Monday, June 17, 2024

8 Australian Plus Size Models Leading the Charge for Diversity


The demand for more diversity in the fashion and modeling industry has never been so strong. People want to see more inclusive sizing, more people from all walks of life, and more non-airbrushed models on magazine covers than ever before. The refreshing and long overdue public sentiment has seen the rise of Australian plus size models who are not only changing the way we see models, but the way we see ourselves. With strong movements such as body positivity and diversity on social media channeling the voice for consumers, the modelling world is responding by bringing plus size models to the fore front.

Here are 8 top Australian plus size models that are leading the charge. Tap their names to see their Instagram feed.


Australian plus size model , Shanaya

An Australian model internationally recognised for her work with ASOS, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty, Boohoo, BONDS, and more, Shanaya Peters is passionate about bringing diversity and inclusivity to fashion. Having lived in London, Shanaya is back on Aussie soil taking the modeling world by storm!

Anucia De Boer

Australian plus size model, Anucia De Boer

Melbourne local Anucia De Boer hit the modeling scene back in 2019 when she won the GIANT Management and The Photo Studio Curve Model Search – and has worked with BONDS, Frank Bod and other Aussie brands ever since. The gorgeous curve model is definitely on our watch list!

Riley Hemson

Australian plus size model , Riley Hemson

Undeniably known for her social media presence and breaking stigmas with her incredible curves and confidence, Riley Hemson has taken her love for fashion and fitness and turned it into a lucrative business. With the launch of her sustainable and inclusive clothing brand Remmie by Riley, she is filling the gap in the market for activewear and swimwear that’s colourful, on trend, and environmentally-conscious.

Aisha Nikora

First Nations Fashion Design

With curve content creators taking social media by storm and modeling agencies taking note – enter Aisha Nikora. Starting out on Instagram sharing her favourite plus size looks and collaborating with amazing brands, Aisha is now working with Wink Models. Her trend-setting style, down to earth personality and knack for finding the perfect lighting is inspiring.

Lacey-Jade Christie

Australian plus size model , Lacy-Jade Christie

Representing not only the body positive community but also the LGBTQIA+ community, Lacey-Jade is a strong advocate. As a freelance plus size model, Lacey-Jade shares her life in daily snaps with her devoted Instagram followers. She’s all about breaking stigmas around fat-phobia and shares her fashion picks from plus size brands.

Stefania Ferrario

Australian plus size model , Stefania Ferrario

One of the most recognisable plus size models in Australia, Stefania is known for her Marylin Monroe style beauty while using her platform as an activist for body positivity, animal rights and veganism. Working with Bella Management, Stefania has led campaigns for Bra’s N’ Things, Running Bare, Gorman, and many international brands. Representing sizes 12-14, Stefania shows how women can rule the modelling world, without fitting the “norm”.

Curvy Amelia

Australian plus size model , Amelia Stubbs

Bringing authentically un-edited selfies and a wholesome positivity to the plus size world, Amelia Stubbs is known for her bubbly personality while flipping the media’s beauty standards on its head. Curvy Amelia wants other women to embrace their curves, be silly and take life a little less seriously!

Jess King

Australian plus size model , Jess King

A favourite amongst women across Australia, Jess King is best known for keeping it real. Her hilarious videos show her followers that you don’t have to fit a certain size or shape to be a successful and chic model. This mid-size goddess works under Bella and Day Management, working with brands like Swimwear Galore, Sheike, Dissh, Commonry, Elizabeth Arden. Jess is an advocate for women being able to accept themselves, rather than fitting into what others think ‘plus size’ or ‘straight size’ models should be.

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