On finding it hard to dress for events since she is not a sample size:
What also has become apparent when I have to get clothes for these events is that I have a normal body. A lot of fashion houses are reluctant to lend clothes that aren’t in the sample sizes of 0 and 2, so it’s getting harder and harder for me to find clothes without buying them. That’s the whole problem with the fashion industry: My body size is literally normal and healthy, but when you put me next to a model, I look obese.
I am pale white. I hardly tan. I have cellulite. I’m not petite. I’m around 6 ft. I drop weight rather quickly but gain it by eating one bagel. I’m a 36 D cup and I have a booty. I’ve got inner thigh fat. And outer thigh. And just straight up thigh fat. I’ve gone from a size 00 to a size 6 to a size whatever to not knowing to not eating to eating boxes of pizza to starving myself to being gym obsessed to eating my way out of a sprinkles cupcakes bakery to now. I’m happy. I’m mentally ready to work hard. It’s not even necessarily a matter of working out and eating clean, it’s also how I’ve thought recently. I’ve been cloudy, unfocused and losing energy. I need to reset my mind and body. I now take this harsh world with a grain of salt and accept myself for who I am. Sure I could work a little bit harder. We all can. Or maybe you need to learn to love yourself before you can do anything. I’m taking the next month to do a full mind, body and health reset cleanse. It’s not juicing, it’s not starvation, and it’s not about obsessing over each and every inch of my body. I’m happy to post my tips and tricks along my journey to reaching my healthiest self. I’m no fitness and health expert. Lord knows I love deep fried pizza and I shout super size me from the mountaintops, but I do know what I’ve done in the past to reach my goals and I want to share them with girls who are in my shoes. It’s time to love your self and take care of our bodies!!!
‘When I was younger, I remember going into an expensive clothing store, and I asked for a size 12 and they said, “Oh, we don’t have something that big.” I’m like, first of all, f*** you. But like, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.’
On how she was scared for being a size 31 in jeans:
‘When I used to shop at high-end boutiques for jeans with my sisters, they would ask for waist size 28 or 26. I would ask for a 31 and the sales assistants would look at me, make this hissing sound and reply, “We don’t carry that size here.” It made me feel so embarrassed and ashamed that for a long time in my life I didn’t wear denim… It does scar. I’ve held on to those words for so long.’
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31 year-old plus-size model Tess Holliday, who says she is a size 22 US, recently traveled with her family and stayed overnight at San Luis Obispo’s Madonna Inn – but the model was left unsatisfied when she tried on the inn’s ‘One Size Fits All’ robe and realized it did not fit. The redhead posted a photo on Instagram with the message:
‘I’m so glad they had a robe my size. #onesizefitshardlyanyone’
44 year-old Tracee Ellis Ross, who stars in Black-ish, recently opened up to People Magazine about weight fluctuations, style and not being Hollywood thin.
The full story from People:
“I’ve always been connected to the narrative of clothing,” she says. “My mom taught me that you can spend money on nice things if you’re going to use them. For example, I have an Alexander McQueen jacket that I wear with everything, even sweatpants.”
One of the things she has also learned over the years is stop obsessing over her size despite not being Hollywood thin.
“You know, I am not a sample size,” she says. “I am not a model size. I am small for people and big for an actress. My weight fluctuates a lot and I move with it. It is what it is. That’s why I try not to have a relationship with the size that I am.”
And she deals with the change in her own unique way. “I actually own my favorite jeans in three sizes—28, 29 and 30,” she explains.
“Depending on how I feel, I always start with the big ones and if I get to go down, great,” she says. “It’s the same thing with dresses and clothing. I want to wear something that makes me feel gorgeous, not that makes me feel self-conscious about my body. Hiding insecurities or putting attention on the stuff that feels good is really the key…”
Ultimately, though, when it comes to picking out her looks, she says “there’s no real method to my madness.” All she does, she says, is “ask what is the best thing out of my closet or the best thing on the rack that makes me feel good and fits.”