US model Tess Holliday hit the big time in the past year for being the largest plus-size model to be signed to a mainstream modelling agency, Milk Model Management.
A US size 22 who weighs 127kg, she has a large social media following and is a vocal advocate of body positivity via her movement #EffYourBeautyStandards.
The 29-year-old graced the cover of People magazine earlier this month, was featured in Vogue Italy and has posed for numerous fashion brands.
Holliday, who launched her own career and landed a modelling stint after posting photos of herself on Instagram, is part of the new wave of plus-size models slaying traditional modelling standards.
"I have this passion inside of me to help other women feel confident and comfortable in their bodies, regardless of their size or what society tells them is beautiful. It's like a calling," she wrote on a blog for People magazine.
Holliday recently made headlines again when she was slammed for her comment in an interview with The Guardian in which she said: "I do admit that black men love me.
I always forget that, and then I come to a black neighbourhood and I remember."
She took to her Facebook page to apologise for "any hurt that (her) flippant comment has caused", explaining that it was intended as a "play into the idea that black men like bigger women, but the humour of that doesn't come through".
This article was first published on June 23, 2015.
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