“The Excuses Have Run Out” Says Precious Lee To Designers Who Don’t Use Plus Size Models


Yesterday Christian Siriano debuted his new plus size line in collaboration with Lane Bryant during a fashion show on the rooftop of the United Nations. 

Several plus size beauties, including Orange is the New Black actress, Danielle Brooks, Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine, and Precious Lee, shined bright as they strutted down the runway showing off the collection.

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Danielle Brooks on the runway for Christina Siriano x Lane Bryant

The Huffington Post caught up with Precious Lee at the show who recently made history as the first black plus size model to appear in Sports Illustrated for an ad for Lane Bryant.  She was quite vocal about the issue of designers not using full figured women to sell their brands.

“Designers say the sample size is the reason you don’t see larger women in clothing campaigns,” she said. “Well, what’s the point of that for beauty? For cosmetics, for accessories, for sunglasses, shoes?”

Good point.  She went on to say:

“If you’re not going to use a plus-size woman, if you’re not going to diversify, then just tell the truth and say you don’t want to to use them. At this point, I feel like the excuses have run out,” she said, adding, “Don’t say it’s the sample size, don’t say there aren’t that many girls, don’t say there isn’t a plus-size supermodel, that’s all bull.”

Precious Lee showing off pieces from the collection

She also discussed how many people still need to be educated on how to work with plus size models:

“One of the most insulting things for plus-size models that I’ve discussed with some colleagues is that people are so surprised when a girl who isn’t a size 2/4 knows how to move and doesn’t need to be told exactly what to do. OK, I get it, it’s flattering, but it’s also like, there are girls who have been doing this for over fifteen years. Why would you be shocked that I know how to find good light and take a good selfie? Whoop-de-do, that’s not the most amazing thing.”


Lee and others praised Christian Siriano and Lane Bryant for collaborating on an effort that is pushing the conversation and efforts for inclusivity to the forefront.



Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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