“Creating content to make the 14 yo me proud.”
Plus-size inspiration in the South Asian community can feel like a very limited space.
However, many South Asian plus-size influencers have been advocating for body positivity and plus-size inclusivity for years.
Whilst they may have gone underappreciated or under-recognised, these South Asian plus-size influencers are breaking barriers daily.
DESIblitz presents 20 South Asian plus-size influencers to check out and take inspiration from.
Sarennya Srimugayogum (@sarennya)
Plus-size model, influencer, and stylist, Sarennya is a role model in the plus-size fashion industry.
Her modelling talent has landed her on the cover of major publications including Allure, Vogue, and New York Magazine.
Sarennya’s Instagram page features artistic modelling shots and fashion posts where she is modelling swimwear, lingerie, and boho-chic outfits.
Nabela Noor (@nabela)
Nabela is a well-known Bangladeshi American plus-size influencer who started her career on YouTube and is now a popular TikToker, successful businessperson and author.
She has a following of over 2.4 million on Instagram and has inspired many of her followers who have followed her journey to this day.
Nabela’s work as a body-positive and plus-size role model and advocate has landed her on the front cover of various publications including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Teen Vogue.
She is a leading woman in the plus-size influencer industry and has paved the way for many others to follow in her footsteps.
Anu Kiraha (@anukiraha)
Anu is a Tamil plus-size, fashion, lifestyle, and travel influencer whose popularity and success have significantly increased since the introduction of TikTok.
She has a following of over 92.4k on TikTok and mainly uses this platform to show off her fashion looks, share personal stories, and interact with her followers.
Whilst her content mainly fits into the category of lifestyle, Anu does post fashion-related content.
She makes videos that include clothing try-on hauls and recommends and reviews clothes her followers should buy.
Sureka Visnhumoorthy (@thickthighsandbutterflies)
Sureka is a plus-size influencer and blogger from Toronto with a following of over 11.4k on Instagram.
Her Instagram bio states: “This is for the ones who didn’t see themselves anywhere growing up. It’s our time to shine.”
This bio captures exactly what Sureka is about as she is a proud body-positive and plus-sized South Asian woman who is unafraid to be a form of representation for others.
Sureka’s influencer work not only advocates for plus-sized South Asian women, but she is also a strong advocate for LGBTQ2IA+ rights and often posts resources for the community.
Sobia Ameen (@sobia93)
Bangladeshi plus-size model and social media influencer, Sobia Ameen is a fashion sensation and brilliant source of inspiration.
Her Instagram is abundant with pictures displaying her colourful style and love for traditional saris and other Indian garments.
She is a vocal body-positive advocate and has continually been making waves and breaking barriers in the fashion industry for plus-sized women.
She has modelled in campaigns for famous designers like Masaba Gupta and featured in publications like Grazia India and Vogue.
Chahat Pahwa (@chubbychhori)
Digital creator and plus-size fashion, beauty, and lifestyle influencer, Chahat is becoming a social media sensation.
Her Instagram exudes a positive and fun vibe, and she often posts pictures of her stylish outfits that she wears to events and in her daily life.
Chahat’s style can be described as colourful, eclectic, and chic and her outfit combinations are a wonderfully eclectic mix.
She often uses accessories and monochromatic colour schemes to create looks that are worth taking inspiration from.
Brynta Ponn (@brynstagram)
The body-positive content creator and plus-size fashion influencer, Brynta Ponn is an inspiration to many.
Brynta is a major advocate of body positivity and tries to share her positive and empowering messages with her followers by speaking at events like Bodcon which is focused on body confidence.
Her Instagram page is filled with body-positive posts and fashion inspiration that exude her chic style.
She also has her own YouTube channel and TikTok page where she posts clothing try-on hauls and beauty product reviews.
Dr Nafia Kaan (@docnafiakaan)
Nafia is a doctor, content creator and plus-size fashion influencer who has a significant following of over 82.4k on Instagram.
Though she is a doctor, Nafia posts fashion and beauty posts on her Instagram and shares styling tips with her followers.
She is a major fan of traditional Pakistani clothing and often posts videos styling different pieces from comfortable everyday fits to more extravagant Eid looks.
Amena Azeez (@amenaaazeez)
Amena is a fashion and body-positive content creator and influencer who also writes poetry, is a size-inclusive stylist, and is a freelance writer.
The multifaceted influencer creates stylish plus-sized looks using her stylist background which she uploads onto Instagram to inspire her followers.
She also uploads inspiring quotes and messages to her followers surrounding fashion inclusivity and body positivity which are also topics she avidly writes about.
Her fashion blog ‘Fashionopolis’ features some of her body-positive poetry and writing pieces that are a source of inspiration to many of her followers.
Sephra Anthony (@savagesephra)
Sephra is a New York-based plus-size model, influencer, and blogger with a following on Instagram of over 11.1k.
She is an advocate of body positivity and empowerment and uses Instagram to make her voice heard and show others that beauty comes in different shapes and sizes.
Sephra’s style can be described as a mixture of classy and boho-chic as she infuses bold colours into monochromatic looks to create a classy boho fusion.
Aarti Olivia Dubey (@curvesbecomeher)
Aarti is a writer, activist, and plus-size digital creator with a following of over 30.1k on Instagram.
Whilst Aarti does not post about fashion, their influencer vices are more concentrated on plus-size and queer activism.
Aarti’s posts on Instagram regarding plus-size inspiration are focused on advocating for body positivity and eradicating fatphobia.
Their work as a plus-size influencer is therefore focused through a more social frame as opposed to fashion which is still just as inspirational for many people.
Neelakshi Singh (@plumptopretty)
Neelakshi is a body-positive, plus-size influence and content creator who has been featured in publications like Grazia India and Femina India.
Her work as a plus-size influencer is exhibited throughout her social media platforms like Instagram where she consistently posts her outfit pictures and fashion reels.
In these posts, she includes tags and links to where her followers can find the clothing pieces she wears.
She even has a link in her bio where followers can find a collection of all her looks and where they can shop to find the pieces from each look.
Prableen Kaur Bhomrah (@prableenkaurbhomrah)
Prableen is a content creator and beauty, fashion, body positivity, and lifestyle influencer with over 282k followers on Instagram.
The fashion looks and outfit of the day posts on Instagram capture her fun and colourful style and show her followers how she has no barriers in wearing what she desires.
Not only is Prableen a fashionista but she is also an avid makeup lover and often posts pictures and videos trying out new makeup products ad reviewing them.
Neha Parulkar (@nehaparulkar)
Neha is a well-known plus-size model, speaker, and influencer within the industry with a following of over 49.8k on Instagram.
On Instagram, Neha is constantly posting pictures that express her commitment to plus-size representation.
As well as championing body positivity and plus-size representation online, Neha has hosted a popular Ted Talk about the topic that changed her life.
In her ted talk, Neha discusses how she wants to use her platform as a plus-size model and influencer to empower individuals from around the world.
Aashna Bhagwani (@aashna_bhagwani)
Aashna is a well-known plus-size fashion influencer with a following of over 230k on Instagram.
She has been featured in the Hindustan Times as a body-positive icon and included in Buzzfeed features highlighting her as someone to follow.
The influencer was even crowned the Cosmopolitan Body Love Influencer of 2021, a title which she proudly displays in her Instagram bio.
Aashna’s work as a plus-size influencer is truly inspirational and has certainly paved the way for increased plus-size representation across social media.
Tanvi Gheeta Ravishankar (@thechubbytwirler)
Tanvi is a digital creator and influencer who specialises in talking about and creating content surrounding lifestyle topics, body positivity, and plus-size fashion.
In her Instagram bio, she states that her goal is to end weight stigma and empower humans, a noble aspiration that many of her followers admire from her.
She was even nominated as the Cosmopolitan Body Love Influencer for two years running in 2022 and 2023.
Tanvi also has her own YouTube channel which is catered more towards the plus-size fashion aspect of her content creation as she posts clothing try-on hauls from varied brands and reviews.
Bishamber Das (@bishamberdas)
Plus-size model, lawyer, actress, and social media personality, Bishamber Das is certainly a role model for plus-size women around the world.
She has broken down barriers as Britain’s first Asian plus-size model, a title which she proudly displays in her Instagram bio.
She also set up her plus-size fashion brand named Girl Like Me, which was one of the first clothing brands in India to cater to the curvy and plus-size market.
Bishamber is an inspiration to many, and her social media channels reflect her tireless efforts.
Diksha Singhi (@alwaysalittleextra)
Diksha is a digital creator and plus-size influencer who creates body-confident content on Instagram where she has over 108K followers.
Her Instagram bio states “creating content to make the 14 yo me proud”, an aspiration she has certainly achieved.
Diksha also owns her plus-size clothing brand called ‘A Little Us’ which sells size-inclusive fashion and ships globally.
Diksha also links all her outfit pieces on Instagram from other brands and recommends size-inclusive brands to her followers.
Sakshi Sindwani (@stylemeupwithsakshi)
Sakshi is a content creator, model, and fashion influencer whose success and advocacy for size inclusivity have been inspirational.
In her Instagram bio, Sakshi describes herself as a stereotype smasher, a title which is proven by her activism and success in the industry.
She was even on the cover of India’s Forbes 30 under 30 list which included India’s brightest entrepreneurs and young innovators.
Swati Sucharita (@swati_such)
Swati is a content creator and plus-size model from India who may not be as well-known as other influencers, yet her content still works to inspire people.
Though Swati has a smaller following than other influencers, her modelling campaigns contribute to the strides made in South Asian plus-size representation.
Swati has modelled for a Nike Air Max campaign, By Kaveri Clothing, and Cult Sport India.
With her modelling presence ever-growing Swati is an inspiration for many plus-size models and her popularity is sure to grow.
Plus-size fashion is an area within the industry that often lacks representation.
However, these plus-size influencers are making waves in the fashion and influencer industry.
They offer real-life and truthful representations of plus-size women in separate ways and are strong advocates for increased visibility of plus-size women.
Their work so far is evidence that South Asian representation in the plus-size industry does exist and is certainly worth taking inspiration from.