Size-22 Model Tess Holliday Lands The Cover Of People Magazine
Tess Holliday, the size-22 model who set a whole new precedent for plus-size models worldwide by signing with a major modeling agency, has done it again.
After leaving school, I went to many discouraging auditions where I was told I was too short (5-foot-5) and too fat (size 22) to be a model. Thanks to the power of the Internet, I was able to create my own destiny. 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. Soon I was on my way. My photos led to real jobs.
With over 725,000 Instagram followers, Holliday has definitely created a name for herself, garnering the attention of brands like Torrid (who recently partnered with Rebel Wilson for a new collection) and Benefit.
Hopefully, one day, it won't be this surprising to see a woman of her size on newsstands, billboards, online ads, movies, and TV shows — it'll just be the norm.