While size representation and diversity in advertising and media may be slowly getting better, we’ve still got a long way to go. That’s why it’s so important to continue to fill our Instagram feeds with people who look like us or champion inclusivity. In celebration of Pride Month, we’re spotlighting some of our favorite LGBTQ+ influencers who also wear plus sizes. If this is your first time learning about these any of these amazing people, tap “Follow” to increase your daily dose of body positivity.
Maggie McGill is a Maryland-based content creator who uses their blog and social media accounts to promote body liberation. Maggie’s broad exploration of fashion showcases the simple truth that style doesn’t have to be limited by size or gender expression. Plus, if you’re a lover of everything pumpkin spice, you’re going to be glad you’re following Maggie when fall rolls around.
J Aprileo is the person behind “Comfy Fat,” a blog dedicated to their adventures in fashion, travel, accessibility, and inclusivity. Starting in the Tumblr world, J’s content now explores the intersection of fat and queer identities—plus, you can get resources for everything from buying the right products to advocating for yourself at the doctor. J’s Instagram is an equally perfect place for both inspiration and information.
Jazzmyne Robbins is a BuzzFeed video producer who can be seen in countless videos on the site about fashion, beauty, and body positivity. Her ability to capture amazing content is so on point that she was even featured in theCURVYcon’s Instagram panel last year. Follow her for vibrant style inspo and standout bikini pics.
First made famous for his starring role in “Mean Girls” as Damien, Daniel Franzese has steadily established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the plus-size men’s fashion space. In 2017, the actor and comedian added creative director and co-owner of Winston Box, a big-and-tall men’s styling service, to his long list of accomplishments.
If you love next-level beauty looks, Jazmina Daniel is about to be your new favorite account. She first got into creating lip art when she was out of school for a year in treatment for a brain tumor. What was born out of a dark time has transformed into a beautiful form of creative expression that’s garnered 1.2 million followers.
Last month, Jari Jones broke ground as the first black trans woman to produce a film nominated at Cannes Film Festival. The film, “Port Authority,” centers around the New York ballroom scene, an underground haven where queer people of color compete through posing and vogueing (a dance move made even more famous by Madonna’s hit song). Jari delivered as an actress, script consultant, acting coach, and producer. Her Instagram is both a celebration of her creative work and an outlet for her activism.
Nicolette Mason was one of the first bloggers in the plus-size fashion space. Since then, she’s launched a clothing collection with fellow blogger Gabi Gregg and solidified herself as one of the leading plus-size, queer voices. With each post, she’s working toward a more inclusive future.
You may recognize Laura Delarato from her great articles and videos about sex education, dating, and fashion for those of us in plus-size bodies. She’s even created “The Comments Project,” where she turns messages she receives from trolls into art. Laura’s unabashed celebration of her body is a reminder for all of us that we’re all worthy of taking of space in the world.
Shay Neary made history as the first out trans plus-size model featured in a major fashion campaign back in 2016. In the past three years, she’s built a fantastic, diverse career that’s included booking more campaigns and gaining a large following on Instagram. There’s no telling what’s next for this powerhouse.
In the world of male plus-size fashion influencers, Troy Solomon is one of the most well-known. His fashion sense and body-positive music have made him a fixture on the scene. Two of his singles, “Thicck” and “Jeez,” explore the topics of self-love and toxic masculinity. We love Troy’s unique, colorful approach to both dressing and tackling larger topics through music.