Her name is Tess Holiday, formerly Tess Munster (she’s engaged to be married to her photographer boyfriend whom she met while starting her modeling career online) formerly Tess Ryann. She’s a 29-year old, plus size model, who has just been signed to a major modeling agency. She’s the first model of her size to go mainstream. At 5’5 and a size 22, Holiday is the VERY first Plus Size Model to actually look Plus Size. Most of the models under the “curve” section of MiLK Model Management, the agency to sign Tess, are at least 5’9” and at most a size 14/16.
Tess always wanted to model, but at a model scout event in Mississippi, then teenage Tess was told she was too fat and too short to ever model. In fact, she may be fierce in her self confidence now, but Tess was so brutally bullied in High School that she dropped out.
She didn’t let the nay-sayers get her down and Tess’ first break was as the face of the TV Docuseries called “Heavy”. From there she started modeling clothes for Plus Size designers all the while promoting herself through Instagram, where she even started a hashtag/body acceptance movement called #effyourbeautystandards where Tess is able to communicate with her fans and other plus size women (plus size is defined as anyone over a size 10) in a hopes to promote loving yourself no matter your size. She’s built her platform and fame on self acceptance and self love.
At a size 22, Tess not high fashion’s ideal of “beautiful” and yet here she is, breaking down walls and stereotypes and not apologizing for her size to anyone.
She’s a business owner, a mother, a daughter, a fiancee and a model and she shares every bit of her life with her fans, from the bad days with the mean comments to the happiest days of her life like becoming engaged to Nick Holliday and being signed to MiLK all on her Instagram and Facebook Page.
“It doesn’t feel like it’s me. Every time I have a big thing happen in my career, it’s an out of body experience,” Holliday said. “I’m always still that 13-year-old girl in Mississippi who people told I wasn’t good enough. I never could have imagined that I could be here.”Holliday told E!
In an interview with Huffington Post she said ““It wasn’t really until I would say the past year that I fully kind of understood what it was like to actually, you know, love your body and accept yourself. But it’s a journey that I’ve been struggling with since I was a child.”
She hopes to change the world, one picture, one modeling gig, one mind at a time that big can be beautiful and that we should stop bullying those who are different.
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