The inclusion of plus-size models into the mainstream modelling industry and fashion labels became a growing trend in 2015 after Ashley Graham became the first plus-size model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue in a two-piece bikini.
Although Graham was already known in the world of modelling for plus-size fashion brands, the major magazine cover elevated her into the spotlight, and she unintentionally became a spokesperson for plus-size models.
Graham’s major magazine cover began to disprove the stereotypes and myths that women who were size 10 and over could not wear luxurious mainstream fashion labels or grace major magazine covers unless they were successful actors.
Upon the success of Graham’s Sports Illustrated cover, the sports magazine made history once more when they featured their first black plus-size model, named Tabria Majors. Majors is also known in the United States for featuring on website catalogues for plus-size fashion brands and mainstream brands such as Forever 21plus, but with Sports Illustrated being her first major cover issue, it also pushed her into the spotlight for being a plus-size model who also had a notable six-pack.