The internet has often been a haven for fat-shaming, with unflattering snapshots of female celebs in bikinis, beauty elitism thinly veiled by 'fitspiration' and guides on how to get skinny. But in recent years things have changed a bit, perhaps thanks in part to celebrities who wear their curves proudly despite societal pressure to be a stick-thin A-lister. Trends are turning back towards that Marilyn Monroe body type, and women with a bit of extra meat on their bones are getting the recognition, respect and appreciation that they definitely deserve, from both sexes.
From fashionable vintage pin-ups to mouth-watering, geeky cosplayers, these ten plus-size, curvy and bootylicious women are very active on social media. They not only make the camera blush with their sexiness, but also showcase a very sincere and necessary message to any woman feeling ashamed of their curves: Be proud of your body, and don't be afraid to show off your style, whatever it might be, if you feel like it!
9 Katty DeLux
Up first is the dashing pinup model Katty DeLux, who is a recognizable name as a vintage enthusiast, internet blogger, and a model who cherishes all things retro.
Ever since she was a teenager, Katty has been active in the industry, specializing in hair and makeup. She is known for her stylish modeling portfolio and her personal online blog, Chronicles of a Sweet Tooth.
As a model, the lovely Katty has had the pleasure of being published all around the world, wowing readers on magazine covers and being a commercial model. She has even had her likeness gloriously displayed in a Dove billboard right in the middle of Times Square, New York.
Katty encompasses an infectious smile, eye-catching tattoos, beautiful skin, an obviously magnificent curvy build, and long blonde locks of hair. For anybody who is a fan of modern pinup, Katty DeLux is a name to know.
The talented beauty also contributes tutorials in a slew of Vintage Lifestyle magazines on things such as vintage hair/makeup, and tips on how to transform one's home into a retro paradise. She serves as a host for Q&As dedicated to help readers live a fulfilling, golden-era-inspired life.
8 Jessica Kylie
The vivacious Jessica Kylie, formerly known as Miss Rabbit, is a gorgeous, curvaceous bombshell if there ever was one. Born and raised as a Houston girl in Texas, Jessica has both Irish and Latin roots, and keeps her hands full being a caring and loving mother, an ambitious world traveler and model. All without breaking a sweat.
While juggling the demands of being a single mother, her astute personality and ambition allow her to travel the world, model, and grace the covers of multiple magazines, all with an inexhaustible stride. Having been on the covers of so many different magazines, her initiative has allowed her to be even more ambitious - being a personality on the Latin television station, Mun2.
But Jessica does not stop there. She will also continue to allow her career as a model and aspiring actress to grow into new endeavors, like her own clothing line that lets her explore her love for fashion. The mesmerizing Jessica Kylie is definitely here to stay.
7 Crystal Rose
Crystal Rose makes ends meet with a normal 9-5 like any other average Joe, but spends her nights and weekends pursuing her dreams. A certified Makeup Artist living in New Jersey Crystal has been falling in love with favorite new hobby: Photo shoots! She even hosts car concerts where she plays rap music from the late '90s/early 2000s and lip syncs.
Having began her career in late 2013, one might consider her a "newbie". It all started when she was doing makeup for a model and the photographer insisted that Crystal step in front of the lens. And though her only response at the time was to laugh, one month later she decided to give it a try.
Crystal came from humble beginnings, having battled with substance abuse problem for some time. But with the help of loved ones, she pulled herself out of that dark hole in November of 2011 and has been clean ever since.
Not letting her past stop her, Crystal continues to model and keep a fan-base. Fun fact: Tickets to a Broadway show and a meal at a nice restaurant is her idea of the perfect date.
6 Genny Miliano
Curvalicious Genny Miliano was born and raised in New York City, and knew those bright city lights were calling her name since she was little. From Pageants to Musicals, she loved all entertainment while in grade school.
Genny was a size 12 in her late teens, while the other models were half that size, but she had those irresistible. Being a plus size model is not something she lets get in her way and continued in the pursuit of her dreams.
Miliano has appeared several times in Seventeen magazine, Glamour magazine, and she's gonna be giving the fashion world a run for their money. Truly a one of a kind, inside and out, and all around. Magic and fireworks erupt when she looks into that camera. And that sexy, kinky, curly hair, accompanied with her beautiful, soft skin tone? Heavenly.
5 Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham, born in the year of '87, hails from humble Lincoln, Nebraska and is currently killing it as a plus-sized model. Best known for showcasing plus-size clothing store Lane Bryant. This thick brunette knockout graced the cover of Elle Quebec and has appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour and Latina - while also blessing her greatness onto several Levi's campaigns.
Ashley has been quite the hustler, letting her talents expand to editorial, runway, commercial work and more.
But that doesn't even come close to why she is truly amazing. On top of all the media exposure, Ashley continues to be an active role model for women and young teenage girls, specifically being a dedicated speaker at high schools. Motivating these young ladies to accept and love their natural bodies and never being ashamed to say what Kendrick Lamar has been saying since August of last year - "I love myself!"
4 Mal Malloy
Another glorious beauty who has been causing traffic collisions with her dangerous curves is Mal Malloy. Mal began garnering attention through uploading personal videos to Youtube - specifically focusing on weight loss and was attracting quite a large male audience. Nobody on Earth could ever blame them.
She soon began making videos about things that interested her - while showing off her undeniably unbelievable body. But what is also noteworthy about Mal is her humble personality. Being a naturally shy person, she was given quite a few offers to do some professional modeling, and they were offers that she frankly took time to think about.
Unfortunately, her YouTube page was closed down, but soon after that Mal began working with the lovely ladies at Indo’s Place on new videos, continuing to provide fresh, creative content, with just the right amount of sexiness. It is a platform that has allowed her to discuss horror movies, hygiene, giving advice to models and a lot more than just that. Just taking one glance at Mal Malloy will make her an instant favorite for anyone.
3 Olivia Jensen
Midwestern bombshell Olivia Jensen works with AllGoodThings.tv - the entertainment hub that vows to introduce viewers to indie movies, comics, music and more. She is 25 years old, standing at 5'6 and is a total doll. But aside from looking fabulous for Youtube watchers, there's something else that Olivia loves devoting her time to and that's being a nanny. She absolutely loves children and feels that being a nanny makes her a "stepmom" in a certain sense. Olivia originally went to school for theater and dance, and she has a natural talent for acting.
One of her most popular videos on Youtube, with nearly 5 million views, is what she calls a "AGT DIY Tutorial", encouraging the classic adage of Do-It-Yourself. Specifically in this video, she shows her fans how to make distressed denim jean shorts old of an old pair of jeans. Sexy and crafty.
Olivia is a Youtube enthusiast, but she has made the personal decision to not have an active Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account. In fact, there have been fake accounts posing as Olivia, and instead of exploding with frustration and anger, she did the classy thing and politely let her fans know that were she ever to jump on the social media bandwagon they'd be the first to know.
2 Crystal McBootay
Introducing the lovely Crystal McBootay! They also call her Thickness.
Crystal is of Irish and French descent, and she attributes her bright and positive personality to her loving and caring parents. She enjoys going to the beach, bike riding, spending time with her little Jack Russell called Lily - named after her favorite flower.
Crystal attended Ink 'n Iron back in 2009 in Long Beach, and was able to speak with a number of different models, asking questions regarding what she had already accomplished up to this point. She was overwhelmed with excitement as she gained very positive feedback from each of them. Not to mention the countless comments about her glorious McBootay.
She will be the Covergirl for the birthday/anniversary edition for Garters and Grills Magazine coming out in June. And she will continue to spread her message of being curvy, thick and proud.
1 Ivy Doomkitty
Although the name Ivy DoomKitty sounds like a wild name for a villain, it actually belongs to an international cosplayer and comic-book geek. Ivy's appeared at several conventions all over the world, before realizing that the love of comics and other geek-related mediums could be combined with her dynamic figure.
Ivy also makes her own costumes of her favorite video game and comic-book characters,and also putting some positivity into the cosplay community. She aims to show others in the community that all of their ambitions and dreams can be accomplished, regardless of gender, ethnicity, body shape or size.
The cool little web series "Cospladies" had her as the featured cosplayer, which was a short documentary that focused on the ups, the downs, and the craziness of cosplay. And how many models can say they're also superheroes? As a West Coast Avenger and member of the Avengers Initiative, Ivy gets involved with charity work southern Cali.
Gracing audiences with her presence at panels, as well as hosting and judging costume contents, Ivy has proven that she is a voluptuous force to be reckoned with.