Tess Holliday Reveals How She Overcame Bullying To Become Size 22 Supermodel
One time for the big girllllll! After making headlines everywhere for scoring a first of its kind major modeling contract, Tess Holliday is still going strong with her run as a successful plus size model.
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Inside her People Magazine cover story Tess recalls her rough ride to the top:
Ever since becoming the first size-22 model to sign with a major agency back in January, Tess Holliday’s life has been a whirlwind – but she doesn’t mind one bit.
“My phone still hasn’t stopped ringing,” Holliday, 29, tells PEOPLE. “It’s good, but it’s a lot!”
The 5’5″ model has already landed major campaigns with Benefit Cosmetics and Torrid, but her career is just getting started.
“I just got back from London three weeks ago,” she says. “I’m going to New York this week, then next week I’m going to Montreal and New York again. Then I go to Seattle, New Orleans and Vegas after that, all for work!”
Success has been a long time coming for Holliday, who first tried to get into plus-size modeling more than 14 years ago.
“Nobody was interested,” she says of her first open casting when she was 15. “I got one call back and they said, ‘Look, you have a pretty face, but you’re too short and you’re too big.’ ”
Not only did she face rejection from the modeling world, but from her own peers, who bullied her relentlessly about her weight back in her hometown of Laurel, 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.”
Despite all the adversity she faced, Holliday never gave up on her dreams to make it as a model.
“I just knew that I could do it,” she says. “I wasn’t the best, and I still am not the best. They key to it is just doing it.”
She’s a real go getter! We’re happy to hear Tess’ career is still moving full speed ahead. Do you think the success of Tess Holliday is a great thing since it inspires other plus size women or should we be concerned that she’s promoting unhealthy obesity to our kids? We notice there is a mixture of support and criticism on her IG comments and want to hear your thoughts.
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