Tess Holliday calls for greater diversity at 2019 Met Gala

Tess Holliday has called out organisers of the Met Gala for failing to represent plus-size bodies on their guest list in previous years.The model, who advocates for body confidence and positivity, took to Twitter on Monday (29Apr19) to beg those behind…

Tess Holliday has called out organisers of the Met Gala for failing to represent plus-size bodies on their guest list in previous years.

The model, who advocates for body confidence and positivity, took to Twitter on Monday (29Apr19) to beg those behind the 2019 event to invite more “fat folks and drag queens” to the annual fashion bash.

“As we approach the Met Gala, I’m just waiting for the day they invite some fat folks & drag queens bc (because) we would actually SHOW up (sic),” she began. “I get so bored seeing some celebs not take the inspo (inspiration) seriously, while sitting over here knowing me & my friends would slay the house down.”

The plus-size beauty went on to claim that style should transcend body shape and size and insisted that limited access to ready-to-wear clothing for fuller figures and drag performance has naturally increased their style and fashion instincts.

“Like, fat folks & queens have always had to be innovative with clothing bc (because) we had no choice,” the 33-year-old continued. “If it didn’t come in our size or meet our taste levels, we had to do that s**t ourselves.”

Tess then joked that she holds out little hope for an invite to the bash and quipped that she’ll “be over here waiting” alongside a GIF of the older version of Rose from James Cameron’s Titanic movie, with the caption “It’s been 84 years…”.

Despite exuding confidence, the star recently admitted in an essay she penned for InStyle magazine that she battled insecurities before starting work as a model and is now compelled to carry on in order to create a body of work that celebrates bodies of all sizes.

“I’m creating something that’s going to be around much longer than me, something that brings more visibility to the world so little kids and women feel represented,” she wrote.

The 2019 Met Gala will take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City on 6 May (19).

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