Not One Plus-Size Model Is Featured in September Issues of Fashion Magazines

tess holliday selfieNext month is THE month in the world of fashion mags. September issues burst with the most advertisers and pages of the year, so whomever is chosen to be on the cover -- or inside its pages -- gets some serious press. But this year, in a total "What were they thinking?" vibe, every single fashion magazine September issue excluded plus-sized models.


Editors over at The Huffington Post flipped through the pages of the seven major fashion mags -- Vogue, W, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, MarieClaire, InStyle and Cosmopolitan -- specifically looking for plus-sized models. The number they found? Um, zero. Nada. Zilch. Which, as the editors point out, makes no f---ing sense.

The average American woman has a waist size of 37.5, meaning the average woman technically IS plus-sized. So, why aren't magazines reflecting that?

We dare any fashion editor to not find the four plus-sized models below breathtakingly gorgeous, full of personality, and absolutely perfect for a September issue!

1. Mississipi-born Tess Holliday was the first plus-sized model signed to a major agency, and she was named one of the top models in the world by Vogue Italia. Even more impressively, she's the founder of the body-positive movement Effyourbeautystandards.

Feelin' myself � Thanks @gayofthrones at @stilestudiola for keepin' me a red headed �breaker #tessholliday

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2. Ashley Graham hasn't just appeared in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue. She's so intent on spreading a message of body positivity that she recently showed up at a weight loss camp and gave an inspiring talk to the campers there.

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3. At size 8, Leah Kelley is considered an "inbetweenie" -- not quite big enough to be considered plus-sized, not super-skinny enough to fit in with the rest of the industry. But she's okay with that. As she told People, "My size can fluctuate and change and I am not defined or constrained by a label."


#bts #photoshoot #lingerie #badbitch #thickandtoned #wilhelminamodels #fordmodels

A photo posted by Leah Kelley (@leahkelley) on

4. Australian Robyn Lawley, a size 12, was the first plus-sized model to appear in SI's Swimsuit Issue -- and to pose for Ralph Lauren.

Come on, fashion editors. The women we want to see on your pages are RIGHT in front of you.

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