Plus-Size Runway Model Tess Holliday Denounces Unrealistic Beauty Standards

Tess Holliday redefines the meaning of “sample size” Plus-size model Tess Holliday rocked the runway at the Chromat show at New York City Fashion Week, donning a white dress...



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Tess Holliday redefines the meaning of “sample size”

Plus-size model Tess Holliday rocked the runway at the Chromat show at New York City Fashion Week, donning a white dress that said “Sample Size.” Holliday, 34, is a model and body-acceptance activist.

Holliday shared photos from the show on Instagram, with a caption praising Chromat for featuring bodies of all shapes and sizes.

“What can I even say?!! I’m finally part of the @chromat family!! Last night was my first time walking for a major designer in #nyfw and I can’t think of anyone better to experience this with than @chromat! Thank you @beccamccharentran – you’re changing the industry one runway at a time,” Holliday wrote.

Other women who don’t fit traditional beauty molds also walked the catwalk at the Chromat show. Mama Cax, a model who has a prosthetic leg, joined Holliday on the runway.

Holliday is vocal about her desire to change beauty standards in the fashion industry. The world of high fashion is notorious for featuring underweight, often shockingly thin models in its runway shows. Holliday came onto the scene in 2013 with the hashtag #effyourbeautystandards, which went viral and made her a hero to many.

Holliday isn’t afraid to share revealing photos of herself on Instagram, accompanied by body-positive captions.

“Imagine finally realizing that you are allowed to love yourself, as is,” she wrote in August. “It’s such a powerful feeling, I highly recommend it.”

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