5-Foot-5 & Size 22: Meet The Unlikely Model Who's Effing Up Your Beauty Standards

January 27, 2015 6:31 PM

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5-Foot-5 & Size 22: Meet The Unlikely Model Who's Effing Up Your Beauty Standards

The story of our current model obsession reads like an origin tale for a contestant on America's Next Top Model, something crafted by a team of writers who know exactly the kind of heartwarming schmaltz that really gets America going. But, this happened without Hollywood's help: Tess Holliday was born in a small town in Mississippi and dreamt of being a model. She was told that her fantasies were just that and was bullied so badly that she dropped out of school. She continued to pursue her goals, though, and is now a bona fide model with a big-deal contract, and she's paving the way for girls like her.

Taking that story at face value would be reductive, though; Holliday's tale is even more interesting. While the average model towers over 5-foot-9 and wears a size 2, she stands four inches shorter, wears a size 22, and is adorned with tattoos. And, she's just been signed to MiLk Model Management as...

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