Tess Munster Signs to MiLK Model Management
TESS Munster is a 29-year-old Mississippi native and plus-size model, about to take the mainstream fashion industry by storm after being signed to London-based agency MiLK Model Management.
Tess is set to be the first person of her size ever to be signed to a major modelling agency. She’s based in Los Angeles and is a body-positive activist as well as a model. This signing is sure to make history in the fashion world.
Tess Munster, also known as Tess Holliday, is a UK size 24 and is 165cm in height, making her a unique asset for the agency. Most models at these major agencies – even at plus-size agencies – range between a size 10 and 18 and are over five foot six in height.
Director of MiLK Model Management and former model, Anna Shillinglaw said, “I think we’re the only agency with a model of her size. She is by far the largest model I have in the [Curves] division.”
Shillinglaw first discovered Tess on Instagram and she couldn’t overlook her massive following. Munster posts regular updates on Instagram where she has a following of over 425,000 people. Tess is an important role model for women across the world as she is encouraging women, regardless of their size, to follow their dreams.
In 2013, Tess launched the #effyourbeautystandards campaign in an effort to show the world that beauty comes in many different forms. Tess wants women of all shapes and sizes to celebrate their bodies. The campaign now has over 500,000 pictures on Instagram from women who have been inspired by Tess.
Tess was bullied as a teenager for her size but thankfully, she didn’t leave these bullies get the better of her. Tess stood up for her size and followed her dreams despite people’s criticism.
Munster says, “Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people who support you, it’s crucial to your happiness and well-being. Never compare yourself to others and celebrate what makes you, YOU.”
Munster has been featured in a string of publications including Vogue Italia, where she was named one of the world’s top plus-size models in 2013, alongside big names like Robyn Lawley, Crystal Renn and Candice Huffine. It’s onwards and upwards for the American model as she embarks on one of the greatest adventures of her life.
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