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Just Curvy Crush: Marquita Pring

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This week we’re crushing on the beautiful Marquita Pring!

Whilst you may not have heard of her before, we’re about to clue you in on everything you need to know about our latest Curvy Crush.

Originally from New York, Marquita has been modelling from the age of 15, when she was told she had what it took to be a plus-size model. Since then, she’s gone around the world, taking part in shoots for Vogue Italia and even strutting the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier at Paris Fashion Week - Talk about accomplishments!

But Marquita’s not content with just jetting around the world and modelling for the best designers, oh no, she’s also a part of ALDA, a group of plus-sized models who aim to encourage meaningful change when it comes to the perception of women in the modelling industry (another of our Just Curvy Crushes, Ashley Graham, is also part of the movement).

Recently taking part in a project called ‘Real Love’ by Jeff An and Paul Warren, the idea was to take pictures of the group to illustrate their beauty first and shape second. Speaking on the photos, Marquita told Elle: “I hope that people will see these photos and realize that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes,” - Something that Marquita herself definitely proves!

But it wasn’t ALDA that kick-started Marquita’s body positive views, even before forming the plus-size power group Marquita was all about body positivity. In an interview with Fashionista in 2011, she spoke on how she didn’t like the term plus-size because she felt as though it had negative connotations and that she prefers to use curvy, proving we’re not the only ones who love the term!

One of the most famous models in the plus-size industry, we love Marquita for her fashion forward shots and body positive views. Check her out on Instagram to see what she’s up to and follow us while you’re at it!