Beauty & Body Image, Tess Holliday

Tess Holliday & Regular Women Re-Created the VS Show

tess-holliday-victorias-secret - Tess Holliday & Regular Women Re-Created the VS Show

Tess Holliday modeling for Victoria’s Secret? Not quite, but close enough – ladies of all shapes and sizes and famous plus-size model Tess Holliday (who says she is a size 22 US) created their own VS-like runway show and rocked the catwalk in lingerie.

More details from Buzzfeed:

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is an event that happens every year, and the models who walk in the show are often regarded as the most beautiful women on earth. It’s safe to say that there is a Victoria’s Secret “type” of model. The women are usually all cisgender, with long hair (though several models had short hair this year), extremely tall, and of course, thin. But if you look around you, you’ll see the beauty in the everyday woman. So we decided to put on our own fashion show — with women from all shapes and sizes. Here’s what happened!

Watch the video below!

Plus-size model Tess Holliday on not feeling ready for the runway because she just had a baby:

‘I’ve never been the kind of model that gets to be part of runway shows, especially lingerie because of my size and height but I did the damn thing. It’s full of diversity, the way VS shows should be. I was definitely really nervous to show my stomach because I don’t really ever show this much of my stomach — especially because I have a five-and-a-half-month-old baby.’

So, I did a thing [email protected] recreated their version of the #victoriasecretfashionshow & I walked the runway in my diiiiiivine @catherinedlish dressing gown & my undies! 🙈 I've never been the kind of model that gets to be part of runway shows, especially lingerie because of my size & height but I did the damn thing. My husband was cheering me on in the back & even though I was terrified, damn if it wasn't liberating! The link to watch the video is in my bio, & please do! It's full of diversity, the way VS shows should be 💁🏻 Thank you to @jazzmynejay & @sheridanbwatson for the opportunity & @curvycoutureintimates for capturing this image 💯🙌🏻💋#6monthspostpartum #effyourbeautystandards @effyourbeautystandards

A photo posted by Plus Model✖️ Mom ✖️ Feminist🎄 (@tessholliday) on


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  • Antonella


  • Helena

    NO NO NO!
    This will never be beautiful to anyone with a healthy mind!

    • Helena

      By the way, i also think the real VS models (well, most of them) looked haggard and not sexy.
      There is no body variety in this industry any more. Tyra Banks, who was a great lingerie model, would be labeled as plus size nowadays. Sick.

      • chris

        true, there was one of two healthy models in this bizzfeed show, the rest overweight and obese.

        • Tiina

          Which video were you watching? Five normal weight women, five overweight women, two I’m not sure of and a Tess Holliday is what was seen in the clip above. How do you see the first woman on the runway as overweight? Or the asian lady? Or the brunette with bangs? Or the blonde with the flower?

        • CarrieD

          I’m sure more than 2 were healthy, Maybe at the higher end of the (normal) BMI scale, but still. And the asian girl was probably underweight or close to it.

          • cjris

            i dont think the asian girl was underweight, plus asian people are typically smaller framed and have different weight standards that black or white women.

      • AlyssaMoh

        agreed. It’s the battle of extremes.
        I know so many girls and women who lie in the perfectly middle range, 4 to 10, maybe a few smaller or bigger than that.
        I find the body size that is ignored the most is middle

        • marie

          This exactly! Why is this still a thing? Why do you have to sit people down in a room and make them watch you walk around in your underwear for you to feel validated? There’s something weird about that. At least for VS they’re selling (tacky looking) underwear, but what on earth are you doing?

          • Sheza

            “Why do you have to sit people down in a room and make them watch you walk around in your underwear for you to feel validated?”

            Yea that struck me too. The VS show is silly enough but at least it kind of has point? To promote the VS brand? VS models aren’t strutting around in their underwear because it increases their sense of self worth, they’re doing it to get paid.

        • megan

          This comment needs to receive 1,000 upvotes. So well-said!

  • a

    Tess sucks, and she looked the most insecure of all the women in the video (also the biggest by quite a bit).

    But I do think the idea was kind of sweet and it says something important about women’s relationships to their bodies nowadays. The fact that these women were sooo nervous to go on stage in their underwear just demonstrates how much they tie their self-worth to their figure and what a big deal a woman’s body is seen as – it’s like the way you look and how sexually attractive you’re deemed defines you. The reality is, its just a body, everyone has one, it’s really not that big of a deal. Yes, there are health and weight problems in our world today, but I think it would be better if people saw their body for what it is, the physical form we have to live in, which deserves to be taken care of and not abused, but which does NOT define us as people, does not determine what our value is or what our sex life or social life should be like. Honestly, it’s not that important at the end of the day. It shouldn’t be that big of a deal to be on stage in your underwear – everyone has seen bodies, it’s not magical or revolutionary, and shouldn’t feel so empowering to everyday women. The fact that it makes them feel so great just shows how crappy they usually feel about themselves and how much importance they tie to feeling sexy (from others point of view). It’s empowering because they don’t feel connected to their body for what it does and what it’s meant for. It’s not meant to look sexy, it’s meant to allow us to live our life and experience amazing things.

    ok sorry rant over, nothing against these women, I felt really happy for them to have that experience and maybe they learned something, but I’m so sick of women’s insecurity and obsession with their bodies in general. Like, just get over it already, we all have one. Take care of it, treat it well, give it what it needs (including sex that you want) and you’ll feel good and be happy. Simple as that.

    • Calia

      Insightful comment, I appreciate your perspective.

    • CarrieD

      Well, everything you’re saying is how things SHOULD be. I was overweight as a tween. I was bullied and isolated. A few years later I lost a lot of weight and all of a sudden I was popular and everyone wanted to be my friend.And I was the exact same person. I am aware that that was during highschool and that is an incredibly superficial time. But it showed me that your weight really does influence the way people treat you. I still panic when I gain weight (which I do very easily).

      Part of me just wants to say “eff you all”, but I can’t deny that these things do, in reality, affect the way people perceive you. Is it fair? No. Do I agree with it? No. But denying isn’t going to make it go away, Hopefully we can change it, or at least the way we react to it. But the bottom line is, I totally understand why women feel insecure (regardless of how bright or accomplished they are in other areas of their lives).

      • a

        You’re right, but if everyone tried to change the way they think about themselves, AND the way they treat others, then we could maybe get beyond it all. It’s a cultural/societal problem for sure, but it’s up to the individual to rise above the culture they’re in and act differently than it dictates if they think something about is wrong – nothing changes without individual action. Everyone’s journey and experience is different, and I respect that, but I think a lot of women could shift their focus from worrying about how society views them, to worrying about how they actually feel about themselves, when they’re away from friends and social media. Because their real insecurities, (things they actually want to improve on) can drive insecurity about everything. In my experience once some real insecurities are resolved (can be on looks or anything else at all), then those other social insecurities tend to kind of go away, because you start to feel good about yourself for all the things you ARE doing right. Real insecurities tend to be about relationships, being loved, being successful, etc, and it’s a problem when those feelings are tied to our bodies and our looks, because it makes us feel worse about ourselves without helping the real issues. my 2 cents anyways, things I’ve noticed with myself and my friends. I don’t think body obsession/losing weight/looking better truly improves anyone’s life. for example, your new friends in high school couldn’t have been really good, true friends if they didn’t like you when you were chubbier, right? so what did you really get in the end? idk worth pondering

      • Grumpy

        Great remark. I agreed with the comment above but thought the same as what u pointed out. Our body is also our tool witch through we live and effactuate our desires, relationships and anything else. So the way it looks and the way we percieve it (and others) sadly, cannot be unimportant.

  • Calia

    Lol, this is just horrifying. Why would we promote this?

    • CarrieD

      Do watch. The other women are lovely and def. diverse. Tess is… something else.

  • CarrieD

    Okay, so I gotta say I thought most of these women looked fine. Even the ones who are on the bigger side. There only 2 or 3 that I would probably say may be big enough to have health issues due to their weight. Plus they seem lovely.
    I can’t say that I understand what’s so amazing about this kind of thing, it seems a little self-serving honestly, but I can get behind getting out of your comfort zone and inspiring other women, if that is the real reason.
    As for Tess Holiday, no. That baby excuse is bullsh-t, you couldn’t even tell she was pregnant, that’s how big she is. She’s just as bad as Eugenia Cooney, although she will probably live longer (I do realize how horrible saying this is, but both of them are Extremely unhealthy, and both aren’t doing a thing to change that, in fact they are promoting it. And that’s sick).

  • Kik

    Most of the girls looked lovely and healthy.

    • Kik

      P.S. They looked a lot better than so called super model Ashley Graham.

  • bluepixie

    I can’t deny that all women deserve to feel beautiful, but it’s also unfair to take away the credit VS models earn. They worked for it, other women can shine in the things they choose to work on.

  • Tia

    Uhg, I always find these Buzzfeed “love yourself” videos to just be so phoney and patronizing that they’re almost insulting. And it must be so hard to be so incredibly insecure and desperate for validation like Tess Holiday ALWAYS reeks of.

  • Calia

    And Tess is nowhere near a size 22. I know 22 is very big, but she is far beyond that. Why lie?

  • Pintmann 777

    am not perfect and sometimes watching VS angels makes me sad in way that i don’t look like them but anyway this is not sexy at all.i like pluz size model,but who really look healthy and have a waist.Tess doesn’t have shape at all.

  • Grumpy

    wow, the blonde woman was gorgeous. Nevertheless, skinny girls also fit the “regular” woman profile if we really want to cut it. -.-

  • Carolz

    look, promoting obesity is just as serious and dangerous as promoting anorexia.
    The BMI exists for a reason, if you’re above it you’re not healthy, if you’re below it, you’re not healthy, it pisses me off so badly when obesity is simply treated as appearance, because it’s not!
    Anorexia gets a whole lot of red flags and people fighting against it (and they’re 1000% right in doing so) but with this “plus size” thing everything is permitted and if you’re against it you’re body shaming heavier women.. well, hello? I wouldn’t encourage my children to be sickly thin, the same way I wouldn’t encourage them to be obese.

  • chris

    Bleh “cisgender” must be the buzzword of the decade. I hope they got all of the social justice brownie points they wanted for including that. I don’t feel comfortable glorifying mental and physical illnesses (eg transgenderism and obesity) just to make people feel better.