Tess Munster aka Tess Holliday is one of the "Body Positive" activists and is the founder of the #effyourbeautystandards campaign.
Munster is 1.62m tall, wears size 52 and is a model!
Overweight since childhood, despite all the teasing and hostility, Tess Munster has managed to develop a positive relationship with her body and to celebrate and share this attitude. She is a co-founder and spokesperson for the Body Positive movement, which is about accepting your body, finding yourself beautiful regardless of your weight or size, and expressing your style. The topic of health is not left out and so Munster does sport 4 times a week.
“The movement shows women that they do not have to be a certain size to love their body (big or small) and that their size should not dictate their fashion choices.”
But how did she start her career as a plus size model and figurehead of a movement?
Tess Munster grew up in Laurel, Mississippi in trailer parks. Verbally humiliated by her father and classmates because of her weight, she dropped out of high school at the age of 17.
She first started working as a make-up artist and decided to move to Los Angeles in 2010, encouraged by her professional success and her first participation in modeling competitions. There she had her breakthrough as a professional plus size model in 2011.
Since then, her career has gone uphill. In 2013 she was nominated by Vogue Italia as one of the top plus size models in the world. This year she is nominated in two categories at the British Plus Size Awards, as "Best Model" and "Best Person in Business".
Her fan community is enthusiastic about her positive nature, her self-confidence and her will. Tess Munster now has nearly 1 million followers and fans on Instagram and Facebook and counting.
An impressive personality!