Plus-sized model Tess Holiday pushes the boundaries of fashion

by Laetitia Wong 

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She’s tattooed with iconic sex symbols such as Marilyn Monroe, Mae West and Dolly Parton, and widely known for her catchphrase “Eff your beauty standards”. And she isn’t wrong.

The self-professed feminist represents the evolving face of the fashion industry, and has been coined by fashionistas all over the world as a “body positive” activist. The largest model to be signed to a mainstream modelling agency, Milk Management, Holiday was named by Vogue Italia as one of the top six plus-sized models in the world.

Her 2013 #effyourbeautystandards movement on Instagram was huge, showcasing all types of women of every shape and size, advocating that women did not have to be a certain size to love their body, and that size should never dictate one’s fashion choices. With almost close to a million Facebook likes at 859 thousand Instagram followers, her self-started Instagram movement has now become a global sensation, with millions of responses online backing her call for a better understanding of body image issues.

It’s about time the fashion world took a good hard look at themselves and the unrealistic beauty ideals that they’ve been advocating over the past decades. What do you think?

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