Search icon


11th Aug 2021

9 plus size and curve models you need to follow on Instagram

If there’s one thing there’s not enough of on our feeds, it’s plus size and curve models.

Real women with real bodies, who also happen to be absolutely stunning – for years, these kinds of bodies were rejected from mainstream media for the simple fact that they weren’t slim.

Now, mid and plus size models are more common than ever; in campaigns, on runways, and of course, on our Instagram.

So, why not update your feed and follow nine of these plus size and curve models? #Inspo for days.

1. Precious Lee (@preciousleexoxo)

If you’re not following Precious Lee, you’re not doing Instagram correctly.

The first Black plus size model to feature in a Sports Illustrated advert, Precious came into the fashion world to inspire and uplift – and through her work (and insanely gorgeous shoots), she has been doing just that, and then some.

2. Essie Dennis (@Khal_essie)

Model and artist Essie Dennis has been sharing incredible and inspiring content for years.

On their grid you’ll not only find stunning selfies and model shots, but also musings about body image, confidence, and why weight gain can sometimes be one of the best things that ever happens to you.

3. Barbie Ferreira (barbieferreira)

You may know Barbie from a little well known show called Euphoria (and the brilliant film, Unpregnant), but she’s also a model too.

Over the years, Barbie has worked with brands like Asos, Missguided, Adidas and more. Her Instagram pops off. Go follow her.

4. Tess Holliday (@tessholliday)

The queen of plus size content, if there ever was one. Tess Holliday has been at the forefront of the celebration of larger bodies for years.

In 2013, her #EffYourBeautyStandards hashtag dominated Instagram, sparking the mainstream social media based body positivity movement as we know it today.

5. Jessica Cinnelli (@jessicacinnellicurvymodel)

Our first Irish plus size model, but not the last – Jessica Cinnelli has been serving it on the scene for a few years now, and rightly so.

Not only is she gorgeous, but she also uses her platform to chat about body image, fatphobia, curvy fashion, and the age old question – why female nipples aren’t allowed on Instagram.

6. Chante Burkett (@chanteburkett)

The first plus size model to be featured in US brand Target’s body positivity campaign, Chante Burkett has been dominating Insta feeds sharing fashion tips, new looks, and some of the season hottest drops for plus size gals.

The lifestyle blogger also posts about her workout routines, meal preps, and her general musings on life – worth a follow for sure.

7. Tanesha Awasthi (@girlwithcurves)

If you’re into prints, you have come to the right place.

Back in 2011, Tanesha Awasthi launched her fashion blog, Girl With Curves. Since then, she has designed her own plus size collections, partnered with major brands including Pandora, and continued to share styling tips for bodies of all shapes and sizes.

8. Louise O’Reilly (@stylemecurvy)

Another one of our own here and one you’d be a fool not to follow. Louise began modelling over 10 years ago, but with an almost non-existent plus size fashion industry in Ireland at the time, she was snatched up by the German market.

Her career took her across the world, and she has since worked with major agencies and fashion labels, as well as won awards for her blog, Style Me Curvy.

Louise also judged this year’s Her Best Dressed competition at the Galway Races. You can read our interview with her here. 


9. Megan Jayne Crabbe (@meganjaynecrabbe)

Writer, model, and newly TikTok star Megan Jayne Crabbe wants to spark conversations about fatphobia, the human body, mental health and more.

She’s been doing just that over on her Instagram page for years, working to tackle the stigma around bigger bodies, the myths of diet culture, and giving our bodies – and minds – the love they deserve.


body month,Life