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  1. Does anybody know of any plus sized actresses or famous women from the 1920s or any era pre 1960s. I’m looking for one who would be at least a size 16 in modern day clothing. Just trying to find some inspiration. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Here are a few possibilities: Hattie Mcdaniel, Marie Dressler, Libby Taylor, Roscoe Arbuckle, Gertrude Howard, and Mae West (she is not quite plus, but curvy for sure.) Many teens and early twenties actresses were curvy as well- when a full figure was in- but I am not sure if they would count as a modern size 16.

    • Sophie Tucker (Last of the Red Hot Mamas) is a great example! She’s a bit earlier, but she still was active in the 20s and carries the style well. Also, check some of the early era Jazz singers — Bessie Smith, etc. Many of these ladies were ’round’ and wear it well!