Model Hunter McGrady Just Launched a (Sexy, Affordable) Plus-Size Swimwear Collection

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Last year, model Hunter McGrady made history as the curviest model to ever appear in the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. The size 16 model quickly became a body-pos role model, using her newfound platform to encourage all women to love and embrace their bodies-even if they haven’t seen themselves represented in the past.

At the time, she shared this important message: “Women, for anyone who has ever felt uncomfortable or insecure because of rolls, or stretch marks, or cellulite, or acne, or felt like you didn’t measure up because you weren’t represented in the magazines-THIS IS FOR YOU! You are beautiful. You are STRONG. You are powerful and together we need to lift each other up and inspire one another.” (Related: This Instagrammer Is Sharing Why It’s So Important to Love Your Body As It Is)

Now, she’s continuing to spread the message of inclusivity by following in the footsteps of fellow SI model Ashley Graham and launching a plus-size swimwear line. The 10-piece capsule collection is a collaboration with London-based swim and lingerie brand Playful Promises and includes sporty one-pieces and sexy lace and mesh bikinis. It’s available in U.S. sizes 14–20 (and 38–44 C–I for bra tops). And, importantly, it’s also just as affordable as swimsuits you’d see in smaller sizes (if not more so)-the most expensive suit is $70.

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McGrady says she was inspired to create the collection based on her own constant frustrations with swimsuit shopping. “I remember one time, in particular, going with my best friend swimsuit shopping at a huge department store. She is about a size 6 and she had a stack of amazing options. The only one I found was a tankini with Hawaiian flowers on it,” she tells Shape. “I started crying because it was devastating that retailers were basically saying that curvy women are not worthy of the same things.”

That’s why she was adamant about creating designs that don’t cover up curvy women’s bodies but celebrate them, she says. “I have always found that plus-size swimsuits cover everything up, are ill-fitting, not supportive, and have awful, dated designs. I wanted women to put on these suits and feel supported but sexy.”

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Bottom line, the collection is about giving women options-no matter what size. “I want to see women of all shapes and sizes strutting their stuff in exactly what they want-whether it be a tankini, a high-cut one-piece, or an itty-bitty string bikini! We are worthy and we are here to slay the beach and be SEEN!” she says. “Society has taught us that if you have a bigger body, you must cover up. That narrative is changing now. I never want any girl to feel like I did in that dressing room.”

When it comes to feeling confident in a bathing suit on the beach, she adds that despite her SI Swim Rookie 2018 title, she’s “only human” and still gets anxious putting on a bathing suit like many women. “The thing I’ve learned is that we all have in one way or another. The only reason we see them as a ‘flaw’ is because society has deemed them that. To me, stretch marks signify my growth-it’s a beautiful thing. I embrace it!” (Related: Denise Bidot Shares Why She Loves the Stretch Marks On Her Stomach)

She offers this advice up to anyone struggling to accept their body, especially heading into summer pool season. “Look in that mirror before the beach and tell yourself that you are beautiful, you are strong, your stretch marks and cellulite are amazing, and you are WORTHY. We are all worthy.”

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Hunter McGrady Just Launched a Plus-Size Swimwear Line and It’s Everything

Hunter McGrady is turning frustration into fashion as she launches a collaboration with UK swim and lingerie brand Playful Promises.

The size 16 model, who has posed on the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit in nothing but body paint, not once, but twice, is determined not to struggle to find trendy swimwear another day in her life. With her 10-piece capsule collection debuting today, Hunter hopes to provide curvy women with the swimwear that’s been missing on the market for far too long.

“I feel like that’s such a big misconception: that because we have a bigger, curvier body, we should be covered up,” Hunter told Glamour of her struggle to find anything but full-coverage, one-pieces in her size. “I wanted to be sexy and I wanted to feel like I could go out and wear what my size 2, 4, 6, 8 girlfriends were wearing.”

Courtesy of Playful Promises Courtesy of Playful Promises

The Hunter McGrady x Playful Promises collection is available in sizes 12 through 20, and all pieces are priced under $75.

“The best thing about this line is we having something for every girl,” Hunter said. “We have something for the very feminine, delicate girl. We have something for the sexy and strong girl. We have the girl who’s out on vacation and wants to be chic and lay poolside.”

Hunter, a model who has been vocal about her journey to loving her body, explained that creating a swimwear line in the same year she became an SI Swimsuit rookie has been a literal dream come true.

Courtesy of Playful Promises

“I have so many beautiful women in my life who are a size 14 and above who are strong and empowering and wonderful women, who own their bodies and who are sexy,” she said. “…We should be embracing our beautiful bodies as they are.”

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Ashley Graham’s New Plus-Size Swimwear Line Is Officially Here—See the Sexy Designs for Summer!

Calling all curvaceous ladies, sizes 10 to 24: Ashley Graham’s new plus-size swimsuit line just launched in collaboration with swimsuitsforall.com. And, we have to say, these suits are seriously sexy.

For her first-ever swimwear collection, the plus-size Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model and star of DNCE’s new “Toothbrush” music video not only helped design the line’s 11 slinky suits, but she also modeled them for the retail site. With each new look, it’s clear Graham intended to provide women a variety of styles that suit every body type. From itty bitty bikinis to strappy and studded one-pieces, the line was designed with real women’s bodies in mind.

In an effort to flatter curves—while sticking to fun and fresh designs—Swimsuits for All found a way to create trendy looks that women can feel excited about wearing. In keeping with Graham’s curve-loving confidence, each suit in the line reflects the season’s hottest swimwear trends. From a neoprene one-piece with zippers to mesh and studded maillots, and even a one-of-a-kind bikini with over 500 genuine Swarovski crystals, this collection is anything but boring and totally embraces fearless, flattering styles for curvy women everywhere.

With this sexy swimwear launch, we can officially welcome in summer. Here’s to saying “so long” to traditional plus-size beachwear and “hello” to fierce, figure-flattering options. In keeping with Graham’s mission of making sure all women embrace and love their bodies, she and Swimsuits for All are encouraging women to flaunt their curves this summer in a swimsuit selfie using the hashtag: #MySwimBody.

To participate, Swimsuits for All is asking that you share a selfie to Instagram and Twitter—or upload directly to their photo gallery—and encourage your friends to do the same. What are you waiting for? It’s officially the summer of #MySwimBody, as is proven by a very sexy-looking Graham wearing the collection in photos below.

Not all heroes wear capes! Model Hunter McGrady took to social media to share an incredibly powerful post about beauty standards. “Hey … I wanted to remind you guys that stretch marks are normal,” the Sports Illustrated powerhouse, 26, captioned her Instagram Story on Tuesday, May 28, along with a snapshot of her stomach. “And my breasts have them, too,” she continued. “Let’s start normalizing this s–t.” Hell yeah, Hunter!

Of course, this is hardly the first time that the California native has spoken out about body positivity. In fact, she’s one of the most prominent women of the movement, and for good reason. Hunter is all about self-love and confidence. “I just do what I feel is sexy — it’s never about hiding anything,” she told InStyle in an interview published on May 9.

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“It’s never about ‘Oh, let me tuck this in, let me do this, let me do that,’” she continued. “I really want to showcase my body as it is. It’s so important that it’s prevalent in the images that are picked.” That said, Hunter isn’t naive to the fact that sometimes professional images are going to look just *that.* However, she’s careful to spread awareness to her followers that there’s quite a bit involved behind the scenes. “Hair, makeup, lighting, photographers,” Hunter listed.

To be honest, whether the curvy bombshell is gracing the pages of a world-famous magazine or posing for a selfie, her message is always loud and clear: Embrace the skin you’re in. So much so, that Hunter’s favorite “outfit” happens to be something a lot of people dread wearing. “I think less is more. I love a teeny-tiny bikini,” she dished.

Courtesy of Hunter McGrady/Instagram

“I’m not, like, a tankini girl. I have nothing against them — there are some really amazing tankinis and high-waisted swimsuits — but I just prefer a teeny-tiny bikini,” Hunter expressed. Alright, girl, we love you, but some of us need to learn how to walk before we can run … in a bikini, that is. Either way, we so appreciate Hunter’s message. You’re an inspiration to us all!

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Hunter McGrady says she prays for her haters on social media: ‘We need this’

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Hunter McGrady says she prays for her haters on social media. The plus-size pinup also discusses appearing in the coveted magazine for the third time and where her confidence comes from.

Hunter McGrady made headlines being the “curviest model ever” featured on Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue and now she’s gracing another cover as its first plus-size model.

The 26-year-old is featured on The Knot’s fall wedding issue and is speaking out about how difficult it is for plus-size brides to shop for a wedding dress.

In an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle, she revealed she was “elated” to be asked to grace the cover and can offer real-life advice to other women because she just walked down the aisle.

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“I really wanted to allow people in to say, ‘Listen, these are the struggles of dress shopping. This is what I went through. This is why wedding planning was either hard or easy for me, whatever it is.’ And just being a plus-size woman getting married,” McGrady said.

“Everyone always told me my whole life, ‘You’re a bigger girl, don’t wear anything skintight, we don’t want to show off those curves. Don’t wear anything covered up to here because it doesn’t look great on your bust,’” she recalled.

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“So naturally, I’m like, well give me the tightest, sexiest dress for my ceremony and then give me a high neck for my reception. I was like, I’m gonna go against the grain because I love those two things,” McGrady said.

McGrady’s wedding gown was custom made for her body by the designers at the label Watters.

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“I still can’t just go down to Soho or Fifth Avenue and shop. That doesn’t exist for me,” she added. “But yet, 70 percent of America is a size 14 or above.”

McGrady previously told Fox News that she’s still on a self-acceptance journey, “Self-love is a never-ending journey, and it’s an everyday thing that we have to go through. And whether that be affirmations, whether that be exercise, whether that be therapy. Whatever it is that makes you feel good.”

“For me, personally, it took me a few years to really get there and fully embrace myself, my curves, my stretch marks, my cellulite. All the things that just make me who I am,” she added.

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McGrady regularly practices body positive affirmations in the mirror.

“For me, it was positive affirmations. Quite literally standing in the mirror and telling myself, ‘Hunter, you are worthy. You are enough. Your stretch marks are beautiful. Your cellulite is beautiful. These are the attributes that make you who you are, and there’s only one of you, and it’s special. You’re special in your own skin,'” she explained.

Hunter McGrady is an American plus-size model who achieved global recognition in 2017 by becoming the largest model ever (size 16) to be featured in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Although a plus-size model now, her modeling career originally began as a straight-sized model but after finding it difficult to maintain a size 0, she switched to plus-size modeling. Having remained active in the modeling industry for years, Hunter finally got her big-break in 2017 when she got appeared in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, becoming the largest model ever to do so. Since achieving global fame with that, her modeling career has been on a rapid rise as she now has been landing gigs with many major fashion brands and also getting featured in various international magazines. Now moving from the professional career to towards the personal life of the model, Hunter McGrady began dating Brian Keys in 2016 and the couple tied the knot during 2019.

Hunter McGrady Personal Details:

  • Complete Name: Hunter McGrady
  • Nicknames: Peanut
  • Date of Birth: May 4, 1993
  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: Plus-Size Model
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Hair Color: Blonde

Hunter McGrady Body Measurements Height Weight Facts

Hunter McGrady Family Details:

Hunter McGrady Relationships History:

  • Brian Keys (2016)

Hunter McGrady Career Highlights:

  • Modeling Debut: 2008
  • Switched to plus-size modeling: 2012
  • Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: 2017

Hunter McGrady Distinctive Features:

  • Body Shape

Hunter McGrady Body Measurements:

Model Hunter McGrady body measurements complete information is listed below, including her height, weight, bra cup, and shoe size.

  • Height in Feet: 5’ 11”
  • Height in Centimeters: 180 cm
  • Weight in Kilogram: 108 kg
  • Weight in Pounds: 238 pounds
  • Bra Size: 40DD
  • Cup Size: DD
  • Feet/ Shoe Size: 10 (US)
  • Body Measurements: 45-38-52

Hunter McGrady Interesting Facts:

  • She first began modeling at the age of sixteen.
  • Model Robyn Lawley is among her role models.
  • Due to being overweight, she faced bullying in school.
  • In 2017, Hunter became the curviest model ever to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
  • Her career actually began as a straight-sized model but she switched to plus-size modeling at the age of 19.

Top 10 Model Confessions with Hunter McGrady

Model Hunter McGrady, a.k.a. Peanut (“My dad has called me that forever”), lights up the studio like no flashbulb could whenever she comes by Bare Necessities. Hunter moved solo to New York from nearby Malibu, California, where she learned to love surfing and “never lived a conventional life: I grew up on a mountain with no neighbors for miles. My dad is an actor and my mom was a model. I’ve always been around this business.”

In fact, Hunter started modeling to be like her mom: “I absolutely idolized her—still do. Whenever someone had a camera out, even if I didn’t know them, I would try to get in the shot!” Now, Hunter’s mother is her biggest fan. “She keeps tabs on all my work. She’ll send me things I didn’t even know came out yet,” says Hunter who, as a size 14, has modeled for Lane Bryant, Forever 21, Torrid, Nordstrom and all of Melissa McCarthy’s campaigns in addition to Bare Necessities. “I was so excited to start working for BN eight months ago, as I’ve loved the site for so long,” says Hunter. She now swears by the Wacoal Red Carpet strapless bra and Natori Plunge bras in a 38DD.

Bare Necessities chatted with Hunter about what she values most and what makes her who she is today.

Confession #1: I’m grateful for a strong support system.

My happy place is being in the same room as my family, my boyfriend and his daughter. They’re my best friends. I feel blessed that there’s so much love around me.

I would love to say I do all the Thanksgiving cooking but I don’t; I’m the taste-tester. I never dress up, either—I know I’ll need some elastic in the ol’ pants, so I throw on my favorite sweats or pajamas. The house always smells like heaven. My mom makes the most incredible stuffing. My dad can be found in the living room, a fire lit, playing guitar. All weekend, we watch movies and eat leftovers. It’s so cozy.

Confession #2: I’m a completely different person in front of the camera.

I’d say I am an introverted extrovert. I like to go out and have fun with my friends, but mostly you’ll find me at home in pajamas watching Sex and the City or Friends. The best part about modeling is that I’m free to be creative. It’s like acting, especially when you get to do editorials. Beyoncé has Sasha Fierce; I have…well, I’ll work on an alter ego.

Confession #3: Positive body image is everything.

I’m extremely passionate about helping young women with body image, as it was always something I struggled with. I didn’t get into modeling to be famous; my goal is to help girls realize they are beautiful in every body.

Confession #4: The plus-size industry is taking off.

I am so thrilled about the rise in the plus industry! Did you know that 67 percent of American women are above a size 14 but have only 2 percent representation in the media?! That’s about to get a lot higher. Curvy girls are starting a revolution. We will not go unnoticed.

Confession #5: Models are more than just pretty faces.

So says my 4.0 grade point average.

Confession #6: You’d better check your ego at the door.

It’s good to be humble in this business. When you’re in the limelight, it’s easy to get an attitude, but everyone deserves respect. Treat the CEO the same way you would treat the janitor. I don’t agree with having a big ego…unless you’re Beyoncé.

Confession #7: Modeling can be physically and mentally exhausting.

Sometimes you’ll have 80 or 100 pieces of clothing on a rack, and you’re changing in and out of them all day long. At the end of the shoot, my body is killing me. The hardest part to overcome is standing in front of an entire team: photographer, digital tech, hair and makeup, stylist, lighting and so on. After a while, you get over your nerves and realize that everyone is there to do a job, and it becomes a big party. Lingerie is my favorite thing to shoot because I always feel sexy.

Confession #8: You never know what the day will hold.

People think modeling is extremely glamorous, which of course it can be. I’ve had some jobs where I’ve been given a manicure and pedicure and craft services, and we only have one shot to get. But I’ve also had many more 12- or 16-hour-days where I’m about ready to cry if someone touches my hair or fixes my shirt again.

Confession #9: A great shoot takes a happy team.

It requires upbeat music and positive attitudes all around. If one person on set is in a bad mood, it gets noticed. It’s such a collaborative effort and so important to all stay on the same page. Sometimes I have to smile even when I’m not feeling it because I don’t want to bring everyone else’s day down.

Confession #10: We all need to embrace our imperfections.

Empowerment means owning every single part of your being, including things society has deemed a “flaw,” whether it be your height, your hair, your body, your stretch marks, your scars, whatever. I feel my most beautiful when I get out of the shower because that’s me stripped of any cover-up. You are you, and nobody in the world is allowed to take that away.

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PLUS-SIZE model Hunter McGrady couldn’t find a sexy swimsuit which flattered her curves – so she designed her own instead.

The 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit star teamed up with lingerie brand Playful Promises to create an inclusive swimwear line that flaunts fuller figures instead of covering them up.

7 Hunter has designed a sexy swimsuit range for plus-size womenCredit: Playful Promises

  • Red wrap bikini set, £37.50 from Playful Promises – buy now

Spotting a gap in the market, the 25-year-old model designed the plus-size range because “most brands in the plus market tend to think that coverage is key.”

Like many women, Hunter said that she has never enjoyed swimwear shopping, especially as plus-size companies favour frumpy and “dated” styles.

She said: “I’ve never found the perfect piece for my body,”

Either it wouldn’t fit well, didn’t provide the support she needed or the swimming costume was designed to cover her up completely.

7 Hunter says this mesh swimsuit is her ‘favourite’Credit: Playful Promises

  • Mesh Insert Swimsuit, £50 from Playful Promises – buy now

7 Hunter has designed swimming costumes that flaunt curvesCredit: Playful Promises

  • White Lace Panel Swimsuit, £50 from Playful Promises – buy now

7 Hunter’s swimsuits flatter curvy shapesCredit: Playful Promises

  • High Shine Bikini, £37.50 from Playful Promises – buy now

In designing her line, McGrady wanted to give women from sizes 18 to 24 a chance to show a little skin.

She added: “Every woman should have the opportunity to feel sexy and confident.”

7 This lace bikini oozes serious old school Hollywood vibesCredit: Playful Promises

  • White lace bikini set, £37.50 from Playful Promises – buy now

7 Hunter models her swimwear line in true Sports Illustrated styleCredit: Playful Promises

  • Sequin bikini set, £32.50 from Playful Promises – buy now

7 The High Neck Lace Swimsuit also comes in blackCredit: Playful Promises

  • High Neck Lace Swimsuit, £50 from Playful Promises – buy now

Having previously modelled for Playful Promises, Hunter said:“Their message of body positivity at every size . . . couldn’t be more on point with how I feel.”

From the sweet to the sexy, Hunter’s swimwear line consists of 10 one-pieces and five bikinis with prices ranging from £25 to £50.

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Hello, Hunter: Diversity in Media Is the Gateway to Tolerance and Acceptance

Welcome to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Hunter McGrady’s column, “Hello, Hunter”. Through this platform, Hunter takes a long, hard look at some of the most frequently asked questions she receives in her DMs and answers them candidly. Body positivity? You bet we’ll cover that. Dating, relationships, sex, finding confidence in a bikini — she’ll take care of all of that, too.

Hello, Hunter!
“What are your thoughts on diversity in media?”

For too long we have heard talk that we need of diversity in media, but what exactly does that look like. The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and not only recognizing our individual differences, but accepting them wholeheartedly. Differences of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies need to be fully embraced as the very fabric that make up our modern understanding of the world today.

When we look closely at a magazine such as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, a ubiquitous publication that has been so thoughtfully and successfully produced for decades, we notice that throughout the many changes both small and large that have taken place over time, SI has remained current, relevant, and deeply committed to reflecting the truth, changing world views and relevant narratives.

Recently it was announced that the women in this issue would include such celebrated, talented and worthy women such as Halima Aden and Winnie Harlow, and it brought tears to my eyes.

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All-encompassing representation in media is important for many reasons, the main reason being that the more we shed a positive light on any and all stereotypes, we increase the chance that they may be eradicated. As a society we see ourselves through a social lens and because of that, it is imperative to see images each of us can relate to.

The influx of technology and the way the Internet has obliterated the borders that separate various cultures and geographical locations means the stage is no longer just America. The entire world is at our fingertips. It is more important now than ever to allow these various cultures to be seen and heard. It’s more important than ever to expose people to the richness of diverse cultures and the traditions and perspectives of the people who make up the world we now communicate with.

One thing that strikes me about bringing the conversation of diversity to the forefront is the outrage it sparks. Why is it that a woman can’t pose in a burkini and a hijab without having a slew of negative comments? Most of the comments I see are from people who would in no way relate to that image, but at the same time, there are comments of women who are bursting with thankfulness that they see a woman that they can relate to. It takes one person, one publication or one label to make that leap into being inclusive and diverse and to speak out on behalf of those who are not able to. Exposure to diversity is the catalyst that will ignite tolerance, acceptance and understanding. Every generation has the opportunity to do something great to impact the world in a positive way. We will be the generation that shatters perceptions.

See all of Hunter’s gorgeous photos from SI Swimsuit 2019:

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Yandy.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by PrimaDonna X Myla Dalbesio.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Yandy.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Amazon.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Monica Hansen Beachwear.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Bissy Swim.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Yandy.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Yandy.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Ola Vida. Sunglasses by Quay Australia.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Sidway.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Sidway.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Amazon.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Sidway.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Volcom.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by PrimaDonna X Myla Dalbesio.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Sidway.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Volcom.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by PrimaDonna X Myla Dalbesio.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by PrimaDonna X Myla Dalbesio.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Sidway.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Ola VIda. Sunglasses by Quay Australia.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Kai Ulu.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Monica Hansen Beachwear.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Bissy Swim.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit top by Amazon. Swimsuit bottom by Alpine Butterfly.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Yandy.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Bissy Swim.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Yandy.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Kai Ulu.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Andi Bagus.

Hunter McGrady was photographed by James Macari in Costa Rica. Swimsuit by Monica Hansen Beachwear.

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However, the definition of a plus-size model might be surprising: in the fashion industry, plus-size models are defined as being those who are size 8 and up, when in the real world the average size of an Australian woman is a size 14-16 (according to data taken by the ABS in 2016).

324.7k likes – View Post on Instagram ❤️Reddy, 🕊white & 🦋blue for July 4th in my new @aerie 👙 #tigerstripeslooking🔥 ⚡️🐯⚡️ #realskin #imperfectlyperfect #aerieReal #everyBODYisbeautiful

And what about plus size male models? While they do exist – and are often seen on websites such as ASOS and Boohoo – the men’s fashion industry still has a long way to go in terms of redefining industry standard.

Below, the top 12 most famous plus-size models in the world to follow now.

12. Kate Wasley

17.9k likes – View Post on Instagram Life’s good when you free yourself of insecurities 🐚 🐬

Aussie model Kate Wasley rose to social media fame as one half of Instagram duo @any.body_co, where she and friend Georgia Gibbs share photos of themselves to social media to promote body positivity at any size. Now Kate is being recognised internationally shooting for Sports Illustrated earlier this year.

11. Georgia Pratt

1,860 likes – View Post on Instagram 🥝by @zaraeloise and @harrywere for @lonelylingerie

New Zealand-born model Georgia Pratt is often shot for Kiwi lingerie label, Lonely, which is known worldwide for using models of every size and age and their unretouched images.

10. Barbie Ferriera

61.5k likes – View Post on Instagram Stop thirst trapping they said. Stop posting Ya titties on tha Internet THEY SAID. Mama didn’t raise a QUITTER.

21-year-old American model and actress Barbara ‘Barbie’ Ferreira first started modelling after sending photos of herself to American Apparel. Now one of the biggest body-diversity advocates and a muse of Selena Gomez’s bestie, Petra Collins, Barbie has firmly cemented herself in the fashion world.

9. Robyn Lawley

4,154 likes – View Post on Instagram Cheesy grin from my happy place @bondiicebergsclub @brasnthings #bts #australia

29-year-old Robyn Lawley is Australia’s most well-known plus-size model, the first to ever appear in a campaign for Ralph Lauren and shot for some of the world’s biggest fashion magazines. In 2013, she penned an essay calling out the ‘thigh gap’ trend for being unhealthy and unnecessary.

8. Tara Lynn

51.2k likes – View Post on Instagram Been eating cake

American model Tara Lynn is most often shooting lingerie and swimwear campaigns, but the 36-year-old mother has also graced the cover of international fashion magazines and has starred in campaigns for brands such as H&M.

7. Paloma Elsesser

20.4k likes – View Post on Instagram your fave empanada 🥟

Mark our words, if you’re not already familiar with London-born model Paloma Elsesser, you soon will be. The 26-year-old shot to fame after she appeared on Glossier billboards and as a face of Fenty Beauty and has appeared on the cover of US Vogue.

6. Candice Huffine

3,672 likes – View Post on Instagram 😜

A former teenage beauty queen, Candice Huffine signed her first commercial modelling contract in 2000 and now fronts high fashion campaigns worldwide. She’s an Instagram sensation, a body-positivity advocate and she has her own athleisure label, Day/Won.

5. Iskra Lawrence

389.6k likes – View Post on Instagram Back in the 305 2nyt for swim week with @aerie Who’s around and what’s going on???💃💃💃 Ps love your booty regardless of its size, lumps and bumps, tiger stripes, scars, soft, firm, flat, round, dimply or smooth. It’s yours and it’s the only cushion you really need😂 #allbootysmatter #naturalskininallitsglory #Godcreatedallbuttsequally #celebrateyourbody #Imperfectlyperfect #squats #thankyouforalwaysstickingwithmebooty #iknowmyangles #yesigotmarksfromsittingdown #andnoIwontphotoshop #aeriereal #unretouched because we’re already good enough

British model Iskra Lawrence uses her platform to promote body positivity and to remind her followers that what they see on social media isn’t real. She runs the YouTube channel, everyBODYwithIskra, where she posts workout videos and encourages her fans to love the skin they’re in. “For me, social media is the most damaging place where images are made to look ‘real and candid’ but in reality 100 pics were taken and then they were photoshopped or FaceTuned,” she recently wrote on Instagram.

4. Nadia Aboulhosn

15.8k likes – View Post on Instagram Pink with some lilac 🍬@prettylittlething🍬

29-year-old Nadia Aboulhosn is a fashion blogger, model, and designer, who uses her platform to promote self-acceptance and self-empowerment.

3. Denise Bidot

42.7k likes – View Post on Instagram Today, on my 32nd birthday I feel more confident than ever. I never understood why people were so afraid of getting older. Age is an opportunity to evolve and become better! I’m so proud of one of my favorite brands @ThirdLove who are launching 24 new sizes today. What I love is that they believe your size is your size and while I have no issue with being called plus size, this is a step in the right direction. No better birthday gift than to see brands like @ThirdLove innovate and create for all shapes and sizes. #myshapemysize #thisismysize #nowrongway

In 2014, Denise Bidot became the first plus-size model to walk two runway shows at NYFW. The 32-year-old launched a lifestyle movement called ‘There’s no wrong way to be a woman’ in 2016 and has modelled for Chromat, Nordstrom and Lane Bryant.

2. Tess Holliday

96.1k likes – View Post on Instagram “In the beginning I used to say, ‘I’m healthy, my cholesterol’s fine, I don’t have high blood pressure, I don’t have diabetes,” she says. But now she takes a different approach. “By telling people that you see a doctor, and telling people that you’re healthy, it’s perpetuating the abuse against bigger bodies and the mindset that we owe it to people to be healthy. The reality is I don’t owe you shit and I don’t have to prove that I’m healthy or not, because it is nobody’s business.” Still on cloud ☁️ nine from my @selfmagazine cover shoot 😭 Thank you all so much for your comments, shares, & love! 💕 #effyourbeautystandards #teamself

32-year-old American model and mother-of-two Tess Holliday has long been an advocate for more representation in the fashion industry. Recently, she said she has given up arguing with people who claim she is unhealthy because of her size, saying it is “nobody’s business.” Hear, hear!

1. Ashley Graham

503.6k likes – View Post on Instagram The perfect bikini does exist. The Icon Bikini and even more #AshleyGrahamxSwimsuitsForAll essentials available @swimsuitsforall. Link in bio.

30-year-old American supermodel Ashley Graham has been on the cover of almost every major fashion magazine, walked in runways shows such as Michael Kors and Prabal Gurung, shot advertising campaigns for H&M and used her personal platform (she has 7.3m followers on Instagram alone) to promote body positivity. Oh, and she’s done a TED Talk, has a book, and her own lingerie, swim, and dress collections.

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