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Precious Lee

Model & Actor

The actress, model and advocate for race and size diversity in fashion has claimed space for bodies of all types in the industry and on the runway, working with brands including Versace, Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs.


Precious Lee is a model, actress, writer and fierce advocate for race and size diversity across fashion. Lee took curve models from catalogues to the runway, walking for the likes of Versace, Balmain and Moschino and in the process carving out a space for bodies of all types in high fashion. She became the first Black, curve model to appear in American Vogue in 2015.

Lee’s modelling career began when she attended an open call in her hometown of Atlanta at age 18. Even then, she had a clear picture of what she wanted to do: make it in fashion as a Black, darker-skinned size 14 to normalise diversity in the industry, challenge ideas of what a model should look like and help others see themselves in the space. She signed with Ford Models and moved to New York right after graduating from college. She is now represented by IMG Models. 

She’s appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Italia and British Vogue, and appeared in the pages of Essence, Paper Magazine and M Le Monde. Lee has worked with some of fashion’s most notable photographers including Steven Meisel , Cass Bird and Juergen Teller , and booked high calibre campaigns with Versace, Area, Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs . She created a capsule collection with lingerie brand Fleur du Mal in 2019. Lee made her Met Gala debut in Area Couture in 2021.

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