Tess is slamming modeling stereotypes and showing that every body is beautiful! The size 22 mom is the first plus-size model to land a major contract with a top modeling agency, while also proving that beauty has no boundaries.
Plus-size model Tess Holliday let nothing stop her when achieving her modeling dream. Despite being told she wasn’t the right weight throughout her life, Tess scored a contract with MiLK Model Management, making her the first woman of her size to be signed to an elite agency. Congrats, Tess — you’re such an inspiration to all!
Tess Holliday: Plus-Size Model Scores Major Contract With MiLK Model Management
The 29-year-old Mississippi native was told “no” throughout her life, but refused to let anyone tell her she couldn’t be a model. When traveling to casting calls throughout the country, Tess was often told she was too short or too heavy. While Tess is 5’5 and a size 22, most plus-size models stand 5’8 and are between a size 8 and 16. Now, Tess is slamming those standards!
“I feel like it’s breaking ground. This is a milestone,” Tess tells the The New York Daily News. “I never could have imagined that I could be here.”
The UK modeling agency discovered Tess from her popular Instagram account, and noted that she’s an important role model to women.
“I think we’re the only agency with a model of her size. She is by far the largest model I have in the (Curves) division,” Anna Shillinglaw, the owner and director of MiLk Model Management said to the mag.
Tess Holliday’s Social Media Campaign
Tess created social media campaign #EffYourBeautyStandards encouraging women to celebrate their bodies, no matter their shape or size.
“Everybody deserves to be happy, but for some reason the fact that I happen to be plus-size and happy seems to bother people. It’s odd really,” Tess says of her campaign.
In Tess’ own words, this is a “milestone” in the fashion and beauty world, and an inspiration to all. Way to go, Tess! We look forward to seeing her next big move.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you inspired by Tess’ story? Let us know!
— Julianne Ishler