With all the controversy surrounding the term “plus size” and some plus size models saying they want the term done away with, there’s one model who does not mind that term at all… model and activist Tess Munster.
Tess recently did an interview with TakePart Live, an interactive, nightly news show, where she candidly discussed her feelings on the term “plus size” and how she thinks that regardless of your size, you are allowed to feel sexy.
TakePart Live hosts Jacob Soboroff and Meghan McCain spoke to Tess at length about the plus size fashion industry, the story behind the hashtag Tess created #effyourbeautystandards and more.
When asked how she felt about the term “plus size” and how she feels about being in that category in the fashion industry, Tess explained that if it wasn’t for that term, she wouldn’t know where to shop:
“I kind of skirt on the issue because one, there’s a lot of people that don’t like to embrace the term plus size but yet they are the very models who are making money off of the term. So it’s like, it’s good enough for you to make money off but it’s not good enough for you to identify as. Secondly, I don’t mind the term because if it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t know where to shop. Because our options are so limited as it is. I need that descriptor to know, kind of, where to shop. I mean, I think it’s just a word, just like fat. It’s just a word and if you give it the power, then it can hurt you.”
When asked where her confidence comes from, Tess talked about how she looked to certain strong female celebrities and icons for inspiration like Dolly Parton and Divine. She also described the strong support system she had, especially her mom, who always encouraged Tess to be true to herself.
To hear what else Tess had to say during her interview, you can check out the entire interview online by clicking here and selecting the September 15 episode. Her interview starts at 35:46.