The fashion industry has promoted the idea of being slender, toned, and tall to a significant extent over the years. It’s tough for individuals who don’t fit the ‘ideal’ body type to embrace themselves in the face of clichéd images in everything from commercials to movies to runways. The fashion industry, and the concepts it promotes, are, however, being challenged, and in a big way, owing to social media. 

Fashion has become a more inclusive profession thanks to plus-size models who have taken over social media and other platforms, and nothing could be better. 

We’re going to use this area to look at some of the plus-size models who, through their confidence and flair, have changed the face of fashion. 

  1. Aashna Bhagwani 

Instagram: aashna_bhagwani 

Aashana Bhagwani is a Pune-based model and fashion blogger. She has collaborated with a number of well-known businesses, including Shein and Fastrack. Aashna enjoys blogging in addition to modeling. In 2014, she launched a blog. She used to write about Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle, as well as her own personal opinions on these topics. She aspires to create plus-size apparel that allows everyone to feel at ease in their own skin. 

  1. Payal Soni 

Instagram: _payalsoni_ 

Payal Soni is slaying her way with over 50k followers and a blue tick on her Instagram account. She is one of India’s hottest plus-size models. Payal is from Rajasthan, but she now resides in Mumbai. She has been crowned as Miss Curvy Queen 2017 WestIndia.  

Payal worked as a sales manager in real estate, as an assistant stylist, and as an intern at an event company before becoming a model. She’s now a body-positive activist, as well as a fashion and beauty influencer. Payal is also attempting to get into the acting world. 

  1. Tanvi Geetha Ravishankar 

Instagram: thechubbytwirler 

Tanvi, a plus-size fashion model, dancer, blogger, voiceover artist, and fashion stylist, has done it all and defied all plus-size prejudices. Mumbai is where this 28-year-old beauty was born and raised. Tanvi, an IT graduate, has been studying Indian classical dance for 15 years ( Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Kathak).  

At Lakme Fashion Week 2016, she walked for Little Shilpa and aLL in the first-ever plus-size fashion show. She was also awarded the title of “Top Social Influencer.” Melissa McCarthy and Ashley Graham, two prominent plus-size celebrities, are her sources of inspiration. H&M, Shein, Boohoo, ASOS, Torrid, and Simply Be are among her favorite brands. Tanvi, who has roughly 27.5k Instagram followers, claims that her swimsuit photos receive the most attention. 

  1. Sakshi Sindwani 

Instagram: stylemeupwithsakshi 

Sakshi Sindwani is a body-positivity influencer with over 408K followers on Instagram and a verified account. She received the Body Positivity Icon award at the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards this year. Sakshi was recently one of the models for Katrina Kaif’s cosmetic line, for those who are unaware. If you’re ever feeling down and can’t seem to accept your body, watch one of Sakshi’s videos and you’ll fall in love with both yourself and her! 

  1. Varshita Thatavarthi 

Instagram: varshita.t 

Varshita Thatavarthi’s name may not be familiar to you, but you’ve undoubtedly seen her work. On International Women’s Day, ace designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee uploaded a photo of the 25-year-old Chennai-based model with the comment, “This International Women’s Day, celebrate confidence.”  

Varshita was the first plus-size model to model for Sabyasachi. Varshita, who was formerly turned down for being plus-sized and dark-skinned, is now defying all preconceptions with her modeling career. 

Kritika is a freelance content writer with