Tess Holiday, 29, is definitely on a plus size invasion mission. The mother of one who does not have the body size or height for a normal model has been able to successfully land herself a Vogue Magazine feature, a feat many models with the right features are yet to achieve even after being in the industry for several years.
Holiday, who said she was bullied for years about her size and told she was too short and too fat to be a model has also landed a modelling contract. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall, a size 22 and weighs 260, making her the largest professional plus-size model in the business.
Speaking about her achievement, she said: “I feel like it’s breaking ground, this is a milestone. I never could have imagined that I could be here. It took a really long time to get over things that had happened to me during the vital years of my life.”
The plus sized model is now signed to MiLK Model Management after she was discovered on Instagram. She’s the first plus-size model of her size and height to be signed to a modelling agency and is being hailed as the largest plus-sized model in the business.
In 2013, she was named one of the top six plus-size models in the world by Vogue Italia.
She is married to Australian businessman Nick Holliday and they both have a son that is nine-year-old. According to her, growing up was a nightmare as she was constantly bullied for her size. And the abuse continued to her adult life. She now works out with a trainer and is getting a steady stream of modelling gigs.
Speaking toThe Daily News, Holliday said, “I never sit down. If I’m not shooting twelve hours a day, I’m out doing errands and going to meetings.”