Tess Holliday never set out to be a role model but feels “lucky” she’s now seen as one.
The 33-year-old continues to smash stereotypes within the fashion world, and often flaunts her plus-size frame on social media.
She’s also happy to talk openly about her size and spread a body positive message.
“I never set out to be a role model, but I do feel quite lucky to be in a position,” she told Cover Media. “There are a lot of people who shouldn’t have a platform. And I’m glad that I get to be someone that gets to talk about what I feel strongly about and have a lot of people listen and hopefully change minds.
“It’s a lot of pressure at the end of the day but I feel like it’s more rewarding.”
Although she wears a U.S. size 22 (U.K. 26), Tess has always maintained she’s healthy and she’s now reaffirming her dedication to fitness by teaming up with personal trainer Massy Aria, who has more than 2.5 million Instagram followers.
The plus-size star explained in an Instagram post to her 1.6 million fans that both women followed each other on the photo-sharing platform, with Tess finally reaching out to Massy to ask if she’d start training her.
“I’m excited to start my new journey with @massy.arias,” she wrote next to an image of her and Massy.
“Our view points align that every BODY is valid, that size isn’t an indicator of health and we are both feminists raising tiny lil feminists to rule the world! Now I’m gonna sleep forever bc (because) she kicked my a*s today!”
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