It is common knowledge that variety is the spice of life. So the world exists with a mixture of individuals and personalities irrespective of their age, gender, complexion, religious beliefs and of course, sizes.

This means that a world without the plus-sized most likely will not exist. The plus-size folks make the world complete. That is how important you are to the continuity of the world. Plus-sized women are making an impact in various industries all around the world.and you can be one of them too,

Now, you should know that your body size is neither a hindrance nor an excuse for failure. You can be the best among the rest, regardless of your size.

Here is a list of industries where plus-sized women are holding their game tight:

  1. The Media:

Having been in existence for several decades, its operators have always been renowned for its remarkable impact on the lives of many. Comprising of both broadcast and print, the media industry is one where the female folks are not left out, especially the plus-sized women. Here, we have the likes of Oprah Winfrey, the famous philanthropist, and media mogul; Tolu Oniru, one of Nigeria’s celebrated On-Air Personality and talk show host; Dami Elebe, radio presenter of the Beat FM in Lagos Nigeria; Omotunde Adebowale, popularly called Lolo, the award-winning radio presenter. We also have plus-sized bloggers like Callie Thorpe, Hayley Hall, and Lauren Nicole to mention but a few.

  • The Fashion:

In recent times, plus-sized women have stormed this industry with so much confidence and tenacity that they have carved a niche for themselves. They are not just excelling here but have risen to the professional level that they have now been categorized as plus-sized models. Some of them are Monif Clarke, an award-winning fashion designer; Tess Holiday, a most wanted runway model, and the likes of Kate Wasley, Seffi Karina, Simon Charles, and Nigeria’s Ene Vivien Adaeze.

  • The Entertainment industry:

Famous for her role in the comedy series, The Parkers, Monique has been in the movie industry for donkey years. Queen Latifah is another fantastic artist, songwriter, and musician who remains evergreen. We also have female Disc Jockey (DJ) by name Olawunmi Okerayi (often referred to as DJ Lamborghini). Nollywood has the likes of Adaora Ukoh, Ronke Odunsaya, Eniola Badmus, Rita Edochie, Jaiye Kuti, to mention but a few. Some famous singers and songwriters are Teni Apata, popularly called Teni the Entertainer, WunmiObe, and the evergreen Amazon Onyeka Onwenu. Stunning artist and Nigeria’s favourite entertainer, Chioma Omeruah also known as  Chigul who is taking the entertainment industry to another level.

  • Banking and Finance:

It is no longer news that a lot of plus-sized folks dominate this industry, both male and female. A few of the plus-sized women making the rules here are an internationally acclaimed global influencer, Okonjo-Iweala, who has served as the Minister of Finance for two terms in Nigeria. She has also been ranked as Forbes Most Powerful Woman in the world, even making the list of 50 Greatest World Leaders. And yes, she is plus-sized.

We have Arunma Oteh too, a board member of Ecobank who was once a treasurer in the World Bank, as well as Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria.

  • Politics and Government:

The female folks are not left out in leadership; they are doing all they can to make a significant impact in the lives of their citizens and not just leaving it for the men. Typically examples of plus-sized women in politics are ObyEzekwesili who has made a remarkable impact during her time as the Minister of Education and through her outreach as a Human rights activist. In 2019 she was a Presidential aspirant of one of the political parties in her country.

Abike Dabiri is also a plus-sized woman who is a renowned Journalist and former member of the Nigerian House of Representatives. Later, she was appointed as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, as a result of her efforts and contributions in Nigerian politics.

Now, these industries have always been in existence; but as it stands, without these plus-sized women they would be incomplete. And these women are not just members of these industries. They are thriving, ruling, excelling and doing the best they can for the society.

In reality, you have no excuse not to excel wherever you find yourself. And regardless of whatever you are doing, your size poses no hindrance. So raise your shoulders high; make your mark, and keep shining your light because that’s what you were born to do!

Photo: Adaora Ukoh

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