Drumond

I mean, can we just take a second to talk about how stunning Nahuane is? Her feed is your one-stop-shop for flawless beauty and fashion inspo.

36. Alessandra Garcia-Lorido

Last but not least is Alessandra, Andy Garcia's 25-year-old daughter, who's stunning smile and style will instantly lift your mood (and feed).

37. Emme

On top of her modelling, Emme is also a global body advocate, TV host, speaker and mum - impressive, huh?

38. Stephanie Yeboah

Known to most as @nerdabouttown, Stephanie's colourful feed and honest captions were enough to earn the Instagram model a spot on LIKEtoKNOW.it's list.

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