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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Ashley Graham: ‘Guess what? I’m really hot!’

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On something that really affected her when she started modeling:

“When I was 17 or 18 years old. I was doing a group shot for this really big campaign, and one girl, who was probably a size 2 or 4, said to me, ‘Did you actually get paid for this job?’ I remember thinking, She’s asking me that because I’m fat. She’s always friendly and nice. I think she forgot she said it. But it’s one of those things I’ll never forget.”

On how she reacts to body criticism:

“I kind of just give my middle finger to it, like, ‘Guess what? I’m really hot!’”

On how she’s helped so many women:

“Every day I get at least 20 messages. A woman who was bulimic for six years said she stopped throwing up after she watched my TED Talk.” She kicked off that presentation (also once on her vision board) by looking into a full-length mirror onstage and having a friendly chat with her body parts: “Back fat, I see you popping over my bra today. But that’s all right. I’m gonna choose to love you. I hope they look in the mirror and say, ‘I am beautiful.’ When you do that, it’s a whole other ball game—you start to understand that your words have power.”

On her life motto:

“Be your own woman. Be your own kind of role model. And remember that the women around you are women you can lift up. You can change their lives.”

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Melissa McCarthy Models Her Fall Collection

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Melissa McCarthy, who surprised her fans earlier this year with her 50 pounds weight loss, launched a clothing line a while ago and today, she is back to show us her fall collection, with cute mix and match pieces that she is modeling herself.

Melissa on her Seven7 collection that carries sizes for all:

The fun of it is you should be able to put these things together and not have to make a choice about going out to dinner or getting the sweater. Wear the sweater to dinner!

Earlier this year, Melissa shared some details about her 50 pounds weight loss:

I actually am a size 14. No trick, nothing to tell, just super boring life. You bring it real down, you don’t do anything fun and you go to bed at 7:30 — that’s the trick. (My) husband will ask, “Is it five and are you in jammies?” “I’m gonna call them loungewear.

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Khloe Kardashian’s New Jeans Collection for Sizes 0-24

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Khloe Kardashian recently launched her new jeans collection for Nordstrom called Good American – and her denim line includes a wide range of sizes: from 0 to 24.

On the many sizes she caters to in her jeans collection:

I’ve always thought there’s been something missing from the denim industry. Whenever I buy new jeans it’s hard for me to find a pair that fits my body type, and even when I do, I always need alterations. I knew if I’ve had this problem, there must be tons of other girls who do too. I believe that every woman should feel confident and good about themselves, regardless of what size they are. Being involved in a project like this allows me to spread that confidence and empower others to be the beautiful, strong women they are.

On her choice of models – from skinny to athletic and plus-size:

I wanted to find real girls to join us in this movement. This isn’t just about finding the perfect pair of jeans, but about embracing your body and being proud of all that you are. We should celebrate one another. Uplift rather than tear down. So many times young women are lured into what their group of friends is saying or doing, even when they know it’s not right. We believe that doing good and promoting one’s best self is sexier than doing evil in this world. March to the beat of your own drum.

Some of the plus-size models that model Khloe’s jeans collection – size 14 US Nadia Aboulhosn and size 18 Gabi Gregg:

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Size 12 Model Bree Warren: “Some plus size models have such incredibly hot bods”

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On the term ‘plus-size’:

It’s just another way society has developed to segregate women. Fashion should not be about pitting sizes against each other. There should be different shapes and sizes in the industry, not just one! I think the term is so dated it doesn’t have a place in fashion anymore. Some plus size models have such incredibly hot bods that it doesn’t even make sense! People don’t quite understand just how tiny today’s supermodels are in real life, so plus size is really just anyone not a zero or a 2.

… says size 12 US Bree.

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