Tess Holliday: Are Things Changing Or Is Fashion Just Patting Itself On The Back?
There’s no way around it. When you walk into a fashion show, whether in New York, London, Milan, or Paris, you see almost exclusively one "type" of person:
thin, white women. That goes for the models and the editors alike, squeezing
into tiny clothes or seats that, to be honest, are too small for anyone larger
than a size 0.
The fashion industry at large has taken strides to embrace the “plus” market. We at InStyle make a concerted effort to include exciting options for petite,
straight-sized, and plus-sized women in our shopping stories. And more and more,
shoots are diversifying, in terms of race, body type, and body ability. But
let’s face it: The fact that we’re still having this conversation is pretty
Tess Holliday will be the first one to point that out. Born Ryann Maegen Hoven, the 32-year-old model and body positivity ambassador began her career
working for indie designers like Orchard Corset, Domino Dollhouse, and Jessica
Louise Clothing, and she has been at the forefront of pushing the industry to
accomodate women as they realistically look.
She was signed by MiLK Management in 2015 and was shortly thereafter named one of the world's top plus-size models by Vogue Italia. Fully aware (and
frankly, frustrated) of the limitations for women with average-size bodies, she
launched the body positivity hashtag #effyourbeautystands, which aims to help
men and women—no matter their size—embrace the skin they’re in.
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