Fan girling over Tess Holliday's soon-to-come clothing line
Great news for the fashion world: body positive activist and model Tess Holliday is releasing a clothing line!
Given Holliday’s signature style — think bodycon dresses and lingerie — it’s safe to say that plus-size fashion is about to get a lot more exciting. Goodbye, shapeless frocks; hello, sexy clothes for all sizes.
So, when can we get our hands on the clothes? Holliday told the Huffington Post UK that she’s designing the line now for launch next year. “I’m in the process of coming out with my own collection,” she told them in an interview. “I’m designing it now and it will launch next year. It’s been really exciting, but stressful.”
If you can’t wait to get your hands on new body-positive gear, there is a way to get your fix now. She has a jewelry line coming just around the corner in October, and there are already branded T-shirts, tote bags, stickers, and pins available on her website.
The T-shirt, designed by her fiancé, is plain black with #effyourbeautystandards across the front. Holliday created the hashtag after being bullied on Tumblr, and the phrase took off. Nearly 1 million people have posted with it on Instagram alone. Holliday first made headlines as the first size-22 model on the cover of People back in May — but she wasn’t always the confident woman we see today. Growing up, she was bullied for her size and dropped out of school.
“I was really self-conscious as a kid, I felt terrible — like a prisoner in my own body,” Holliday told the Huffington Post. Now, she says “sometimes I feel like a million dollars and sometimes I feel terrible. But I’ve always been open about the fact that it’s OK to be human and embrace those feelings.” It’s only recently that she’s become outspoken against clothes that cut off at size 16, or retailers like Victoria’s Secret that don’t offer any plus sizes.
“That was when I discovered fashion that looked good on me and a community of people that actually supported me and celebrated my size,” Holliday told the Huffington Post.
Thankfully, with both Holliday and Melissa McCarthy both about to branch into the clothing business, there is lots to look forward to in the future of plus-sized fashion.
Images via Tess Holliday’s Instagram