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These plus-size models paved the way for today’s biggest names

Only recently have brands and designers begun casting plus-size models. But this community was thriving long before “inclusivity” entered the collective vocabulary. Many of us remember wanting America’s Next Top Model hopeful Toccara Jones to win as the first black plus-sized supermodel — but what we perhaps don’t know are the plus-size pioneers like Allegra Doherty, Amy Lemons and Emme, who paved the road before her.

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