Tess Holliday has just hit a major career break through. She will be on the cover of People
magazine's body issue
The 5'5", 280 pound dynamo has become a social media sensation with awesome tattoos and her sexy lingerie clad selfies. Now with over 800,000 likes on Facebook and 700,000 followers on Instagram, she's started a hashtag, #effyourbeautystandards, to spread her message of self-acceptance.
Holliday says that she is in the modelling industry to inspire others to love themselves as well. "The whole reason I do this is to show women that you can be beautiful regardless of your size," she told People.
"You are allowed to dress how you want without feeling ashamed of your body."
This 29 year old from Laurel, Mississippi, wasn't always so confident. When she was 9, her mother was killed by a gun shot wound to the head during a domestic violence incident.
"That time's a blur; I chose eating to cope," she admitted.
The teasing and bullying became worse as she gained more weight.
"I was a size 12 when I was 12," she said to People
. "I was shoved into lockers, getting death threats at my house — it was awful."
Holliday attended plus size model castings where she found she was shunned for not fitting into the standard definition of beauty.
"They said, 'You have a pretty face, but you're too short and you're too big,'" she recalled of a casting she attended at age 15.
Things started to take off when, at 24, Holliday was the star of A&E's Heavy
. She found a legion of fans and hasn't looked back.
After all this ground breaking, barrier shattering work, what is left for Holliday? Being a positive role model for her 10 year old son, Rylee. "I just want my son to grow up loving himself without any restrictions," she said.
We should be that lucky, to love ourselves without any restrictions.
Time to hear from you. More forward momentum for the body positive movement or more glorification of obesity?