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Plus-size model Tess Holliday flaunts her size 26 frame in a black top and underwear in her first shoot (Photos)

May 11, 2015 2 min read

She's getting increasingly famous for flaunting her curvaceous figure, bold style and collection of tattoos on social media. But as Tess Holliday poses for a collection of arty black and white images, the 29-year-old is turning her attention away from being an internet phenomena to shaking up our ideas of beauty. Pin-up Tess, who lives in Los Angeles, is passionate about enforcing the notion that there is 'no one way to be a woman or beautiful'. 288C5D7300000578-3076396-Tess_shows_off_her_intricate_body_art_in_this_arty_black_and_whi-a-3_1431338508849 288C5D8200000578-3076396-Plus_size_stunner_Tess_Holliday_said_she_wants_to_challenge_soci-a-1_1431338504958 288C5D8C00000578-3076396-The_29_year_old_said_There_is_no_one_way_to_be_a_woman_or_to_be_-a-2_1431338506233 After years of being turned away from castings, size 26 (US size 22) Tess was snapped up by London-based MiLK modelling agency in January - making her the first fuller-figured supermodel to land such a deal. A far cry from the waif-like frames we have come to see as the norm on runways and in glossy magazine adverts, Tess oozes confidence as showcases her famous curvy body in her debut agency shoot. She hopes the images will challenge the perceived beauty standards. 288C5DEE00000578-0-image-a-21_1431335347661 288C5DE200000578-0-image-a-10_1431335050224 288C5DF200000578-0-image-a-11_1431335115763 'I think if someone doesn't look at an image and feel something, you haven't done your job,' she said. 'Whether it's a negative or positive, it should evoke something in them. '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.' The controversy that comes with this is the divide that seems to open up between people who believe that beauty extends far beyond the pop culture beauty ideal personified by the new "It" girl Gigi Hadid and those that look at this and see the glorification of obesity and all of the very serious health risks that are associated with being overweight. It's one of those debates where there is merit on both sides - but taking a definitive position on either side of the fence carries the risk of being labeled an assh*le or a body shammer. Of course we want to be accepting of everyone - but does that also mean we are promoting a lifestyle that is unhealthy? No matter which way you turn you are going to offend someone. What's your take on this? H/T: dailymail.co.uk Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_101129" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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