As plus-size models have become more visible over the past few years, several have branched out from modeling into designing—especially lingerie. Ashley Graham first partnered with retailer Addition Elle for her lingerie collaboration way back in 2013, but lately, she’s been joined by others. Big-breasted ladies know how hard it is to find a bra above a C cup that’s not beige, or to find an E cup or larger at all. And of course, we’re all about finding plus-size options for undies, negligees, and other sexy little things. Here are some of our fave plus models who moonlight as lingerie designers.
Supermodel Ashley Graham has been designing lingerie with Addition Elle for five years now. Her collection offers bras, briefs, thongs, and babydolls in bright colors like turquoise, violet, and hot pink, along with more traditional black, white, and blush. This collection has by far the most color and style options of the four, with a surprising level of detailing (lace, ties, cutouts, bows, mesh and more) for the price point. DD - H cups, starting around $25 for briefs and $30 for bras, additionelle.com.
Amber Tolliver, best known for her famously unretouched Aerie Real campaigns, launched her own line of bras, briefs, and thongs in early 2018. Tolliver started the line because she couldn’t find bras in her size (32E) and successfully funded it on Kickstarter. The look is luxe and simple, featuring sheer and lace detailing and three color options: black, blush, and midnight. And the fabric was specifically chosen to combat boob sweat. C - H cups, averaging around $45 for briefs and $85 for bras, liberteny.com.
Blogger Gabi Gregg, aka GabiFresh, is taking over the design world. Her lingerie collaboration with Playful Promises, launched in 2017, follows her swimsuit collaborations with Swimsuits For All and a clothing line, Premme, co-designed with Nicolette Mason. Available in black or dark red, this lingerie collection is sexy AF, with fishnet detailing and bondage-style halters on many of the pieces. There’s also a sheer robe and satin pjs for a glamorous lounging look. Plus, it has the most inclusive size range. B - I cups, starting around $20 for briefs and $39 for bras, playfulpromises.com.
In 2017, Candice Huffine teamed up with Fortnight Lingerie for a 12-piece capsule collection that uses leopard as a neutral. Yes, every piece is leopard print! This line has a retro vibe, with structured longline bras and high-waisted briefs as well as a slip and a bodysuit. Think Joan Holloway from Mad Men crossed with a Real Housewife—in the best way. However, this collection had the highest price point and the least inclusive size range, with E, F, and G cups available only in select band sizes. B - G cups, starting at $52 for briefs and $110 for bras, fortnightlingerie.com.
This article originally appeared in the February/March 2018 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!
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