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Model, Activist and Actress. She is best known for her work as a plus-size model where she appeared in multiple editorials in fashion magazines

Plus-size model Kate Dillon-Levin talks about body acceptance and the necessity of having self-esteem- no matter what your size. Named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” she is also the founder of Echo, a nonprofit organization that develops programs in the arts for children. Kate Dillon started modeling and walking the Paris runways…

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Plus-size model Kate Dillon-Levin talks about body acceptance and the necessity of having self-esteem- no matter what your size. Named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” she is also the founder of Echo, a nonprofit organization that develops programs in the arts for children.

Kate Dillon started modeling and walking the Paris runways at age 16, landing such major campaigns as L’Oreal, Christian Dior and Missoni. Pegged to be the “New Cindy Crawford,” she was, however, anorexic and run-down from years of starving herself. Finally, she began eating normally and gaining weight- against the advice of clients and her manager, who wanted her 5’11” figure to stay a bony size six. At first, she tried to lose the pounds again, but then had a revelation that she was free to look however she wanted and did not have to conform to the modeling business’ standard of beauty.

Now a natural, healthy size 14, Dillon is taking the full-figure market by storm and not limiting beauty to what the scale says. One of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” she was named the 1998 “Model of the Year” by Mode magazine and has been featured on a Times Square billboard.

Called the “Curvy Comeback Kid” by Glamour magazine, she has appeared on several television spots, including The Maureen Boyle Show and Today, and has graced ads for Liz Claiborne, Gucci and Lane Bryant.

Dillon is also the founder of Echo, a nonprofit organization benefiting arts programs for children.

“We don’t have enough role models who used to be skinny but gained weight and said, ‘That’s okay.’ We’re all different; we all have different bodies – so let’s stop trying to make them all alike.” -Kate Dillon

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