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Tess Holliday Fired Someone Who Said It Was ‘Impossible’ for Her to Do High Fashion Modeling

Tess Holliday won’t let other people stop her from realizing her dreams.

When someone on her team told the 33-year-old model that it was “impossible” for her to work in high fashion, Holliday fired her — and then did the impossible.

“Someone on my team, at the beginning of this year, emailed me and asked me what my goals were for 2018, and I said I wanted to do high fashion. They responded with saying that it was impossible, and that if the designers aren’t making clothing in my size, then there’s no point in asking the designers,” Holliday said in a video for Cosmopolitan.

“When people tell me that I can’t do something, it makes me want to do it, and I’m incredibly stubborn. So, I fired them.”

And Holliday used her stubbornness to make her high-fashion dreams a reality.

“Since I’ve fired them, I’ve done two high fashion shoots. I’ve shot two major covers, I am continuing to do even cooler stuff in the high fashion world, and basically prove them Please view this post in your web browser to complete the quiz. in like, four months,” she said. “When I prove people wrong that said I could never do high fashion or my critics that don’t believe in me, it feels really damn good.”

The mom of two added that she’s very used to people telling her all the things she can’t do.

“There were a lot of people in my life who thought that I was crazy for going after my dreams,” she said. “I was told that I would never model in the first place. I couldn’t get an agent, no one was interested in representing me, no one was interested in hiring me.”

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But Holliday pushed through, and knows she’s making a difference.

“I know that I have selling power, I know that people like seeing bigger bodies and marginalized bodies, because I represent women that you don’t see a lot in media and in print,” she said.

“A lot of people just expect that my life is perfect and everything works out, and the reality is it’s taken so many years, and so much hard work, and so many sacrifices, and I still have to sacrifice so much, and it’s still so much work to even be here, and people still don’t see all the behind-the-scenes,” she added. “If you want to chase your dreams you have to keep going.”


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Tess Holliday Slams Man Who Penned Viral Instagram Post About ‘Curvy’ Wife: ‘Stop Giving Men Trophies’

Tess Holliday has joined the long list of social media users who aren’t happy with one man’s viral Instagram post about loving his “curvy” wife.

Many initially applauded Robbie Tripp after he shared a photo of himself and his wife, praising her figure and lamenting being teased for liking “girls on the thicker side.” But that praise quickly turned to criticism, with many calling the post self-serving.

“Stop giving men trophies for doing the bare minimum,” Holliday, a 32-year-old model and body positivity advocate, wrote alongside a pair of Instagram photos on Saturday. The first photo showed a tweet that read: “*guy likes curvy woman* 16,667 favs, national news. *curvy woman likes herself* 12 favs, 48 people in your mentions talking about diabetes.”

Tripp’s initial post – a sweet photo (taken by Kailee MaRae) of himself and his wife, Sarah, embracing on a beach – has amassed more than 30,000 likes on Instagram since first being shared last week.

“For me, there is nothing sexier than this woman right here: thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll, etc,” he wrote in the lengthy caption. “Her shape and size won’t be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan but it’s the one featured in my life and in my heart.”

He added: “Guys, rethink what society has told you that you should desire. A real woman is not a porn star or a bikini mannequin or a movie character. She’s real.”

While many applauded the man for the “beautiful” post, others slammed Tripp, accusing him of patting himself on the back for being attracted to his “thick” wife.

“That Robbie Tripp post gives me hope that one day, I too will find a man who fetishizes my weight to make himself feel like a hero,” one tweeter wrote.

An Instagram user weighed in: “This is incredibly insulting to your wife. Women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Putting yourself on a pedestal for being with her is arrogant.”

Tess Holiday in Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image

As the post – and the backlash – went viral, many began digging deeper into Tripp’s social media presence, finding alleged posts that featured controversial content.

Holliday shared an alleged 2015 tweet from the man that read: “Born a Bruce, always a Bruce. Clothes, makeup, surgery, and public acceptance still won’t change how you came into the world.”

To that, Holliday responded, “Also I’m not here for someone who says transphobic things.”

Tripp did not seem too bothered by the outrage though. On Saturday he shared a Twitter photo of himself lounging on a beach-side balcony.

“This is what I’m currently doing while sad and sarcastic people are getting angry with their keyboard,” he tweeted.


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‘World’s First Size 22 Supermodel’ Tess Holliday Lands Cover Of People Magazine

Tess Holliday, the size 22 supermodel who was signed to MiLK Model Management in January, has yet another reason to celebrate. She’s the cover star of People magazine’s 2015 body issue.

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Holliday, who is known for serving up style and self-love on her Instagram account, has had a busy few months. She is the face of Torrid’s spring campaign and is responsible for the widely used #effyourbeautystandards hashtag, empowering women to wear whatever they want — regardless of their shape.

The 29-year-old beauty, who first tried to get into modeling 14 years ago, has encountered her fair share of obstacles. In her interview with People, she explains that not only was she turned down by the industry, she also faced bullying at school.

Still, Holliday pushed forward, and it’s that resilience which has led to her success. “I just knew that I could do it,” she said. “I wasn’t the best, and I still am not the best. The key to it is just doing it.”

Head to People.com for more from the interview. The body issue hits newsstands May 22.

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Plus-Size Model Tess Holliday Lands a People Cover: 5 Things to Know About Her

Ever since she became the first size-22 model to score a major contract with U.K.-based Milk Management, Tess Holliday’s name has been all over the news. And it’s probably safe to say she’s not going anywhere as she just landed the cover of People, on newsstands this Friday. In case you’re not quite up to date on the modeling sensation, here’s a primer.


Her real name is Ryann Hoven: According to Buzzfeed, Holliday was born Ryann Hoven and has also been known as Tess Munster and Tess Typhoon. The mother of one to son Riley, nine, has been using her fiancé Nick Holliday’s last name professionally since January.

Holliday’s big break came from an unlikely source: Though she wasn’t a cast member, Holliday was the face of the A&E TV show Heavy. She appeared in nationwide print and billboard ads for the show. Since then she’s gone on to model for brands such as Domino Dollhouse and Jessica Louise Clothing. She’s also been featured in Vogue Italia.

She almost didn’t make it in the industry: After being turned away from an audition in Atlanta at 15 for being “too short and too big,” Holliday posted photos of herself on Model Mayhem. It was only then that her career started to take off.

Holliday is the founder of viral body-positive moment Eff Your Beauty Standards: She started it on Instagram two years ago, “as a way of giving the metaphorical middle finger to society in regards to what we’re told we can’t wear and what we should like when you’re plus size,” says the model. The account currently has more than 100,000 followers, while the hashtag has been used over 700,000 times.

Last May, Holliday teamed up with Gabi Gregg and Nadia Aboulhosn on the #everyBODYisflawless movement: Check out their remix to Beyonce’s video.

What do you think about Tess Holliday landing this magazine cover? Hear more from the model in this video, then discuss in the comments!

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