Plus size model Tess Holliday has come a long way in five years.
Busting the door down in the mainstream model world in 2014, the size-22 model has been featured in campaigns for H&M, Marie Claire, Penningtons (which included her own line) and many others.
She went on to grace more covers… Cosmopolitan UK’s October 2018 issue, Self Magazine’s The Weight Issue (June 2018), Fabulous Magazine’s Body Confidence Issue in October 2017 and more.
Fast forward to 2019 and Holliday is now on the cover of Nylon Magazine’s July 2019 digital issue which includes a candid interview with the model.
What’s even more amazing is that Holliday was styled by Meaghan O’Connor, a plus size stylist, blogger and influencer. O’Connor knows how to dress plus bodies and does it impeccably. So it’s no surprise that Holliday continues to use O’Connor to style her for major events and shoots. She simply gets it.
The cover was shot by Lindsey Byrnes and the story was written by NYLON Editor-in-Chief Gabrielle Korn.
Nylon also posted a Behind the Scenes video on their site, which took place during the shoot:
In the cover feature, Holliday discusses body positivity, bullying and the controversy surrounding her publicly discussing her abortion:
“I think that continually punishing people for things that happened years ago, when they’ve shown that they’re trying and when they’ve talked about it repeatedly, I think at that point you’re just bullying other people. Do I regret those things happening? Well, yeah. Of course. But I also feel like I would like to think that people are doing the best they can with what they have at the time.”
“Why is it controversial that I chose to talk about my abortion? And the fact that I got an abortion when I was in a marriage and could have financially supported a child, why did I feel so much shame for that?”
Congrats to Holliday for another magazine cover and for sharing so much of her story and journey with the world.
Click here to read Nylon’s July 2019 digital issue featuring Tess Holliday.