Her body isn't the standard of beauty typically promoted and lauded by the modeling industry, but plus-size model Tess Holliday (née Munster) is confident in her skin and wants everyone else to be, too.
Tess Holliday might only be 5'5" tall and a UK size 24, but she's also a working model who was just signed with a major London-based label—MiLK Model Management.
She is a plus-size model that is breaking industry standards. Most plus-size models tend to be over 5'8" and between sizes 10 and 18, but Holliday is making waves and opening eyes to the possibility of introducing different body types.
Holliday grew up being bullied so badly that she wound up dropping out of school at 17.
Even today, she continues to receive hundreds of hateful comments daily.
Despite the negativity, Holliday has found peace with herself and hopes to encourage others to rethink about "beauty."
Instead of being torn down, Holliday has risen up and started an #EffYourBeautyStandards movement that encourages women to love and celebrate their diverse bodies.
"Does it bother you that a fat body like mine exists in the world?" asks the 29-year-old.
"That this body makes me money, brings my partner (& myself) joy & for some of you, is your 'worst case scenario'? Heaven forbid. F**k what you've heard about me. I’m not going anywhere #tessmunster #tessholliday #effyourbeautystandards"
"Our relationships with ourselves and our bodies are the most important ones we will ever have."
Since launching the empowering campaign that deems every body beautiful, it has gained great popularity, inspiring women to publicly celebrate themselves.