Thirty-two-year-old Los Angeles-based plus-size model Tess Holiday based is criticizing famous curve models who have denounced the term ‘plus-size’ once they became famous for it. She claims that after these models built their careers thanks to the word, they are now discarding it as inappropriate. Although she didn’t mention names, the size 22 model appeared to be calling out 30-year-old Ashley Graham, who has famously shared her disdain for the above-mentioned term.
“If someone googles ‘model’ they’re going to see Bella Hadid, or Gigi.”
“If they google ‘plus-size model’ they’re going to see me,” Tess told Paper magazine
“I think it’s incredibly frustrating that all these women capitalize off a marginalized group and when they become famous they are too good for it,” the 32-year-old says.
She went on to discuss the issue further.
“One of them was just in a Lane Bryant campaign,” she added, which might refer to Ashley, one of the plus-size lingerie brand’s most famous models.
Nebraska-born plus-size model Graham made it clear that she prefers the terms ‘curvy’ or ‘curve’. She is not the only model who feels this way.
Fellow Lane Bryant stars Candice Huffine and Denise Bidot have also stated that they hope the term ‘plus-size’ becomes ‘obsolete’ in the future.
Tess, however, does not feel that she needs to replace the term with anything else
“How can you build your career from taking money from plus-size women and then turn around and say the term’s not good enough for you?” she asked.
Mississippi-born Tess went on:
“I don’t want to be called ‘curvy sexy-licious,’ that’s ridiculous. It’s insulting! We can’t even be who we are. I get the whole ‘not being into labels,’ but it’s for a plus-size woman being like ‘I’m plus-size, she’s plus-size, I’m fat, she’s fat.’ It’s not a hate-term, it’s how I describe my body.”
Tess explained that she would like to see women who are ‘bigger than a size 14’ at fashion week
She claims these models rarely even see the runway from up-close
Although nowadays the standards of beauty have changed, Holliday points out that a standard that is ‘unrealistic’ and ‘unattainable’ for the average person is still in place.
“Kim Kardashian has had a lot of work to get that body — and that’s fine, I have Dolly Parton tattooed on me, do whatever you want,” she explained.
“But again, they’re still praising unrealistic body types. Beauty just has to be more diverse.”
Tess also criticised many luxury fashion houses who don’t make clothes for plus-size women, making her unable to wear Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, or Alexander McQueen.
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