Plus size model, body activist and total babe Ashely Graham continues to break barriers. Graham, who was the first plus size model to grace the covers of Vogue and Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition , ecently added a New York Magazine to her already impressive resume. But aside from absolutely slaying her 1940s-style shoot , Graham also openly discussed how white privilege has played a roll in her success as a plus size model. “I know I’m on this pedestal because of white privilege,” said Graham in the feature. “To not see black or Latina women as famous in my industry is crazy! I have to talk about it. I want to give those women kudos because they are the ones who paved the way for me.” While we love Graham and her messages of body positivity and female empowerment, we’d also love to see more curvy women in the spotlight. So we’ve rounded up seven plus size models of colour that we think more people should know about. Click through the gallery to see more and let us know what you think by tweeting us @YahooStyleCA .
Hot summer days conjures images of sleeveless sun dresses and airy tank tops for some, but for others, the heat means sweltering under cardigans and jean jackets. Stylist and community manager of plus-sized styling company Dia&Co , Ashby Vose, is only too familiar with the problem. The body positive brand, which offers a personal stylist service that sends clients packages of curated clothes in sizes 14 and up, gets plenty of requests from their plus-size clients for layers and jackets even in the summer. “We hear a lot from our customers and our community about creative ways to hide their arms,” Vose tells Allure . “It got us chatting. We talked about our own experiences with our arms and our preferences for layering up even though it’s hot… We had to do something to liberate our community and that arms are not a source of shame.” So to encourage women to stop hiding their arms, Dia & Co launched their #DiaARMy Instagram campaign, asking women to flaunt their biceps and triceps and embrace sleeveless styles. And the response is gorgeous! Check out the gallery above to see confident chicks killing it and let us know what you think by tweeting us @YahooStyleCA . “A little bare arms love.” (Photo: Instagram/styleofleslie) “Summer is here! Its crazy hot and humid, so why are you covering up ladies?! It’s too freaking hot for cardigans! I am joining the #DiaArmy in going sleeveless! Don’t cover up those puppies Tall Sisters! Be free and comfortable!” (Photo: Instagram/thetallsociety) “I’m joining my friends at @diaandco #diaarmy because it’s too damn hot out here to be covering up my arms. You don’t like my big arms then that’s your problem.” (Photo: Instagram/plusjones) “I’m showing off my arms as part of the @diaandco #DiaArmy ! Tag your bestie and challenge them to fight the stigma and show their arms in the summer! It’s hot. Let’s wear what feels good to us & forget whatever judgment someone else might have! If you like it, wear it!” (Photo: Instagram/readytostare)
Meet Nyakim Gatwick the model taking down beauty barriers one Instagram at a time [Photo: Instagram/queenkim_nyakim]Model Nyakim Gatwech loves her black skin and she’s not prepared to put up with anyone trying to shame her for it. So when she was once asked by an Uber driver if she’d consider bleaching her skin for $10,000 she couldn’t help but laugh. Then when she stopped laughing she issued this brilliant response: “Why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin?” Clapping hands emoji.
Evita Delmundo, who was born with moles covering her face and body, is doing exactly that. The 20-year-old just auditioned to become Miss Universe Malaysia 2018, and now she’s on a mission to expand people's limited definition of beauty. As Delmundo told Elle Malaysia in a recent interview, things weren’t always this easy.