What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! After taking the modeling world by storm, plus-sized stunner Tess Holliday’s grandmother has revealed details about the abusive past that helped her achieve her dreams in a shocking new interview.
Regardless of her size-22 frame, the modeling career of Tess Holliday, 29, has skyrocketed this past year, landing her on a number of magazine covers and with more job opportunities than ever before. Prior to inking a major deal with MiLK Model Management, Tess endured emotional abuse from her peers, the heartbreak of her mother getting shot and having a kid at a young age. Read on to see what Tess’ grandma, Carolyn Tadlock had to say about her secret past!
Tess Holliday: Bullied, Mother Shot & Was A Young Mom — Grandma Reveals All
“[Tess has] done so well for herself and it’s taken her a lot of struggle to get there. She had a hard time as a kid. She’s been through a lot,” Carolyn told The Daily Mail. “A lot” might be a bit of an understatement.
Born Ryann Hoven in Laurel, Mississippi, the future sex symbol was raised in a trailer park and felt “socially isolated” by her peers and eventually became a high school dropout. Before quitting her education, the Southerner was forced to witness her mom be shot in the head twice by a man she dated after divorcing Tess’ father in 1994. Tess’ mother lived and is now paralyzed.
“The kids weren’t there when it happened. They were with their Daddy,” Carolyn explained. “He came into the bathroom and he shot her once in the back of the neck. She didn’t fall down and so he shot her again and she fell down then, into the bath. Ryann was just nine when it happened. We moved [Tess’ mom] and the children into a trailer in our back yard here and they stayed there for six or seven years.”
That’s when Tess turned to food for comfort and started to gain a significant amount of weight. “You either find some way to deal with it or you let it destroy you,” the brunette beauty told Buzzfeed earlier this year about her way of coping. “I chose emotional eating. It wasn’t the best way, but it was all I knew at the time.”
Then at 20 years old, Tess gave birth to a son named Riley, now 9. Becoming a mother inspired Tess to carve out a better life for her and her child. “Having him pushed me to fight for what I wanted even more,” she has admitted. Next, in 2010, she moved to LA to begin her modeling career — and the rest is history!
“To us it’s unreal what she’s made of herself. It’s phenomenal. We’re proud of her,” Carolyn adds. Ditto, granny!
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— Evan Real