These gorgeous chicas are making it their mission to prove that curves are indeed just as fabulous. Get to know the plus-size models that are taking the fashion world by storm — because beauty shouldn't be defined by numbers.
1. Alessandra Garcia
Alessandra Garcia is making huge waves in the fashion world. The daughter of Andy Garcia, Alessandra has scored some major modeling gigs in the past, including a feature in Vogue Italia in 2012, a campaign for H&M, and currently models for clothing brand Healthy Is The New Skinny. Just this past December, the Cuban American beauty stunned in an editorial spread for the U.K publication, SLINK. This modelo is certainly one to keep on your radar.
2. Denise Bidot
Boricua beauty Denise Bidot is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Since breaking barriers in 2014 as the first plus-sized model to walk in two shows during New York Fashion Week, Bidot continues to make great strides. Her work with brands like Macy's, Target, Forever 21, and many more, have allowed her to quickly become a household name. And her work goes beyond the runway — the Puerto Rican model is also a major advocate for self-acceptance, helping spread awareness on body image issues through campaigns such as "Curves."
3. Christina Mendez
As one of the first curvy models to snag campaigns with major brands such as Baby Phat, Rocawear, K-Mart and Ashley Stewart (just to name a few), Christina Mendez continues to prove to the fashion world that curves are beautiful. In February 2013, the Dominicana made history as the only plus-size model to walk alongside "straight-size models" during New York Fashion Week. The powerhouse will also be making an appearance in the 2016 Fall/Winter NYFW FTL Moda presentation, and we can't wait to see her strut her stuff!
4. Lorna Litz
Lorna Litz, who began modeling at the age of 12, didn't always identify as a plus-size model. After a long-time struggle with her weight, Litz learned to love her curves and transitioned into plus-size modeling. Since then, she has worked with numerous brands including Torrid, Sean John, and K-Mart, showing the world curvy girls can be just as sexy. The beautiful Puerto Rican was also one of the stars of the first reality TV shows for plus-size models, Curvy Girls.
5. Rosie Mercado
Rosie Mercado has had one truly inspiring journey. Mercado began modeling in 2009, and made a huge comeback this past year after losing over 200 pounds to improve her quality of life. Her previous work includes walking in Full Figured Fashion Week, and winning various titles such as Miss America Plus Cover Girl, just to name a few. The now size 16 model continues to create stunning editorial spreads in publications such as SLINK, and shares her journey in hopes of inspiring others.
6. Fluvia Lacerda
Often referred to as the plus-size Gisele Bündchen, Fluvia Lacerda has become one empowering figure in the fashion industry. Lacerda has showed off her curves in campaigns for brands such as Torrid and K-mart, and has been featured in Vogue Italia and Glamour. The Brazilian beauty also won Plus-Sized Model of the Year during Full Figured Fashion Week in 2011.