Chanel’s Runway Featured A Plus-Size Model For The First Time In 10 Years

BY Krishna Sunilkumar / Mar 5 2020 / 15:22 PM

Jill Kortleve has been making waves at Paris Fashion Week

Chanel’s Runway Featured A Plus-Size Model For The First Time In 10 Years

The future of body representation on the catwalk is here. In what might be a historic moment for Chanel, Virginie Viard’s Autumn/Winter show included 26-year-old Jill Kortleve. Kortleve is the first plus-size model to walk for Chanel in over a decade, since Crystal Renn. The Dutch model took to Instagram to express her appreciation for Chanel and shared her experience in heartfelt words.

Kortleve has been making appearances at a number of major shows recently, including Alexander McQueen, Valentino and Fendi. Alongside fellow plus-size model Paloma Essler, she is at the forefront of a movement to change the way women are represented on the runway.

Body diversity is a topic of much debate, especially in regards to the term ‘plus-size’. Pioneer model and activist Ashley Graham is among the people who believe the terminology should be updated to reflect current views. Chanel’s move suggests that change is on the horizon, and for the better.


Lead image courtesy of Chanel.com.