Plus-size model gets contract and starts a beauty movement

Plus-size model starts a movement
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Plus-size model gets contract and starts a beauty movement
Tess Holliday is being hailed as the first woman of her size to be signed by a mainstream modeling agency.
More press 💅💕 I'm still in awe- thank you to all of my faithful followers for supporting me the past few years and the new ones too! My success is proof that change is here for all of us! So #FUCKyourbeautystandards 🙌👊💥 (photo by @danabrushette) #TessMunster #TessHolliday #plussize #MeetMiLK #MiLKsGotTalent #MiLKcurve"
Today was magical ✨ #behindthescenes with @adam_wallacavage for @jlbeaverton @tarinatarantino #wonderland #TessHolliday #plussizemodel
I can finally share my big news!!! I'm now represented by @milkmodelmanagement in London 🇬🇧 I'm the first plus size model EVER (I die) my size & height to be signed to a major agency in the 🌍! 😭 "Super excited to announce we're now representing Tess Holliday, plus-size model/blogger... Watch this space @tessholliday 👸👸👸👸👸 #TessMunster #TessHolliday #plussize #MeetMiLK #MiLKsGotTalent #MiLKcurve"
My boo @priscillaono did my makeup for the first time & #SLAY 🙌😭 Top by @dominodollhouse Use TESSWNT to get 10% off @dominodollhouse #makeupbypriscillaono
“Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” 💎✨ #DollyParton
Shooting for @dominodollhouse today... This dress is just 🙌 🔥#moveoverangelinajolie #bts #tessmunster #plussizemodel
Behind the scenes with @steadyclothing today & I have a special announcement: Here is a sneak peak of the "Tess" signature dress for the @steadyclothing Spring 2015 line 💕 Stay tuned!! #steadyclothing #rocksteady #rocksteadyclothing #tessholliday #plussizemodel
This was taken yesterday after hiking in the #Buderim rainforest in Australia. It was tough for me because a) I wasn't prepared & had a bikini & #aldo sandals which wasn't the best outfit (but I looked hot TBH) & b) even though I'm active it was a strenuous hike! However I pushed myself because I'm stubborn & never quit. Don't let your size limit you on missing out on the wonders the world has for you. This has ZERO to do with health & all to do with believing in yourself 🌍👊✨ #effyourbeautystandards
💪Welcome to the gun show 😎 #mooloolaba
Got ready in a record 30 mins for an impromptu date last night 💋 miracles happen😂 necklace by @honeybgold 💦
I hope this makes you realize that it's okay to be yourself, even if you happen to exist in a fat body. I'm sexy, confident & give no fucks. Also, fuck anyone for saying otherwise. Photo (unedited) shot by @themanuc Hair by @hisvintagetouch MUA @valentinaazulxo Stylist @styledbyreah #effyourbeautystandards
casual #newyearseve, & I ain't mad at it #sashayaway2014 🌸🌺🌸
Spending my entire vacation in a bikini✔️ Not giving a fuck ✔️ #effyourbeautystandards
A lot of who have been asking if I was married yet, & the answer is no. I changed my name because my career is moving in a different direction & I wanted my name to reflect that. When I do get hitched- you will know it! 💍✨ #alwaysbeTessMunstertho

There's a new model the fashion industry is celebrating. She's unapologetic about her looks, she shows skin and she's a size 22.

MiLK Model Management announced Thursday via Instagram it signed 29-year-old Tess Holliday to a modeling contract, and Plus Model Magazine immediately hailed Holliday "the first plus size model of her size (22) and height (5'5″) to be signed to a [mainstream] agency."

Perhaps appropriately, the modeling agency's owner told New York Daily News she first noticed Holliday on Instagram where the L.A.-based model is not afraid of lingerie and has 345,000 followers as of Tuesday morning. The owner called her an important role model.

Holliday herself told New York Daily News, "I feel like it's breaking ground. This is a milestone. I never could have imagined that I could be here."

Holliday -- formerly Tess Munster, which is still the name of her blog -- says she started trying to land modeling gigs as a teenager, but she was told she was too short and heavy.

The industry is tough regardless, and more so for women who don't fit the tall, incredibly skinny profile.

"You get ridiculed for not being big enough, you get ridiculed for not being small enough," one model told VFiles. "I think models are models."

This certainly isn't the first foray into plus-size modeling by a mainstream agency, though.
Calvin Klein quickly found out last year gaining respect from plus-size women wasn't so simple as having one wear its clothing when it signed Myla Dalbesio.

When Calvin Klein hired Dalbesio -- who's said her largest size ever was a 12 -- the company came under intense criticism even though it never marketed her as plus size.

For Holliday's part, her signing helped spark the social media movement #EffYourBeautyStandards with plenty of people voicing their support for what they hope is better representation in mainstream media and fashion.

For anyone critical of her size or health, Holliday told New York Daily News she's very active, has a trainer and works out four times a week.

She's retweeted some fans' support, including one woman who tweeted her the hashtag along with a message it was her first time wearing a dress in a decade. Our favorite tweet might be Holliday's own message from late Monday night.

"I guess I'm trending online and my fat ass is all over the internet- sorry I'm not sorry y'all! HA! <3 #isthisreallife?"

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