Paloma Elsesser

Paloma Kai Shockley Elsesser[2] (born April 12, 1992) is an American plus-size model.

Paloma Elsesser
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Elsesser in April 2020
Paloma Kai Shockley Elsesser

(1992-04-12) April 12, 1992 (age 29)
  • United States
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
RelativesSage Elsesser
Modeling information
Height5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
AgencyIMG Models (New York, Paris, Milan, London, Sydney)[1]

Early lifeEdit

Elsesser was born in London, England to an African-American mother and a father of Chilean-Swiss descent.[3][4] She was raised in Los Angeles, California and moved to New York City, New York in 2010, to attend The New School to study psychology and literature.[5][6] Her sibling, Ama, is also an actor and model signed to IMG.


Elsesser was discovered on Instagram by makeup artist Pat McGrath.[7]

She has modeled for Nike, Inc., Fenty Beauty, Proenza Schouler, and Mercedes-Benz.[8][9][10][11] She has appeared in editorials for fashion magazines such as American Vogue, Vogue España, Teen Vogue, Elle, W, Wonderland Magazine, and Glamour.[12][13][14][15][16]

In 2018, Elsesser appeared on the cover of British Vogue's April issue with Fran Summers, Radhika Nair, Adut Akech, Faretta, Selena Forrest, Halima Aden, Vittoria Ceretti, and Yoon Young Bae.[17] In 2019, Elsesser made her screen acting debut in the Safdie brothers' Uncut Gems.[18]

Elsesser appeared on a cover of Vogue in its January 2021 issue.[19]


  1. ^ "Paloma Elsesser - Model".
  2. ^ "Paloma Elsesser". Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  3. ^ "A conversation with Paloma Elsesser". 23 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Meet Paloma Elsesser: The New-School Beauty Icon We've Been Waiting for".
  5. ^ Dash, Kristie (26 May 2016). "Paloma Elsesser on Being "Plus-Size," "Not Black Enough," and Pat McGrath's Instagram Muse". Allure.
  6. ^ "How Paloma Elsesser Redefined Beauty". 26 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Paloma Elsesser". Office Magazine. 15 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Proenza Schouler - Fall 2017 Campaign".
  9. ^ "A conversation with Paloma Elsesser". 23 October 2017.
  10. ^ Dazed (26 February 2018). "Watch Paloma Elsesser journey through a dramatic volcanic landscape".
  11. ^ "How Model Paloma Elsesser Uses Instagram To Talk About Everything From Fashion and Cars to Body Image and Mental Health".
  12. ^ "The Great Beauty Shake-Up (American Vogue)".
  13. ^ Professionals., Susie Sobol, Nails by Maki Sakamoto, Julia Noni, Ariana Marsh, Melanie Mignucci, Tina Ferraro, Brian Guiducci, Felicia Garcia-Rivera, Tamara McNaughton using Wella (23 August 2017). "We're Calling It Now — These Are the Future ICONS You Need to Know".
  14. ^ "Best of the Next: Paloma Elsesser - Wonderland Magazine". 5 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Pat McGrath Muse Paloma Elsesser Is Your New Beauty #Goals". 14 October 2016.
  16. ^ Glamour (9 March 2017). "39 Game Changers Who Are Redefining "American Beauty"".
  17. ^ Enninful, Edward (March 30, 2018). "9 Trailblazing Models Cover May Vogue". British Vogue. Condé Nast.
  18. ^ Munzenrieder, Kyle (September 24, 2019). "What is Adam Sandler's Uncut Gems Even About?". W. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  19. ^ Okwodu, Janelle (December 14, 2020). "Role Model: How Paloma Elsesser Is Changing Fashion for the Better". Vogue. Condé Nast.

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