Tess Holliday: “I don’t understand why it’s not okay to be plus-size”

“I think that I have a career because I never gave up,” Holliday says. “I had to fight for everything. I was always in a position where I had to figure things out on my own. So when people told me that I couldn’t model, I just remember thinking that it was ridiculous. I felt like I had already been through the impossible.” Honored to have shot & interviewed with @thecut @nymag 🙏🏻 Link is in my bio💋 📸 @photodre [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] @milkmodelmanagement #effyourbeautystandards

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Size 22 model Tess Holliday recently shared her thoughts on a few body image topics:

On not understanding why people hate the terms ‘plus-size’:

‘I don’t understand why it’s not okay to be plus-size. I don’t know why people hate that phrase. Many models have built their careers as plus-size women and then suddenly don’t want to be called that anymore.’

On why the world needs more plus-size models:

‘When young girls Google the term model, the first women that pop up are Gigi and Kendall. I think it’s really important for all young girls to see themselves represented in fashion so they don’t feel alone in the world.’

On the pressures of bouncing back after having a baby:

‘I try my best to distance myself from the pressure, but it’s a lot. I recently attended a Refinery29 event and I was reminded that I’m still the biggest person in the room. I’m still trying to figure out my new body and how I feel.’

On her ambition of becoming a famous model:

‘I think that I have a career because I never gave up. I had to fight for everything. I was always in a position where I had to figure things out on my own. So when people told me that I couldn’t model, I just remember thinking that it was ridiculous. I felt like I had already been through the impossible.’

… says size 22 model Tess in a recent interview.

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