For women stuck between the plus-size and the rail-thin, the modeling industry can be a tough nut to crack. Just ask Charli Howard, an up-and-coming model from the United Kingdom who confessed that she was dropped by her modeling agency for being â€śtoo bigâ€ť â€“ even though sheâ€™s a size 8.
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This gorgeous brunette now lives in New York City and has managed to find consistent work as a plus-size model, even though most plus-size clothing cannot be found in anything under a size 16. Thatâ€™s the fashion biz for you.
If her social media presence is any indication, though, Charli is more than comfortable in her curvy body. She recently shared a pair of sexy lingerie selfies she took during a trip to Austin with her nearly 51,000 Instagram followers, one of which bore the caption: â€śYou donâ€™t have to be skinny to feel beautiful.â€ť
Charli also landed a coveted spot in a Nike campaign that featured her in all her unretouched glory, as well as a similar campaign for Spanish brand Desigual. Both projects were dedicated toward increasing body positivity and encouraging women of all sizes to feel comfortable in their skin.
â€śBack in about September 2015, I was dropped by my London Agency for being too out of shape, despite the fact I was only a size US 2 to 4,â€ť Charli said in a Desigual commercial. She went on to describe how a Facebook post helped her discover the world of plus-size modeling, and since then, she has never looked back.