Plus-size model Tess Holliday is having a great year. After being the first model of her stature to score a modeling contract (she’s 5’5″ and a size 22), she’s making headlines again on the cover of People magazine’s body issue.
The MiLK Management model has been enjoying her success – just last week she mentioned on Instagram that she just completed “the biggest shoot of [her] career.” We’re all looking forward to seeing more of Holliday, who tells People she has been quite a busy bee. “I just got back from London three weeks ago, I’m going to New York this week, then next week I’m going to Montreal and New York again,” she said. “Then I go to Seattle, New Orleans and Vegas after that, all for work!”
Tess’ glamourous life is a far cry from what she experienced growing up in Mississippi. “I was getting shoved into lockers, I was being called names,” she says. “I was getting death threats at my house. It was awful.” When she tried to break into the modeling business, she was first told she was too large and too short to actually be a plus model. But all of that is changing for the woman who started the #EffYourBeautyStandards hashtag. Now, Holliday is challenging the very standards that were obstacles early on in her career, on the cover of People, no less.
And she looks damn good doing it.