The world's first size 26 supermodel Tess Holliday said she is happy to be called fat because it is "just a word".
The plus-size model, who has nearly a million likes on Facebook and 800,000 followers on Instagram, regularly wows her fans with raunchy pictures of herself in skimpy clothes.
Despite the industry's obsession with super-slim women, the 29-year-old said: "I’ve been called fat my whole life. I am fat, so it’s kind of silly to get mad about it.”
Instead, auburn-haired Tess wants to be a voice within the industry that speaks against "all that stuff".
In 2013, Tess started the hashtag #effyourbeautystandards to challenge the reams of abusive comments she would receive for posting pictures of herself in a bikini.
There have since been more than 700,000 Instagram posts tagged with the inspirational slogan.
And although Tess, who is engaged to devoted fiancé Nick Holliday, is proud of her fuller figure, she does admit that eating is her "vice".
In an interview with the Guardian, the tattooed mum-of-one said: “Everyone has their vice, but mine are visible. If I shot all day and I want a f*****g hot chocolate and a chocolate croissant I’m going to eat it. Am I going to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
"No. Is it OK to do it? If you want. But, you know, no one is coming at celebrities for smoking two packs of cigarettes. Or people who post a photo with their drink at the end of the day. So why is it OK to do that to me? Life is shitty, so why would you judge somebody for dealing with it in the best way they can?”
Talking about growing up in the southern US, Tess said her dad would often taunt her for her weight and tell her she couldn't do certain things because of her size.
But since severing all contact with him and enduring the trauma watching as one of her mum's boyfriends shoot her in the head, she now says she is more confident than ever.
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She said in an interview earlier this year: "I think if someone doesn't look at an image and feel something, you haven't done your job, whether it's a negative or positive, it should evoke something in them."
Tess, from Los Angeles, said: "That's what I've always done with my work, I want to challenge society's perception of 'beauty' and what's acceptable in our industry and the world.
"There is no one way to be a woman, or to be beautiful. We all deserve a place."
Earlier this month, the first-ever plus-size social media campaign to recruit curvy models was launched to challenge the "fashion industry’s obsession with super-skinny women".
Simply Be, the high street fashion chain for sizes 12-32, is encouraging normal women to put themselves forward as catwalk contenders by sharing pictures of themselves on social media.
One of the prizes of the competition is a one-year modelling contract with Milk Model Management, which represents Tess.
Source : http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/tess-holliday-worlds-first-size-5838963