Tess Holliday blasts curvy models who condemn the term ‘plus-size’ in a new interview, and though she doesn’t call her by name, it’s clear that she’s talking about Ashley Graham. Check out the new shade!
Tess Holliday, 32, seemingly disses Ashley Graham, 30, calling her actions “insulting” in a Nov. 20 interview with PAPER magazine! “If someone googles ‘model’ they’re going to see Bella Hadid, or Gigi. If they google ‘plus-size model’ they’re going to see me. I think it’s incredibly frustrating that all these women capitalize off a marginalized group and when they become famous they are too good for it,” Tess explains to the mag.
“One of them was just in a Lane Bryant campaign,” she adds, and we can’t help but think she’s referring to Ashley, who serves as the primary face of the brand — and who “famously denounced the term ‘plus-size,'” as the magazine points out. (Lane Bryant models Candice Huffine and Denise Bidot have also condemned the term, and Tess has countered that view before — see the tweet below.) Check out more photos of Ashley Graham here.
“How can you build your career from taking money from plus-size women and then turn around and say the term’s not good enough for you? I don’t want to be called ‘curvy sexy-licious,’ that’s ridiculous. It’s insulting! We can’t even be who we are,” Tess declares. “I get the whole ‘not being into labels,’ but it’s for a plus-size woman being like “I’m plus-size, she’s plus-size, I’m fat, she’s fat.” It’s not a hate-term, it’s how I describe my body.” There you have it!
Find it interesting that Plus Size models don't want to be called "plus size" but don't mind taking a check from a PLUS SIZE company.
— Tess Holliday 🥀 (@Tess_Holliday) October 26, 2015
HollywoodLifers, do you think Tess was throwing shade at Ashley? Or was she talking about a different model? Sound off in the comments!