Plus size models you should be following on Instagram

Whether it’s somewhere in Asia or here in the United States, the body positivity movement has become a force to be reckoned with, no matter how cliche that sounds. Fashion brands have even started extending their clothing sizes to be more size-inclusive.

Asian models across the world are breaking boundaries and fore fronting the body positivity movement, serving as the representation that other curvy women need. Here are a few talented and accomplished women you can follow on Instagram:

  1. Vivian Geeyang Kim

Hailed for being one of the first to make waves as a plus size model in South Korea, Vivian Kim has clearly set the stage for others to follow in her footsteps. Kim is currently the editor-in-chief at her self-launched plus-size fashion magazine @im66100.

  1. Naomi Shimada

Naomi Shimada’s impressive resume includes her snagging campaigns for places like H&M and ASOS. Shimada’s Instagram feed, which includes videos of her being #carefree in dancing classes, makes us all want to live her Insta-worthy life.

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  1. Natalie Johnson

While Sacramento native and Asian American blogger Natalie Johnson amusingly calls herself “hentai hunny,” Johnson is an Instagram girl with a bold flare who truthfully and accurately calls herself an “all-around pretty cool girl.”

  1. Nazirah Ashari

Nazirah Ashari is a Kuala Lumpur blogger who calls herself a plus size hijabi fashion blogger and a body positive advocate. Ashari, who is also a digital strategist, labels her Instagram feed as something that embodies her interests as a fat girl, Malaysian woman and a feminist.

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Earlier today at @plussize_misclaire ’s Retro Raya Mis-Claire fashion show, the first local brand to actually present 20 looks for #eidmubarak for plus ladies size XL to 7XL who want to look amazing this coming Eid. I loveeee seeing the diversity of the models, I love the representation and I for sure loveeee some of the pieces I can’t wait to get my hands on. Go checkout their IG page to check out the first 20 looks and yall better stay tuned cause they have 10 more looks coming soon!!! #respect ! Thanks for the invite once again @plussize_misclaire ! Great seeing a homegrown brand doing the RIGHT thing for our plus ladies. . . . #psblogger #bodypositivity #ootdcurvy #ootdcurvy #ootd #ootdplussize #nazirahashari #effyourbeautystandards #plussizehijabi #plussizefashion #bodyacceptance #honormycurves #modestfashion #fatshionista #fatshion #size20 #whatfatgirlsactuallywear #vsco #fesyenhijab #fatgirl #plussizeblogger #coveredinconfidence #plusisequal #unapologeticallyherself #hijabfashion #pumawomen #youdoyou #pumathunderdesert

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  1. Adithira Hanim Ramelan

In a profile with IDN Times, Adithira Ramelan outlined her longtime struggle with body image. After being told that she wasn’t bold enough to share full-body images, the Indonesian model is now Insta-famous for her OOTDs.

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i 💖 u – set outfit : @bssar_

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  1. Natalie Nootenboom

Natalie Nootenboom, who is infamously known for being the cousin of Steve Aoki, became the first plus size model to walk for Anna Sui at New York Fashion Week in 2017. Nootenboom wants to break the stereotype that plus size Asian models don’t exist.

  1. Taylor Tak

You’ve probably seen Taylor Tak in a viral video on being a plus size model in South Korea. After a triumphant career modeling for brands such as Fashion Nova and being photographed for Cosmopolitan Korea, Tak is now living in Sydney.

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“Why do you keep modelling if there’s so much bs in fashion industry?” 이 패션계가 그렇게 ㅈ가트면 왜 계속 모델일을 하니 “You’re not afraid to lose modelling job? Why you keep calling out people?” 모델일 못할까봐 무섭지 않아? 왜 그렇게 맨날 시끄럽니 “You don’t really have that European look to work with us” 너는 “유러피언” 외모가 없어서 미안한데 우리랑 일 못해 “We’re not working together anymore. We found another Korean model who’s more acceptably curvy” 미안한데 더 사회적으로 “예쁜” 다른 한국인 플러스 모델을 찾았어. 너랑 오늘부로 마지막 일하는 거야 “Wow, you’re quite short for a model” 모델하기엔, 너무 작은 거 아니니? (Well, I know at least 3 signed models who are shorter than me, all white by the way 제가 아는한 최소 3명의 플러스 모델은 저보다 작습니다. 물론 다 백인) “Honestly I don’t see why we need plus-size Asian representation. Most of you guys are tiny. Why are you blaming your problems to The West?” 솔직히 말하면 아시안들 다 말랐지 않았어? 왜 우리가 플러스 아시안 모델이 필요한건데? 그리고 그걸 왜 서양에 탓하니? 📸 by @badnyass

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  1. Payal Soni

Indian model Payal Soni, who was the winner of plus size beauty pageant Miss Curvy Queen, has modeled for Indian brands such as Amydus, Luluandsky and Lastinch. Soni believes that self-love and body confidence are important to curvy women.

  1. Katrina Gumabao

Katrina Gumabao has her fair share of runway experience, including walking at Melbourne Fashion Week in 2016, where she was their first plus size Filipino model. Gumabao, who is the sister of Filipino actor Marco Gumabao, also walked for Torrid at New York Fashion Week in 2017.

  1. Paxyshia

As a fashion-forward Asian American influencer, Minnesota-based Paxyshia posts #look after #look on her Instagram. When she isn’t posting OOTDs or talking about TV shows on social media, she’s talking about being a student. Talk about well-rounded.

  1. Bishamber Das

Bishamber Das became the first plus size model to win a title at the Miss India Europe pageant in 2014. Das, who, believes that confidence “should ooze from your success and attitude,” is also one of Britain’s first plus size Asian models.

  1. Naomi Watanabe

Japanese plus size fashion mogul Naomi Watanabe is the epitome of thriving in her 30s. In addition to the success from her fashion line Punyus, Watanabe has an flourishing comedy career as well.

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