10 Famous BBW Women

By Radhika | 19-Aug-08 in People
Radhika

In a world of single-digit figures, it sometimes gets hard to have a double-digit dress size and feel beautiful. This is why we all need an inspiration. But how can you possibly be inspired by a woman who doesn’t face the same battles as you do. That’s why you need this list.


Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just the skinny ones that get famous. Plus size women have changed the way the world looks at them and how:

1. Marilyn Monroe
 Marilyn Monroe
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She is without a doubt the most famous sex symbol of all time. However, she was hardly skinny. In fact, she lifted weights and probably worse a Size 12. Yet, even so many years later, she is legendary for her sensuality.

2. Emme
Emme, or Melissa Aronson pioneered plus size modeling and was the first BBW woman to gain supermodel status and was even named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People”.

3. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
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The woman that changed talk show history forever. Say “Oprah” and women world over will tell you what an inspiration she is with her philanthropic ways and her encouragement to women worldwide by helping them fight their real-life battles. It doesn’t matter if her weight keeps fluctuating, she is Oprah, and that’s all that matters.

4. Rosie O'Donnell
Rosie O'Donnell
photo by shankbone
She is without a doubt the most famous plus-size comedian around and her talents don’t end there. With 11 Emmy Awards under her wing, she is now also famous as a TV show host, an actress, an author, civil rights activist and television producer. She’s funny and she’s talented…need you ask for more?

5. Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah
photo by affsum
This beautiful African-American rapper/ singer/ actress definitely has the world’s attention with her fabulous talent. She has been nominated for and won several Golden Globe awards, Grammy Awards and Academy Awards but what she has really won is the hearts of women like her across the world, telling them there is nothing wrong with being big.

6. Serena Williams
Serena Williams
photo by mister-e
Who says you can’t be athletic if you’re plus sized? Look at Serena Williams! She is easily one of the best tennis players the world has ever seen and has won numerous Grand Slam titles and an Olympic Gold. She’s big, but she’s stylish and is now a successful fashion designer as well with her own label ‘Aneres’.

7. Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa
photo by ginieland
The world’s most famous painting isn’t based on a skinny model but on a woman who is definitely a BBW. She is not traditionally beautiful, but her enigmatic smile and the ambiguity behind it has enthralled the world for centuries.

8. Jennifer Lopez
This Latina shocked the world with her lack of inhibitions in being a woman with a big bum. But the more chart-topping singles she sang, the more people began to accept that big is beautiful and this diva is easily one of the most famous BBW women around.

9. Mo'Nique
No famous BBW women list is complete without Mo’Nique. She’s gained worldwide acclaim for her various talents as a comedian, an actress, a reality TV host and an author. Her book Skinny Women are Evil was a bestseller and little wonder why!

10. Natalie Laughlin
Natalie is a BBW woman and the first plus size model to have five consecutive billboards on Times Square. She is also the first plus sized model to be featured in the U.S. edition of Glamour magazine.

Of course these aren’t the only famous BBW women and there’s thousands more out there, making their mark on the world, irrespective of their size and shape. Get inspired, and stop letting your size control your life.


Not happy with our choices? Think someone was unlucky to miss out? Have your say in the comments - We would love to hear your thoughts!

(18 Comments)

I can't believe Anna Nicole didn't make this list.

  • joe
  • 21-Aug-08 15:08

A very american centric list.... and come on Rosie O Donnell What about Fern Brittan the UK's Number MILF BBW

I agree Big Ben, she deserved to make the list. Would of been good to see Kathy Bates on there too. She is fantastic. Otherwise, Good Selections!

You know, I'd never looked at the Mona Lisa that way, though I was aware a lot of art includes women of size (Reubens, Boucher, etc.) But now I think, 'Well, of course! Latin women are generally bountiful.' I am glad this new feature has been added to the site. Now we need discussion boards!

I agree Jeniffer Lopez has a big bum, but that doesn't make her a BBW. I don't think Jennifer Lopez is or should be considered a BBW. Did you see the abs and body on that woman before she had her twins? There is no way that body can be called a body of a BBW.

What was said about Marilyn to me seems something that all BBWs have in common... sensuality... yes we are very much so, and when the realisation hits, as it has me this week, that we are indeed BEAUTIFUL then that sensuality has I feel permission from us to come out in its full glory. I have learnt this week that it is ok to give myself permission to be who I am and enjoy that person rather than try to be who society wants me to be.... Thanks for starting this blog it is encouraging and a place that we can encourage each other as well

what about the hilarious Dawn French , I love watching her in The Vicar of Dibley episodes

Seeing that the list could not be all inclusive, I find that all 10 women are BBW and amazing, definitely inspiring in so many ways. I love the idea of a blog here. Looking foward for more :)

  • Kaz
  • 21-Aug-08 17:36

Size 12?? a BBW????

Totaly agree that Dawn French should be on the list - she is stunning!

  • jana
  • 21-Aug-08 18:53

I agree with Kaz...size 12...far from a real BBW.Tho must say Lov the idea of a Blog on here.Good to read what others think...and share ones thoughths...AWESOME

whos the female in the main pic of big cupid she is hot lol

At the risk of sounding a tad negative - I wouldn't class Serena Williams as a BBW either and nor Oprah. Yes one is a great sportsperson and the other a talk show host and more but I wouldn't say they were BBW's. If the idea is that we should be proud of our size and curves and be confident in ourselves, then why the yo-yo dieting that Oprah goes through. Forget it!! Be the best person that you can be and be proud of who you are. Look and feel great in your own minds eye and who cares what others think you should look like or a mould that you should fit into according to them. Yes to Dawn french. How about Maggie Taberer the fashion guru(or was). She's tall and stunning and a bbw.

Seriously - you consider Marilyn Monroe, Serena Williams and Jennifer Lopez as BBW? C'mon, get real! It's false labelling like this that causes so many problems in our society today - to say that Marilyn Monroe (who was an Aust size 16) is BBW is ludicrous. Maybe if she was a 26 I'd agree with you. It's taking an average, normal size like Marilyn's, and labelling it as something "abnormal" is helping create both the plethora of young women with eating disorders AND

oops - sorry - hit "post by mistake. Anyway ... AND it's contributing to the low self-esteem of most, if not all, BBW and BHM everywhere.

hello all. i'm new to this site and its great to see so many ppl with such a positive attitude towards BBWs and BHMs. however, i read most of ur comments and although i agree wid a lot of u i'm afraid to say the only factor causing a self esteem problem for BBWs and BHMs is Megan's comment. look forward to hearing ur comments.

I agree a size 12 is not a BBW, that is more of the average womans size, I am a SSBBW, I wear a size 26 and I can look great when I go out. Self confidence helps, but the media needs to get real. Size 12 or 14 are considered the average size for the woman today. A BBW is larger than a size 12 or 14. I know that the plus size clothing catalogs classify a size 14 as plus, that is just crazy. J-Lo and Serena Williams and Oprah are not BBW's in my book. They are average sized women. The world needs to realize that there are more Big Beautiful Women than the size 0 models that are pushed in most of the clothing lines and TV ads.

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