When you think of a model, you probably picture a twiggy, alien-like creature who subsists mainly on a diet of nicotine and Tab. But we appreciate the female form in its many different shapes and sizes, from trim to voluptuous. So we decided to lavish some attention on the unsung sister to the runway waif, the plus-size model.

The full-figured females in the gallery below aren't all as famous as the Kate Mosses of the world, but they do have one thing in common: They get our blood pumping with their dangerous curves. Check out our shapely slideshow as we count down the hottest BBWs.

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BBW -- 15 Hottest Plus-Size Models

    15. Barbara Brickner is one of the biggest names in plus-size modeling, with a 10+ year career that's as healthy as her physique.

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    14. Ireland's Charlotte Coyle models for goth-y plus-size mainstay Torrid, and hosted a U.K. reality show in 2006 called Fat Beauty Contest.

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    13. Brazilian Fluvia Lucerda shows that her country has the stronghold on hot models of all sizes.

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    12. Johanna Dray of France busted into notoriously thin high fashion by appearing in John Galliano's "Everybody is Beautiful" show and subsequent French Vogue editorial.

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    11. Up-and-comer Justine Legault hails from Canada, where they apparently loll about the bedroom without any clothing.

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    10. You only need one name when you're as stunning as Canadian model Liis.

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    9. Once anorexic, Crystal Renn scored layouts in Vogue's U.S., Italian, French and German editions after going plus-size. The smoking Renn has even been on "Oprah," where she discussed body issues.

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    8. Natalie Laughlin was the first plus-size model to be on a billboard in Times Square -- she consequently earned four more.

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    7. Christina Schmidt played a plus-size model on "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Fans liked her so much she was signed by Wilhelmina.

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    6. 21-year-old Whitney Thompson.

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