Hot Damn, Tess Holliday Is On the Cover of People Magazine

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Tess Holliday, size 22 model and all-around stunner, just landed her first major magazine cover. She’ll appear on the June 1 issue of People; look for her on a newsstand near you.

Holliday also shared her story with the magazine. When she found the traditional avenues to a modeling career blocked, she turned to the Internet and took a DIY approach:

After leaving school, I went to many discouraging auditions where I was told I was too short (5-foot-5) and too fat (size 22) to be a model. Thanks to the power of the Internet, I was able to create my own destiny. I started posting photos of myself in my underwear, then in bathing suits and other clothes that I liked but weren’t considered suitable for large and curvy women. Soon I was on my way. My photos led to real jobs.


She’s amassed 707,000 Instagram followers—in no small part because it’s so rare for those of us who’re plus-sized to see models who look all that much like us—and when you’ve got that sort of reach, brands pay attention. She signed with MILK Management back in January, and she’s done campaigns with Torrid and Benefit. Check the full cover. Kris Jenner—to the left.

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As a woman who is a size 22 with more or less similar hair/complexion, I honestly got a little teary-eyed when I saw she landed this cover...I follow her Instagram and she gives seriously no fucks what people think of her and knows she is gorgeous and honestly, just having that as part of my “visual diet” on a daily basis has done wonders. It just speaks to what representation does...even just one person who looks like me out there in the media universe being seen as beautiful and being accepted makes me feel that much less invisible.