The 7 Weightiest Names in Plus-Size Modeling
Feb 09, 2011 - by Josh Linam
Increasingly, plus-size models are making it BIG. Larger ladies are snatching elite magazine spreads, being crowned queens at beauty competitions and bumping more and more skinnier girls out of the spotlight. Here are the 7 most sizable names in plus-size modeling.
[Above: Crystal Renn]
1. Crystal Renn
Crystal Renn is leading the charge for plus-sized models. Renn, a size 8, posed for five major ad campaigns and seven French Vogue spreads last year alone.
2. Whitney Thompson
You may remember Whitney from America's Next Top Model season 10 she won the entire competition. Whitney went on to pose for Forever 21, Saks Fifth Avenue, People Magazine, Seventeen Magazine and a host of other fashion ads and editorials.
3. Marquita Pring
Marquita is a Ford girl who wears size 41-35-46. She's been featured in Vogue, Vice, Tush, Harpers Bazaar and Elle.
4. Kate Dillon
Ms. Dillon's schoolmates dubbed her "Overweight Kate," and the teasing took its toll. Kate became severely underweight though she won third place in Elite's Look of the Year contest, earning the then-17-year-old a $75,000 contract. Kate's malnourished and two-cigarette-pack-a-day lifestyle eventually made her fed up with modeling. She quit the business and moved back into her parent's house. At the suggestion of a friend, Kate returned to modeling after a short break this time as a plus-size model. She's enjoyed modeling more ever since.
5. Gitte Lill
In addition to plus-size modeling, Gitte is also a dancer. The Norway-born beauty is backed by the Ford agency.
6. Natalie Laughlin
W magazine has hailed her as one of "the brightest stars," and The Wall Street Journal writes that "people in the industry say the brown-eyed, 5-foot-9 model, size 12-to-14, is at the top of her game." I can't disagree. Natalie was featured as Liz Claiborne's "Elizabeth" girl, and she's earned the title of "Cindy Crawford of plus-size models" by some industry folks.
7. Alyona Osmanova
Alyona didn't start out as a plus-size, but she was moved into the category. She's earned a long list of career achievements, including walking for Marc Jacobs, Prada, Chanel and Givenchy. Alyona's been featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Dazed & Confused and a host of other top-tier magazines.