Major UK modeling agency Models1 (the Brit equivalent of Elite, which represents supes like Alessandra Ambrosio, Amber Valetta and Linda Evangelista) has united with plus-size agency Excel to form “excel-Models1,” the focus of which is to groom plus-size models specifically for high fashion and runway work. Models1 told British Vogue:

“It’s an exciting time for us. We’re working on building an amazing stable of curvy girls. We’ll be scouting in the UK, scouting international girls who’ve never worked in the UK – we want to create a really strong offering of plus-sized girls.”

This marks Models1 first serious venture into fostering the careers of quality plus-size women (like Ford, a historically straight-size agency with a strong plus board boasting Crystal Renn and Alyona Osmanova, among others). I know some of you out there might have a “What the hell took them so long?” reaction to this, but progress is progress…

Here’s hoping we see more “plus-size” women on the catwalk. By which we mean women who are 5’10” with endless legs and not necessarily a “loose 2.”