'Plus size' model walks the Chanel runway for the first time in 10 years

Body-positive advocates are pushing for greater representation on fashion runways — and some brands are listening.

Chanel ended Paris Fashion Week by featuring a plus-size model in their runway show for the first time in nearly a decade. The model, Jill Kortleve, celebrated the barrier-breaking moment with a sweet and excited Instagram post.

"I can't believe this just happened," she wrote. "To end this fashion month, I walked my first fashion show for @chanelofficial. I'm so thankful for this moment to happen and for everybody who made this happen; There's a much needed change happening on the runway and I'm proud and feel grateful to be a part of it."

The Dutch-born model shared a photo of herself and two videos of the runway walk. She wore a glamorous black velvet jacket and pearl-detailed trousers.

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PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Jill Kortleve walks the runway during the Alexander McQueen show as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on March 02, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Jill Kortleve walks the runway during the Alexander McQueen as part of Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on March 02, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Jill Kortleve walks the runway during the Michael Kors FW 2020 fashion show at the American Stock Exchange on February 12, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Peter White/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 18: Jill Kortleve walks the runway during the Jacquemus Menswear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 18, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 18: Jill Kortleve walks the runway during the Jacquemus Menswear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 18, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: Jill Kortleve walks the runway during the Alexander McQueen Womenswear Spring/Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 30, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: Jill Kortleve walks the runway during the Alexander McQueen Womenswear Spring/Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 30, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: Jill Kortleve walks the runway during the Alexander McQueen Womenswear Spring/Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 30, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Model Jill Kortleve wears a black leather vest, cream top, white zebra print track shorts, black Prada boots, a black backpack, a black rolling suitcase, and the feather handpainted makeup by Thomas de Kluyver after the Simone Rocha show during London Fashion Week September 2019 on September 15, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Jill Kortleve walks the runway during the Alexander McQueen show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 on March 04, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)
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"I truly hope that in the future I get to see and work with many more models who used to not fit the briefing," Kortleve continued. "This whole month has been a dream and I never expected that it was even possible for me to walk on the runway, let alone be included in the amazing shows this season. Thank you. My heart is filled with gratitude and love."

The last time a plus-size model walked the Chanel runway was in 2010 when model Crystal Renn appeared in the brand's "Cruise 2011" show.

Kortleve also appeared on the runway in Milan in February when Fendi cast plus-size models for the first time in the prestigious fashion house's history. On the Fendi runway, Kortleve was joined by fellow plus-size model Paloma Elsesser.

Throughout fashion month — which began in February and includes shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris — Kortleve also appeared on runways for Alexander McQueen and Valentino.

On Instagram, fans and followers filled Kortleve's comments with messages of support.

"Insane! I'm so proud of you!" wrote model Felicity Hayward, who boycotted London Fashion Week over the lack of body diversity.

"Yesss much needed change!!! On fire Jill" added model Alessandra Garcia.

Even though the runway shows that make up fashion month have come to an end, we're sure to be seeing much more of Kortleve: Ashort video posted to her Instagram story showed her apparently getting ready to appear for a shoot for Vogue Japan.  

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