From Mom to Role Model: 6 Things to Know About Plus-Size Fashion Star Tess …

22 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

From Mom to Role Model: 6 Things to Know About Plus-Size Fashion Star Tess Holliday.

Tess Holliday is a size-22 social media star who’s taken the fashion world by storm. The 29-year-old, who’s the first woman of her size to land a contract with a prominent modeling agency, appeared on the Today show Thursday morning to speak about the shoot. “I asked her to dig it out for me and then I cried,” she said. “I wanted it to happen for a long time.

This was definitely a wildest dreams moment for me.” Holliday, who’s mom to a 9-year-old son, went on to say that when she first got the call about the contract, she thought the woman on the other end of the line had the wrong number. “I think for me it’s all about accepting yourself the way you are now and loving the way you are today,” Holliday said. “I had a lot of people around me that were supportive [of me]… but I just knew life could be better if I put myself out there.” As for the critics who say her size-22 body might be sending the wrong message regarding health, Holliday has an answer for you. “Health is so personal for everybody. One of the world’s top plus-size models, Holliday, 29, is also a body-positive activist who created the popular movement #effyourbeautystandards to promote acceptance and inclusion of all body types. My career’s amazing, but it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have pushed myself as hard as I have.” “I had been interested in makeup forever,” she says. “My mom had bought me Kevyn Aucoin books when I was 13 and it changed my life. I started posting photos of myself in my underwear, then in bathing suits and other clothes that I liked but weren’t considered suitable for large and curvy women. While modeling is my career and my family is vitally important to me, I have this passion inside of me to help other women feel confident and comfortable in their bodies, regardless of their size or what society tells them is beautiful.

They tell me how my being willing to be out there and tackle the unrealistic notions that our society has of beauty has changed their lives – sometimes has saved their lives.

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