This Woman Just Became The Largest Plus Size Model To Land A Major Contract

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Plus-size model Tess Holliday (previously known as Tess Munster) made history on Thursday when she signed to MiLK Model Management in the U.K., officially becoming the largest woman of her size ever signed to a major modeling agency [via Daily News]. 

"I feel like it's breaking ground. This is a milestone," Holliday told the Daily News. "I never could have imagined that I could be here."

I reserve the right to embrace my sexuality regardless of my size. Don't tell me "just because it comes in your size doesn't mean you should wear it". It's my body, & I choose to adorn it, to love it, & to let someone else love it...with the lights on. *gasp* No need to let beautiful lingerie go to waste. (Thank you @simplybeusa for making beautiful garments for women like me.) #dropsmic #effyourbeautystandards #tessmunster #simplybe #annascholz

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According to the Daily News, plus-size agency models are typically taller than 5 feet 8 inches and fall somewhere between a U.S. size 8 to 16. Holliday is 5-foot-5-inch and a size 22.

Does it bother you that a fat body like mine exists in the world? That this body makes me money, brings my partner (& myself) joy & for some of you, is your "worst case scenario"? Heaven forbid. Fuck what you've heard about me. I'm not going anywhere💪 #tessmunster #tessholliday #effyourbeautystandards

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Holliday was named one of the top plus-size models in the world by Vogue Italia in 2013, the same year she kicked off the growing social media movement #EffYourBeautyStandards.

Got ready in a record 30 mins for an impromptu date last night 💋 miracles happen😂 necklace by @honeybgold 💦

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Holliday's Instagram and Twitter feeds are filled with beautiful photos of herself in bikinis, skin-tight dresses, and lingerie. The photos are often accompanied by inspiring captions that encourage other women to love their body and wear what they want — regardless of what societal beauty standards dictate. 

I hope this makes you realize that it's okay to be yourself, even if you happen to exist in a fat body. I'm sexy, confident & give no fucks. Also, fuck anyone for saying otherwise. Photo (unedited) shot by @themanuc Hair by @hisvintagetouch MUA @valentinaazulxo Stylist @styledbyreah #effyourbeautystandards

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I hope this makes you realize that it's okay to be yourself, even if you happen to exist in a fat body. I'm sexy, confident & give no fucks. Also, fuck anyone for saying otherwise. 

Her photos have inspired thousands of #EffYourBeautyStandards posts from women on both Twitter and Instagram. According to Topsy, over 1,200 tweets went out with the hashtag in the past 30 days. 

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@TessMunster can I share this with you?! First time I have worn a dress in 10 years! #effyourbeautystandards pic.twitter.com/Fm2ud14ffM

— Kai Blackley (@Kai_Louise) January 26, 2015

I absolutely love this photo. I am beautiful and I ain't gonna let no one bring me down #effyourbeautystandards 💕 pic.twitter.com/iOfILmWAdB

— the tiger chick🌈🐯 (@TigerChick_) January 26, 2015
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getting over my fear of mirror selfies by saying #effyourbeautystandards @TessMunster is so inspiring!😊 pic.twitter.com/bHcsGN4HwV

— jay❄️ (@jayleighdenise) January 21, 2015

The 29-year-old is helping others, after being told she wasn't good enough since she was a teen. At her first modeling audition, Holliday was told she was too big and short to fulfill her teenage modeling dreams. Thanks to the support from her mother, Holliday says the negative comments didn't stop her from working toward her dream of becoming a model. 

"My mom always encouraged me," she tells the Daily. "But the rest of my friends and family thought I was nuts."

“Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” 💎✨ #DollyParton

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For now, Holliday is still getting used to the success. "It doesn't feel like it's me. Every time I have a big thing happen in my career, it's an out of body experience," she tells the Daily News. "I'm always still that 13-year-old girl in Mississippi who people told I wasn't good enough. I never could have imagined that I could be here."

#EffTheHaters, Tess Holliday. You are beautiful and so is the movement you've started. 

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Source : http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/news/a35715/tess-holliday-eff-your-beauty-standards-largest-plus-size-model/

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