Tess Holliday struggles to find sustainable fashion in her size

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environ…

Tess Holliday struggles to wear sustainable fashion as many labels don’t make clothes for plus-size women.

In a recent interview with Elle U.K. magazine, the body positivity champion explained her sadness at not being able to do her part for the environment as the designers who are making strides in becoming eco-friendly have limited sizing, forcing her to wear fast-fashion garments.

“I have to wear fast fashion and high street to major red carpet moments, and that’s great, but I want the option to wear high-end items of my choosing and it’s not available,” she told the publication.

And as an environmental activist, Tess said it raises problems because she simply cannot wear sustainable clothing yet.

“I can’t be as ethical. I don’t have a problem re-wearing outfits, but I want to be conscious of not contributing to fast fashion because of how wasteful it is, but it’s either that or I run around naked. Plus-size fashion is not there yet,” the curvy model lamented.

Elsewhere in the interview, the 34-year-old confessed she was due to star in Rihanna’s groundbreaking Savage X Fenty lingerie show during New York Fashion Week in September but had to pull out.

“Rihanna and Savage – I was going to be in that show, but my schedule didn’t work out and I will probably never forgive myself. Fingers crossed next season Rih calls me – she is a perfect example of actually giving a s**t about diversity,” Tess explained.

She went on to lavish praise on the singer-turned-designer, who featured the likes of Cara Delevingne, Alek Wek, Joan Smalls, Laverne Cox, and Normani in her presentation back in September.

“She makes size-inclusive garments, has true diversity in the models and campaigns she casts and her messaging. She’s stepping up in every way and that’s what you need, that’s how real change starts, with true diversity and representation on all levels,” she gushed.

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Tess Holliday frustrated by lack of choice in plus-size swimsuits

Tess Holliday is disappointed by the lack of swimsuit options available to plus-size women.The model and blogger, who is a U.S. size 22 (U.K. 24), is a vocal advocate of body positivity and often speaks about the importance of diversity and inclusivity…

Tess Holliday is disappointed by the lack of swimsuit options available to plus-size women.

The model and blogger, who is a U.S. size 22 (U.K. 24), is a vocal advocate of body positivity and often speaks about the importance of diversity and inclusivity.

In a new essay for U.S. InStyle magazine, Tess has opened up about her struggles to find suitable swimsuits and bikinis over the years and noted that few stores stock a range of sizes.

“All of my bathing suits since I started wearing them again have been purchased online. I’ve found the brands that I know I like and I’ll order them,” she wrote. “Some companies are nice enough to send me a couple of swimsuits and I see which ones work for my body. But there are maybe two physical stores that I can think of that I can try stuff on.”

Tess went on to emphasise that she knows she is fortunate to have access to swimsuits from fashion designers and options on photoshoots. Yet, she still has issues with fit when she orders pieces online.

“I’ll see stuff and, as a model, I’ll know it won’t look the same on me as the women on the website, but the suit will arrive, and it won’t remotely look or feel the same on my body,” the 34-year-old shared. “A high-waisted suit won’t have a ‘high waist.’ It will be too low. One-pieces for plus women tend to have awkwardly short torsos. A lot of brands aren’t taking into account our stomachs, our hips, our butts. And the tops that have that tiny strap in the back with, like, one hook? My back fat goes all over it and it just looks like my bikini top is floating on me.”

To conclude her candid article, Tess called on bosses at swimsuit brands to put in more “thought and accountability” into their garments.

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Aidy Bryant launches plus-size clothing line

Aidy Bryant has launched a plus-size clothing line packed with “easy and simple” designs.The Saturday Night Live star isn’t afraid to make a statement with her attire, often opting for bold prints and cute dresses when she steps out onto the red carpet…

Aidy Bryant has launched a plus-size clothing line packed with “easy and simple” designs.

The Saturday Night Live star isn’t afraid to make a statement with her attire, often opting for bold prints and cute dresses when she steps out onto the red carpet.

Now, after receiving so much positive feedback over her signature style, Aidy has teamed with her stylist Remy Pearce on a range named Pauline.

“BIG NEWS: I made some dresses for you guys! from my new clothing line, @shoppaulineny it’s a limited run so shop fast! follow @shoppaulineny for updates. love ya! xo, aidy,” she wrote on Instagram on Thursday.

Aidy and Remy are keeping the collection small to begin with in order to test demand. The collection revolves around the Lovington dress, which is available in a blue colour as well as stripe and gingham fabrics, and features a collar and pockets.

In a video posted on the Pauline website, the Shrill star also explained that she has long had ideas of what she likes to wear, but struggled to find the right items in clothing stores.

“So, here’s what happened. I have been a fat lady my whole damn life…and I always felt like there were clothes out there, but not what I wanted,” the 32-year-old commented. “And what I wanted was something easy and simple and cool, but also comfortable.”

A number of Aidy’s celebrity followers were quick to congratulate her on the collection.

Queer Eye style guru Tan France wrote on her Instagram post, “CONGRATS, AIDY. BEAUTIFUL DRESSES!” and her fellow Saturday Night Live castmate Vanessa Bayer commented, “Love these!!! So proud of my baby!!”

While plus-size model Tess Holliday added: “I’m gunna need it ALL (sic).”

The Lovington design is available in U.S. sizes 12-28 (U.K. 16-32) and is priced at $175 (£145).

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Tess Holliday didn’t have the confidence to wear a swimsuit for 11 years

Tess Holliday regrets letting her body issues prevent her from wearing a swimsuit for 11 years.While the plus-size model is a body positivity champion nowadays, the 34-year-old confessed in a candid Instagram post that she regretted missing out on “cou…

Tess Holliday regrets letting her body issues prevent her from wearing a swimsuit for 11 years.

While the plus-size model is a body positivity champion nowadays, the 34-year-old confessed in a candid Instagram post that she regretted missing out on “countless moments” with her 13-year-old son Rylee because she couldn’t face baring her body at the beach or the pool.

“I’ve been a Mom for thirteen years, and early on with my oldest son, there were countless moments I missed out on. Why? Because I was too afraid to put a bathing suit on,” Tess wrote alongside a photo and video of her swimming with her three-year-old son Bowie.

“Being seen in public somewhere that I couldn’t hide my fat body in a cardigan was my worst nightmare. I don’t have any photos of me & Rylee at the beach or playing in the pool because I didn’t own a bathing suit from the ages of 13-24,” the model lamented.

However, she’s focused on creating a better example for her sons, and is working on changing her mindset to be more confident about being in a swimsuit.

“Bowie will never know what it’s like to have a mom who doesn’t love her body,” Tess shared.

Telling her followers that every body is a beach body, she urged people to stop using the “toxic diet culture language like ‘beach bodies'”.

“Don’t let fear keep you from enjoying your life, you deserve beautiful experiences, and beautiful photographs to remember them by!” she concluded her positive post.

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Tess Holliday angered by celebrities who refuse to promote plus-size models

Tess Holliday is angered by celebrities who won’t support and promote plus-size models on social media.The 34-year-old vented her frustrations during a recent interview with Nylon magazine, and claimed fellow models refused to show enthusiasm for plus-…

Tess Holliday is angered by celebrities who won’t support and promote plus-size models on social media.

The 34-year-old vented her frustrations during a recent interview with Nylon magazine, and claimed fellow models refused to show enthusiasm for plus-size women for fear of “messing up” their Instagram feed.

“Why is it controversial to talk about the fact that fat people deserve to take up space and deserve to be sexy? All of that just makes me so angry, because I see so many people that are plus-sized figures and figures in general, like celebrities, and they will post Black Lives Matter in their Insta-Stories, but not on their page because they don’t want to mess up their beautiful feed,” she fumed.

“It just makes me so mad because this is why people are dying, this is why people feel so alone. We are not showing up for these people, and we are not telling them that they matter.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Tess noted that she believes she has been brainwashed by society to feel bad about her curves.

“Obviously I probably have internalised fatphobia about myself and what the world has ingrained in us,” the model stated, before reacting to the barrage of comments by social media users earlier this year after she disclosed that she had an abortion after welcoming her second child. “Why is it controversial that I chose to talk about my abortion? And the fact that I got an abortion when I was in a marriage and could have financially supported a child, why did I feel so much shame for that?”

Tess gave birth to Bowie, her son with husband Nick, in 2016. She also has another son from a previous relationship.

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Tess Holliday comes out as pansexual

Plus-size model Tess Holliday has come out as pansexual.The 33-year-old revealed during an interview with Nylon magazine that she prefers to identify herself as pansexual, defined as “not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, …

Plus-size model Tess Holliday has come out as pansexual.

The 33-year-old revealed during an interview with Nylon magazine that she prefers to identify herself as pansexual, defined as “not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity,” rather than her previous label of bisexual.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship to my own queerness, and I think the word pansexual speaks to me more than bi does,” she explained. “I feel like a lot of stuff in my life now makes sense. A lot of the things that I felt when I was younger make sense. A lot of the relationships that I had make sense.

“I definitely have a sense of relief. I can connect with people on a more intimate level than I was before, because I don’t have to pretend to be someone I’m not.”

When the interviewer asked Tess, who is married to artist Nick Holliday, if that means she’d consider being in a relationship with a woman, she replied with an emphatic “Yeah!”

Elsewhere in the interview, Tess addressed her previous admission that she had an abortion after welcoming her second child with Nick. Her revelation divided opinion, with many criticising the stunning brunette for being so open about her termination, but Tess remains unsure why she felt “shame” over the decision.

“Why is it controversial that I chose to talk about my abortion? And the fact that I got an abortion when I was in a marriage and could have financially supported a child, why did I feel so much shame for that?” she mused.

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Fashion stars celebrate Mother’s Day with sweet dedications to their children

Some of the biggest names in fashion had a model Mother’s Day on Sunday, with the likes of Heidi Klum, Behati Prinsloo and Lily Aldridge celebrating motherhood.Numerous fashion stars took to Instagram to add their own sweet messages over the U.S. hol…

Some of the biggest names in fashion had a model Mother’s Day on Sunday, with the likes of Heidi Klum, Behati Prinsloo and Lily Aldridge celebrating motherhood.

Numerous fashion stars took to Instagram to add their own sweet messages over the U.S. holiday.

Heidi, who has daughter Leni, 15, from her relationship with Flavio Briatore, and Henry, 14, Johan, 12, and nine-year-old Lou with ex-husband Seal, shared a throwback home video of her breastfeeding Leni with her 6.2 million followers on Instagram.

“…and this is how it all began for me as a Mother ….day 1 with little Leni I feel soooo blessed with 4 amazing children Leni,Henry,Johan and Lou . THANK YOU #mothersday,” she gushed,

Naomi Campbell was one of the thousands to comment, writing four hearts underneath the post.

Meanwhile Behati shared an old snap of when she was pregnant. The Namibian model welcomed daughters Dusty in 2016 and Gio last year with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

“My biggest accomplishment is becoming a mom to my two beautiful girls who chose me. I LOVE YOU. And all the moms in my life and all around the world, Mother’s Day is everyday. THANK YOU for your strength and unconditional love,” she wrote.

Lily, who has children Dixie, six, and Winston, three months, with Kings of Leon star Caleb Followill, told her fans she was “full of gratitude for the magical journey of Motherhood”, adding that she feels so blessed to have her family.

Tess Holliday also shared a sweet post. The plus-size star welcomed her first child, son Rylee, before she found fame, and then her and husband Nick added to their brood with son Bowie in 2016.

“When I first became a Mom, I was a single, living in Mississippi, working at Walmart portrait studio making $7 an hour, & no one knew who I was or cared. When I had my second child 10 years later, I was a celebrity, had to use an alias at the hospital bc of the press following me, I had @nickhollidayco by my side, & was no longer worried about money, a roof over our head or anything else I worried about 10 years prior,” she candidly told her followers.

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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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Tess Holliday ‘never felt confident’ before she started modelling

Tess Holliday never felt confident about her body before she started her career in modelling.The plus-size beauty had worked as a make-up artist and stylist before she moved to Los Angeles and signed her first modelling deal in 2011, at the age of 26.A…

Tess Holliday never felt confident about her body before she started her career in modelling.

The plus-size beauty had worked as a make-up artist and stylist before she moved to Los Angeles and signed her first modelling deal in 2011, at the age of 26.

And in a new essay Tess has penned for InStyle, she confessed that the career move had finally helped her to accept her figure and feel sexy.

“Modelling changed my life. That sounds really cheesy, but it’s true,” she gushed. “I never felt confident before I got on set; there was never any clothing I felt good or sexy in. Now I feel the most on top of my game when I’m at a photo shoot.”

Tess went on to write about her success and claimed that she wants to use her platform to create work that makes people of all shapes and sizes feel represented.

“I thrive in (the studio) space because I know I am the person I always dreamed of being,” the 33-year-old considered. “And 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.”

Despite embracing her newfound confidence, Tess revealed that she still faces criticism from online trolls on a daily basis and has started going to therapy to “try and make sense of it all”.

The star, who lauds actress Danielle Brooks and songstress Lizzo among her personal inspirations, insisted that she now tries to take the opportunity to educate her critics rather than simply firing back at them.

“I will tell someone to f**k off if they deserve it, but I’d rather come from a place of compassion,” she added.

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Tess Holliday: ‘Buying vintage is hard when you’re fat’

Tess Holliday finds it hard to source out vintage finds because of her size.The model, who is proud of her size 26 frame (U.S. 22), is a big fan of retro kaftans, and often sports one when out and about.However, she has now told The Guardian in a candi…

Tess Holliday finds it hard to source out vintage finds because of her size.

The model, who is proud of her size 26 frame (U.S. 22), is a big fan of retro kaftans, and often sports one when out and about.

However, she has now told The Guardian in a candid chat that finding second-hand clothes that fit is often a tough task.

“It’s hard when you’re buying vintage clothes to find something that fits your body, especially when you’re fat,” she stated.

For the accompanying photo, which was taken at a friend’s dinner party, mother-of-two Tess poses in her favourite vintage kaftan, which she picked up from a thrift store near her Los Angeles home a few years ago.

“The woman who ran the store had saved it for me – I live nearby and she knows I love vintage kaftans,” the 33-year-old shared. “Then, of course, a negative voice crept in, saying: ‘It’s not going to fit you,’ because it’s very rare that I can wear anything off the rack – but it did. It was right after I had had my second child; when I tried it on, it instantly lifted my spirits. Since then, it has become my favourite outfit. I’ve worn it in Palm Springs with big earrings and fun accessories; I wore it to the series premiere of Queer Eye; I’ve even dressed it up and done red carpets in it.”

Calling it one of her prized possessions, the curvy star noted that the garment makes her feel confident and beautiful.

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