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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Christian Siriano juggled Grammys design with NYFW

Christian Siriano managed to find time to make Meghan Trainor’s Grammys outfit while finalising his New York Fashion Week show plans.The designer is a favourite among the A-list, and normally dresses multiple stars for red carpet events. However, two o…

Christian Siriano managed to find time to make Meghan Trainor’s Grammys outfit while finalising his New York Fashion Week show plans.

The designer is a favourite among the A-list, and normally dresses multiple stars for red carpet events. However, two of the biggest dates in the showbiz calendar, the Grammys and BAFTAs, both held on Sunday (10Feb19), clashed with his Fashion Week show, which took place on Saturday.

Siriano was undeterred though, and as well as presenting a glamorous and futuristic fall/ winter 19 line, he also created a daringly low-cut white jumpsuit for Meghan to wear to the music awards.

“The amazing #meghantrainor in a custom Siriano crystal jumpsuit tonight at the #Grammys! #chic Yes even during #fashionweek we made this!” Siriano captioned a snap of Meghan on Instagram.

Former model and activewear designer Tatiana Korsakova also opted for Siriano in London, donning a pink and white floor length gown, reminiscent of old Hollywood, to the BAFTAs.

The former Project Runway champion’s New York Fashion Week show was just as starry an affair, with Debra Messing, Christina Hendricks, Danielle Brooks, Christina Ricci and Tess Holliday all occupying seats on the front row.

As for the runway itself, Ashley Graham stole the show in a mesh gown covered in crystals with a matching silver cap, while Chanel Iman also wowed in a purple frothy design, typical of the fashion house.

And during the show, held at the Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Plaza, Siriano unveiled a new app which allowed the audience to vote on the looks they liked the most.

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Tess Holliday: ‘Posing naked is liberating’

Tess Holliday has labelled nude shoots to be a “liberating” and non-sexual experience for her.The plus-size model has never been shy about stripping down, and recently showed off her curves next to an equally naked Brad Walsh.Sharing the snap on Instag…

Tess Holliday has labelled nude shoots to be a “liberating” and non-sexual experience for her.

The plus-size model has never been shy about stripping down, and recently showed off her curves next to an equally naked Brad Walsh.

Sharing the snap on Instagram next to her hashtag #effyourbeautystandards, Tess received nearly 150,000 likes, plus lots of positive comments.

“It’s really liberating to do nude shoots because I can only imagine what it’s like for women or young folks when they’re scrolling through Instagram and they see a body that looks like mine, and they realise that I look like them,” she told The New York Post. “For me, it’s not sexual, it’s just me existing and being able to say, ‘F**k you, I belong.’ Things are changing and it’s nice for me to be able to say, ‘This is my body, I love it.’ Look, If I could be naked right now, I 100 per cent would.”

As well as her modelling career, which has seen her work with brands such as Benefit, H&M and Simply Be, Tess has also become a body-positive activist.

Speaking about her U.S. size 22 (U.K. size 26) frame with Cover Media, she previously revealed she’s sick of people questioning her health just because of her size.

“That’s just them trying to fill pages. It’s boring, and it’s lazy. I’m really tired of having to defend it,” the 33-year-old fumed.

“I always say health is not a mandate. I don’t owe it to anyone to be healthy, I don’t owe it to anyone to prove that I’m healthy. We don’t ask that of anyone else except for people that are plus-size or overweight.”

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Tess Holliday slams Victoria’s Secret executives over transgender comments

Tess Holliday is not happy with Victoria’s Secret executives over their offensive comments regarding transgender models.The lingerie giant’s chief marketing officer Ed Razek caused outrage with his comments in a recent interview with Vogue U.S., in whi…

Tess Holliday is not happy with Victoria’s Secret executives over their offensive comments regarding transgender models.

The lingerie giant’s chief marketing officer Ed Razek caused outrage with his comments in a recent interview with Vogue U.S., in which he said, “Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy.”

Now, Tess is one of many models speaking out against the brand’s discrimination against members of the trans community, as well as its refusal to include plus-size women in the shows.

“Who needs VS anyway?! They never supported plus (sized) ladies & now they are trying to dis my trans sisters? Hell nah. Kiss my fat a**,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I said this to @teenvogue this week: ‘As much as I want VS, who’s the biggest lingerie retailer, to embrace plus size and more diverse body types, it’s also important to give your time, focus, and money to brands who are actually doing what you want to see.'”

The 33-year-old posted her rant alongside a picture of her backside dressed in black lacy lingerie, noting, “I’m wearing @asos on my bum which will always get my money!”

Transgender model and YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous also took to Instagram to write that she was devastated and disgusted by the remarks.

“When I first started my transition I couldn’t WAIT to go to the @victoriassecret store and shop for more bras, panties, bodysuits, and cute clothes that made me feel good. But now I just want to throw all of that s**t out knowing that they don’t support me, my community or my plus size sisters,” she added.

Razek has since apologised for his comments and insisted the brand “absolutely would cast a transgender model for the show”.

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Tess Holliday responds to body shaming by TV broadcaster

Tess Holliday has responded to a TV broadcaster who has criticised her body shape and weight.The 33-year-old plus-size model and body positivity activist was targeted by Piers Morgan in late August (18) after she landed her first Cosmopolitan magazine …

Tess Holliday has responded to a TV broadcaster who has criticised her body shape and weight.

The 33-year-old plus-size model and body positivity activist was targeted by Piers Morgan in late August (18) after she landed her first Cosmopolitan magazine cover, with the journalist describing the photoshoot as “dangerous and misguided”.

On Thursday (20Sep18), Piers once again hit out at Tess’ weight in an open letter published on Mail Online, though the fashion star has since responded by stating that she remained undeterred by his comments in an Instagram post.

“People ask me all the time how I deal with all the folks who attack my size/body/motives. It’s simple: I laugh #effyourbeautystandards,” she captioned a snap from her Cosmopolitan shoot showing her smiling while posing in a black dress.

Tess, who works out with personal trainer Massy Arias, is a U.S. size 22 but has always maintained that she leads a healthy lifestyle and suffers from no health problems.

But in his article, Piers asserted that the mother-of-two is “morbidly obese” and is “trapped in a hellish spiral of self-delusion”.

In addition, he slammed magazine editors for encouraging Tess to embrace her size 22 figure.

“You’re only getting the cover of Cosmo and endless TV appearances because you’re massively, dangerously overweight yet feigning joy,” the 53-year-old wrote. “In your heart, you must know this? The editors and producers paying you large sums of money to glamourise your morbid obesity are cynically exploiting you. They’re your enablers.”

Previously, Tess brushed off Piers’ comments by posting a message on Twitter in which she joked that the broadcaster seemed to be “obsessed” with her.

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Tess Holliday: ‘I’m not a burden on the British healthcare system’

Tess Holliday has hit back at nasty comments she’s a burden to the British healthcare system after she landed her first Cosmopolitan cover.Tess shows off her U.S. size 22 body on the cover of the latest issue of the British magazine, where she’s seen…

Tess Holliday has hit back at nasty comments she’s a burden to the British healthcare system after she landed her first Cosmopolitan cover.

Tess shows off her U.S. size 22 body on the cover of the latest issue of the British magazine, where she’s seen blowing a kiss to the camera in a satin green lingerie body. The tagline reads: “Tess Holliday wants the haters to kiss her a*s.”

The cover has come under fire by some who accuse the plus-size model of promoting an unhealthy lifestyle, but Tess has a clear message for her critics.

“To everyone saying I’m a burden to the British health care system, I’m american so you don’t have to worry about my fat ass. Worry about what horrible people you are by whining about how me being on the cover of a glossy magazine impacts your small minded life,” she blasted on Twitter.

One person who’s been vocal about his disdain for the 33-year-old’s latest modelling gig is ranting broadcaster Piers Morgan.

Sharing the Cosmo cover on his own Instagram account, Piers fumed: “As Britain battles an ever-worsening obesity crisis, this is the new cover of Cosmo. Apparently we’re supposed to view it as a ‘huge step forward for body positivity.’ What a load of old baloney. This cover is just as dangerous & misguided as celebrating size zero models.”

Tess, who recently started working out with personal trainer Massy Arias, has always maintained she leads a healthy lifestyle, with her husband Nick Holliday previously telling Cover Media that the flame-haired star suffers no health problems.

“The thing is they don’t believe her, they’re like ‘but what about your health?’ Do you have high blood pressure? No. Do you have diabetes. No. And they’re like but you’re going to get heart disease. Well maybe, but my dad’s got heart disease and he weighs like 100lbs,” Nick ranted.

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Tess Holliday created body confidence campaign ‘out of frustration’

Tess Holliday launched her #effyourbeautystandards online campaign “out of frustration”.The Instagram account has almost 400,000 followers, while the hashtag has been applied to over three million posts on the platform since Tess launched the initiativ…

Tess Holliday launched her #effyourbeautystandards online campaign “out of frustration”.

The Instagram account has almost 400,000 followers, while the hashtag has been applied to over three million posts on the platform since Tess launched the initiative in 2013.

As a self-described “body positive activist,” the model decided it was time to take action after growing sick and tired of the negative comments she was receiving on her own Instagram posts.

“I created (the campaign) out of frustration,” she explained in an interview with Cosmopolitan UK. “I was angry and sad that people kept commenting on my pictures saying, ‘You’re too fat to wear that!’ or ‘Cover up! No one wants to see that!’ And then one night I was lying in bed and thought, ‘F**k that!’ So I posted an image with four photographs of myself wearing things that fat women are often told we ‘can’t wear’, and encouraged others to do the same.”

The 33-year-old is one of the most recognisable plus-sized models in the fashion industry today, having worked with brands including Benefit Cosmetics and H&M, while posing for publications such as Vogue Italia and Nylon magazine.

However, she admitted that she wasn’t so confident before she gave birth to her first son Rylee at the age of 20.

“I was a U.S. size 16 to 18 my entire life before I had Rylee. I look back on those photos now and I don’t wish I was that size, but what I wish is that I loved myself 120 pounds ago,” said Tess, who is also mother to two-year-old son Bowie. “I’m at the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life now and it took me being the heaviest to finally love myself.”

Tess also insisted she’d continue to fight for diversity for “the tonne of models out there who don’t have the opportunity because they don’t have three million followers on social media”.

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Tess Holliday talks role model ‘pressure’

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 openl…

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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Tess Holliday calls for removal of appetite suppressor lollipop ad in Times Square

Tess Holliday has started a petition to remove a giant billboard advertising appetite suppressor lollipops in New York landmark Times Square.Following on from English presenter and actress Jameela Jamil despairing over the massive advert from Flat Tumm…

Tess Holliday has started a petition to remove a giant billboard advertising appetite suppressor lollipops in New York landmark Times Square.

Following on from English presenter and actress Jameela Jamil despairing over the massive advert from Flat Tummy Co, a brand heavily endorsed by Kim Kardashian and Tori Spelling, plus-size model Tess, who is no stranger to speaking out about body issues and is proud of her curves, has decided to take action to get the “dangerous” ad taken down with a Change.org petition.

“Telling young women and girls to ignore or suppress their hunger is dangerous. Join the campaign calling for Flat Tummy Co. to take their billboard down immediately,” Tess wrote on Instagram next to an image of the billboard.

“Hunger is your body’s way of communicating when it needs food, which gives us energy, without which we cannot survive. There is something deeply wrong when marketers tell women that their appearance (based on sexist body standards) is more important than their health and survival.”

In the Times Square poster, a pretty model is seen sucking on two lollipops, with the blurb stating, “Got cravings? Girl, Tell Them To #SUCKIT”.

According to Flat Tummy Co’s website, the sweet treats are “only 35 calories per pop” and contain Satiereal, a saffron extract which suppresses appetite. Makers advise to “just have one whenever you start to feel hungry and it’ll help hold you over until your next meal”.

“As a fat woman, I can’t tell you the number of people who’ve told me that I should stop eating, or eat less. Or the number of people who’ve treated me terribly because of my size. We need to stop telling women and girls that they are only worth how skinny they are,” Tess implored.

“Messaging like this makes us more likely to start restrictive diets which too often lead to eating disorders. Diet culture is making us sick – and Flat Tummy Co. is profiting off it by selling us candy that’s not even FDA-approved.

“We’re saying enough. Sign the petition and demand that Flat Tummy Co. remove its billboard immediately.”

The Good Place actress Jameela previously slammed Kim and fell out with Azealia Banks over the lollipops.

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Tess Holliday’s bid to stop plus-size abuse

Tess Holliday no longer tries to convince people she’s healthy.The plus-size star, who has shattered the fashion industry’s perception of beauty, has always been outspoken when it comes to bigger models working in the industry.While she remains an arde…

Tess Holliday no longer tries to convince people she’s healthy.

The plus-size star, who has shattered the fashion industry’s perception of beauty, has always been outspoken when it comes to bigger models working in the industry.

While she remains an ardent supporter of breaking beauty stereotypes, she’s done talking about her own clean bill of health in a bid to stop “perpetuating the abuse” aimed at plus-size people.

“In the beginning I used to say, ‘I’m healthy, my cholesterol’s fine, I don’t have high blood pressure, I don’t have diabetes,” she recalled to Self magazine. “By telling people that you see a doctor, and telling people that you’re healthy, it’s perpetuating the abuse against bigger bodies and the mindset that we owe it to people to be healthy. The reality is I don’t owe you s**t and I don’t have to prove that I’m healthy or not, because it is nobody’s business.”

Since breaking into fashion, Tess has posed for the likes of H&M and Benefit, graced the cover and pages of numerous magazines, including Vogue Italia, and penned a memoir.

And the mother-of-two credits her chosen vocation for helping her self-esteem issues.

“What shaped my perception about my body and myself was finding better clothes – that’s what changed my world,” she smiled. “That’s why modelling really changed my self-esteem and how I view myself, because I finally for the first time have accessibility to fashion that I didn’t know existed.

“(My arms are) the one of part of my body I still struggle with. But I would’ve never (sat) here in a public place, I would have never taken my shirt off or showed my arms six years ago, and it’s nice. It’s hot outside, (and) it’s nice to be able to just not feel like I have to cover up because I’m worried about what other people think about me.”

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