Tess Holliday Gives Me Hope That I Can Be A Model One Day Even Though I’m Not A Size 0

Tess Holliday Gives Me Hope That I Can Be A Model One Day Even Though I’m Not A Size 0

She's beautiful and she's body positive. All of us should be body positive.


A lot of people struggle with body image. Men and women of all shapes and sizes and ages struggle with body image.

They perceive themselves in a negative way and feed into underlying emotions. The fact is that it is hard to accept your body whether you are a waif-like cover girl or rounder in shape. When there are only magazine covers with skinny people, it is hard to see yourself wearing the clothes that the models advertise. It is hard to envision yourself in a cute outfit when you do not have the same body that is being adorned on every billboard across the country. Body acceptance is difficult for a lot of people, whether they are a size 00 or 14. However, we are transitioning into a new era of body positivity, and that's why I love models like Tess Holliday.

Tess Holliday, a 33-year-old plus-size model, recently revealed she is the cover star of October 2018 UK Cosmopolitan Magazine. She inspires people like me and others of all sizes to know that even though we do not look like people on billboards and in fashion magazines, we can still be models.

Additionally, Tess Holliday is using her platform to talk about mental health, which is viewed as taboo. "I remember very vividly driving in the car with Bowie (Holliday's 2-year-old son) and I thought to myself, 'I wish I could just disappear. I wish I could vanish", said the model in her interview with Cosmopolitan UK. If she can address her struggles, then so can the average person. She is doing it on a global scale and giving people the courage to be confident in themselves. She inspires me because I know that even if I am not a size 00, I can be a model too. There is a market for every body type, and each person is beautiful in their own way.

Tess Holliday is an inspiring, fresh vision of confidence. With her social media campaign called #effyourbeautystandards, Tess consistently shuts down body shamers. She encourages self-acceptance and promotes positive body image. Men and women of all sizes can be models. It is what's unique that makes us beautiful.

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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.


We all knew "Scorpion" was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

15. "People are only as tough as they phone allows them to be" — Peak

Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint

18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings

23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

Let's go get kicked out of an Applebee's

30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop

31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

Mood all summer 18

32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me

This line from the King of Pop (MJ) will give you chills. R.I.P.

36. "I'm the chosen one, flowers never pick themselves" — Sandra's Rose

37. "Say you'll never ever leave from beside me" — In My Feelings

Couple goals, amirite?

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No, I Do Not Want To Be Beautiful, Yes, I Would Rather Be Rich In Grace

I would rather be rich in intelligence, kindness, compassion, and radiance.


Lately, I have been struggling with what I want to be in this world. Questions like "What is your major?" or "What career do you want to have after graduation?" have become the topic of conversation everywhere. It seems as if everyone is concerned with WHAT you are, instead of WHO you are. Everyone wants to know what your end goal is, and while I am unsure of what I want to be in life, I do know what I don't want to be.

I do not want to be beautiful.

I do not want to be beautiful when there is so much more that I could be. I do not want to enclose myself in a single characteristic of how I appear physically when I could describe what truly makes ME, me.

In today's society, beauty is an objective characteristic that people strive for. Humans deeply desire to be physically attractive to others- we want to be seen as worthy and acceptable. Society's standards for beauty today, however, are not in any way, shape, or form, feasible. We long to be thin, but "thick" at the same time. We want to be tan, but not wrinkly. We apply makeup, we dye our hair, we buy the right shoes, we post the perfectly-angled picture- all to maintain the way in which we are perceived by others.

While taking care of yourself or looking presentable is not wrong or immoral, we have become so engrossed in this unattainable idea of perfection. While I love to put makeup on and get dressed up as much as the next girl, I have found myself wanting to spend that time reading or writing, or anything else that is productive and good for the soul. I have discovered that I do not want to be rich in this superficial beauty that everyone is so obsessed with. I would rather be rich in intelligence, kindness, grace, compassion, and radiance. I want to have a kind heart, a graceful soul, and a thoughtful mind. I want to grow and learn and become a better person. I want to have worldly experiences and cherish my youth, instead of throwing it away by focusing on everything I am not.

So, in the days to come, I will laugh and be happy and relish in this life. I refuse to become a slave to society's standards of worthiness because I know that I am more than enough.

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