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Issue 17 Out Now


La’Shaunae Steward a Black plus-size model and designer who has gained internet fame from trolls. Steward became the bud of a fat-shaming meme made from a post of hers. Shortly after it became a viral meme, Steward gained a mass following. Many, including myself, followed La’Shaunae for her fashion sense, music taste, humor, and most importantly her, bold self-expression amongst all of the hate.

Emman Montalvan-TEEN VOGUE

I’ve been following Steward since I was in middle school. A time where I felt insignificant and heavily relied on social media to escape my reality. I found La’Shaunae’s posts about a shared love for the artist Lil Ugly Mane and decided to follow her upon seeing various memes and outfits she would upload.

She became an inspiration for me. I related to Steward’s stories of being bullied for her weight, facing problems of my own with how I viewed my body, my father was my bully policing my weight. Leading me into an all-out effort to purge and shrink my body. Steward’s confidence and expression were surreal to me, constantly asking myself, How can I be like that. How could I stand up for myself and feel confident in my body?

The modeling industry needs Steward. She is vital for the representation of plus-size Black women, from her curated outfits to her plus-size shoe wear collaboration with Jefferey Campbell, Steward is a clear innovator.

La’Shaunae Steward is a model to look out for, with ambitions to be on the magazine covers where she and all plus-size Black models should have a place.


Ettachfini, Leila. “Meet La’Shaunae Steward, the Model You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere Soon.” VICE, VICE, 11 Sept. 2018,

Hardy, Alyssa. “Jeffrey Campbell’s Extended Size Shoe Collection Is Finally Here.” Teen Vogue, Teen Vogue, 19 June 2018,

Montalvan, Photography by Emman. “La’Shaunae Steward and Tess Holliday Break Down Why Fat Models Are So Important.” Teen Vogue, Teen Vogue, 26 Aug. 2019,

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