Hunter McGrady has not always benefited from her own no-judgment approach to people of all shapes and sizes. Before she became a plus-size model in her early 20s, she succumbed to industry pressure to be thin, at times starving herself to a level that scared her.

Now McGrady, 26, has the kind of career most fashion models would trade their most comely Instagram shots for, including a sexy spread in this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. But besides a soaring career and the admiration of leagues of body-positivity supporters, McGrady's embrace of her size 16 figure has won her an

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