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Full-figure or Big Beautiful Women in History

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  • Lady Godiva (980 - 1067)
    Godiva (or Godgifu) (fl. 1040-1080) was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry in England in order to gain a remission of the oppressive toll imp...
  • Hattie McDaniel (1895 - 1952)
    One of the great American character actresses, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American actress to win an Academy Award for her portrayal of the "mammy" figure in the film Gone with the Wind. S...
  • Christina Aguilera
    Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American musician, who has contributed songs considerably to the pop genre. Aguilera first appeared on national television in 1990 as a contestan...
  • Bettie Page (1923 - 2008)
    With locks as dark as midnight and a smile as bright as day, Bettie Page was much more than a beautiful pinup model, she was simply the best. A legend as much today as during her modeling days, every f...
  • Isadora Duncan (1877 - 1927)
    Photos Isadora Duncan (May 26, 1877 - September 14, 1927) was a dancer, considered by many to be the creator of modern dance. Born in the United States, she lived in Europe and the Soviet Union...


Modern Times

Examples of Notable BBWs (no particular order yet)

Cheryl Haworth - Olympic weightlifter. Cheryl Haworth's accomplishments as an Olympic weightlifter for the United States include: Bronze Medalist in Olympic Games (2000), Olympic team member (2000, 2004, 2008), Junior World Champion (2001, 2002), Silver Medalist in Junior World Championships (1999), Pan Am Games Champion (1999), Goodwill Games Champion (2001), Bronze Medalist in World Weightlifting Championships (2005), and Senior National Champion (1998-2008).

Chenese Lewis - plus size model and actress. Chenese Lewis was an actress on the first season of the BET series Hell Date and made history by being the first woman crowned Miss Plus America. In addition to being a model, she is a member of Hollywood NOW (National Organization for Women) and is the "Love Your Body" Committee Chairperson for the local chapter. Chenese is the host of "PLUS Model Radio", celebrating and inspiring the plus size fashion and plus size modeling industr

Dawn French - actress and comedian. Dawn French is considered one of funniest actors in British comedy. In a 2006 poll of 4,000 people, she was named as the most admired female celebrity amongst women in Britain. French has also won and been nominated for several notable awards, among them the British Comedy Award for Best TV Comedy Actress and the BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Performance. Dawn is known for her plus size figure and for her efforts to promote the idea that "big" can be beautiful. She also has her own line of clothes, Sixteen47, taking its name from the fact that 47% of the British female population are at least a european size 16. Her mission is to produce plus size clothing that flatters full figured women.

Elaine Miles - actress and dancer. Elaine Miles is a plus size actress best known for her role as Marilyn Whirlwind in the television series Northern Exposure. She gained respect in the Native American community because of it, and was named Native American Woman of the Year in 1993, and America's Celebrity Indian of the Year in 1995. Since Northern Exposure, Elaine has done tours with her dancing and was recently in the sci-fi movie Wyvernhad as Deputy Susie Barnes. She has also done an exercise video in response to the high diabetes rates among Native Americans

Emme Aronson - model, writer, plus size clothing designer. Emme is a plus size model, and is largely recognized as a pioneering full-figure model. She was the first plus size model to reach supermodel status, and was twice named as one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. Emme has a women's clothing line featuring sizes 2 thru 26. A 16-inch collectable plus size fashion doll, bearing Emme's name and likeness, represents a more realistic image of women as opposed to Barbie dolls. Sales of these Emme dolls generate funds to benefit body image and self esteem organizations.

See also Emme

Crystal Renn - plus size model. Wearing a size 12, Crystal Renn enjoys a highly successful full-figure modeling career. In addition to being the only plus-size model to appear on a Harper's Bazaar cover, and appearing in four Vogue editions, Crystal also models for such plus-size clothing companies as Lane Bryant, Evans and Torrid. Crystal has also appeared on the runway for Vena Cava, Heatherette, and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Chloe Marshall-plus size model First Size 16(US 12 to 14) model to reach the finals for Miss England tiara.She did not win but was signed with the Models Plus agency the same year.


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