Fat is a trigger word. But if you use it often enough, it simply describes another one of your qualities. I think what helps me is taking the hurt out of the word. In the beginning I called myself curvy and all bodies have curves. So I would always myself curvy and get upset when people called me fat. Owning it gives me strength: yeah, I’m fat—but I’m also all the good things that I am.” -Tess Holliday
Tess Munster Holliday was born in Mississippi but bred in Los Angeles, CA where she currently resides.
In early 2015 she broke boundaries when she was signed to MiLK Management in the UK, making her the first model of her size to be signed to a major agency. Tess is 5’5 and a size 22. Tess is a model, activist, make-up artist, blogger, designer, and mother.
She started the body positive movement #effyourbeautystandards in 2013. #Effyourbeautystandards currently has almost 2 million tagged posts on Instagram alone and around 279k followers as of this moment!
The tag and page was created by Tess and promotes body positivity all day erryday! But does not tolerate any body shaming or hate speech! Nope, none at all.
One of my favorite things about Tess is how she can shut down any hater that comes her way. Tess’ images and prints have been used to make mean memes. She enjoys addressing this pictures by reposting them herself, thanking the hater for taking the time to make it, and then scoffs at their feeble attempt to make her or anyone else feel bad about their appearance.
Tess designed a clothing brand called MBLM, she teamed up with Pennington’s to launch a line of rocker chic styles in sizes 14-32. The line launched this year in March. All of her styles can be checked out and purchased on Pennington’s.com.