Wendy is a journalist who has been writing online since 2007 on topics such as plus size fashion, learning languages, and traveling.
Style Icons For Plus Size Women
Fashion is for everybody; every woman has the right to look and feel beautiful and confident with what she is wearing. If you are a curvy girl or you wear plus size clothing do not despair, there are plenty of fashionable plus size clothes for you. Just look around at the cinema, TV and fashion magazines for inspiration to look your best with what you have.
It is true that most of the media portrays sexy and fashionable women as young, tall and thin. But if you look carefully, you will find that there are also plenty of fashion style icons for bigger women. Actress, musician and model Queen Latifah is a perfect example of a style icon for plus size women. Sara Ramirez from the TV medical series "Grey's Anatomy" is another hot cake to keep an eye on for fashion and style. There is also the petite Nikki Blonsky with only 4”7’ she always looks stunning. Not to forget plus sized models such as Crystal Renn and Christina Schmidt and the new “chouchou” of Jean Paul Gaultier, Beth Ditto who opened his spring 2011 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on October 2010.
Beth Ditto for Jean Paul Gaultier Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011
What Makes The Above Women Beautiful and Sexy?
The answer is simple; the plus size celebrities I mentioned above have got the attitude and the panache to pull of plus size dresses gorgeously. And why do they look so good? Firstly, because they make the most of what they have got. Let's face it, most men are "programmed" to like curves, so if a woman flaunts her generous curves they will be instantly attracted to her. But, as is not all about physical appareance, all these women have strong personalities and an intelligent strong woman can be like a magnet.
When we look at fashion magazines we are conditioned to think that is the normal size, so it is rather refreshing when you go to buy your favourite fashion magazine and find the cover image to be a full figured woman one that looks just like you with that little belly and ample hips!
Plus-size Singer Designs Clothes for Full Figure Women
Plus Size Celebrities and Fashion Icons
American singer-songwriter Beth Ditto has been recognized for supporting a positive body image, despite comments from doctors that she may be causing harm to public health by normalising obesity. Beth is proud and happy with her size and designers recognize her charisma by making her the star of their shows. Beth’s most recent modelling work involved being the opening star at the Jean Paul Gaultier spring 2011 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week 2010.
Beth’s views on fashion are so influential that she formerly contributed an advice column on body image to The Guardian newspaper. Beth has also worked on a plus sized collection for the UK retailer Evans to be sold both online, and in selected stores across the UK.
Beth Ditto on Plus Size Fashion and Her New Collection from Evans
Beth Ditto singing live in the finale of Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Show
America Ferrera Real Women Have Curves
The Honduran-American actress who played the lead role in the television series Ugly Betty and also starred in the film Real Women Have Curves, in 2002 is also a pretty good example of beauty in plus size. Although America’s dress size has fluctuated from a size 10 to a 14, for her 5’1” frame, she always manages to look great because she knows how to make the most of her body shape.
America Ferrara is also a good example of career achievement and a role model for Hispanic girls. Her career achievements include a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series and the 2007 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series for Ugly Betty among many other prizes recognizing her successful career.
America Ferrara on Body Image
"It would be impossible to be a woman in Western culture and not have your own issues about your image and what you look like."
— America Ferrera
Queen Latifah is a perfect style icon for plus-sized women. She knows how to choose the most flattering outfits to suit her figure and enhance her attributes. Plus, she has the personality and right attitude to carry off those outfits.
To prove her support to curvy girls, Queen Latifah teamed up with Curvation and her longtime stylist Susan Moses to create Curvation Apparel, a collection of clothing from jeans to career wear for sizes 12-22. Her Spring line features lots of silks and jerseys that "silhouette the body instead of trying to hide a woman's curves"
"Every woman is a queen, and we all have different things to offer."
— Queen Latifah
When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, 'You're either going to love yourself or hate yourself.' And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.
— Queen Latifah
An imposing figure with her 5”9’, Sara Ramirez the Mexican-American Grey's Anatomy actress is always on top, looking great with whatever she chooses to wear. Sexy, raunchy and curvy that is Sara!
Nobody from the show said I was too heavy. Instead they wanted me to dance in my underwear.
— Sara Ramirez
"Nobody from the show said I was too heavy. Instead they wanted me to dance in my underwear."
— Sara Ramirez
Sara Ramirez was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, Beauty at Every Age section, for age 31, in May 2007.
Sara Ramirez Modeling at The Heart Truth Fashion Show 2008
Height:5'11" ; 180.5cm
Dress Size:(US) 14 ; (EU) 44
Kate Dillon is one of the most influential women in high-fashion modelling. Starting her modelling at an early age, Kate won the Elite Model Look in 1991 but after a long struggle with her weight and eating disorders, Kate decided to take the healthy path and be herself.
After a few years off the catwalks, Kate came back full figured and self confident which gained her the right to be the first plus-size model to appear in Vogue, and in 2001 she was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.
Kate Dillon on being sexy and beautiful
"I firmly believe that what makes you sexy and beautiful is not the size of your body or the colour lipstick you have on. What really makes you sexy is what you project, your confidence, and your self awareness, having a great sense of humour and being really smart."
A Canadian actress and plus-size model who started her career playing Terri MacGregor in the Canadian television hit Degrassi: The Next Generation. Her role in the series won her the Young Artist Awards in Los Angeles, on 2005, for "Best Performance in a TV Series.
As a plus size model, Cristina appeared in the 2007 Fall campaign for MXM, a Canadian junior plus-size clothing line. After that, Christina’s modelling careers has seen no halting. She also stars as one of the professional runway models in the Canadian show How to Look Good Naked.
A poignant testimony that you don’t need to fit in the “mould” to be successful is Crystal Renn, a model who entered the modelling world at age 14 and become anorexic as a result of her efforts to keep up in the fashion scene. After recovering from anorexia and regaining her health, Crystal became a plus size model who has featured in Vogue’s U.S., Italian, French and German editions. And despite the pressure to use slim models for fashion shows in 2006 Jean Paul Gaultier called for Crystal services to model his Spring 2006 pret-a-porter collection.
Crystal Renn: Fashion's biggest model on why size matters
- Crystal Renn for The Independent
When Crystal Renn began modelling, she starved herself to fit the industry ideal. Then she had an epiphany, started eating again and, as a size 16, now has the world at her feet. Harriet Walker meets a woman whose figure is changing fashion.
"I don't believe that all models should be size 16s, (...) That's discrimination the other way. And I don't want things to change overnight – that would be a trend. I do however believe we should have a variety of women."
— Crystal Renn
Adele "Sometimes I'm curious to Know if I Would Have Been as Successful if I wasn't plus-size"
I think I remind everyone of themselves. Not saying everyone is my size, but it's relatable because I'm not perfect, and I think a lot of people are portrayed as perfect, unreachable, and untouchable."
The pretty Nikki is only 4”10’ but she makes the most out of every inch she’s got. Regarding her success and her figure, Nikki Blonsky has been quoted saying “I'm thrilled beyond belief to be different in this business. I pray that there will be more roles for bigger girls. I pray that the role of the love interest, the beautiful, sexy girl, will be played by a plus-size woman.”
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2010 Wendy Iturrizaga
What’s Your Favorite Physical Attribute About Yourself?
Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on January 28, 2016:
lol, I had never heard that one yet :-) but I love it!
andy on January 28, 2016:
Great Hub. im a man and i love a woman with curves as a woman without curves is like a road without bends. You might get to your destination quicker but the ride is as boring as hell
poetryman6969 on December 23, 2013:
keep up the good work ladies!
mysisters on April 07, 2011:
Great Hub. All of these women are gorgeous! You don't have to be skinny to be beautiful. The reality of it is that if you have a beautiful soul then you are beautiful on the inside and outside!
submitedgeclb from USA on December 19, 2010:
Its a really creative hub. That show the beauty of women being.
hubpageswriter on December 18, 2010:
If I'm allowed to join you ladies and add. I respect women who are able to respect themselves albeit their dress sizes. For the record, I adore QL's sense of humor. She's an awesome actress too.
abinavis from Bat Island on December 12, 2010:
Following the philosophy "Big is beautiful and sexy" they tend to maintain on its weight and size. It does not really a matter.
Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on December 12, 2010:
schoolgirlforreal and bruzzbuzz : Thanks for your input
Eiddwen: You are welcome, I am happy that the message is there, you don't need to "conform to a size" to be considered pretty or to be successful in the fashion and entertainment industry.
khristal: I think it is refresing to see that there is room for everyone in terms of fashion. It is good to see that there is not only one model (the super slim) but there is a place for other shapes and ages.
sancomic: exactly, being liked by others starts with liking yourself. Being comfortable and at ease with who you are and the way you look is one of the keys to radiating beauty and confidence.
sancomic from New York, New York on December 05, 2010:
It is very clear from these pictures that the women profiled here are beautiful both inside and out. When you are comfortable with yourself, your outer beauty becomes visable and you radiate style and class. It makes quite a difference when you like yourself because it lights you up and you are gorgeous !
khristal23 from GA on December 04, 2010:
I love this hub. So nice to see real women in fashion who aren't skin and bones, yet still amazingly beautiful.
Eiddwen from Wales on December 01, 2010:
Thank you so much for this hub that puts to rest that all too familiar phrase that you have to be a size 4 or whatever to be successful.
schoolgirlforreal on November 30, 2010:
Crystal Renn looks "delicious"
It's "evil" to portray today skinny waifs - starving womens- looking like 12 yrs old boys-as my bf says as the norm.
These women you portray are "real".
I know men -some- like skinny sticks
but I've been told, most men prefer..................CuRvEs to flat chested skinny waif 12 yr old....well u get the picture.
Curves, hips, cleavage, not too heavy, not too thin, like Marilyn Monroe, the 50's, ....before the throwup belimia faze.
movies star on November 29, 2010:
Kate Dillon is very hot women, I think.
good hub... thank you very much.
bruzzbuzz from Texas , USA on November 29, 2010:
These women are hotter than the skinny models. I love women with real curves. They look healthy. great hub.
ayazmangal from pakistan on November 29, 2010:
Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 29, 2010:
prasetio30: Thanks for the rating.
Zsuzsy: So happy to see you here! We are all fine, getting ready for Christmas :-)
Hope you have a very Happy, happy Christmas holiday.
Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on November 27, 2010:
Wearing the right clothes which gives confidence will let every woman look beautiful. It's still a ways away before the world, magazines etc will to be totally accepting and realize that full figures, beauty and health can go hand in hand.
Great hub as always Princessa.
hope you and the munchkins are well
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 27, 2010:
Very entertaining hub. You share with us the beautiful celebrities in plus size. looks beautiful. For me, size is doesn't matter. The most important this is your brain and your heart. Thanks for share with us. I love all the pictures....amazing and beautiful. Rating up!
Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 26, 2010:
suejanet: yes, at the end it all comes to personality and attitude.
KoffeeKlatch Gals: they are so charismatic that they shine on their own.
PurpleOne: That is one of the reason why they look good. Being Proportional is very important but it also plays a big role the way they dress. Notice that the dresses they wear emphasize their good points, they use fashion to enhance their beauty.
With a few fashion tricks any woman can look much more proportionated and slimmer than what she really is.
PurpleOne from Canada on November 24, 2010:
All of these "plus size" women look great. I think one of the main reasons they do look so good is because most of them are so well proportioned. You don't see rolls on their stomachs or flab hanging off their arms. I am not "plus size" but I am not nearly as well proportioned as most of these women you have shown here.
While plus size women might be becoming more acceptable in the fashion and movie world (I think this is great!), I wish that women who are not so well proportioned could be similarly received. Wonderful hub!
Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on November 24, 2010:
There are certainly some beautiful women on your list. It's funny, with some of them you don't really notice their size.
suejanet on November 23, 2010:
Women can be beautiful no matter what size they wear. It's what's inside that shines through.
Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 23, 2010:
shaekelly: Thank you, you make me blush!
stephhicks68: I think it is important to remember that we can all be beautiful regardless of our shape and size. Sometimes we need a reminder that being beautiful is more about attitude, confidence and that "inner light" that makes you glow.
Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on November 22, 2010:
I have always loved your hubs that show that beauty comes in all sizes! Great compilation of plus size celebrities and models - they are all amazing people and so beautiful!
shaekelly from Alabama on November 22, 2010:
You are so creative , have you authored any books, this hub is great. I'm taking pointer's from u
Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 19, 2010:
Triplet Mom: yes, I find it refreshing that more magazines, catwalk shows and tv programs are showing fuller figured women. We come in all shapes and sizes and it is good to see how good looking are other women bearing your same size or body shape.
Triplet Mom from West Coast on November 19, 2010:
As always awesome hub!! Nice to see women with curves!
Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 19, 2010:
incastreasures: I really like her style!
haloce: She is hot!!!! I wouldn't say Sara Ramirez is fat or indeed America Ferrera or Kate Dillon. They are just larger sizes than the average Holywood film star and traditional fashion models. They are all beautiful women.
haloce on November 19, 2010:
Sara Ramirez Hot
Is Sara Ramirez Fat?
Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 19, 2010:
Anaya: That is exactly the point, for most of us America Ferrera ans Sara Ramirez are just beautiful ladies who dress well and know how to look stunning. America Ferrara size has fluctuate from a 10 to a 14 (considered a plus size) but she has always managed to look classy and pretty even at her heaviest.
The average clothing size in the United States is a size 14 so it is refreshing to see in the magazines celebrities who are looking great wearing your same size.
Anaya M. Baker from North Carolina on November 18, 2010:
These women are all gorgeous. Its funny, I never even thought of America Ferrera or Sara Ramirez as plus-size, they just seemed like normal women.