Tess Holliday, Size 22, taking Modeling World By Storm

Tess Holliday, Size 22, taking Modeling World By Storm

Tess Holliday an American plus-size model based in Los Angeles, is the first size-22 model to ink a deal with a major agency, and she stopped by the Today show to talk to Savannah Guthrie about what it all means, including the People magazine cover, for her career and her aspirations.

“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing,” she told the magazine. “It’s good, but it’s a lot.”

But when she first got the call, she couldn’t believe it. “I actually thought she had like the wrong number or that it was a joke…my life completely changed,” she told Guthrie. “I’ve learned so much [about the fashion industry]…it’s been an incredible past few months.”

Holliday, who made her magazine cover debut on People’s Body Image issue, told the morning show host that landing an agency deal was always a dream of hers. “I’ve wanted it to happen for a long time, but I really never thought that it would happen,” she dished.
“It was a wildest dreams moment,” she added. “It’s kind of like winning the lottery.”

Born Ryann Meagan in July 5, 1985, she self-describes as a “body positive activist” and started her #effyourbeautystandards movement on Instagram in 2013.

In the same year, she was named by Vogue Italia as one of the top six plus-size models in the world.

In 2015, Milk Model Management announced that they had signed Holliday, making her the largest plus-size model to be signed to a mainstream modeling agency.

She also talks at public events about body confidence. Since 2010, in January 2015, she has gained over 624,000 followers on Facebook and 308,000 followers on Instagram.

In April 2015, she had 650,000 Instagram followers and 813,000 “likes” on Facebook.