Meet Tess Holliday, a size 22 model who is the first of her size and height to be signed to a major agency.
At 5-foot-5, Holliday, real name Tess Munster, doesnâ€™t fit into the mold of traditional plus-size models, who might typically be a few inches taller and be between sizes 8 and 16.
â€œI think weâ€™re the only agency with a model of her size. She is by far the largest model I have in the [Curves] division,â€ said Anna Shillinglaw, the owner and director of MiLk Model Management, the agency that signed Holliday after seeing her on Instagram, to the Daily News.
After travelling to Atlanta for a casting session as a teen, Holliday was told she was too short and too heavyset to ever succeed as a model.