by Madeline Jones
Many people were puzzled when I announced I would be
starting the "New Year" with a tribute to the veterans and "Icons" in our
industry. In an overly "botoxed" world, where getting older or being honored
for your longevity, just stamps you as old, I thought I would bring light and
honor to those models you probably don't know, or only recognize by face and
knew nothing about.
I came into the industry many years ago, when it was
already in the beginning stages, but I quickly admired what had been done
before me, and I learned to appreciate all that I was afforded because of what
others had done.
In order to know where you are going, you need to know
where you come from. The plus size modeling industry did not just begin five
years ago by one plus size model going mainstream. This industry has been
around for over 20 years. Some of
today's models were just teen-agers when they began their careers and some of
today's most popular models can than their careers to the numerous people who
helped to pave the way for them.
In the following pages, we pay tribute to those models we
know and love, who have been instrumental in paving the way for the plus size
modeling industry we love and enjoy today.