Tessa Holliday (Aka Tess Munster) is a UK size 24 and the first model of her size to be signed to a major modelling agency! She was also the woman to begin the trending #EffYourBeautyStandards four years ago. A movement which encourages woman to celebrate their bodies no matter what their shape, a mantra Tess firmly believes in.
Tess recently announced her deal with MiLK Model Management’s, telling New York Daily News “I feel like it’s breaking ground. This is a milestone.” The agency which advocates plus-size models, usually only signs models that are 5ft 8in or taller and between the UK sizes 12- 22. Tess who is size 24 and 5ft 5in tall is the first of her kind to be signed.
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
The agency first heard of Tess through her hugely popular instagram. Owner of MiLK Agency Anna Shillinglaw explained: “I started following her, and saw how many followers she had – more than most models. She’s such an important role model for so many women.”
Tess works out 4 times a week with a trainer, yet faces constant criticism she says. She left school at age 17 after bullying and receives hundreds of negative comments online every day.
She told Huffington Post “I understand not everyone understands what I’m about. But to me it’s such a simple concept. It’s all about loving your body regardless of your size and chasing your dreams’.