The women featured below are actresses, models, musicians and writers who don't fall within the straight-size range. They've proven to the world that style (and success) has no size limit. Read on to learn more and get inspired by these beloved plus-size fashion icons.
The British songstress is known for her retro fashion sensibilities. She favors fully feminine frocks with defined waists and full coverage on top. Adele is a great example of knowing what works and sticking with it. Her savvy style sense has landed her features in Glamour and Vogue.
#2 Denise Bidot
Denise Bidot is a body positive fashion model, influencer, and fitness enthusiast. You can catch her on Instagram doing yoga and HIIT workouts. She's also known for showing off the stretch marks from time to time. Her personal style is edgy, youthful, and sexy. Bidot is living proof you don't have to be twenty-one or a size 2 to be any of those things.
#3 Danielle Brooks
The Julliard-trained actress is best know for her role as "Taystee" on Netflix's Orange is the New Black. Brooks has gone through a quiet style evolution since she first hit the red carpet scene back in 2011. Her fashion sense even got her a collaboration deal with Universal Standard. Her current style involves bold colors, patterns, and body-con silhouettes. Brooks favors deep v-necks and empire waists.
#4 Lauren Chan
Chan is a plus-size model turned mogul. She's launching her highly anticipated fashion line, Henning, later this year. As a former fashion editor for Glamour, there's no doubt she'll kill it.
#5 Beth Ditto
The self-described "fat, feminist lesbian from Arkansas" hit the Hollywood scene in the early aughts and never left. She rose to fame as the powerhouse front-woman for the band Gossip. She also began a solo singing career and created her own plus-size fashion line. She has so many iconic fashion moments in her repertoire. Vogue did a feature on a few of her most famous outfits from 2006-2017. Beth Ditto has a sort of punk-adjacent style that's all grown up.
#6 Roxy Earle
Earle began her life in the spotlight when she signed on for The Real Housewives of Toronto. She became a body positive activist, founding the #mysizerox hashtag and developing a brand of straight and plus-size clothing. Her line is set to re-launch later this month. Like any good "housewife", she's very active on social media. Earle rocks the sexy trophy wife look. In her closet, you'll find a lot of animal prints, high heels, sequins, plunging necklines, and body-con silhouettes.
#7 Ashley Graham
One of the most famous plus-size models in the world, Graham has worked for fashion houses like Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana. Like so many of the fabulous ladies on this list, she's a multi-hypenate mogul too. She's got a podcast called "Pretty Big Deal". Graham also serves as an executive producer for the reality series American Beauty Star. All in, she's a pretty big deal herself.
#8 Sabina Karlsson
Karlsson is a Swedish model who has was featured in the pages of Vogue and Cosmopolitan as a minor. She started her career as a straight-size model, but struggled to fit into samples sizes once she became an adult. So, at just 18, she transitioned to the plus-size modeling world in order to maintain her natural weight. Her plus-size career has proved even more lucrative, with her walking runways for Michael Kors, Christian Siriano, and Chromat.
#9 Queen Latifah
The Queen needs no introduction. She's mastered nearly every art form from rapping to acting to songwriting to producing. Latifah currently serves as an executive producer for several projects including MTV's Scream: Renaissance series. As someone who's been in the industry for thirty years, it's clear she paved the way for a lot of the women on this list.
#10 Iskra Lawrence
The British plus-size model has a fun, youthful style that's all her own. Her casual, laid back vibe is more L.A. than London, which suits her lifestyle. She's frequently photographed in a bikini. Most recently, she's on the cover of Glamour Digital. Inside, she advocates for diversity in fashion while promoting her campaign for Aerie.
Lizzo is my religion. Let her fearless fashion and unmatched vocal range take you to church.
#12 Melissa mccarthy
From her star-making turn in Bridesmaids to her Oscar-nominated performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, McCarthy is already a Hollywood legend. Yes, I know she was actually nominated for an Academy Award for both roles. That's why she's a legend! And she's really come into her own on the style front, with glamorous and effortlessly chic looks like the one pictured above.
#13 Chrissy Metz
Known for her role as Kate on NBC's This Is Us, Metz favors Old Hollywood Glamour when it comes to fashion. She's a big fan of sequins, bows, jewel tones, draping, and large patterns. Like many fair-skinned women, she's a "winter". She knows what works for her and employs it regularly. Keep those jewel tone, empire-waist dresses coming, they do good by you Chrissy!
#14 Natalie Nootenboom
Curve Model Natalie Nottenboom took the fashion world by storm at the age of 16 when she was signed to the NYC agency Muse. She was the first plus-size model to walk for Anna Sui. At only 18, she's shared runway gigs with the world's most-booked models, like Gigi Hadid and Taylor Hill. Nottenboom has appeared in campaigns for Forever 21 and Volcom.
#15 Marie Southard Ospina
The freelance writer and fat-acceptance activist has a unique personal style. Like several women on this list, she's working to de-stigmatize cultural beauty standards. You might've ready something from her on Refinery29 or caught an appearance of hers on The Today Show. Her fashion sense is fun and feminine with a rockabilly edge.
#16 Natasha Rothwell
Rothwell is a fantastic writer and actress. She plays the hilarious "Kelli" on HBO's Insecure. If you haven't seen the episode where the girls go to Coachella, do yourself a favor and check it out. Ms. Rothwell is the gift we don't deserve. On top of her amazing acting skills, she writes for Insecure. She also served as a writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live for two years. When it comes to getting dressed, she prefers classic looks in solid colors. When she goes for a print, it's a staple--think stripes or florals.
#17 Amber Riley
Riley gained household-name status when she portrayed "Mercedes" on Fox's Glee. Since then, she's grown up with sophisticated style to match. She favors a fit-and-flare silhouette for most of her looks. In other words, she prefers structure at the top, a defined waist, and an a-line skirt.
#18 Jill Scott
Another plus-size style icon who needs no introduction, songstress Jill Scott's style philosophy seems to be "go big or go home". The woman has range. She can wear everything from a leopard caftan to a country-club twinset to leather pants to a tweed suit.
#19 Diana Sirokai
London-based curve model Diana Sirokai made headlines when she recreated Gigi Hadid's nude shoot for Stuart Weitzman. As such a stunt might suggest, Sirokai's personal style is sexy with a side of sexy. The glamour gal is currently an ambassador for the fast-fashion retailer Fashion Nova.
#20 Allison Teng
The Curvy Girl Chic founder regularly serves up plus-size fashion inspiration on her blog. Her personal style is feminine, trendy, and Instagram-friendly. Her love of floral prints, dresses, and color has made her a style star.
#21 SaucyE West
Like several other plus-size models on this list, West uses her platform to promote fat acceptance. In 2017, she created the #fatandfree hashtag campaign, encouraging participants to shed their internalized fatphobia.
#22 Oprah Winfrey
Oprah has a singular influence on our culture. She's known as a media personality, a billionaire, and a philanthropist. One thing that gets glossed over? Her solid fashion choices. Oprah consistently turns out classic looks, from a burgundy lace gown to that body-skimming black Versace she wore to pick up her Cecil B. Demille award. Whoever manages Oprah's bust situation deserves an award too. Ms. Winfrey is always locked and loaded. I've also been loving the bold glasses she's been sporting the past few years.
Did I leave your favorite plus-size style star out? Let me know! And if you're still looking for my plus-size style inspiration, might I suggest this post on where to shop for work clothes?
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I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical fashion advice for women everywhere. Addicted to blazers since 2004.