GALLERY OF HOLLIDAY'S PHOTOS BELOW THE TEXT
It's no secret that there are certain standards in the modeling industry. It's refreshing when someone like tattooed, plus-size pinup model Tess Holliday steps into the mainstream and changes the status quo in a few different ways. Earlier this year, Holliday landed a modeling contract with MiLK Management and—as a size 22—became the first full-figured supermodel to land such a deal. The signing puts Holliday's curves and colorfully inked-up arms and legs into the mainstream—two things that are severely lacking from the fashion world.
"I want to challenge society's perception of beauty and what''s acceptable in our industry and the world," Holliday says in an interview with Daily Mail.
Holliday has never been timid. Her 655,000 Instagram followers and 840,000 Facebook fans know that. But those who are familiar with her know her as a pinup model. In her debut shoot for MiLK, Holliday strips down into black briefs and a grey tee for the black and white photo shoot—a departure from her usual color shoots that show off her pomped-up red hair, pinup style and brightly-colored fashion choices.
"I push myself so much harder and really step out of my comfort zone," Holliday says, "and you can see that with these images."
"In a world of fashion diversity," Anna Shillinglaw, managing director of MiLK management says to Daily Mail, "these images show that beauty can come in any size. Tess is a model regardless of being a size 2 or 24."
Scroll through the pictures below to see some of Holliday's old and new photos.