Nashville\'s Tabria Majors Post Volleyball Life Includes Plus Size Modeling, SI Swimsuit Issue

Tabria Majors is a finalist in the SI Swim open casting call and will be in the 2018 edition. Wochit

Former Hume-Fogg volleyball star Tabria Majors, who is now a model, will appear in the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.(Photo: Sports Illustrated)

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>Tabria Majors 

is famous for her figure.

In just two years it's helped the former Hume-Fogg volleyball star go from having fewer than 2,000 Instagram followers to nearly 400,000.

She went from having only a few hundred Twitter followers to more than 26,000 and has reached her limit of 5,000 Facebook friends.

The daughter of former Glencliff High and Middle Tennessee State star offensive lineman 

Tracy Majors became wildly popular after quitting her job two years ago with a production company to become a fashion model.  

Her skyrocketing success has even landed her a gig with Sports Illustrated for its 2018 Swimsuit Issue.

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Tabria Majors has remained physically fit since her days playing volleyball at Hume-Fogg and Alabama A&M. (Photo: Submitted)

Majors, 27, was selected as one of six finalists from more than 5,000 submissions worldwide in an open audition earlier this year.

The six will be featured in a layout in the 2018 Swimsuit Issue. One of the six will be selected by the SI staff to appear as the rookie among the regular models in the 2019 Swimsuit Issue.

"I grew up always seeing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, but I never dreamed I'd be in it because I never saw anybody who looked like me in it," Majors said.

Majors is unlike many of the rail-thin, bikini-clad models who have been featured splashing around on a beach in Fiji, at a luxurious Caribbean resort or some other exotic destination in the Swimsuit Issue since its debut in 1964.

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Tabria Majors from Nashville will appear in the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue after being selected in an open audition earlier this year. (Photo: Submitted)

At 5-foot-10, 218 pounds, she is a stunning plus-size model who is proud of her curvaceous figure, which is becoming increasingly more accepted in the fashion industry.

"It's really trendy to have plus-size models in your ads now," said Majors, who went on to play volleyball at Alabama A&M. "I'm trying to use my platform for body positivity and being an activist for women of all sizes, shapes and colors. It's been interesting."    

It's been a whirlwind adventure because the plus-size sector is one of the fastest growing in the model industry, which is no longer fixated exclusively on zero-size figures.

Majors, who splits time between apartments in New York and L.A., currently has deals with Walmart, Target, Nike, Kohl's, Forever 21, Fashion Nova, Charlotte Rouse, Ashley Stewart, Arianna Pappell and several other clothing lines.

She debuted Sports Illustrated's 2018 swimwear apparel in a Miami fashion show in August. 

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Tabria Majors, third from the left on the back row, played volleyball at Hume-Fogg and on this travel squad when she was in high school (Photo: File)

"Sports Illustrated was on the forefront using models of a diverse size range and I would argue that they are one of main reasons it's gotten so popular and accepted now," Majors said. "But, I still think we can do better as a society. It's still really difficult for me to find clothing in stores — I pretty much shop exclusively online."

Majors' next mission is to influence more designer and clothing houses to expand their size range. 

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Tabria Majors, now a high-profile plus-size model, grew up in Nashville and played volleyball at Hume-Fogg. (Photo: Submitted)

"The average woman in the U.S. is a 14 and the fact that clothes aren't as easily accessible to us as they are to somebody who is smaller than us is not fair," Majors said. "It's super inconvenient as well." 

Tracy Majors is still getting used to seeing his daughter in high-profile fashion ads.

"Me and the family walked into Kohl's the other day and (Tabria) is right there in a life-size photo as soon as you walk in the door," Tracy Majors said. "I was like, 'Wow, so this is the way it's going to be.'" 

Several sports figures on Nashville's Most Beautiful People list

Vanderbilt football coach  >Derek Mason

, Predators defenseman  >Mattias Ekholm

, Titans receiver

Eric Decker and Nashville Soccer Club coach >Gary Smith

 made Nashville Lifestyles’ annual 25 Most Beautiful People List featured in the magazine’s October issue.

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Derek Mason (Photo: Nashville Lifestyles)

In his spare time, Mason, 47, told the magazine he enjoys doing yard work, getting his car washed and playing golf. He also likes working with Who U With? Ministries.

Ekholm, 27, likes horse racing and is part-owner of a horse with a childhood friend.

Decker, 30, is trying to learn to play his guitar so that he can accompany his wife >Jessie James

, a country music star, when she sings. 

Smith, 49, is a former pro soccer player from Hertfordshire, England, who enjoys staying fit. 

Also on the 25 Most Beautiful People list is

Amanda Martin, 37, an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, who is a consultant for Major League Soccer and a member of the MLS2Nashville committee.

Nashville Lifestyles October issue in on newsstands now.

Sporting News has UT and Vandy in bowl games

Vanderbilt is headed for the Birmingham Bowl and Tennessee for the Texas Bowl, according to Sporting News' Week 7 bowl projections.

The Commodores are matched up against SMU in the Dec. 23 bowl at Legion Field. Vandy beat Houston 41-24 in the Birmingham Bowl (then-BBVA Compass Bowl) in 2014.

The magazine has Tennessee playing West Virginia in the Dec. 27 bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston. The only problem with that is the Vols open the 2018 season against West Virginia in Charlotte, N.C.

The projection has Kentucky playing Purdue in the Dec. 29 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium. 

Nashville tabbed best minor league baseball town

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Nashville Sounds (Photo: File)

Nashville is the nation's best minor league baseball town, according to SmartAssets.com's fourth annual ranking.

The Nashville Sounds helped the city move from No. 2 last season to No. 1.

A plus for Sounds fans is that the game day experience metric score rose from 77 points in the studies' index to 83. The improvement in game day score is due to the increased average attendance numbers.

The Sounds went from filling 77% of their seats in 2016 to 89% in 2017. The 8,800 fans who show up on average gave the Sounds the fourth-highest attendance in the study.

A total of 159 towns were included in the study.

SEC Media Days in town next week

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Jeff Roberson (Photo: Vanderbilt Athletics)

The SEC Basketball Media Days are next Wednesday and Thursday at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

Athlon's Sports College Basketball magazine has Vanderbilt picked to finish sixth and Tennessee 11th in the conference.

Kentucky is picked to win the league.

Vanderbilt forward 

Jeff Roberson was tabbed as the "SEC's Most Underrated Player" by the magazine, which is headquartered in Nashville.

Tennessee forward >Grant Williams

is on the Preseason All-SEC Third Team.

OVC Media Day bounces from Nashville to Evansville

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Austin Luke (Photo: Belmont Athletics)

The OVC Media Day won't be in Nashville as it has been the last few years.

It will move this year to Evansville, Ind. on Oct. 24. The league's post season tournament will also move from the Municipal Auditorium to the Ford Center in Evansville (Feb. 28-March 3).

Athlon's has Belmont picked to repeat as the OVC champion. Tennessee Tech is fifth, Tennessee State eighth and Austin Peay last.

Belmont point guard

Austin Luke is on the magazine's Preseason All-OVC Team.

MTSU is picked to repeat as the Conference USA champ and Blue Raider senior

Giddy Potts is the Preseason Player of the Year. MTSU's

Tyrik Dixon is on the Preseason All-C-USA Second Team.

Lipscomb is picked second in the Athletic Sun and the Bisons'

Rob Marberry and

Garrison Mathews are on the preseason first team. 

National championship coaches speaking at Omni

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Dawn Staley (Photo: USA TODAY SPORTS)

The SEC Women's Basketball Tournament is coming to Bridgestone Arena (Feb. 28-March 4) and to raise awareness South Carolina coach

Dawn Staley and Mississippi State coach

Vic Shafer will speak next Thursday at the Omni Nashville Hotel (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) in the Broadway Ballroom.

South Carolina beat Mississippi State 67-55 in the 2016-17 national championship. Staley and Shafer will be in town for SEC Media Days. Tickets are $45 and $30 for NSC members.

David Price's golf tournament coming up 

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David Price speaks while announcing his donation during a press conference at Vanderbilt University, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo: Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean)

>David Price's

 10th annual Project One Four Golf Classic is Oct. 27 at Old Fort Club in Murfreesboro.

The Boston Red Sox pitcher is a Murfreesboro native and former Vanderbilt standout.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and there will be a shotgun start at 10 a.m. For more information contact

Bonnie Price at 615-478-0007 or bonnie@project14.org.

Stratford's Dontae' Jones inducted into hall of fame

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Dontae' Jones (Photo: Mike Organ / The Tennessean)

Former Stratford High basketball standout

  Dontae' Jones was enshrined into the Northeast Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame this week.

Jones spent two seasons at Northeast Mississippi (1993-1995) before transferring to Mississippi State.

He led Northeast Mississippi to a 51-14 record in two seasons, scored a total of 1,648 points and grabbed 751 rebounds. 

Jones was honored at the SEC Tournament in Nashville last season as a Mississippi State legend.

He passed on his final season of eligibility at Mississippi State and was selected in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. 

Ex-TSU star signs with the Nets

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Tahjere McCall (Photo: TSU Athletics)

Former TSU standout >Tahjere McCall

signed a contract this week with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Philadelphia native transferred from Niagara and played his final two years with the Tigers. He made the All-OVC First Team each season.

McCall was not selected in the NBA Draft, but signed as a free agent with the Nets for the NBA Summer League.

“When you start competing with players you used to watch on TV like

D’Angelo Russell, Isaiah Whitehead, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris Levert and they become like your big brothers, and you learn what they know already, it just seems unreal,” McCall said.

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Nashville's Tabria Majors post volleyball life includes plus-size modeling, SI Swimsuit Issue
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