By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

This Woman Was Told She Was “Too Fat” To Be A Model… So She Owned Her Critics By Being FABULOUS.

Tess Holliday is stunningly beautiful. The 29-year-old just signed a modeling contract with MiLK Model Management, one of the leading modeling agencies in the world. What sets Holliday apart is that she 5’5” and a size 22.

Generally, plus-sized models are around 5’8” or taller and sizes 8 to 16. Holliday, who changed her name from Tess Munster, has always dreamed of becoming a model. She was constantly turned down because she didn’t quite fit the mold as to what a model’s measurements should be.

Instead of giving up on her dream, Holliday began an online mission to address positive body image. Her viral #effyourbeautystandards crusade has amassed over 639,000 followers on Facebook and 352,000 on Instagram.

Holliday had a difficult childhood due to the perpetual bullying in Laurel, Mississippi. Unfortunately, the model says she still receives a lot of negative comments online about her weight.

"It took a really long time to get over things that had happened to me during the vital years of my life,” Holliday says.

The rising star has been named one of the top plus-size models by none other than Vogue Italia.

Despite all the success and paving the road for women of all sizes, Holliday has a hard time believing this is all happening to her. “It doesn't feel like it's me. Every time I have a big thing happen in my career, it's an out of body experience. I'm always still that 13-year-old girl in Mississippi who people told I wasn't good enough. I never could have imagined that I could be here.”

Today was magical ✨ #behindthescenes with @adam_wallacavage for @jlbeaverton @tarinatarantino #wonderland #TessHolliday #plussizemodel

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Today was magical ✨ #behindthescenes with @adam_wallacavage for @jlbeaverton @tarinatarantino #wonderland #TessHolliday #plussizemodel Een foto die is geplaatst door ✨Tess Munster💯✨ (@tessholliday) op Jan 25, 2015 at 6:44 PST

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Got ready in a record 30 mins for an impromptu date last night 💋 miracles happen😂 necklace by @honeybgold 💦

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