According to People, Holliday grew up being bullied because of her size. Instead of letting this hold her back, Holliday went on to become a makeup artist and eventually a supermodel. Her dreams continued to come true as she was named one of the top plus-size models by Refinery29, Vogue Italia and Huffington Post. Holliday, however, only pushed harder and became a body image activist as well, founding the movement #effyourbeautystandards. But Holliday is not the only plus model turning heads — here are 10 other models who are not only bringing awareness to plus-size fashion, but also making a difference in the beauty industry and the entire world.
Robyn Lawley was the first to break many plus-size barriers: She was the first plus-size model to shoot for Australian Vogue, was on the cover of Madison and in a campaign for Ralph Lauren. She was also the first plus model in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition — wearing a bikini from her own line. While many people find it ridiculous that Lawley is considered plus size and not "average size," she has helped redefine beauty standards in the modeling world.
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Fluvia Lacerda, known as the plus-size Gisele Bündchen, was honored as model of the year during Full-Figured Fashion Week. She has a bilingual blog where she continues to inspire plus-size women everywhere.
Tara Lynn became famous for a Photoshop scandal surrounding a picture of her, but she has also been featured in advertisements for V Magazine as well as H&M's Big is Beautiful (sizes 12 to 22). Named "The Body" by Elle France in 2012, Lynn has spoken out a lot about body image issues. She told Huffington Post: "It is hard to make clothes look great on big women." This may have been a controversial statement, but Lynn's honesty was necessary.
Ashley Graham has been involved in many eye-catching projects, from the Lane Bryant ad that was banned from television to body-positive ALDA modeling group (with Marquita Pring, Julie Henderson, Inga Eiriksdottir, Danielle Redman). She has also introduced her own lingerie line inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey. In her site bio, Graham says: "Stay positive because you're in this for a reason and you're going to change somebody's life just by being you."
Liris Crosse, or "The Naomi Campbell of Plus," completely committed to plus fashion and became her own agent. In order to inspire others further, Crosse has also taught at boot camp for future plus-size models.
Marquita Pring is another co-founder of the modeling group ALDA, and has also been featured as one of Panache's "modelled by role models."
After the magazine Glamour shocked people by simply showing her belly, Lizzie Miller became known as "The Woman on Page 194." Ever since, Miller has become a big presence in the plus modeling world. She has also organized the "Lunch with Lizzie" meetings in order to talk about the importance of positive body image.
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Christina Mendez made headlines by being the only plus-size model among "straight-sized" models in Adrian Alicea's 2013 Haute Couture Fashion Show "Chrysalis." Mendez was also one of the first Latinas to model for Baby Phat, Rocawear and Ashley Stewart.
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